Cannon County running back B.J. Daniel has two true loves in his life: football and family.
The senior will get an opportunity to keep both aspects of his life near his heart in 2013.
He’ll start at running back and likely play on defense too.
The 6-foot-1 Daniel will also get to take hand offs from his younger brother A.J. Daniel, the team’s junior starting quarterback, while taking orders from his older brother T.J. Daniel, the team’s first-year head coach.
“It’s a family affair out there,” B.J. Daniel said. “There’s definitely some bragging rights going on when it comes to family dinners.”
The friendly family competition aside, B.J. said getting an opportunity to play with both of his brothers is something he’ll remember and cheerish forever.
“Me and A.J. are really close,” B.J. said. “We’re always talking football, even when we’re not on the field.”
As for playing for his older brother, B.J. explained it’s not always fun and games.
“He’s a lot harder on me than most of the others,” B.J. said. “He wants me to be the best I can be.
“Our family’s life revolves around football. It’s all football all the time.”
On the Field
B.J. is just as excited as about the Lions’ new offensive scheme as he is about getting the opportunity to play his senior season with his two brothers.
Cannon County is transitioning to a Wing-T offense in 2013, which is a change from the two-tight end sets in 2012.
“I like it a little better than the I [formation],” he said. “Everything opens up a little easier.”
B.J. said the team adapted to the new system rather well, despite no one on the roster ever running the Wing-T before.
“We’ve come a long way since spring,” he said. “We’re getting a little better each day.”
B.J. credited a trip to NaCoMe Camp in Hickman County with his teammates as to why the Lions have been able to make such strides with the new offense.
“We had 22 practices in four days,” B.J. said. “It hasn’t easy that’s for sure.”