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Daniels named SEC Athlete of the Year
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Former LSU Tigers quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels added another prestigious award to his resume: He was named the 2023-24 Roy F. Kramer SEC Athlete of the Year by a vote of the league’s athletic directors, Commissioner Greg Sankey announced early Tuesday morning.

It is the second consecutive year that an LSU athlete has received the award. Daniels follows Dylan Crews, who received the honor last year after leading the Tigers to the national title. Daniels joins a list of former LSU honorees that includes Joe Burrow (football, 2020), Susan Jackson (gymnastics, 2010), Xavier Carter (track and field, 2006), Seimone Augustus (women’s basketball, 2006), Walter Davis (track and field, 2002) and Shaquille O’Neal (basketball, 1991 and 1992).

Long-distance runner Parker Valby of Florida was named SEC Female Athlete of the Year.

“The SEC is pleased to honor Parker and Jayden as this year’s Roy F. Kramer Athletes of the Year,” said SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey. “Competing at the highest level of competition requires an exceptional level of discipline and dedication. Parker and Jayden have achieved that level with the consistency needed to be considered the best of the best. These young people are great examples of what it means to be a student-athlete in the Southeastern Conference.”

Jayden Daniels, winner of the 2023 Heisman Trophy, is the only player in FBS history to rush for 200 yards and throw for 350 yards in a game against Florida. He set the SEC record for total offense with 606 total yards (234 carries, 372 passes) in the win over the Gators.

The All-America was also nominated for other awards, including SEC Offensive Player of the Year, Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Year, Associated Press Player of the Year and Sporting News Player of the Year. In addition, he won the Davey O’Brien, Manning and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards.

Daniels led the nation in total offense (412.2), points scored per game (25.2), passer rating (208.0), yards per attempt (11.7), quarterback rushing yards (1,134) and yards per game (10.71). He ranked third nationally in TD passes (40), passing yards (3,812) and passing yards per game (317.7). His passer rating of 208.0 is the highest in FBS history.

Daniels’ 412.2 yards of offense surpassed the SEC record of 402.6 (Joe Burrow, 2019), and he set the SEC record for total touchdowns with 8 against Georgia State. He completed 236 of 327 passes for 3,812 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just four interceptions on the season. He added 10 rushing touchdowns, becoming only the fifth player in league history to score 50 touchdowns in a season.

In 2023, Daniels joined Johnny Manziel as the only players in SEC history to throw for 3,500 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a single season. The new Washington Commanders quarterback is the only player in FBS history to throw for 12,000 yards and rush for 3,000 yards in his career. Daniels capped his college career with 12,749 passing yards and 3,307 rushing yards.

The other male nominees were Mark Sears, Alabama (basketball); Hagen Smith, Arkansas (baseball); Jackson Koivun, Auburn (golf); Josh Liendo, Florida (swimming & diving); Charlie Condon, Georgia (baseball); Keaton Daniel, Kentucky (track and field); Tarik Robinson-O’Hagan, Ole Miss (track and field); Josh Hubbard, Mississippi State (basketball); Cody Schrader, Missouri (football); Xavier Legette, South Carolina (football); Dalton Knecht, Tennessee (basketball); Evan Aschenbeck, Texas A&M (baseball); Gordon Sargent, Vanderbilt (golf).

The other female nominees were Doris Lemngole, Alabama (track and field); Nickisha Pryce, Arkansas (track and field); Maddie Penta, Auburn (softball); Sophie Fischer, Georgia (volleyball); Raena Worley, Kentucky (gymnastics); Haleigh Bryant, LSU (gymnastics); McKenzie Long, Ole Miss (track and field); Julia Lopez Ramirez, Mississippi State (golf); Jocelyn Moore, Missouri (gymnastics); Kamilla Cardoso, South Carolina (basketball); Kiki Milloy, Tennessee (softball); Mary Stoiana, Texas A&M (tennis); Veronica Fraley, Vanderbilt (track and field).

The SEC Athletes of the Year Award was first presented in 1976 for men and in 1984 for women. The award was renamed the Roy F. Kramer Athletes of the Year in 2004 to honor the former commissioner who served the conference from 1990 to 2002.

Previous SEC Athlete of the Year award winners include:

2024 – Jayden Daniels, LSU (Football) and Parker Valby, Florida (Cross Country/Track and Field)
2023 – Dylan Crews, LSU (Baseball) and Trinity Thomas, Florida (gymnastics)
2022 – Bryce Young, Alabama (football) and Aliyah Boston, South Carolina (basketball)
2021 – DeVonta Smith, Alabama (football) and Madison Lilley, Kentucky (volleyball)
2020 – Joe Burrow, LSU (Football) and Tyasha Harris, South Carolina (basketball)
2019 – Grant Holloway, Florida (athletics) and Maria Fassi, Arkansas (golf)
2018 – Caeleb Dressel, Florida (swimming) and A’ja Wilson, South Carolina (basketball)
2017 – Brent Rooker, Mississippi State (baseball) and Kendell Williams, Georgia (track and field)
2016 – Jarrion Lawson, Arkansas (athletics) and Bridget Sloan, Florida (gymnastics)
2015 – Andrew Benintendi, Arkansas (baseball) and Lauren Haeger, Florida (softball)
2014 – AJ Reed, Kentucky (baseball) and Hannah Rogers, Florida (softball)
2013 – Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (football) and Allison Schmitt, Georgia (swimming)
2012 – Anthony Davis, Kentucky (basketball) and Brooke Pancake, Alabama (golf)
2011 – John-Patrick Smith, Tennessee (tennis) and Kayla Hoffman, Alabama (gymnastics)
2010 – Mark Ingram, Alabama (Football) and Susan Jackson, LSU (Gymnastics)
2009 – Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Courtney Kupets, Georgia (gymnastics)
2008 – Tim Tebow, Florida (football) and Candace Parker, Tennessee (basketball)
2007 – David Price, Vanderbilt (baseball) and Monica Abbott, Tennessee (softball)
2006 – Xavier Carter, LSU (athletics) and Seimone Augustus, LSU (basketball)
2005 – Ryan Lochte, Florida (swimming) and Kirsty Coventry, Auburn (swimming)
2004 – Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/athletics) and Jeana Rice, Alabama (gymnastics)
2003 – Alistair Cragg, Arkansas (cross country/track and field) and LaToya Thomas, Mississippi State (basketball)
2002 – Walter Davis, LSU (athletics) and Andree’ Pickens, Alabama (gymnastics)
2001 – Matias Boeker, Georgia (tennis) and Amy Yoder Begley, Arkansas (cross country/track and field)
2000 – Kip Bouknight, South Carolina (baseball) and Kristy Kowal, Georgia (swimming)
1999 – Tim Couch, Kentucky (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball)
1998 – Peyton Manning, Tennessee (football) and Chamique Holdsclaw, Tennessee (basketball)
1997 – Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Trinity Johnson, South Carolina (softball)
1996 – Danny Wuerffel, Florida (football) and Saudia Roundtree, Georgia (basketball)
1995 – Todd Helton, Tennessee (baseball) and Jenny Hansen, Kentucky (gymnastics)
1994 – Corliss Williamson, Arkansas (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming)
1993 – Jamal Mashburn, Kentucky (basketball) and Nicole Haislett, Florida (swimming)
1992 – Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (Basketball) and Vicki Goetze, Georgia (Golf)
1991 – Shaquille O’Neal, LSU (Basketball) and Daedra Charles, Tennessee (basketball)
1990 – Alec Kessler, Georgia (basketball) and Dee Foster, Alabama (gymnastics)
1989 – Derrick Thomas, Alabama (football) and Bridgette Gordon, Tennessee (basketball)
1988 – Will Perdue, Vanderbilt (basketball) and Dara Torres, Florida (swimming)
1987 – Cornelius Bennett, Alabama (football) and Lillie Leatherwood-King, Alabama (track and field)
1986 – Bo Jackson, Auburn (football) and Jennifer Gillom, Ole Miss (basketball)
1985 – Will Clark, Mississippi State (baseball) and Penney Hauschild, Alabama (gymnastics)
1984 – Terry Hoage, Georgia (football) and Tracy Caulkins, Florida (swimming)
1983 – Herschel Walker, Georgia (Football/Track and Field)
1982 – Buck Belue, Georgia (Football/Baseball)
1981 – Rowdy Gaines, Auburn (swimming)
1980 – Kyle Macy, Kentucky (basketball)
1979 – Reggie King, Alabama (basketball)
1978 – Jack Givens, Kentucky (basketball)
1977 – Larry Seivers, Tennessee (Football)
1976 – Harvey Glance, Auburn (athletics)