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Matt Daniels, SS

School: Duke  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fayetteville, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 212 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2010 Season
Started all 12 games ... finished second on the team with 93 total tackles ... added 6.0 tackles for loss, seven PBUs, three caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception ... in the ACC, ranked sixth in tackles per game (7.75) and tied for second in caused fumbles per game (0.25) ... reached double figures in the tackle column in three weeks - Miami (12), Boston College (11) and North Carolina (13) ... caused fumbles versus Alabama, Boston College and Georgia Tech and recovered fumbles at both Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ...lone interception of the year came versus Elon ... on the gridiron for 821 snaps.
2009 Season
Academic All-ACC selection ... started all 12 games ... finished third on the team and 18th in the ACC with 83 tackles ... ranked 13th in the ACC in tackles per game (6.9) ... added 3.0 tackles for loss, 0.5 quarterback sack, six pass breakups and three caused fumbles ... ranked fifth in the league and tied for 34th nationally in caused fumbles per game (0.25) ... posted a season-high 13 tackles along with two PBUs at Miami ... had nine stops against both Virginia Tech and Maryland and eight tackles versus Richmond and Wake Forest ... first career sack came against Virginia Tech ... on the gridiron for 890 total snaps including 773 defensive plays ... snap total ranked third on the team behind Catron Gainey (953) and Kyle Hill (897) ... saw action on a season-high 91 plays against Miami and reached the 80-snap barrier against Army (88), Kansas (83), North Carolina (80) and Wake Forest (80).
2008 Season
Played in 10 games with one start as a true freshman ... missed tilts against Wake Forest and North Carolina ... finished the year with 22 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery ... garnered his first collegiate start against Virginia and posted four tackles ... at Virginia Tech, totaled three tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery on just 15 snaps before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... posted a season-high five tackles at Georgia Tech ... also had four tackles against Miami ... played a total of 243 snaps with 74 coming on defense and 169 on special teams.
High School
Four-year letterman at Fayette County under Tommy Webb ... listed as the No. 37 safety in the country and No. 37 overall prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com ... charted as the No. 27 safety in the nation by ESPN.com ... three-time all-region selection and two-time all-county choice ... named Fayette County 's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior ... set school single-game rushing record with 348 yards ... compiled 104 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks along with 1,486 rushing yards and 19 TDs as a senior while leading Fayette County to an 11-1 record and state playoff berth ... finished his career with 268 total tackles and seven interceptions with 2,790 rushing yards and 39 touchdowns on 384 carries ... also participated in track and field ... member of the school's record-setting 4x100-meter relay team ... honored with the Watkins Award, an honor presented annually to the top African-American high school student-athlete in the country.
Son of Bruce and Swannette Daniels ... born September 27, 1989.
Latest News
03/21/2012 - After posting 126 tackles and earning Duke's MVP honors as a senior during the 2011 season, it only makes sense that senior safety Matt Daniels has spent the last few months training for the school's annual Pro Timing Day, which will take place on Thursday. Four years as a Blue Devil and an All-America selection on the gridiron, Daniels, a native of Fayetteville, Ga., has decided to explore the opportunities that lie within the National Football League. Pro Timing Day will be a chance for NFL scouts to get a close-up look at Daniels doing various workouts as the young athlete positions himself for employment with an NFL organization either as draft pick or free-agent signee. Daniels has gone through weeks of vigorous training and hasn't wasted any time preparing for the big day. Since January, he has been training in Georgia five days a week to get in the best shape possible. The other two days, he's been in Durham attending class. "I fly back and forth," Daniels stated. "So what basically happens is that I fly in on Sundays, and I go to class on Monday. Then I fly back out to where I am training down at CES in Georgia and train there Tuesday through Saturday." Most of his training, according to Daniels, has focused on smoothing out his back pedal, improving the fluidity of his hip movement and working on his change of direction abilities. He has gained 10 pounds since training to add to his agility and strength. "I am weighing about 215 pounds now," Daniels said. "I still feel like I only weigh about 200 pounds which is a really great thing. The most important thing is that I am becoming a lot more explosive in what I do." - Duke football

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