Jon Gaede

Arizona State football coach Herm Edwards saw former San Bernardino Cajon High School standout Jayden Daniels, and knew instantly, he was watching the future quarterback of his football program.

Daniels’ slender build at 6’3” and 185 lbs, can beat teams with his arm or his legs.

Jayden Daniels throws for 286 yards as ASU beats UCLA 42-23. Jayden Daniels celebrates ASU’s victory in the arms of his mother Regina.(Courtesy: by Jon Gaede)

Starting as a true freshman in 2019, Daniels’ special talent and leadership ability have propelled the Sun Devils to the top of the PAC 12 South. The retooled 2021 UCLA Bruins had been on the upswing with a signature home win against LSU, but ASU dominated them on Saturday night.

Daniels threw first half touchdowns of 54 and 65 yards to receiver Ricky Pearsall, giving the Sun Devils a halftime lead they extended to a 42-23 victory over the Bruins. Daniels was 13 of 18 passing for 286 yards and rushed for 45 on the ground.

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Jon Gaede

While on assignment for GamePro Magazine in 1996, Jon met former Black Voice Sports Editor Leland Stein at a Los Angeles Laker game. They formed a working relationship which has endured for 24 years. In...

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