Southern Miss running back T’Rod Daniels supposedly sports a 4.27-40 time. In a recent interview with the Hattiesburg American’s Jason Munz, USM running back coach Lytrel Pollard said, “He’s the fastest person I’ve ever coached. He can get the edge even when someone is sitting on the edge and end up going the distance. I’ve seen a lot of fast guys but they’re usually taller and a little longer. With his height and how fast he is, he’s special.”
Daniels is from Bassfield, Mississippi; population 228. He is argued to be the fastest football player in Mississippi. Daniels helped Bassfield High School win a 2A state championship as a junior but was injured prior to his senior campaign. He later signed with Mississippi Gulf Coast CC where he totaled 1215 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns. He also accumulated 212 kick return yards in his final season at the school. Daniels’ highlights can be seen in this video:
I recently wrote a KSR post that outlined the Southern Miss running back situation titled “Southern Miss is not Ito Smith and a Bunch of Dudes.”
This article did not include newcomer T’Rod Daniels. Smith’s primary backup George Payne rushed for over 100-yards against the Cats a year ago but has yet to participate in fall camp due to a hip injury. Tez Parks has moved to the number two position on the depth chart and is first to relieve the all-everything Smith. But, offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson now has an element of elite speed in Daniels.
KSR friend Jason Munz of the Hattiesburg American wrote an excellent piece on Daniels that you can read here:
What does all this mean?
4.27 is fast. Like really, really fast. I’ve personally witnessed just one legitimate sub-4.3 time in all my years around the game of football. T’Rod Daniels adds a dangerous component to the Southern Miss game plan. While Ito Smith will get the bulk of carries, Daniels will most likely factor in the return game and as a situational running back. Matt House and the Cats will have to prepare for a new edge threat.