Auburn football: 'Sky is the limit' for freshman defensive end Elijah Daniel

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 12, 2013 

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Auburn's Elijah Daniel gets a sack on Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs in the first half. Auburn at Tennessee on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 in Knoxville, TN Todd Van Emst

TODD J. VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala.Elijah Daniel didn’t arrive with the fanfare of Montravius Adams or Carl Lawson.

But just like his heralded true freshmen counterparts on the defensive line, Daniel has found a way to work his way on the field this season. Taking part in all 10 games this year, the first-year defensive end has seven tackles (including 2.5 for loss) to go along with two sacks.

The Avon, Ind., native even has something neither Adams nor Lawson can claim: leading the Tigers in a statistical category, as Daniel has a team-high nine quarterback hurries.

And Gabe Wright believes Daniel is only beginning to scratch the surface of his potential.

“The sky is the limit,” the junior defensive tackle said. “If the sky is not the limit, then there are footsteps on the moon. Elijah is as talented as they come. He’s five-stars and he will be five-star. The only thing that was holding him back was all mental. From a physical standpoint, he’s there in the SEC. To be that way as a (freshman) D-lineman in the SEC is not easy. I give him all the praise and the glory. He deserves it.”

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