Duke Football BIO
40 Matt Daniels
2011: Returning starting safety ... pre-season third team All-ACC pick by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... charted by Phil Steele as the No. 21 draft eligible strong safety in the nation ... named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List ... post-season honors candidate ... will be counted on for leadership in 2011 ... has good size and speed ... most dependable tackler on the Duke roster ... in 34 career games, has amassed 198 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss, 13 PBUs, six caused fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two INTs ... Duke's active leader in tackles, pass break-ups, caused fumbles (6) and double digit tackle games (4) ... among active players in the ACC, ranks fourth in career tackles ... ranks tied for second on Duke's all-time chart for caused fumbles ... has played 1,954 career snaps ... two-time Academic All-ACC pick ... among Duke's leaders in the power clean (330 lbs.; t2nd), vertical jump (35.5"; t3rd), broad jump (10'1"; t4th) and 40-yard dash (4.43 seconds; 5th).
2010: Academic All-ACC choice ... 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 INT ... 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 Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech ... lone INT of the year came versus Elon ... on the field for 821 snaps.
2009: 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.
2008: 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 INT and one fumble recovery ... garnered his first collegiate start against Virginia and posted four tackles ... at Virginia Tech, totaled three tackles, one INT and one fumble recovery on just 15 snaps before suffering a season-ending knee injury ... posted a season-high five tackles at Georgia Tech ... played a total of 243 snaps with 74 coming on defense and 169 on special teams.
Prior to Duke: Four-year letterman at Fayette County under Tommy Webb ... charted as the No. 27 safety in the nation by ESPN.com ... three-time all-region pick 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 and four INTs along with 1,486 rushing yards and 19 TDs as a senior as Fayette County went 11-1 ... finished his career with 268 total tackles and seven INTs along with 2,790 rushing yards and 39 TDs 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.
Personal: Son of Bruce and Swannette Daniels ... born September 27, 1989 ... majoring in public policy studies.