|Height: 6.00||Born: Virginia Beach, VA|
|Weight: 206||College: Hampton|
|Birthdate: 1984-04-20||Years: 5 CGY / 7 CFL|
Calgary signed McDaniel as a free agent on Sept. 4, 2011. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the National Football League’s Denver Broncos in 2007 and spent the season on their practice roster. After attending training camp with the Broncos in 2008, he was waived. He signed with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on May 29, 2009, and was released on Aug. 31, 2011.
McDaniel started 12 games and was the team's leading receiver with 54 catches for 792 yards and four touchdowns. He added one carry for three yards. He also returned seven punts for 52 yards and one kickoff for 22 yards. He was placed on the six-game injury list prior to Game 12 after breaking his arm on Sept. 13 and returned to the lineup for the final regular season game. He was named CFL offensive player of the week for his 12-catch, 165-yard comeback performance in the last game of the regular season. McDaniel started the Western Final and had two catches for 58 yards including a 46-yard touchdown. He also started the Grey Cup where he hauled in seven catches for 61 yards.
McDaniel started all 18 games and was the team's leading receiver and fourth in the league with 76 catches for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns and five carries for 42 yards and touchdown. He had his best games of the season on Aug. 23 in Toronto when he hauled in seven passes for 106 yards and a touchdown and on Oct. 5 against Winnipeg when he had five catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career on Oct. 26 against the Riders. He has also returned four punts for 44 yards. He was hurt in the last regular season game and was on the injured list for the Western Final. McDaniel was named a West Division all-star and CFL all-star.
McDaniel started 14 games and all three post-season contests. In the regular season, he caught 53 passes for 744 yards — the second-best total on the team — and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball twice for 15 yards. McDaniel had a season-high seven receptions for 75 yards on July 19 against the Roughriders. He had six games with at least five catches. His first touchdowns as a Stampeder came on Sept. 23 in Saskatchewan when he recorded two scores. McDaniel also saw time on special teams, returning 12 punts for 130 yards, one kickoff for 18 yards and one missed field goal for 31 yards. In the playoffs, McDaniel tallied 12 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown. His major came on the second play of the West final as he made a 68-yard catch and run for his longest career touchdown.
McDaniel saw action in one game for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, making four catches for 60 yards in a July 16 contest against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Shortly after being released by Hamilton on Aug. 31, he signed with the Stampeders and spent the remainder of the season on Calgary’s practice roster.
McDaniel started all 18 regular-season games for the Tiger-Cats and finished second on the club in receiving yards (998). He made 76 catches with seven of the grabs going for touchdowns. His best game came on Oct. 3 against Edmonton as he made nine catches for 122 yards and two touchdowns. McDaniel had touchdowns in four consecutive games from Sept. 25 to Oct. 15. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 332 yards and six punts for 46 yards. McDaniel had six catches for 85 yards in the East semifinal.
McDaniel played in all 18 games during his rookie season and led the CFL with 2,535 all-purpose yards. He had 688 yards and three touchdowns on 57 receptions, 1,153 yards on 57 kickoff returns, 615 yards on 73 punt returns and 79 yards on five missed-field goal returns. He was Hamilton’s nominee for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Rookie award. He had six catches for 100 yards in the Ticats’ East semifinal loss to BC.
McDaniel played 46 games over four seasons with the Hampton Pirates (2003-06). He accumulated 151 receptions for 2,062 yards and a school-record 22 touchdowns along with 144 punt returns for a school-record 1,907 yards and two majors. He also set Hampton single-season records with 59 receptions and 14 touchdowns in one year. He was named All Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference on three occasions.
McDaniel majored in business management. He was a receiver, kick returner and defensive back at Salem High School in Virginia.