Former Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels is transferred to LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Former Arizona State quarterback Jayden Daniels is moving to LSU, where he will compete in very open competition to be coach Brian Kelly’s first-season starter with the Tigers.

“Jayden is an exceptional player who will make our quarterback room even stronger,” Kelly said in a statement on Sunday. “He’s a point guard with a strong arm and the ability to make plays with his feet. We’re excited to welcome Jayden to our program as we continue to build a roster of student-athletes who will compete for field championships and work just as hard in the classroom to graduate.

Daniels entered the transfer portal last month, shortly after Arizona State fired its offensive coordinator amid an NCAA investigation.

He started for Arizona State the past three seasons, throwing for 6,025 yards, 32 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 29 games.

The junior still has two years of eligibility after the NCAA granted an additional year to all athletes who competed during the pandemic-altered 2020 season.

At LSU, he will be the most experienced quarterback on the roster when it comes to playing time. Senior Myles Brennan, who briefly entered the transfer portal in December after Kelly was hired, has been limited by injuries in the past two seasons.

LSU also has redshirt rookie Garrett Nussmeier and five-star rookie Walker Howard at quarterback.

Arizona State acknowledged in September that it was working with the NCAA on an investigation into possible recruiting violations.

Coach Herm Edwards has replaced most of his staff since then, including offensive starting coordinator Zak Hill and defensive coordinator Antonio Pierce.

The Sun Devils are coming off an 8-5 season in which they finished second in the Pac-12 South at 6-3.

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