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Big 12 Conference Names Jalon Daniels Offensive Player of the Week

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas quarterback Jalon Daniels has been named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. 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).

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.

From Lawndale, California, Daniels completed 14-of-23 passing for 158 yards and three touchdowns in the 48-30 win at Houston on Saturday. Daniels also got it done on the ground, rushing for a career-high 123 yards and two touchdowns on 12 rushes. Through the first three games of the season, Daniels is Kansas’ leading passer and rusher, completing 47-of-70 (67.1%) passes for 566 yards and seven touchdowns, while rushing 27 times for 244 yards and three scores.

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.

Fans looking to attend the Kansas vs. Duke game can purchase single-game tickets in advance to avoid lines on game day. In addition, mini packs and season tickets are available with season tickets starting as low as $185. Tickets can be purchased here.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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