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LSU QB Jayden Daniels on leaving ASU football, locker video

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
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LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels, a transfer from Arizona State, recently opened up about leaving Tempe for Baton Rouge in an interview with 247 Sports, also addressing a video that showed some former teammates removing items from his locker and talking badly about him after word broke that he was leaving ASU.

"I came here for my future and my career," Daniels told 247 Sports. "It’s a fresh start. What happened at Arizona State happened with that video. I still have a lot of love for those guys over there and still talk to them at the end of the day because it’s beyond football for me. I hope they do well this season. I will never pray on their downfall. I love coach Herm (Edwards) and love Marvin Lewis and those guys there. But they understood what I want to accomplish in my life, because it’s my football career and moving on to the next step and moving forward."

Last season Daniels completed 197 of 301 passes for 2,381 yards with 10 touchdowns but had 10 interceptions after coming into the season having thrown only three in his first two years combined (17 games).

He also ran for 710 yards and six touchdowns, highlighted by a 48-yard run in the Sun Devils' 38-15 Territorial Cup win over Arizona.

He signed with LSU last month after entering the transfer portal in February.

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"I always enjoyed my time at Arizona State," Daniels told 247Sports. "I love coach Herm and those guys over there, but just for my career, my future, I decided to go somewhere else just so I can reach into that untapped potential. They did a great job at ASU, but coming here to LSU, I get to showcase my talent on a national stage. A lot of people back home don’t really get to see our games. Coming here and competing at the highest level with all these weapons here and all these resources, it’s really intriguing for me."

Many speculated that Daniels would be the Tigers' starting quarterback when he arrived at LSU, but Tigers coach Brian Kelly said that was not yet the case in an interview last month.

"We wanted to add more competition," Kelly told reporters of adding Daniels to LSU's roster, via The Advocate. "Nobody has the starting position."

He continued: "Our job is to build competition at every position. If you don't like competition, this isn't the place for you. I came down here because I love competition. So it starts with me, and it's going to run through every position."

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Former ASU quarterback Jayden Daniels addressed his transfer to LSU in a recent interview.

LSU is coming off a 6-7 season and hired Kelly away from Notre Dame.

ASU went 8-5 last season, but is embroiled in an NCAA recruiting investigation.

Kelly said he is excited to see what Daniels could do with a fresh start at LSU.

“I think he brings more than extending plays, actually,” Kelly told reporters last month. “He was in an offensive structure and system which was really built towards ball control this past year, playing to a very good defense. We think that there’s a lot that has not been tapped into with his ability to be a dual-threat quarterback. He’s got arm talent, he’s got a high I.Q. and he can run the football. He’s a talented runner of the football.

“He wasn’t asked to do that (at ASU). He was more of an extender of plays. We think there is much more to that than what he’s brought over the last couple of years.”

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