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7 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Danzel McDaniel

In which BracketCat counts down the seventh day until kickoff with a profile of defensive back Danzel McDaniel.

The sight of this guy streaking toward them with bad intentions was something Big 12 wide receivers quickly learned to dread last season.
The sight of this guy streaking toward them with bad intentions was something Big 12 wide receivers quickly learned to dread last season.
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#7 Danzel McDaniel
True Senior
6-1 | 205
Dolton, Ill.


Position: Defensive Back

Previous Colleges: College of Dupage (Ill.); Dodge City Community College

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Danzel "McMissile" McDaniel (b. Sept. 4, 1993) is an athletic, extremely hard-hitting player who was a mainstay in the defensive backfield in 2014 who will look to hold down his starting cornerback spot as a senior.

Entering this season, McDaniel has earned 2015 preseason All-Big 12 honors from Athlon, Lindy’s and Phil Steele.

He started all 13 games last year, earning second-team All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches after finishing with 59 tackles, five tackles for loss, one sack, one interception, three passes defended and two forced fumbles.

McDaniel recorded a career-high nine tackles at TCU and had eight stops, including two TFLs, at No. 11 Oklahoma.

He made one of the best plays in that game when he picked off a Sooners pass and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown, marking the shortest pick-six ever under head coach Bill Snyder.

McDaniel's lone sack of the year came at Iowa State on the Cyclones’ final drive to help to preserve a four-point win.

He also tallied seven tackles and a forced fumble at Baylor, while he had six tackles against Iowa State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Most important, he made head-rattling, highlight reel-worthy hits in almost every game.

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. He earned first-team All-Jayhawk Conference honors after recording 48 tackles, including three for loss, one interception and one forced fumble.

He also 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.

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.