Honors & Awards
» Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten (2019, Coaches)
» Team Captain (2019)
» Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2019; Spring 2019)
» Brook Berringer Citizenship Team (2020)
» Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2020)
A graduate transfer from Oklahoma State, Darrion Daniels made a major impact in his lone season at Nebraska. An honorable-mention All-Big Ten selection, Daniels started 11 of 12 games as a team captain, missing the Wisconsin game due to injury. He totaled a career-high 34 tackles on the season, with four tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and his first career interception. Daniels had four tackles in his Husker debut against South Alabama and five tackles against Northern Illinois, including career highs of two TFLs and 1.5 sacks. He added two more tackles the next week at Illinois and had three tackles against Ohio State. Daniels had a season-high six tackles in the win over Northwestern, including one tackle for loss. He matched that total with six tackles the next week at Minnesota. After being limited by an injury against Indiana, Daniels intercepted the first pass of his career at Purdue, setting up a Husker field goal. He missed the Wisconsin game with an injury but returned to start the next week at Maryland. Daniels concluded his career by tying for the team lead with six tackles against Iowa, including a three-yard tackle for loss.
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 previous 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 earned a master's degree in applied science from Nebraska in August of 2022.