31 - Mike Daniels Position: Linebacker
    Class: r-Sophomore
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 197
    High School: Fairfax H.S.
    Hometown: Fairfax, Va.
    photo         Was moved from free safety to the whip linebacker spot during the season ... Ended up starting the final three regular-season games plus the Gator Bowl game versus FSU ... Is always around the football ... Attacks people and does a good job finishing the tackle ... Plays hard ... Must continue working to gain strength through the athletic performance program ... Saw most of his action on special teams over the first seven games of the season ... Was in for two plays at free safety at Rutgers ... Got his first taste of action at linebacker in the Pittsburgh game ... Worked at free safety during a redshirt season in 2000 ... Has done a good job learning the Tech system ... Should continue to improve with additional playing time ... Is being counted on for a big season ...

    2001: Played in every game ... Recorded 12 solo tackles, 16 assists and broke up a pass during the year ... Started on the kickoff team and the kickoff and punt return teams ... Saw action on 17 special teams plays against Connecticut ... Saw brief action on special teams versus Western Michigan ... Had an assist on 11 plays at Rutgers ... Saw action on a season-high 24 special teams plays against Boston College ... Played 18 snaps on defense and 14 on special teams at Pittsburgh, recording a solo tackle and an assist ... Earned his first career start at Temple ... Had two solo tackles, an assist and broke up a pass in that win ... Was credited with four solo tackles and four assists at Virginia ... On a personal-best 87 plays, had four solo tackles and nine assists against No. 1 Miami ... Led the Hokies with seven tackles in the Gator Bowl ... Had two sacks in that game for minus-14 yards ... Also recovered a fumble ... Met all six of his goals in the weight room prior to the season ... Turned in a personal-best 450-pound back squat during spring testing ... Posted four tackles and broke up a pass in one spring scrimmage ... Added four tackles in another spring scrimmage and contributed a pair of tackles during the Maroon-White game ...

    2000: Spent a redshirt season working at free safety ... Improved in three of Tech's four major lifts during the off-season strength and conditioning workouts ... Was in on four tackles, including two behind the line in the Hokies' first spring scrimmage ... Intercepted a pass in the annual spring game and assisted on three tackles ...

    High School: Set a school record with 18 career pass interceptions during his four varsity seasons at Fairfax ... Lettered four years as a defensive back and wide receiver for Coach Tom Verbanic ... Was the Liberty District Player of the Year as a senior ... Went on to earn first-team all-district, all-region and all-state honors ... Was a SuperPrep and PrepStar All-American ... An honorable-mention All-USA pick by USA Today ... Rated the No. 25 defensive back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep ... Posted 102 tackles and four interceptions during his senior season ... Also contributed 23 pass receptions for 450 yards and three TDs ... Averaged 25 yards on punt returns and 27 yards on kickoff returns ... Ran for one touchdown, caught a pass for another TD and collected 12 tackles in a game against Madison his senior year ... Picked off seven passes as a junior ... Helped the team to a four-year 31-9 regular-season record and two district titles ... Also excelled in basketball, lettering four years and setting a school scoring mark with 1,250 points ...

    Personal: Michael William Daniels ... Born 9/18/81 in Germany ... Son of Fletcher, Jr., and Carolyn Daniels ... Studying sociology.

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