Nebraska football is expected to get graduate transfer Darrion Daniels from Oklahoma State which should be a great addition to the run defense.
When it comes to college football, there aren’t that many ways to fix immediate needs. When it comes to recruiting there are two: graduate transfer and JUCOs and Monday, Nebraska football got news that it should land graduate transfer Darrion Daniels from Oklahoma State.
The news came from GoPokes.com, which reported that Daniels was either going to return to Oklahoma State for a fifth season or explore the NFL draft, then decided to transfer to play for Nebraska, alongside his brother Damion Daniels.
Darrion Daniels, who was a 4-star recruit back in 2015, was a solid player for Oklahoma State and only has another season of eligibility because he missed most of last season due to a finger injury.
In his four-year career at defensive tackle for Oklahoma State, Daniels registered 64 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and two sacks in 33 games. As a top-200 player when he was recruited, Daniels played right away at Oklahoma State and should be one of the top guys on the depth chart at defensive tackle for Nebraska football too.
The Huskers struggled to stop the run in 2018, which has been well documented and all I can think of when it comes to the season-ending loss to Iowa is how Nebraska allowed one of the worst rushing teams in the Big Ten to rack up 260 yards on the ground.
Nebraska got pushed around a little too much last season and with some key guys graduating up front, some reinforcements are needed. With just 2.5 career sacks, it’s unlikely Daniels makes a huge impact as a pass rusher, but at 6-foot-3 and more than 300 pounds, he should be able to help plug up the middle and take up some blockers, keeping guys like Mo Barry free to make plays.
Head coach Scott Frost said after the loss to Iowa that Nebraska needed to get bigger and tougher. Well, even though he will only be with the program for one season, Darrion Daniels certainly fits the bill.
That’s why it will be a good move for Nebraska football and even if he adds nothing as a pass rusher, as long as Daniels can hold up against the run, he will be a solid addition.