The Heisman Trophy chase ultimately became a three-horse race between Jayden Daniels, Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr as the season went along, with former ultimately taking home the award.
While it had looked like Nix was in the driver’s seat, an Oregon loss in the Pac-12 championship game last weekend opened the door for Daniels to become the clear frontrunner leading into this week’s ceremony.
As it turns out, Daniels’ season was too good to be ignored, as the LSU dual-threat quarterback was confirmed as the Heisman Trophy winner on Saturday, becoming the first player since 2016 to win college football’s most prestigious player of the year award as part of a team that did not play for a conference championship.
Having transferred from Arizona State to LSU in 2022, Daniels had a tremendous season in his second year in Baton Rouge, accounting for 50 touchdowns and nearly 5,000 total yards in just 12 regular-season games for the Tigers in 2023.
Despite the fact that LSU finished the season with a 9-3 record, disappointing compared to preseason expectations, Daniels became the fifh quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy in the last seven seasons.
The victory put Daniels alongside former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow, who dominated college football en route to taking home the Heisman in 2019.
Not only was this the second time in the last four years that an LSU quarterback had won the Heisman, but it was the program’s third Heisman winner overall, with running back Billy Cannon having also taken home the award in 1959.
Below are the final voting figures and results for the 2023 Heisman Trophy award.
|1st Place Votes
|Michael Penix Jr.