Boston College Football: Get To Know The Dudes - #52, LB Steven Daniels

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Today.... Get to know Steven Daniels

Name: Steven Daniels

Position: Linebacker

Number: #52

Year: Junior

Height: 6-foot-0

Weight: 257 lbs.

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

High School: Worcester Academy

2013 Stats: Daniels was a revelation last season. He developed into an absolute beast and the heir apparent to the BC linebacking corps. He finished with just under 90 tackles, 54 of which were solo. 6.5 of those tackles were for losses, and he had three sacks. Against New Mexico State, he registered eight tackles, along with his only interception, but he went over 10 tackles against Wake Forest, Army (11, including nine solo), and Syracuse. Against Florida State, he recorded five tackles and forced a fumble.

2014 Projections: He's going to be the focal point of the Boston College linebacking corps. Like some of those who've come before him, he played during his freshman year and after making some young mistakes, developed into a monster in coverage as a sophomore. His junior year could see him blow through the 100 tackle mark and start garnering some of the all-conference mentions of those who came before him, as Phil Steele has him as a preseason All-ACC.

How'd He Get Here: A four-star recruit, he began his high school career at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, then moved to Worcester Academy out in central Massachusetts for 2011. He was a 2010 Rivals High School All-American, recruited to BC by Ben Sirmans. Chose BC over Cincinnati, Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, and West Virginia

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Uniform History: 21 players in BC's history wore the number, and unsurprisingly, the majority were either defensive players or offensive centermen.  Perhaps the best known is Chet Gladchuk, Jr.  Gladchuk played for the Eagles in the early 1970s, matriculating in 1972.  He would return to BC in 1990 as Athletic Director, presiding over some of the golden years of Eagle football with Tom Coughlin as the head coach.  In 1997, he departed for Houston, ultimately landing at Navy in 2001.  He is still there.

Other famous 52's include various members of the linebacking lineage.  Mike Siravo '97 and former team captain Jeff Dziama '79 wore the number, as did Andy Romanowski at the turn of the 21st century.  A personal favorite was the pride of Belmont, Anthony DiNatale, a quarterback who wore the number in the 1930s.

Linkage:

Better know an opponent - Boston College (HamptonRoads.com)

Phil Steele's Preseason All-ACC Picks (PhilSteele.com)

Steven Daniels is coming into his own (BostonGlobe.com)

Highlights:

A simple YouTube search will show Daniels' performance against New Mexico State as part of the larger BC performance, but here's a specific package on the LB from his time in high school:

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