DaVaris Daniels

DaVaris Daniels
No. 89Calgary Stampeders
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-12-18) December 18, 1992
Place of birth: Vernon Hills, Illinois
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: Vernon Hills (IL)
College: Notre Dame
Undrafted: 2015
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Active
CFL status: International
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at NFL.com

DaVaris Daniels (born December 18, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Notre Dame. After going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft, Daniels signed with the Minnesota Vikings.

Early years

A native of Vernon Hills, Illinois, Daniels attended Vernon Hills High School; His first varsity touch for the Vernon Hills Cougars football team came in his freshman season in 2007, and resulted in a 93-yard kickoff return for touchdown. He helped lead Vernon Hills to an 8–3 record as a junior in 2009 as he accounted for 888 all-purpose yards (221 receiving, 344 rushing, 323 passing). As a senior, he led his team to the Illinois Class 5A quarterfinals in the 2010 state playoffs. He accounted for 19 total touchdowns during his senior season: 10 rushing TDs, five receiving TDs, two punt returns, one interception return and one blocked field goal return. He was a Chicago Tribune first-team all-state selection and was selected to play in the 2011 Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] Also a member of Vernon Hills basketball teams, Daniels was the state record holder in the Illinois middle school high jump. Daniels was not a member of the track and field team at Vernon Hills High School.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, Daniels was rated as the 21st best wide receiver prospect of his class, and the second best prospect from the state of Illinois.[2] He was named best prospect in Illinois and 63rd-best player in the nation by 247Sports.com. He was rated as the ninth-best wide receiver and the 64th-ranked player in the country by Sporting News. He was also ranked 65th on the ESPN.com Top 150 list. On September 29, 2010, he announced his commitment to the University of Notre Dame.[3][4]

College career

Daniels redshirted his first year at Notre Dame. As a sophomore in 2012, Daniels played in 11 games catching 31 passes for 490 yards (15.8 YPC). In the 2013 BCS National Championship Game vs. Alabama, he recorded a career-high 115 receiving yards on six receptions. In 2013, as a full-time starter for the Irish, Daniels recorded 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Purdue, Daniels caught an 82-yard pass from Tommy Rees where he fought off cornerback Ricardo Allen down the sideline for 40 yards before scoring.

Academic Issues

On January 9, 2014, Daniels was suspended for the spring semester for an academic issue, and was not permitted to practice with the team.[5] Daniels was deemed academically ineligible by the university, and was already on academic probation after failing to keep a 2.0 GPA in the fall semester.[6] On May 28, 2014, he was re-instated by the university.[7]

On August 15, 2014, the University announced that they were investigating suspected academic dishonesty on the part of several students, including members of the football team,[8] Daniels along with Keivarae Russell, Kendall Moore and Ishaq Williams were those named in the investigation, with another player, Eilar Hardy, named a few weeks later. Daniels maintained that he was innocent and that he "wrote his own papers".[9] On October 14, 2014, nearly two months since the school announced the investigation, DaVaris' father took to Twitter to announce that his son was "done" at Notre Dame and would be moving onto other options.[10]

Daniels announced his intentions to forgo his remaining eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.[11]

Professional career


Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 201 lb 4.53 s 1.54 s 2.56 s 4.35 s 6.81 s 39.5 in 11 ft 1 in 13 reps
All values from NFL Combine and Pro Day[12]

At his Pro Day, Daniels put up a 39.5-inch vertical jump, improving on his combine number by 2.5 inches. He also improved his 40-yard dash time from 4.62 at the combine to 4.53 seconds, and his broad jump from 10 feet, 2 inches to 11'1" (3.38m).

Minnesota Vikings

Daniels signed a free agent contract with the Minnesota Vikings following going undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft worth $1,585,000. He received a $10,000 signing bonus.[13]

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots claimed Daniels off waivers on September 1, 2015. Daniels was waived by the Patriots only 3 days later.[14]

Calgary Stampeders

Daniels signed with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in time for their 2016 season.[15] Daniels played in 11 games for the Stampeders in his rookie season, catching 51 passes for 885 yards with 9 touchdowns. His contributions on the field was noticed by his teammates and around the league and he received the award for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award.[16]


His father, Phillip Daniels, played defensive end for 15 seasons in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, and Washington Redskins.


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  2. "Davaris Daniels". yahoo.com.
  3. "Vernon Hills DaVaris Daniels commits to play football at Notre Dame". ESPN.com.
  4. Phillip Daniels proud, relieved as son DaVaris commits to Notre Dame
  5. "Notre Dame's DaVaris Daniels will miss spring practice". NFL.com.
  6. "DaVaris Daniels sheds light on suspension from Notre Dame". CSN Chicago.
  7. "Notre Dame readmits DaVaris Daniels, Jerian Grant". Irish247.
  8. ENR/PAZ // University Communications: Web // University of Notre Dame. "Notre Dame reports academic misconduct investigation". nd.edu.
  9. "DaVaris Daniels in Notre Dame academic case: I write my own papers". CBSSports.com.
  10. SI Wire. "Notre Dame academic investigation: Suspended WR DaVaris Daniels 'done', Kendall Moore as well - College Football - SI.com". SI.com.
  11. "BlueandGold.com – DaVaris Daniels declares for NFL Draft". rivals.com.
  12. "*DaVaris Daniels – Notre Dame, WR : 2015 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". nfldraftscout.com.
  13. "DaVaris Daniels Signs Free Agent Contract with Vikings". Irish247. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  14. "New England Patriots waive James Morris, others; sign Justin Coleman – New England Patriots Blog – ESPN". ESPN.com.
  15. "Calgary Stampeders rookie camp could be first step to redemption for Daniels". Calgary Herald. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  16. http://www.cfl.ca/2016/11/24/shaw-cfl-awards-2016/#mor. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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