D-MAC looking to make an impact

After limited play in his freshman season, sophomore wide receiver Damon McDaniel has his mind set to becoming a playmaker and helping make an impact for FSU this season. ND caught up with Damon following Tuesday's practice and talked about his play against UAB, how much playing time he expects against Colorado and how he thinks the offense matches up against their defense.

Before I could talk to McDaniel, he showed that his determination to help the team goes beyond words. Upon releasing the receivers from team practice Tuesday, Coach Dawsey sent them to run individual drills to work on their hands before heading over to film session. As the receivers walked over to the drill, McDaniel sprinted and completed his reps as most of his teammates were just beginning them.

During the game against UAB, Florida State found themselves down early when Damon McDaniel had a 26 yard catch and run to help spark the offense. "I thought overall I did good. Just tried to come in and make an impact and just get the offense started. You know, we were kind of sluggish when we came out. I just wanted to get the offense started and get our confidence going so we could make a good drive." McDaniel totaled for 35 of the teams 81 yards on the drive contributing with 9 yard rush on an end around on top of his reception.

McDaniel has been injured and Jimbo Fisher didn't think he was ready to play against Clemson. After working his way back into the rotation, McDaniel looks to earn as much playing time as possible. "I just keep working. It's really not up to me. I just come out every day, prepare and practice hard. Whatever they (coaches) have in store for me, that's what I'm ready to get." Coach Fisher has taken notice to McDaniel's hard work and plans to incorporate him more into game plans. At a press conference Monday afternoon, Fisher had this to say of McDaniel. "He made two really nice plays the other night so we have to continue to grow and get him in there and get him some chances."

Florida State is playing a team they rarely see in Big 12 opponent Colorado this Saturday. Last week against the Sun Devils, Colorado gave up 3 passing touchdowns of 20, 12 and 22 yards respectively. The Noles will look to do much of the same and will look for McDaniel to help in the effort. The receivers were on their way to film session so McDaniel hasn't seen much of them yet but still knew a little about the Buffalos. "They lost to Arizona State last week, so we'll probably watch what they did and see what we can do with them. We feel like we match up with them pretty well. They got a lot of small cornerbacks, so we feel like we match up pretty good." Saturday night in Boulder, Colorado will be McDaniel's next shot at showing Fisher he is the real deal and can continue to make big plays when given the opportunity.



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