Tiger Rag Profile: SS Jesse Daniels

Senior strong safety Jesse Daniels, who has been called "the quarterback in the secondary for the Tigers", will be one of LSU's defensive leaders in 2006, starting a total of 24 times during his career.

Since he first came onto the scene in 2003, Daniels has compiled 136 tackles and four interceptions, while also making the majority of the defensive calls for the Tigers.


A Louisiana native, Daniels came out of Breaux Bridge high school ranked the #11 safety in America by Scout.com, received scholarship offers from LSU and Auburn and would have likely been recruited throughout the south had he not committed early to LSU, becoming the first commitment of the 2003 class by committing in February of his junior year.


As a high school senior, Daniels recorded 62 tackles and five interceptions during eight games to earn 4A All-State honors. He also showed his toughness by playing in the first two rounds of the playoffs with a broken hand.


In his first season at LSU, Daniels started one time and saw significant action on defense in all 14 games as well as playing a significant role on special teams. He finished the 2003 campaign with 33 tackles, five pass break ups and nine quarterback hurries.


As a sophomore in '04, Daniels had his best showing to date, starting at strong safety all 12 games and racking up 64 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery on the season.

 That year, he again showed his toughness when he injured his hand against Vanderbilt and had a pin inserted into it but did not missing a game, playing the final three contests in a cast.


Last year, Jesse played in 11 games, compiling 39 tackles with two sacks and one interception as part of a pass defense that was third in the country in pass defense efficiency and scoring defense, and 11th in total pass defense.


Dearman's Perspective on Daniels:


Although he does not get the publicity that his counterpart, All-American free safety LaRon Landry does, Daniels has been in integral part of the LSU secondary the past three seasons, and will do so again this year. Daniels is a leader to the defensive unit, and his confident presence on the field will be a huge benefit for the Tigers in the fall.


His numbers were down last season compared to when he was a sophomore, but with one more year of experience under his belt, we look for him to put up the best performance of his career in 2006, and to be one of the most outspoken leaders on the team.

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