It was not just for one possession here and there, either. Daniels broke into the first unit for multiple possessions. An Ohio native, and brother of starting running back LeShun Daniels, James Daniels has taken advantage of some injuries to the position and the departure of two seniors to graduation a year ago.
The playing time he's garnering may be out of necessity with the depth becoming even more thin with starter Jordan Walsh out due to injury, but his performance has been strong as well. Daniels is not your typical freshman. He stands at 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds already, with little bad weight. His size and physique is already very comparable to the rest of the starting unit and the upperclassmen.
His early arrival and the fact that he was with the Hawkeyes for spring football could also be playing an instrumental role.
Whether he is the starting left guard for the opener on September 5 against Illinois State remains to be seen, but he's already making huge strides. A lot could depend on Walsh's health and how well the other new starters perform throughout the rest of August.
Stay with HawkeyeInsider and Scout for more on Daniels' emergence and to find out the conclusion of his push for immediate playing time.