Tiger duo collects awards after impressive road win at Florida

HELLO, SEC:  LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels (5) had a big night at Florida in what was by far his best performance against a Southeastern Conference opponent. (File photo by PETER FOREST, Journal Sports)

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LSU’s breakout game offensively at Florida netted honors Monday for quarterback Jayden Daniels and left tackle Will Campbell.

Daniels was the Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s Offensive Player of the Week. Campbell shared the Southeastern Conference Offensive Lineman of the Week award.

They were pivotal as the Tigers racked up 28 first downs, 528 total yards and punted just once at Florida in a 45-35 SEC win last Saturday night. LSU also converted 8-of-12 third-down opportunities and both fourth-down chances. The Tigers averaged 4.7 yards per rush.

Daniels rushed for three touchdowns and passed for three more becoming the first player in school history to account for six touchdowns in that fashion in a game decided in regulation. Future Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow did it in the 2018 seven-overtime game at Texas A&M.

Daniels, a junior transfer from Arizona State, finished the Florida contest with an LSU career-best 349 passing yards as he connected on 23-of-32 passes.

Campbell, the true freshman starter for LSU in six of seven games this season, shared SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors with Darnell Wright of Tennessee.

Campbell started victories at both Auburn and Florida as this year’s LSU team became the first in school history to beat Auburn and Florida on the road in the same season.

At Florida, Campbell played all 70 offensive snaps and graded out the highest among all Tiger offensive linemen. Campbell wasn’t called for any penalties in the 45-35 win and didn’t allow a sack or a quarterback pressure.

In addition, he helped pave the way for running back Josh Williams’ 106 yards on 17 carries. Williams averaged 7.6 yards per rush on his way to the best output of his career.

LSU (5-2 overall, 3-1 in the SEC) hosts seventh-ranked Ole Miss (7-0, 3-0) Saturday afternoon at 2:30 in Tiger Stadium in a game carried by CBS.