ACC Football Championship - Georgia Tech vs. Wake Forest
* 2009 East-West Shrine Bowl Invitee
The veteran leader of an otherwise youthful secondary... missed the last six games of the season with a hamstring injury suffered at Clemson... invited to play in the East-West Shrine Game (did not participate because of hamstring)... had one interception in 2008 and has five career interceptions... has 25 career starts... had 3.5 tackles-for-loss in 2008... also had a pair of pass break-ups... had two solo tackles before suffering a hamstring injury at Clemson (Oct. 18)... had four tackles including a half-tackle-for-loss vs. Duke (Oct. 4)... recorded his fifth career interception vs. Mississippi State (Sept. 20)... added four tackles, three solo tackles and a tackle-for-loss against the Bulldogs... registered six tackles including a career-best 2.0 tackles-for-loss at Virginia Tech (Sept. 13)... served as a game captain against the Hokies... had four solo tackles at Boston College (Sept. 6)... made three solo tackles and broke up a pass in the season opener vs. Jacksonville State (Aug. 28)... the lone starter in the secondary returning in 2008... an experienced corner who started in 2007 after serving as a part-time starter as a sophomore.
Started all 13 games despite battling numerous nagging injuries... left the Notre Dame game (Sept. 1) after taking a knee to the head... led the team with eight pass break-ups... ranked second on the team with two interceptions... had more solo tackles (50) than any Yellow Jacket... had 56 total tackles... earned 2.5 tackles-for-loss from his cornerback position... had seven total tackles, including six solos, at Virginia (Sept. 22)... recorded eight solo tackles, a tackle-for-loss and two pass break-ups in Tech's 13-3 win over Clemson (Sept. 29)... had seven solo tackles and a pass break-up in the win at Miami (Oct. 13)... pulled down two interceptions and added a pass break-up in the Jackets' victory vs. Army (Oct. 20)... had six total tackles, including five unassisted, in Tech's win vs. North Carolina (Nov. 17)... recorded six solo tackles in the bowl game.
Had two interceptions and led the team with 13 pass break-ups... fifth in the ACC with 15 passes defended (deflections plus interceptions)... made 42 tackles with one tackle-for-loss... intercepted passes against Virginia and Duke... career-high six tackles vs. Virginia Tech... had five tackles and four pass break-ups against Samford... added four hits and two deflections versus NC State... started against Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, and NC State... also started the bowl game vs. West Virginia and had five tackles and a tackle-for-loss.
One of eight true freshmen to see action... played in eight games and made two tackles.
Named to the Alabama Elite 18 by the Mobile Register... helped Hoover High to the Class 6A state title... First-team all-state selection by the Alabama Sportswriters Association... had seven interceptions and two blocked punts as a senior... two-time all-metro selection by the Birmingham News... played for coach Rush Propst at Hoover High.
No. 20 overall prospect in Alabama (Rivals.com and Scout.com)
No. 54 cornerback in the nation (Scout.com)
Full name is Jahi Lateef Word-Daniels (first name pronounced juh-HEE)... parents are Cedric Daniels and Audrey Word-Daniels... born Nov. 19, 1986... majoring in management.