Daniel is sidelined as a result of his injuries, but it is not immediately known for how long. His absence should not severely impact the Bulldogs’ plans for defending Clemson next week.
However, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete had impressed Georgia coaches during preseason camp. Coach Kirby Smart brought up Daniel after the Bulldogs’ scrimmage Saturday at Sanford Stadium.
“He’s had a fall camp where he’s growing,” Smart said of Daniel, who missed the scrimmage to attend a funeral. “He got spring (practice) in and got a lot of reps, but he’s still growing to help our team, because we don’t have much depth at the defensive back position. He’s a guy who could be thrust into playing time, because we had that happen last year. In the Florida game, when Lewis (Cine) got the targeting, we had to stick a safety in there who had not played much. David could easily be that guy.”
While in high school, Daniel was rated the No. 3 “athlete” prospect nationally, a special recruiting category for players that could play a number of positions. He was a consensus 4-star recruit after recording 123 tackles (including 94 solos), two interceptions, a sack and causing three fumbles his senior year at Woodstock High.