Kansas QB Jalon Daniels named Big 12 OPOW

Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) escapes a tackle by Houston defensive lineman Nelson...
Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels (6) escapes a tackle by Houston defensive lineman Nelson Ceaser en route to a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)(Eric Christian Smith | AP)
Published: Sep. 19, 2022 at 12:33 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 19, 2022 at 12:51 PM CDT
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Another week, another award for the Kansas Jayhawks football team.

KU Quarterback Jalon Daniels has been named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week. Daniels accounted for five touchdowns and 281 yards in Kansas’ 48-30 win at Houston on Saturday.

The Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honor is the first of his career for Daniels and the first by a Jayhawk quarterback since Carter Stanley on October 28, 2019 (vs. Texas Tech). This season, Daniels has been named the Walter Camp FBS National Offensive Player of the Week (9/18), Davey O’Brien Midseason Watch List (9/12), Davey O’Brien Great 8 List (9/12) and Allstate Sugar Bowl Manning Award Star of the Week (9/12).

Not to mention, for the second straight week, Daniels was named to the Davey O’Brien Great Eight List and Manning Star of the Week.

Daniels is Kansas’ third Big 12 Player of the Week recipient, joining Cobee Bryant (9/12) and Lonnie Phelps (9/5), who combined to earn back-to-back Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the first time in program history.

Daniels’ five-touchdown performance against Houston was the first of his career with multiple passing and rushing touchdowns. He also becomes the first Jayhawk since Todd Reesing in 2009 to throw and rush for 2+ touchdowns in the same game. Daniels completed passes to 11 different receivers in the win at Houston, leading Kansas to a 3-0 record for the first time since 2009.

Daniels has led Kansas to score 159 points in the first three game, which is the third-highest scoring team in the country. Kansas is averaging 53.0 points per game with 22 touchdowns and two field goals. Kansas is also ranked seventh in FBS in rushing offense at 259.0 yards per game and second in the country in third-down conversions at 68.6 percent.

Kansas returns home on Saturday, Sept. 24, to host Duke in the final non-conference game on the schedule. Kickoff of that game is slated for 11:00 a.m. CT at David Booth Kansas Memorial Stadium with a nationally televised broadcast on FS1.