Over the past two weeks, NIUHuskies.com has previewed every position on the 2013 Northern Illinois football team, continuing today with the Huskie running backs. In addition, sign up for Huskies All-Access to see a video breakdown of every position with interviews and practice highlights. The video will be available within 24 hours after the article is posted. Friday's position group: defensive line.
NIU captured its first MAC football championship since 1983, defeating Ohio, 23-20
2012: Dual threat for NIU out of the backfield tallied 447 yards on 68 carries and 259 yards on 20 receptions. Ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 11 touchdowns, nine rushing and two receiving. Rushed for a career-high 128 yards on 17 carries, also a career best, in the MAC Championship against Kent State (11-30). Also led the Huskies in receiving with 67 yards, including a 43-yard reception, against the Golden Flashes to total 195 yards of total offense. Selected as co-NIU Offensive Player of the week for his effort at Eastern Michigan (11-23), where he rushed for 112 yards and four touchdowns on 12 carries. Combined for 240 yards and five touchdowns on 29 carries in consecutive weeks against EMU and KSU. Named co-NIU Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries and tallying 21 yards receiving on three catches against Toledo (11-14). Recorded a season-high 78 yards receiving on a career-best five catches at Ball State (10-6). Scored the go-ahead touchdown against the Cardinals and added 15 yards rushing on two carries. Rushed for 14 yards on three carries against Kansas (9-22), including a three-yard touchdown run. Scored on a one-yard touchdown run against Buffalo (10-13). Tallied 14 yards on four carries at Army (9-15). Rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown and had a 17-yard touchdown catch versus UMass (11-3).
2011: Ranked third on the team in rushing with 313 yards on 56 carries and was sixth in receiving with 252 yards on 15 receptions. Averaged 5.4 yards per carry and 16.8 yards per catch. His five touchdowns (two receiving, three rushing) ranked fifth on the team. Recorded five plays of 25 yards or longer, including three catches. Caught a 79-yard touchdown pass from Chandler Harnish at Bowling Green (11-8) to post NIU's longest play from scrimmage of the season. Added a two-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter against the Falcons. Totaled 63 all-purpose yards on four carries and two receptions at Toledo (11-1). Recovered a muffed punt on special teams at Buffalo (10-22). Scored two rushing touchdowns, including the go-ahead score early in the third quarter, against Western Michigan (10-15). Caught passes of 25 and 24 yards to set up NIU's first touchdown against the Broncos. Gained 58 yards on six carries versus Kent State (10-8) to garner the NIU Offensive Skill Player of the Week Award. Carried the ball eight times for 48 yards and caught one pass for 23 yards against Cal Poly (9-24). Earned co-Special Teams Player of the Week honors after tallying three tackles on kick and punt coverage units in the game. Led the team in rushing versus Wisconsin (9-17) with four carries for 23 yards. Caught three passes for 40 yards at Kansas (9-10), including a 31-yarder to set up the Huskies' second touchdown. Returned four kickoffs for 72 yards with a long of 28 yards against the Jayhawks. Caught a six-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter against Army (9-3).
2010: Appeared in 11 games, rushing for 87 yards and three scores on 10 carries out of the slot receiver position. Also caught two passes. Played in the first two games of the season and made his first career reception versus North Dakota (9-11). Saw his next action versus Temple (10-9), when he made his lone start of the year and rushed three times for 13 yards. Scored his first TD on a nine-yard run versus the Owls. Carried the ball in each of the next three games before breaking out for 62 yards and two touchdowns on two carries, one for a season-long 50 yards, against Toledo (11-9). Scored on a 12-yard run to put the Huskies up 14-0 early in the second quarter while his 50-yard jaunt in the third quarter gave NIU a 42-16 lead. An early graduate from high school, he was on campus for NIU's 2010 spring drills.
High School: Recorded 12 rushing touchdowns and four scores on kick (three punt, one kickoff) returns at Osceola High while playing tailback, defensive back and returning kicks. In 12 games in 2009, gained 845 rushing yards on 122 carries to average 6.9 yards per carry. Defensively, totaled 35 tackles, 21 solo, intercepted three passes and broke up three as a senior. As a sophomore in 2007, made 55 tackles for 14-1 Osceola team that played in the state 5A title game. Intercepted one pass and broke up three that season. Played in just four games his junior year as team went 8-4.
Personal: Born July 22, 1991 in Jacksonville, Fla. Son of Willie and Sharon Daniels. Father Willie played football at Florida A&M University. Mother Sharon ran track at South Carolina. His older brother, Kiaree, played defensive back for the Huskies from 2008-2010. Admires Allen Iverson. Hobbies include drawing and music. Majoring in communication studies.
DANIELS' CAREER GAME HIGHS
Carries: 17, vs. Kent State (MAC Championship), 11-30-12 Rushing Yards: 128, vs. Kent State (MAC Championship), 11-30-12 Rushing Touchdowns: 4, at Eastern Michigan, 11-23-12 Long Rush: 50, vs. Toledo, 11-9-10 Catches: 5, at Ball State, 10-6-12 Receiving Yards: 79, at Bowling Green, 11-8-11