Oregon Ducks defensive back Reggie Daniels, a redshirt freshman from Hamilton High School (Chandler, Arizona), enters his second season in the Oregon program.
Before joining the Ducks, Daniels lettered three seasons of varsity football on his way to an outstanding prep career. As a junior he finished with 46 tackles, two sacks, three interceptions and four pass breakups. However, it was his senior season that earned him a spot on the Arizona Football Coaches Association Top 25 Team at defensive back and chosen to the Division I all-state first team. As a senior he totaled 90 tackles, five interceptions, three sacks, six pass breakups and two fumble recoveries.
Daniels three stars from Rivals and four stars from Scout, ESPN and 247Sports. He’s been praised for his blitzing ability, change of direction, zone coverage, ball skills, run support and instincts while been knocked for his size and durability. However, his frame doesn’t seem to be to big of a detractor.
Here’s one scouting evaluation of Daniels:
“Big frame with long arms and good speed (has been clocked under 11 seconds electronically in 100 meters). Sound tackler that will stick his nose in the mix. Good in pass drops, has good hips and very good ball skills. Has the versatility to be a deep safety or play in the box. With his frame, he could even bulk up and play OLB.” – Scout
In 2012, Daniels spent the season as a redshirt while an active participant on the Ducks’ scout team. He was a major contributor to both defense and special teams practice squads.
Daniels was not listed as an active participant in the 2013 Oregon Spring Game. However, he will be fully healthy and ready to go by the start of the season.
Going into the 2013 season, Daniels has had his name mentioned several times. He’s not likely to make the two-deep due to the vastly talented Oregon secondary, but with so many upperclassmen in the defensive backfield Daniels could see serious playing time as a sophomore.