After being voted the Big 12’s Preseason Player of the Year in the recent Big 12 Media Poll, Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels has earned some major praise from top members of the media including ESPN’s Greg McElroy.
McElroy stated in a recent episode of the Always College Football Podcast that he feels Daniels is the Jayhawks MVP, and that he has the ability to take the team to the next level if he can stay on the field.
“MVP Jalon Daniels, no denying that,” McElroy said. “What he did in the bowl game is a jumping-off point for where they might ultimately go this year. Now is he going to average 544 passing yards a game? Probably not, but when you do that and become the first player ever to throw for 500 yards, five touchdowns, and run for a touchdown, in one of the best performances we’ve seen in a bowl game in recent history, that tells you all you need to know.”
McElroy noted a unique comp for the California native, comparing him to none other than Iowa State quarterback Seneca Wallace, who was one of the most talented players in the country back in the early 2000s.
“I don’t think Kansas is necessarily a Big 12 title game participant, I don’t even know if they’re gonna finish in the top half of the league, but I know they’ll be a problem for everyone they play,” McElroy said. “If Jalon Daniels is on the field, they’re a problem. You better have that guy circled like Iowa State back in the day, Seneca Wallace, you all remember that name? Iowa State didn’t have a great roster, but they had that dude and he was a problem.”
Wallace was one of the game’s most electric players during his time in Ames, where he became a fan favorite throwing for 5,289 yards, rushing for 912 yards, and 41 total touchdowns in two seasons with the Cyclones. Daniels enters the fall season with career totals of 3,592 passing yards, 526 rushing yards, and 39 total touchdowns for the Jayhawks.
The Jalon Daniels hype train is set to officially take the field for the first time on September 1st, when the Jayhawks kick their off their season against the Missouri State Bears.