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#29 LeShun Daniels, Jr.

Height 6-0
Weight 230 lbs.
Class Fr.
Hometown Warren, Ohio
High School Harding

Hawk-Item – – Rushed for 1,058 yards to become Iowa’s first 1,000-yard rusher since 2011 and 14th different player to reach 1,000 yards . . . 46th Iowa player to rush for over 1,000 career yards (408-1,888), ranking 16th in career rushing yards . . . ranks 27th in career scoring with 116 points . . . rushed for over 100 yards in six career games . . . scored multiple touchdowns in seven career games . . . rushed for 150 yards or more in four career games . . . suffered injury in practice after seventh game in 2014 and missed five games before returning for limited action in bowl game . . . one of four true freshmen to see action in 2013 . . . attended Harding HS as a junior and senior after attending Dekalb (Illinois) HS as a freshman and sophomore . . . one of nine seniors named to 2016 Leadership Group . . . one of two juniors named to 2015 Leadership Group.

2016 Honors – – Permanent Team Captain, offense . . . Most Valuable Player, offense . . . Hayden Fry Award, offense . . . Iron Hawk Award . . . Comeback Player of the Year . . . Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award . . . third team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . honorable mention All-Big Ten by Big Ten coaches and media . . . named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week for his play in 28-0 win at Illinois . . . also earned same honor vs. Illinois from College Sports Madness . . . 2016 Preseason Honors – – Named to Doak Walker Award preseason Watch List . . . named to Weurffel Trophy preseason Watch List . . . preseason fourth team All-Big Ten by Athlon Sports . . . 2016 – – Saw action in all 13 games, with 12 starts . . . rushed 213 times for 1,058 yards and 10 touchdowns, along with eight receptions for 67 yards . . . started at running back in 45-21 win over Miami . . . rushed 10 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns vs. Miami, with a long of 43 yards . . . scored on runs of one and 43 yards and added one reception for one yard . . . started at running back in 42-3 win over Iowa State as offense gained 435 yards total offense . . . led rushing attack with 15 attempts for 112 yards and one touchdown vs. ISU . . . scored on a 43-yard for second consecutive game . . . started at running back in 23-21 loss to North Dakota State . . . rushed 14 times for 29 yards and had one reception for five yards vs. NDSU . . . started at running back in 14-7 win at Rutgers . . . rushed 13 times for 77 yards at Rutgers, with a long of 15 yards, along with one pass reception for nine yards . . . for the second straight week had a rush of over 60 yards called back due to penalty . . . saw action in 38-31 loss to Northwestern . . . led rushing attack vs. Northwestern with 17 carries for 72 yards and a touchdown, to go with one reception for five yards . . . rushing touchdown came from one yard in the fourth quarter . . . started at running back in 14-7 win at Minnesota . . . rushed 17 times for 66 yards at Minnesota, including 31-yard run to set up first points of the game . . . added two-point conversion late in the game to provide final scoring margin . . . started at running back in 49-35 win at Purdue as offense rushed for 365 net rushing yards and gained 520 yards total offense . . . 23 rushing attempts for 150 yards at Purdue, with touchdown runs of one and four yards and a career-long rush of 67 yards . . . started at running back in 17-9 loss to #10 Wisconsin . . . rushed 10 times for 35 yards vs. Wisconsin and had one reception for eight yards . . . started at running back in 41-14 loss at #12 Penn State . . . rushed 10 times for 18 yards at PSU, along with career-bests of two pass receptions for 36 yards . . . started at running back in 14-13 win over #2 Michigan . . . rushed 14 times for 54 yards vs. Michigan . . . started at running back in 28-0 win at Illinois as offense rushed for 262 yards and gained 342 yards total offense . . . led rushing attack with 159 yards and two touchdowns, while matching career high with 26 carries . . . also had one reception for three yards . . . scored on runs of one and 50 yards in the second half to take advantage from 7-0 to 21-0 . . . started at running back in 40-10 win over #15 Nebraska as offense rushed for 264 net yards and gained 408 yards total offense . . . career-high 29 rushing attempts for 158 yards vs. Nebraska, including scoring runs of four and one yard . . . long gain of 56 yards led to his first score of the game . . . started at running back in 30-3 Outback Bowl loss to #17 Florida . . . rushed 15 times for 45 yards vs. Florida.

2015 Honors – – Named honorable mention national Performer of the Week vs. Minnesota by College Football Performance Awards . . . 2015 – – Saw action in 12 games, with five starts . . . rushed 145 times for 646 yards and eight touchdowns . . . started at running back in 31-14 win over Illinois State as offense gained 431 yards total offense . . . led rushing attack with 123 yards on 26 carries vs. Illinois State, with a long-run of 27 yards that led to opening touchdown . . . started at running back in 31-17 win at Iowa State as offense gained 260 net rushing yards and 475 yards total offense . . . rushed eight times for 56 yards at ISU before leaving the game in the first half due to injury . . . saw limited action in 27-24 win over Pitt, rushing nine times for 17 yards as offense gained 363 yards total offense . . . saw action in 62-16 win over North Texas as offense gained 488 yards total offense . . . five rushing attempts for 21 yards vs. North Texas . . . saw action in 10-6 win at Wisconsin, rushing four times for nine yards . . . did not see action in 29-20 win over Illinois due to injury . . . did not see action in 40-10 win at Northwestern due to injury . . . saw action in 31-15 win over Maryland . . . rushed 13 times for 60 yards vs. Maryland, including a one-yard run for his first touchdown of the season . . . saw action in 35-27 win at Indiana as offense rushed for 234 yards and gained 467 yards total offense . . . rushed 23 times for 78 yards at Indiana, scoring on runs of four yards and one yard for first career game with more than one touchdown . . . started at running back in 40-35 win over Minnesota as offense rushed for 272 yards and gained 506 yards total offense . . . led rushing attack with career-best 195 yards on 26 attempts, scoring three touchdowns . . . scored on runs of three and two yards before added a 51-yard touchdown with 2:01 remaining to secure the win . . . started at running back in 40-20 win over Purdue . . . rushed eight times for 31 yards vs. Purdue, scoring on runs of 2 and 13 yards for his third consecutive multiple-touchdown game . . . started at running back in 28-20 win at Nebraska . . . rushed for two yards on five attempts at Nebraska . . . saw action in 16-13 loss to Michigan State . . . rushed eight times for 17 yards vs. MSU . . . saw action at running back in 45-16 Rose Bowl loss to Stanford . . . rushed 10 times for 37 yards vs. Stanford and had one reception for nine yards.

2014 – – Saw action in five games, missing several games due to injury . . . rushed 15 times for 49 yards and one touchdown and had one pass reception for five yards . . . saw action in 31-23 win over Northern Iowa as offense gained 401 yards total offense . . . rushed eight times for 15 yards and had one reception for five yards vs. UNI, while scoring first career touchdown on 13-yard run in the first quarter . . . saw action in 17-13 win over Ball State as offense gained 455 yards total offense . . . four rushing attempts for 20 yards vs. BSU . . . saw action in 24-10 win at Purdue, with one rushing attempt for seven yards and a key first down as offense gained 420 yards total offense . . . saw action in 38-31 loss at Maryland, with one rushing attempt for no gain as offense gained 433 yards total offense . . . suffered injury in practice prior to 48-7 win over Northwestern and missed final five games of regular season . . . saw action in TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Tennessee, with one rushing attempt for seven yards.

2013 – – Saw action in seven games . . . rushed 36 times for 142 yards . . . saw first action of career in 28-14 win over Missouri State and offense gained 491 yards total offense . . . rushed six times for 30 yards vs. MSU, with a long of 10 yards . . . saw action in 59-3 win over Western Michigan as offense gained 446 yards total offense while rushing for over 200 yards in fourth straight game . . . rushed 13 times for 54 yards in win over WMU to set career-best in both attempts and yards . . . saw action in 34-24 loss at Ohio State, recording four rushing attempts for 14 yards . . . saw action in 17-10 OT win over Northwestern, rushing three times for eight yards . . . saw action in 28-9 loss to Wisconsin, rushing four times for 14 yards . . . saw action in 38-14 win at Purdue as offense rushed for 318 yards and gained 509 yards total offense . . . five rushing attempts for 22 yards at Purdue, with a long of 10 yards . . . saw action in 38-17 win at Nebraska, with one rushing attempt for no yards.

High school honors – – Earned first team all-state, all-district, all-county and all-conference honors as a senior . . . named Lake Erie League Player of the Year as a senior . . . all-county first team as a junior . . . honorable mention all-conference and all-area as a sophomore . . . Career – – Earned three letters in football and four in track . . . rushed for 1,614 yards and 15 touchdowns on 261 attempts as a senior as team posted 9-2 record . . . rushed 165 times for 908 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior . . . totaled 243 yards and one touchdowns on KO returns as a junior . . . rushed 88 times for 406 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore at Dekalb HS, helping team reach playoffs for first time in over 20 seasons . . . team captain as a senior . . . earned all-state honors on 400-meter relay team as a junior . . . football team captain as a senior . . . ranks fourth in career rushing yards at Harding HS.

Personal – – Born 6/4/95 . . . pre-physical therapy major . . . parents are Alicia and LeShun Daniels . . . member of National Honor Society and prep Honor Roll . . . brother of OL James Daniels . . . one of five sets of brothers on the Iowa roster . . . high school coach was Steve Arnold.