PURSUING EXCELLENCE, ON AND OFF THE FIELD

Matthew Daniels, a 5’9”, 202-pound running back from McDonough, Georgia, has been a key component of a reinvigorated Clark Atlanta University football team. He currently leads the Panthers in rushing yards per game and total rushing touchdowns, and is second in total rushing yards and total touchdowns. His production is largely responsible for turning CAU from a one-win team last year to a team that is second only to Tuskegee University in the total number of wins in the entire Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).

But his quest for excellence does not stop at the gridiron. The Mass Media Arts major currently maintains a 3.83 GPA, and has plans on becoming a sports journalist upon graduation. He believes his achievements on the field and in the classroom are blessings, bestowed upon him because of his desire to live his life the right way.

Daniels credits his family and teammates as the individuals who most inspire him to strive for success. He also draws inspiration from Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s running style is the one Daniels tries his best to emulate on the field.

On the field, his proudest moment occurred earlier this year when the Panthers came from behind to defeat Morehouse College. His proudest moment off the field came as a result of telling his mother that he will be receiving an athletic scholarship. “I come from a big family, so being able to tell my mom that I won’t need any money for school was my biggest moment,” Daniels said.

Daniels’ determination and perseverance have paid off significantly, and if tradition holds, will ensure a great senior year. He feels that his humility and discipline are key attributes to a promising future. “I don’t talk too much,” Daniels said. “I just put my head down and work. And I don’t let anything worry me. I just live my life the best way I can, and in the right manner, and I know everything will work out in the end.”