LV Life Editor
Allen Daniels sits in his public administration class on the second floor of the Campus Center.
The senior public administration major takes notes and glances at his binder with the logo of his favorite professional football team, the team he will begin playing for next year.
In August, the Florida Tarpons, a professional indoor football team, announced their signing of Daniels as a wide receiver and defensive back.
Daniels played for the ULV football team from 2009 to 2011 as a wide receiver.
Although he is about to begin his professional career, the road to where he is now was not smooth.
Daniels was raised in Bakersfield.
After graduating high school, Daniels moved to Bolivar, Mo., to attend Southwest Baptist University.
Daniels had a football scholarship to SBU, yet he only stayed with the school for summer training because he was red shirted.
Being red shirted is a practice in football to maintain rookies on the bench with the intent to extend their playing eligibility.
“I thought that I was going to play right away,” Daniels said. “Three days into camp they told me they were going to red shirt me.”
Daniels moved back home to Bakersfield and enrolled in Bakersfield Junior College and played on their football team for one year.
Daniels transferred to ULV in August of 2009 and was on the football team until its 2011 season. Daniels was on the team during a time of transition.
Andrew Ankeny was leaving as head football coach and Christopher Krich was taking over.
Krich describes Daniels as highly influential to the team.
“Allen is a selfless player, someone who would do anything for the team,” Krich said. “Allen was essential in helping the team transition from one coach to another, he was like guide for the younger players.”
Last year, at the beginning of the season Daniels was injured.
He partially tore his medial collateral ligament while playing against Cal Lutheran.
It was the fourth game of the season.
Daniels missed three games and returned to play against Whittier.
Aside from football, Daniels represented the University as member of the track and field team.
Daniels participated in the 100 and 200-meter dash and four by one hundred meter relay in which Daniels ran third leg.
After acquiring a sports agent and sending out a highlight video, Daniels was signed to the Florida Tarpons.
“Getting that professional contract was my biggest accomplishment, after hearing people say what I can and can’t do, proving people wrong,” Daniels said.
The state of Florida will be far removed from Daniels home and parents, but he feels he will adapt and communication with his parents will help acclimate to a new state.
“I’ve never been to Florida, I don’t know anybody out there, it’s just something I’m going to have to adapt quickly,” Daniels said.
“I just plan on talking to my parents to keep me humble, besides that I’m there to work.”
While attending ULV and playing on the football team Daniels also maintained two jobs.
He worked at a pizza restaurant in Claremont and an assisted living residence for the elderly in San Dimas.
A friend and former teammate of Daniels, sophomore criminology Nick St. Clair describes his teammate as a great person.
“Allen was the first person to come up and talk to me during football practice,” St. Clair said. “He’s a really good guy, good head on his shoulders.”
Daniels will graduate in January with a public administration degree and will begin training in Florida this February.
Daniels expects to work hard and be consistent every week.
“I expect to go in there and earn a starting spot on the team,” Daniels said. “Nothing is going to be handed to me.”
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