Daniels Earns Big Ten Weekly Honor

Sept. 27, 2010

IOWA CITY, IA – University of Iowa junior defensive tackle Mike Daniels has been named Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week following Iowa’s 45-0 win over Ball State last Saturday. The announcement came today from the Big Ten office.

Daniels, 6-1. 275-pounder from Blackwood, NJ (Highland Regional HS) recorded career-bests in tackles and tackles for loss in the win over Ball State. It’s the first Player of the Week honor for Daniels. He shared this week’s defensive honor with Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones.

Daniels had four solo tackles and two assists, including four tackles for loss (-20) and one QB sack (-7). Through four games, Daniels ranks second in the Big Ten and 13th nationally in tackles for loss with 7.5 tackles for a negative 43 yards.

The Hawkeye defense held Ball State to just 112 yards total offense (56 rushing, 56 passing) as nine of 12 Ball State possessions were five plays or less.

Daniels is the second Iowa player to gain league Player of the Week honors this year. Hawkeye senior RB Paki O’Meara was recognized with the special teams honor following Iowa’s opening win over Eastern Illinois.

Iowa had eight players named Big Ten Players of the Week last year (four on defense, one offense and three special team winners).