LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels announced Thursday that he plans to return for his redshirt senior season after helping guide the Tigers to an SEC West title in his first season with the program after transferring from Arizona State, where he was a three-year starter. Daniels has passed for 2,774 yards, 16 touchdowns and threw just three interceptions while also rushing for 818 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Tigers in 2022.
“Louisiana has accepted me as their own and there is nothing like Saturday Nights in Tiger Stadium,” Daniels wrote in a Twitter post announcing his decision. “We accomplished a lot this year and exceeded many people’s expectations even though we came up short of some of our goals….This has been an amazing ride and honestly, I am not ready to get off just yet.”
At 9-4, the Tigers are set to face Purdue in the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 2. Daniels is expected to play in the game after dealing with an injury that knocked him out for much of the second half of the loss to Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Dec. 3.
Daniels battled injuries throughout the season but proved to be a headache for opposing defenses with both his legs and his arm after an up-and-down three seasons at Arizona State. During back-to-back wins in October against Florida and Ole Miss, Daniels totaled 11 touchdowns. The next week, he added three more in a 32-31 upset of Alabama that proved critical in helping the Tigers win the SEC West.