McDaniel leaning toward returning for his senior season

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McDaniel finished the season with eight interceptions which tied a Clemson single-season record.

NASHVILLE, TN – Will he go or will he stay?

DeAndre McDaniel, the junior safety out of Tallahassee, has a tough decision to make in the next few weeks in deciding whether to return to Clemson for his senior season or forego his eligibility and enter the NFL draft.

McDaniel said after Sunday night’s Music City bowl win, however, that he was leaning toward returning and getting his degree, especially considering that he is hearing that he would be a second round pick in the draft.

He has not yet received a grade from the league.

“I feel I am better than second,” McDaniel said after the bowl game. “I am leaning toward coming back and getting my degree. That is one of my main focuses. I am sure I will know something in the next week. I am playing for that first round spot, but it is what it is. If it is the second round, I am coming back. It will have to come down to my gut feeling, and right now, everybody is telling me that it will be the second round.”

McDaniel finished the season with eight interceptions, which tied a Clemson single-season record, and said that several players have personally asked him to return. He also said he was sure the Clemson coaching staff would want him to come back.

If McDaniel needs any inspiration in his decision, he needs to look no further than Tennessee safety Eric Berry, who had a great season last year in his sophomore year, and decided to forego the draft and return to the Volunteers for his junior campaign in order to improve his draft status.
Berry won the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back this season, and is now projected as a Top 10 pick in this year’s draft.

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McDaniel leaning toward returning for his senior season
Come on McDaniel! Geez this would be awesome.***
McDaniel probably the best D player on either team last nigh***
Re: McDaniel leaning toward returning for his senior season
one thing for sure, that degree can never be taken away
Graphic Tiger®
The amount of $$$ he would get from going out
how many guys come back when they leave early?
Graphic Tiger®
If they don't have the mental makeup to come back
you would have to use it to get job. College degree gets
Graphic Tiger®
That depends on the degree. B.A.'s for many majors are
Completely Solid Orange®
What I'm saying is, if you don't have the mental fortitude
he's gotta do whats best for him
Emanuel Cook disagrees with you-regular or unleaded sir?****
CM Shack
That you Stockstill?***
Miller said he was coming back
Fingers and toes crossed. I'd understand if he'll
Same deal for DeMc as for CJ...
Flying Tiger®
Come Back!
clemsongirl82 much improving of your draft stock does it
Why don't you ask Spiller that question in a few months?
Flying Tiger®
Typically 1st round signing bonuses are so much different
Being drafted in the first round is better than winning the
Completely Solid Orange®
If you're a player, the money is in your second contract
Rookie Salary cap next year....might want to weigh the cap
Would the rookie salary cap be apart of the collective
Re: McDaniel leaning toward returning for his senior season
Re: McDaniel leaning toward returning for his senior season
Berry did not forego his sophmore year!

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