Honors & Awards
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2018, 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
Sophomore Damion Daniels returns to the middle of the Nebraska defensive line in 2019 after a strong effort as a redshirt freshman last season. The 6-3, 340-pound Daniels brings a strong, physical presence to the nose tackle position helping make the Husker defensive line one of the most talented and experienced position groups on the team.
Daniels played in all 12 games last season and this fall is likely to share the nose tackle position with his older brother, Darrion, a graduate transfer from Oklahoma State. In the classroom, Damion is a two-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
2018 (Redshirt Freshman)
Daniels appeared in all 12 games as a redshirt freshman, totaling 12 tackles. He made his career debut in the season opener against Colorado and totaled one tackle while helping the Huskers limit Colorado to 44 yards rushing. He added his first career multi-tackle effort with two tackles vs. Troy the next week. Daniels made his first career Big Ten tackle in Nebraska’s win over Minnesota. Against Bethune-Cookman, Daniels recorded a career-high four tackles, doubling his season total entering the game. He also recorded his first career tackle for loss against the Wildcats. The next week at No. 8 Ohio State, Daniels made three tackles, a career high for a Big Ten Conference game. In Nebraska’s win against Michigan State, Daniels had one tackle and he recovered a fumble to set up Nebraska’s game-tying, fourth-quarter field goal.
Daniels was a preseason candidate to play as a true freshman and traveled with the Huskers to Oregon before sitting out the 2017 season as a redshirt.
Daniels was one of the final pieces in Nebraska’s 2017 class, announcing his decision to be a Husker on Signing Day. The 6-2, 310-pound Daniels brings an impressive background to the Nebraska defensive line.
Daniels was a standout defender for Bishop Dunne High School and Coach Michael Johnson. As a senior, Daniels finished with 78 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and nine sacks. He also forced three fumbles and had a blocked punt. His play helped Bishop Dunne to an 8-6 record and a trip to the finals of the Division 1 Texas Private and Parochial School playoffs. A team captain in 2016, Daniels was the TAPPS Defensive MVP in 2016 and earned first-team all-state honors.
Daniels also earned first-team all-state honors in 2015, when his play helped Bishop Dunne to a 12-1 record, a district championship and state runner-up honors. As a sophomore, Bishop Dunne earned the TAPSS state title and posted a 12-1 record.
Daniels is ranked among the top 25 defensive tackles in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN, while Scout.com lists him as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the Lone Star State. He is also listed among the top 55 players in Texas by Rivals.com, ESPN and in the 247 Sports composite rankings.
Daniels also competes in track for Bishop Dunne, throwing the shot put and discus. He was second in the district in the shot put in 2016.
Damion was born on Aug. 31, 1999, and is the son of Tony Daniels and Rhonda Daniels. His older brother, Darrion, is a senior defensive lineman at Nebraska. Damion is majoring in communication studies. He volunteered his time with the Nebraska Football Road Race, N-Volved and local hospital visits.