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» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2019)
2019 Season Outlook
A January addition to the Nebraska football program, Darrion Daniels made a strong first impression on Husker coaches during spring practice. A graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, Daniels is expected to team with his younger brother, Damion, to hold down the nose tackle position on a defensive line that is among Nebraska’s deepest and most talented position groups.
The 6-4, 340-pound Daniels played four seasons at Oklahoma State, but was limited to just four games last season, allowing him to redshirt and transfer for his final season. In addition to his work on the field, Daniels quickly established himself as a vocal leader for the Nebraska defense. He also earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average in his first semester as an applied science graduate student.
Before Nebraska (Bishop Dunne HS/Oklahoma State)
Daniels joined Nebraska as a graduate transfer after earning his degree from Oklahoma State. Daniels played for the Cowboys each of the last four seasons. An injury limited him to four games in 2018 and allowed him to utilize a redshirt and preserve his final season of eligibility.
Daniels recorded seven tackles, one tackle for loss and 1.0 sack in his four games in 2018. As a junior in 2017, Daniels started 10 games and had 26 tackles, five TFLs, a half sack, two pass breakups and a pair of quarterback hurries. He earned the Vernon Grant Award for outstanding leadership, spirit and enthusiasm following the season. As a sophomore, Daniels appeared in 13 games, totaling 15 tackles, one TFL, one breakup, one hurry and one blocked extra point. Daniels was named Oklahoma State’s most outstanding defensive newcomer as a true freshman in 2015, when he played in 13 games and had 16 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and a half sack.
Daniels played his prep ball for Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas. He recorded 67 tackles as a senior with 28 tackles for loss and eight sacks. As a junior, Daniels totaled 80 tackles, 25 TFLs and two sacks. He was named a first-team all-state selection as both a junior and a senior. Daniels also finished as the state runner-up in the shot put as a senior.
Out of high school, Daniels chose Oklahoma State over numerous other offers, including Iowa, LSU, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ohio State, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and Wisconsin.
Darrion was born on Dec. 4, 1997, and is the son of Tony Daniels and Rhonda Daniels. His brother Damion is a sophomore defensive lineman at Nebraska. Darrion earned his degree in marketing from Oklahoma State in December of 2018. He is pursuing a master's degree in applied science at Nebraska.