Former Big 10 athlete to play at ASU

A former Big 10 athlete has decided to return to the South to play at least one more year of football, closer to his hometown of Roswell Georgia. After spending four years at Northwestern University in Illinois, Georgia native Alex Daniel has decided to become an Arkansas State Red Wolf. Go "Inside" AStateNation.com for this exclusive interview.

A former Big 10 athlete has decided to return to the South to play at least one more year of football, closer to his hometown of Roswell Georgia.

After spending four years at Northwestern University in Illinois, Georgia native Alex Daniel has decided to become an Arkansas State Red Wolf.

The former Wildcat running back will become a preferred walk-on for Gus Malzahn's team next month when football camp opens on August 2.

AStateNation.com caught up with Daniel to find out a little more information about the former Big 10 athlete.

"I hope to play some at the running back position but I'm willing to do whatever I can do to contribute to this team," Daniel said. "The ASU coaches have told me that they are interested in me playing on a lot of the special team units."

Daniel has graduated from Northwestern and will be eligible immediately this fall for Arkansas State by working on his Masters Degree at ASU in a program that wasn't offered at the Illinois school.

Daniel is excited about being closer to home and playing football in the South again.

"I'm the type of guy that would rather play in the heat than the cold," Daniel laughed. "I know that I will have at least one more year to play here, we plan on petitioning for a medical red-shirt year for my sophomore season when I broke my leg."

According to Daniel he is weighing in at 6-foot-0 and 195-pounds.

The talented Georgia athlete has been impressed with Arkansas State since the arrival of Gus Malzahn and his new coaching staff.

"I have always known about Coach Malzahn," Daniel said. "I kept with him, we sent out video and emails out earlier this spring to find a place for me to play. I have really been impressed by this coaching staff, how genuine they are and how much this team seems to be like a family."

Daniel was rated by Scout.com as a two star athlete coming out of high school in the Class of 2008 and ranked as the 123rd best running back in the nation.