Waiting Game

Damon McDaniel is still playing the waiting game in regards to the 2008 season.

The former Florida State receiver, who played two years for the Seminoles in 2006 and 2007, has applied to the NCAA for a hardship waiver to the transfer rule, which would allow him to play for West Virginia in 2008 and avoid the typical one-year sit-out.

McDaniel cites personal reasons in his request for the hardship waiver, but chose to keep those reasons private during his latest update with BlueGoldNews.com. The upbeat McDaniel was optimistic about his chances for playing for WVU in 2008.

"I've gotten all my paperwork together, and sent in all my transcripts and everything to the NCAA. I had to write a letter to them explaining why I left Florida State, and why I needed to be closer to home. Now, I'm just waiting to hear back from them. I think I have a pretty good shot, but I will still come to West Virginia and sit out the year if I don't get approved."

McDaniel, who also has relatives in Washington, D.C., would be much closer to his home base in Virginia, and holds out hope that the NCAA will approve his request. If not, however, he still has a redshirt year, which he has not taken, which would be applied to 2008 if the hardship waiver were denied. He will have two years of eligibility left – the only question is whether they will come in 2008-09 or 2009-10.

In his two seasons at Florida State, McDaniel battled injuries and high expectations. Playing in just five games as a sophomore, he caught just four passes for 35 yards while adding three rushes for 22 markers. His productivity in Tallahassee contrasted sharply with his senior season at Landstown High School in Virginia Beach, where he caught 92 passes for 1,574 yards and 26 scores. He hopes that a fresh start at a different location will help him recapture some of those high school numbers.

"I want to catch every ball," McDaniel said. "I like to make plays, and make yards after the catch. I am a playmaker."

McDaniel originally committed to Florida out of high school along with teammate Percy Harvin, but after some consideration switched to the Seminoles.

At West Virginia, McDaniel (6-0, 205 lbs.) could play either the outside or slot receiver positions. If he shows the ability to get downfield, he could compete quickly for playing time at either the X or Z receiver positions. However, there's that little matter of the NCAA to get past first.

"I have talked to WVU a little bit, but I have kind of been waiting for this {NCAA waiver] to get out of the way first," he said. "I hope to hear something soon, so I can get there for the summer."

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