#7 Danzel McDaniel
Position: Defensive Back
Previous Colleges: College of Dupage (Ill.); Dodge City Community College
Status: On Scholarship
Danzel McDaniel (b. Sept. 4, 1993) is an athletic JUCO defensive back who joined the program in January and playing in the spring game. He will compete immediately for playing time on both defense and special teams.
McDaniel is locked in an extremely tight battle right now with redshirt junior cornerback Nate Jackson, but even if he doesn't win, he will play quite a bit. He also is Randall Evans' understudy at the crucial nickelback position.
In 2013, McDaniel played one season under head coach Gary Thomas at Dodge City Community College, where he was rated the fourth-best junior college cornerback by ESPN.
McDaniel earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors after recording 48 tackles, including three for loss, one interception and one forced fumble. He helped the Conquistadors to go 6-4, earn a berth in the Valley of the Sun Bowl in Scottsdale, Ariz., and finish with a No. 19 national ranking. He was a JUCO teammate of Terrell Clinkscales.
McDaniel played his freshman season in 2012 at College of Dupage under head coach Gary Thomas, helping the Chaparrals to earn a 9-2 record and a win over NE Oklahoma A&M in the Citizens Bank Bowl in Pittsburg.
He was a second-team All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference defensive back at Dupage after carding 36 tackles, picking off one pass and recovering a fumble.
McDaniel prepped at Thornridge High School in Dolton, Ill., under Mike Morrissey. Watch his highlights here.