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P.J. Daniels
P.J. Daniels

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Houston, Texas

High School:
Elsik

Height / Weight:
5-10 / 210

Position:
Running Back

Birthdate:
12/21/1982



Final Bio (with Clips) in PDF Format

2003 Photo Gallery

2004 Photo Gallery

*All-Atlantic Coast Conference, 2003 (first-team) and 2005 (second-team)

AT TECH:Two-time all-conference tailback and the fourth-leading rusher in Georgia Tech history . . . Enjoyed one of the top rushing seasons in Tech and Atlantic Coast Conference history in 2003 but was hampered by injuries in 2004 and 2005 . . . Former walk-on who earned a scholarship after the 2002 season . . . Two-time Academic All-ACC selection . . . Elected one of Tech's permanent team captains for 2005 . . . Invited to participate in the 2006 Hula Bowl . . . Drafted in the fourth round (pick no. 132) by the Baltimore Ravens.

Ranks fourth on Tech's career rushing list with 3,346 yards, which stands 17th in ACC history . . . Owns two of the top three games in school history . . . Had 16 100-yard games in his career, second only to Robert Lavette . . . Scored 23 career rushing touchdowns, which ranks third in Tech history, while his 26 touchdowns are tied for fifth . . . Averaged 96.6 yards per game over his three seasons as the starter . . . Rushed for 535 yards in three bowl games . . . Ranks fifth in Tech history in career all-purpose yards.

2005: Second-team all-ACC selection, earning all-conference honors for the second time in his career . . . Second in the ACC with 84.6 rushing yards per game . . . Scored three touchdowns rushing and one receiving . . . Topped 100 yards in six games on the season . . . Tech's third-leading receiver with 21 catches for 174 yards . . . Fifth in the ACC with 100.4 all-purpose yards per game . . .

Opened the season with 111 yards rushing and one touchdown to lead Tech to a 23-14 victory at 15th-ranked Auburn . . . Rushed for 103 yards and scored on a five-yard reception in Tech's win over North Carolina . . . Added 114 yards rushing in win over Connecticut, when Tech played without starting quarterback Reggie Ball . . . Did not play in Tech's win at Miami due to a bruised sternum . . . Capped his career with 109 yards versus Utah in the Emerald Bowl, his third straight 100-yard bowl game.

2004: Named to the ACC All-Academic football team for the second straight year . . . Averaged 89.2 yards rushing per game but missed four games and two other halves due to injury . . . Best games were the first and the last, perhaps the only two when he was fully healthy . . . Ended 2004 with a 119-yard effort in Tech's win over Syracuse in the Champs Sports Bowl . . . Scored two touchdowns against the Orange and also caught four passes . . . Opened the 2004 season with 169 yards rushing and 193 all-purpose yards against Samford; scored three TD on runs of 46 yards and one yard and a 25-yard reception . . . Added 103 yards rushing against Clemson for his third straight 100-yard game . . . Limited by injury to 52 yards on 12 carries versus North Carolina before sitting out the second half . . . Then missed the next game against Miami.

Returned to help Tech to a win at Maryland with 91 yards rushing, including a 12-yard touchdown run . . . Rushed for 114 yards and one touchdown and threw a 13-yard touchdown pass in Tech's win over Duke . . . Injured again against Virginia Tech; rushed for 53 yards on 14 carries before leaving early in the third quarter . . . Missed the next three games (NC State, Connecticut, Virginia) . . . Played against Georgia only after his replacement, Rashaun Grant, was also injured.

2003: First-team all-ACC selection and the league's leading rusher . . . Also named to the ACC All-Academic football team . . . Totalled 1,447 yards while averaging 111.3 yards per game . . . Recorded the second-best single-season rushing total in Tech history, with six 100-yard games . . . Just the seventh 1,000-yard rusher in school history . . . The third Tech player to lead the ACC in rushing, following Jerry Mays in 1989 and Robert Lavette in 1982 . . . His total of 1,447 yards rushing is the fourth-highest figure in conference history; only Thomas Jones of Virginia (1,798 yards in 1999), Don McCauley of North Carolina (1,720 in 1970) and LaMont Jordan of Maryland (1,632 in 1999) have gained more yards in a season . . . Workhorse who averaged 22 carries per game, setting a Tech season record with 283 attempts . . . Scored 10 touchdowns rushing and one receiving . . . Also Tech's fourth-leading receiver with 19 catches for 88 yards.

Put an exclamation point on his season with 307 yards rushing and four touchdowns in Georgia Tech's Humanitarian Bowl win over Tulsa . . . Only Eddie Lee Ivery with 356 yards against Air Force in 1978--which stood as the NCAA record until 1984--has rushed for more yards in a Tech uniform . . . Daniels' effort also ranks as the third-best rushing performance in ACC history, bettered only by Jon Leach of Wake Forest (329 vs. Maryland, 1993) and Derrick Fenner of North Carolina (328 vs. Virginia, 1986) . . . Set an NCAA record for rushing yards in a bowl game; previous record was 280 yards by James Gray of Texas Tech versus Duke in the 1989 All-American Bowl . . . Had 104 yards in the first half, then exploded for 150 yards in the third quarter before finishing his day early in the fourth quarter . . . Tied the Tech record with four touchdowns, scoring on runs of nine, one, 33 and 38 yards . . . Named to ESPN.com's "All-Bowl" team.

Had what was then the second-best rushing day in school history with 240 yards on 36 carries in Tech's win over North Carolina . . . Gained 155 yards on 23 carries in the second half . . . Also scored on an eight-yard reception . . . Rushed for 175 yards on 33 carries in Tech's win over Wake Forest.

Gained 113 yards on 19 carries, including a 47-yard touchdown run, against Florida State . . . Had another 100-yard effort in Tech's win over Vanderbilt wtih 105 yards, including a two-yard touchdown run . . . Gained 99 yards rushing and had a career-best six catches for 37 yards in the Jackets' win over NC State . . . Did not start the Georgia game after missing much of the week of practice with an injury . . . Led Tech in rushing in every game this season except Georgia, when he was limited to 30 yards on 10 carries.

2002: Tech's fourth-leading rusher with 72 carries for 255 yards and two touchdowns . . . Also caught five passes for 57 yards . . . Named ACC Rookie of the Week for his performance in Tech's win over Virginia . . . Rushed for 95 yards on 21 carries against the Cavaliers, including a one-yard touchdown run, while catching two passes for 17 yards . . . Gained 63 yards on 14 attempts against Florida State . . . Saw his first significant action against Maryland, when he carried 10 times for 23 yards, scoring Tech's only touchdown on a one-yard run . . . Averaged 21.3 yards on 11 kickoff returns, including a 59-yarder against Wake Forest . . . Redshirted in 2001.

HIGH SCHOOL: All-district selection at Elsik High School . . . Four-year letterwinner and team MVP as a senior for coach Bill Barron . . . Rushed for 1,600 yards as a senior . . . Played in the Houston North-South All-Star Game . . . Had an 80-yard run in a playoff game at the Houston AstroDome.

PERSONAL: Full name is Prince Ahadzie Daniels, Jr. . . . Son of Prince Daniels and Jo-Ann Keys . . . Father is a native of Ghana . . . Born December 21, 1982 . . . Majoring in Management . . . Named to the 2003 and 2004 ACC All-Academic football team and the 2003-04 ACC Academic Honor Roll.

GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
2005	Rsh	Yds	TD	LP	Rec	Yds	TD	LP	All-P	TD
Auburn*	23	111	1	25	2	15	0	8	126	1
UNC*	21	103	0	42	2	18	1	13	121	1
UConn*	25	114	0	20	2	23	0	12	137	0
Va Tech*	10	48	0	29	0	0	0	0	48	0
NC State*	22	61	1	12	3	45	0	20	106	1
Duke*	11	57	0	16	1	5	0	5	62	0
Clemson*	21	100	1	16	1	1	0	1	101	1
Wake*	18	109	0	51	0	0	0	0	109	0
Virginia*	11	41	0	12	3	27	0	15	68	0
Miami		DNP-INJURED
Georgia*	16	77	0	12	6	23	0	9	100	0
Utah	20	109	0	19	1	17	0	17	126	0

TOUCHDOWNS: 2AU, 5NC (Rec), 12NCS, 3CL

20+ RUNS (5): 25AU, 42NC, 20CON, 29VT, 51WF

2004 Rsh Yds TD LP Rec Yds TD LP All-P TD Samford* 25 169 2 46 3 24 1 25 193 3 Clemson* 24 103 0 19 1 2 0 2 105 0 UNC* 12 52 0 9 1 0 0 0 52 0 Miami DNP - Injured Maryland* 26 91 1 27 0 0 0 0 91 1 Duke* 24 114 1 32 1 5 0 5 119 1 Va Tech* 14 53 1 13 0 0 0 0 53 1 NC State DNP - Injured UConn DNP - Injured Virginia DNP - Injured Georgia 12 13 1 7 1 0 0 0 13 1 Syracuse* 17 119 2 31 4 19 0 14 132 2

TOUCHDOWNS: 46SM, 1SM, 25SM (Rec), 12MD, 7DU, 13DU (Pass), 13VT, 1GA, 2SYR, 1SYR

20+ RUNS (5): 46SAM, 27MD, 32DU, 27DU, 31SYR

2003 Rsh Yds TD LP Rec Yds TD LP All-P TD BYU* 16 57 0 9 0 0 0 0 57 0 Auburn* 14 40 1 16 1 2 0 2 42 1 FSU* 19 113 1 47 2 4 0 12 117 1 Clemson* 16 34 0 5 2 13 0 18 47 0 Vanderbilt* 25 105 1 16 1 (-1) 0 -- 104 1 NC State* 23 99 0 51 6 37 0 15 136 0 Wake* 33 175 1 25 0 0 0 0 175 1 Maryland* 21 63 0 13 0 0 0 0 63 0 Duke* 21 108 1 24 5 18 0 14 126 1 UNC* 36 240 0 30 1 8 1 8 248 1 Virginia* 18 76 1 15 0 0 0 0 76 1 Georgia 10 30 0 9 1 7 0 7 37 0 Tulsa* 31 307 4 61 0 0 0 0 307 4 TOUCHDOWNS: 1AU, 47FS, 2VAN, 1WF, 2DU, 8NC (Rec), 15VA, 9TU, 1TU, 33TU, 38TU

20+ RUNS (10): 47FS, 51NCS, 25WF, 24DU, 30UNC, 25TU, 61TU, 34TU, 33TU, 38TU

2002 Rush Yds TD LP Rec Yds TD LP KOR Yds LP Vanderbilt 9 26 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Connecticut 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Clemson DNP BYU 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 North Carolina 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 26 26 Wake Forest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 80 59 Maryland 10 23 1 7 1 19 0 19 1 23 23 Virginia 21 95 1 14 2 17 0 14 0 0 0 NC State 8 15 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Florida State 14 63 0 25 1 11 0 11 1 22 22 Duke 6 17 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Georgia 4 16 0 8 1 10 0 10 6 83 29 Fresno State 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 TOUCHDOWNS: 1MD, 1VA

20+ RUNS (1): 25FS

CAREER STATISTICS Rushing G-GS Att Yds Avg TD LP 2002 12-0 72 255 3.5 2 25 2003 13-12 283 1,447 5.1 10 61 2004 8-7 154 714 4.6 8 46 2005 11-11 198 930 4.7 3 51 84.5 Total 44-30 707 3,346 4.7 23 61 76.0

Rec/Pass Rec Yds Avg TD LP Att- Cmp Yds Int TD 2002 5 57 11.4 0 19 0- 0 0 0 0 2003 19 88 4.6 1 18 0- 0 0 0 0 2004 11 50 4.5 1 25 1- 1 13 0 1 2005 21 174 8.3 1 20 1- 0 0 0 0 Total 56 369 6.6 3 25 2- 1 13 0 1

KOR G KR Yds Avg TD LP All-P TD PG 2002 12 11 234 21.3 0 59 546 2 45.5 2003 13 0 0 0.0 0 0 1,535 11 118.1 2004 8 0 0 0.0 0 0 764 9 95.5 2005 11 0 0 0.0 0 0 1,104 4 97.8 Total 44 11 234 21.3 0 59 3,949 26 89.8

CAREER HIGHS Rushing Attempts: 36 vs. North Carolina, 2003 (240 yds) Yards Rushing: 307 vs. Tulsa, 2003 (31 att) Long: 61 vs. Tulsa, 2003 Receptions: 6 vs. NC State, 2003 (37 yds) Yards Receiving: 37 vs. NC State, 2003 (6 rec.) Long: 25 vs. Samford, 2004 KO Returns: 6 vs. Georgia, 2002 (83 yds) KOR Yards: 83 vs. Georgia, 2002 (6 ret) Long: 59 vs. Wake Forest, 2002

TECH'S CAREER RUSHING LEADERS Player Years Att. TD Yards 1. Robert Lavette 1981-84 914 45 4,066 2. Jerry Mays 1985-89 695 18 3,699 3. Eddie Lee Ivery 1975-78 609 22 3,517 5. P.J. Daniels 2002-05 707 23 3,346

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