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Jalon Daniels Named Preseason All-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

NCAA Football: Iowa State at Kansas

On Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference announced its selections for the 2023 Preseason All-Big 12 Football Team ahead of Big 12 Media Days, which is set for July 12-13 in Arlington (TX).

The media’s selection for Offensive Player of the Year is making some buzz, as Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels was the selection. One of the nation’s most exciting players a season ago, Daniels returns to command a Jayhawks’ offense that averaged 35.6 points per game (2nd in the Big 12) and 437.9 yards per game (4th in the Big 12) in 2022.

Despite missing four games due to injury, Daniels was incredible last season, throwing for 2,014 yards and 18 touchdowns to four interceptions while completing 66.1% of his passes. He also added 419 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground, making him one of the most dangerous dual threats in the country.

 

Once the laughing stock of college football, Kansas has morphed into a program on the rise, much to the credit of Daniels’ play on the field. In the biggest moments of the season, Daniels seemed to rise to the occasion, even if his defense squandered the opportunity to win in the end.

In Kansas’ first bowl game since 2008, Daniels showed the country what he was capable of on a national stage. Arkansas had jumped out to a 38-13 lead with just a few minutes left in the third quarter when Daniels put the Jayhawks on his back.

With a Liberty Bowl record-breaking 544-yard, six-touchdown performance, Daniels kept the Jayhawks in the game, bringing them all the way back to tie it 38-38 at the end of regulation before falling short in 3OT, 55-53.

While it was a heartbreaker for KU, it was also a sign of what could be for the Jayhawks in 2023. If the preseason All-Big 12 team is any indication, it could be a massive year for Kansas with Daniels leading four Jayhawks as All-Big 12 selections, ranking second among all teams in the conference.

Joined by teammates RB Devin Neal, OL Mike Novitsky, and CB Cobee Bryant, Daniels is ready to improve on what was a resurgent year for the KU football program.

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