Jayden Daniels was recruited by ASU and eventually signed in the summer of 2019. Daniels showed lots of promise in high school with numbers of 4,515 yards and 60 touchdowns. He showed an ability to throw the ball deep as well as run with the ball, making him a perfect dual threat quarterback. During his first season starting, he exceeded expectations for a freshman quarterback; posting numbers of 2,943 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while starting all 12 games. Numbers like these are impressive for a first season but the amount of untapped potential is exhilarating. Daniels has the ability to be the best quarterback in the Pac-12 conference next season.
Daniels has a ton of arm strength for a player his size. At 6’3 and 175 lbs, many experts thought he would not have the capable arm strength to throw down the field. During the season, Daniels ended up proving many of the doubters wrong. His average passing yards per attempt was 8.7 during his inaugural season. That number ranks 13th in the entire NCAA for passing yards per attempt. He ranks ahead of fellow Pac-12 quarterback and 1st round pick Justin Herbert. Not only this, but Daniels ranks in the top 50 for total passing yards, passing efficiency as well as passing yards per game. Statistics may not seem like a big deal, but Daniels has put his name along with some of the best in college football.
One of the most underrated parts of Jayden Daniels game is his ability to run the football. Daniels has surprising quickness, running a 4.5 in the 40 yard dash. He has shown abilities during a game to run for big yardage, if the defense is not adjusted accordingly. In a game against Michigan State, Daniels had 37 yards of rushing within the last 2 minutes of the game. These rushing yards led to bringing the game into overtime and knocking down the Spartans by a score of 10-7. During his freshman campaign, he had 355 rushing yards on the and 3 score on the ground. The numbers again, don’t seem like a lot, but the amount of attempts were a good sign, posting 125 rushing attempts on the season. The fear that quarterbacks have when running the ball was not present whenever Daniels ran the ball. Not only that, but his ability to be patient is huge
Patience is critical to have when you’re a quarterback. The former 5 star recruit Daniels, seemed to have that patience in his first collegiate season. Many times during the season he’s been patient in the pocket which has allowed him to read the defense more effectively. Not only read the defense, but this allows him to execute plays to their upmost potential. When Daniels is sitting in the pocket, there is not one rushed possession. Even if the offensive line collapses and he is under pressure, he will find a way to take the time and analyze the situation at hand. Jayden Daniels has all of the right tools to succeed as a top quarterback for years to come.