| By Matt Manuri | SoFloBulls.com |
Tallahassee Stud BJ Daniels was a two-sport stud for Tallahassee’s Lincoln HS, Guard for the basketball team & the QB for the football team. Daniels’ posted record numbers during his Senior seasons, passing for 2,500 yards & 34 TDs which set Lincoln HS’ TD record & averaging 27 points/game shattering Lincoln HS’ PPG record. Daniels’ numbers led to numerous accolades, including spots on Florida’s 5A All-State 1st Team in both Basketball & Football, named All Big-Bend Player of the Year by the Tallahassee Democrat in both sports (first to do so) & awarded the 2007 Tallahassee QB Club Player of the Year. Numerous other programs sought the talents of the Scout.com three star #44 QB & Rivals.com four star #8 dual-threat QB including, WVU, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Memphis, & Minnesota. I still feel we stole BJ from some serious programs because we were the only one that would allow him to play both sports at the next level.
HISTORY AT THE DOAK
After Matt Grothe went down with a season ending ACL injury in 2009, Daniels’ stepped up as the Bulls’ starting QB. In the Bulls’ first game at Doak Campbell Stadium against the Florida State Seminoles, Daniels’ led the Bulls’ to it’s first victory over the ‘Noles with a final score of 17-7.
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BJ Daniels over his career as the Bulls’ QB passed for 8,433 yards, 52 TDs & rushed for 2,066 yards, 25 TDs. Long story short, Daniels’ has carried our program on his back since taking over for the injured Matt Grothe in 2009. Here are BJ’s accomplishments by year through 2011 via GoUSFBulls.com :
» BIG EAST All-Freshman Team by ESPN.com
» USF’s Rookie of the Year, Offensive Playmaker of the Year, & Offensive MVP
» Daniels’ passer rating of 139.6 ranks second in USF’s single-season list
» Fifth-best Rushing mark ever & the second-most by a QB Led team with 772 rushing yards & 9 rushing TDs
» Average yards per pass of 16.3, the BEST mark in USF history
» The only QB in USF history with four 100-yard rushing games in one season (Charleston Southern, Florida State, West Virginia & Louisville)
» Only player in USF & BIG EAST history to rush for 100 yards & pass for 300 yards in a single game (Louisville)
» Recorded 445 yards of total offense, which is the second-best single-game mark in USF history
» His 85-yard touchdown pass to Carlton Mitchell at Syracuse, the second-longest pass in USF history
» 199.0 efficiency rating against Stony Brook (15-of-22 (68.2%) for 264 yards and two TDs) ranks 5th on USF’s single-game list
» 2nd QB since 1996 to rush for over 100 yards against Florida
» 272.7 rating against the Bearcats eclipsed the previous USF single-game record of 243.1; Posted his fifth career game with a rush and pass TD against the Bearcats
» Completed 20-of-27 (74.1%) for 189 yards and two TDs, while adding a rushing TD in the Meineke Car Care Bowl victory over Clemson to earn game MVP honors.
» 2,585 passing yards ranks 5th on USF’s single-season list
» TD:INT ratio ranked as the third-best improvement nationally by returning starters from 2010 to 2011
» Finished with 3,186 yards of total offense, which ranks 4th on USF’s single-season list
» Notched 416 yards of total offense against FAMU, which ranks 4th on USF’s single-game list
» Threw for 382 yards against FAMU to tie for the MOST in a game in USF history, set a career high with four passing TDs versus FAMU, recorded 355 passing yards in the first half against FAMU, which is the most by a USF QB in any half
» Recorded 741 passing yards combined against Ball State & FAMU for the best passing effort in back-to-back games in USF history
» Tallied 254 yards passing & 117 rushing, including a TD, at Syracuse, marking the 2nd time he passed for > 250 yards & rushed for > 100 in the same game
Pass Attempts: 48 (Cincinnati, 2011)
Completions: 31 (Cincinnati, 2011)
Passing Yards: 409 (Cincinnati, 2011)
Passing TDs: 4 (FAMU, 2011)
Long Pass: 85 (Syracuse, 2009)
INTs: 4 (Florida, 2010)
Rushing Attempts: 23 (Florida State, 2009)
Rushing Yards: 141 (Louisville, 2009)
Rushing TDs: 3 (Connecticut, 2009)
Long Rush: 71 (UTEP, 2011)
Video: Career Highlights Through 2011:
WHAT’S NEXT FOR DANIELS’: NFL OR FBI ?
Daniels’ lifelong dream to join the FBI may come to fruition. According to Fort Myers News Press writer Jim Henry’s article ‘South Florida’s Daniels’ Undergoes Successful Surgery’ in the BJ interviewed recently with the Federal Bureau of Investigation & is considered a legitimate alternative to his limited NFL options. Go get’em BJ! You’re a beloved member of the #BullsForLife!!