C.J. Spiller ran away with the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year award.
McDaniel wants a championship
That is, unless the paper work he submitted comes back with a first-round grade, he's definitely back.
"If it is a first-round grade, you can't really pass that up," McDaniel told reporters Tuesday evening in the West Zone.
"I'm pretty sure it's not, as of now, anyway. With Taylor Mays and Eric Berry going in the first-round, there aren't too many safeties that go in the first-round."
McDaniel made his decision to return, based on what he's heard and read about his potential draft stock. It also helps to have a few things "left on the table" at Clemson.
"I want to win a championship and I want another shot at the Thorpe Award," he said. "I've still got some goals of my own."
His goals include: the school interception record, Thorpe Award, ACC Championship and a National Championship.
There's one other personal goal he wants to accomplish too.
"Especially my degree--I'm not going to forget that," McDaniel said.
With the decision, he could graduate as early as August with a degree in Sociology. He could also spread out the class load and finish in December.
Then again, it could be even later.
"It's got to be first-round money to take away what I want to accomplish here," McDaniel said.
Coming to his current decision took plenty mulling over.
"Just sitting down with my family, most of them want me to come back," McDaniel said. "Listening to outsiders, a lot of them say I should leave while I'm hot."
Talking to his grandmother helped make the decision for his return to Clemson.
"She really meant it and said that I really need to go back to school," McDaniel said. "The first time she told me, she had talked to coach (Dabo) Swinney. I kind of felt since she talked to coach Swinney, he probably persuaded her to tell me to come back to school. I know coach Swinney wants what's best for me. Sitting down talking to her, I know she wants what's best for me."
He returns to a defense that led the ACC with 21 interceptions and finished third nationally in interceptions this past season. The Clemson secondary finished first in the conference in pass defense and sixth nationally. McDaniel was named to the first-team Football Writers All American team.
Next season, there's no doubt that he would be looked upon as one of the team's leaders, not just in the secondary.
"I'm ready to lead in that kind of way. We had some great seniors this year in Thomas (Austin), Mike Palmer, Kavell (Conner) and Chris Chancellor," McDaniel said. "I feel like a lot of players were looking up to me in a way. Now, since it's my turn, I'm going to be more involved in telling them things to do, and what not to do.
"I feel like it's my time."
EagleInsider.com Recommended Stories
Week 8: Super Sleepers
Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…Read More
Watch: Sailfish Goes Psycho!
Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.Read More
BOMBS AWAY: ISIS BEFORE AND AFTER AIRSTRIKE
Photographer Bulent Kilic captured these amazing images of ISIS members who were on the very wrong end of an allied bombing in Turkey.Read More
TBT: Pumpkin Carving With A Handgun
While many hunters are focused on pursuing big game in late October, it’s also time to make sure you’re ready for Halloween, and specifically trick-or-treaters. In this throwback Thursday video,…Read More
Sullivan weighs seriousness of concussions
John Sullivan has suffered five concussions in his seven-year career, but he doesn’t believe his future is “in doubt.” He weighs the severity of the concussions against the number of them.Read More