’25 LB can also play QB
There is no doubt the Storm has some pretty big shoes to fill at the QB-slot when it opens camp for the ’23 season. Who will it be? Don’t count out Michael McDaniel who brings an interesting array of athletic skills to the equation should the Storm decide the wind blows in his direction. Regardless, he is a guy coming off a very solid sophomore year defensively. He should provide real promise at LB and would be a very useful tool should that be his calling this coming year.HB Lyon, Scouting Division, KPGFootball
Randy Bachman wrote a song once goofing on his brother who happened to stutter. Randy never intended to release the song as either a single or on one of his band’s albums.
The executives at Mercury Records heard the “joke” version and just loved it. They begged him to release the song and he agreed so long as he could re-record the vocals without the stutter.
The re-recording was a disaster. When Bachman heard it, even he had to admit it sounded like he was imitating Frank Sinatra.
Bachman reconsidered and released the version which contained the stutter. The song topped the charts in America and Canada and became the only chart topping song in the career of this very famous, Canadian rock band, winning Canada’s “Juno Award” in 1976.
The band was Bachman-Turner Overdrive or “BTO” to millions of its fans. The song…”You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
That song came naturally to mind when thinking of Hopkins County Central’s Michael McDaniel. Sure, the ’25 prospect had a fine ’22 season. However, with his undeniable physical skills; one, still, is left with the impression we really ain’t seen nothing yet.
McDaniel is listed as a QB/LB. He was mostly a LB in ’22.
With the Storm graduating last year’s QB, one would think the competition to fill those shoes will be fierce when camp opens this Summer. McDaniel will be in the mix.
Regardless of whether he becomes “The Man Under Center,” he will still be one of the team’s better 2nd-level, defensive options. Last year McDaniel, who wore No. 3, played in all 11-games. He logged 24-tackles from his QB/LB post and was among the team leaders in PBU’s and INT’s.
McDaniel got some offensive run as well. He had a handful of carries where he averaged over 5-yards per. He also was among the team leaders in receptions, receiving yards, and scoring.
Still, it will be hard to pry this prospect away from the defensive side of the football. As for college prospects, we believe his future, at that level, is on either the 2nd or even 3rd-level defensively.
It is hard to judge the prospects of any player collegiately coming off the sophomore season. Not all players are finished developing and how a frame finishes has a tremendous impact on a player’s college prospects, if you will.
This is a solid football player. The maturation of players like McDaniel, and the other players in his same ’25 class, will have a lot to say about how the program competes at its new 3A classification.
We’re liking the Storm’s chances.
This is Fletcher W. Long, reporting for KPGFootball, reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE!
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