Daniels Bouncing Back In Spring Practices

NIU running back Akeem Daniels is rebounding after missing all of last season with an injury.
DEKALB-He's not very big, but Akeem Daniels could make a big impact on the Huskies offense this fall.  He sat out all of last season after undergoing foot surgery in August.  But the foot is looking good so far in spring practices.

"I'm feeling great," says Daniels. "I'm still rehabbing. I'm not at 100 percent, but I'm still close to it. I'm doing everything I need to do to get back on the field and get back to 100."

Two years ago Daniels rushed for 447 yards. He averaged more than six and a half yards a carry. It was no fun having to watch every game from the sideline last year.

"I always was a part of the team, but I actually feel like I can get in there and help out a bit. I won't be mad on the sidelines anymore getting frustrated from not being in, but it was all a learning experience, and I made it through," says Daniels.

A healthy Daniels coupled with the return of robust Cameron Stingily could give the Huskies a dream one-two punch in the backfield. Stingily rushed for more than 11 hundred yards last season.

"Me and Cam, Cam being the heavier back, the power back, the thunder of it, and me being the lightning and what not, if we could put that all together I feel like we will have a very successful running game," says Daniels.

Daniels was given a medical redshirt after missing all of last season. He'll be a senior this season.
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