ND’s Cam McDaniel looking forward to Dallas homecoming
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 October 3, 2013 8:38PM
Notre Dame 's Cam McDaniel (33) during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Updated: October 3, 2013 11:20PM
SOUTH BEND — Cam McDaniel played at AT&T Stadium “four or five times” while participating in Texas high school playoff games.
The Notre Dame running back, who is from Coppell, Texas, gets to return home for Saturday’s game against No. 22 Arizona State.
“I’m extremely excited to play in Dallas,” McDaniel said Wednesday. “It’s an amazing scene, an amazing opportunity to play at home.”
McDaniel estimated his hometown is 20 to 30 minutes from the stadium.
“It’s going to be a blast,” McDaniel said. “I am totally excited about it. It’s an amazing opportunity to go back and play in front of friends and family in the town I was born in. I’m looking forward to it.”
It wasn’t difficult to guess the first thing that stood out to McDaniel when he visited the stadium.
“You notice the screen (the scoreboard),” McDaniel said. “Every time.”
McDaniel was a second-team all-state running back as a senior on the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors Class 5A team in 2010. He rushed for 1,906 yards and 32 yards that year for Coppell High School.
He is looking forward to sharing the experience of playing in the home of the Dallas Cowboys with his teammates.
“It’s one of those places you have to go and experience to really understand the magnitude of it,” he said. “It’s an awesome scenario.”
Living that close to the stadium, one would imagine the Cowboys would be McDaniel’s favorite team. That would be wrong.
“I’m actually a Titans fan, first,” he said. “I do like the Cowboys, really I guess because I was born in Dallas. I loved Troy Aikman growing up and Emmitt Smith, but I think the Titans kind of stole my heart in that 1999 Super Bowl against the Rams and we moved to Tennessee the year after that and went to a lot of Titans games.
“I’ve been a Titans fan ever since.”
McDaniel is accustomed to taking a handoff from a quarterback. He has 48 carries for 177 yards and two touchdowns this year for the Irish.
When it came to distributing tickets for Saturday, he handed off that duty to his parents.
“I gave them the four tickets I have for players and they have their own tickets. They’ll take care of that this time,” he said. “There was too much for me to worry about this week. I’ve got a lot on my plate.”
Notes: Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Greg Bryant “does not look like somebody that we are going to be able to play this year” as the freshman running back will get “PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) done on his knee.”
Bryant has 14 yards on three carries.
“He is probably out for the next four weeks with PRP,” Kelly said Thursday.
Kelly also said defensive lineman Sheldon Day is “definitely” going to play Saturday. Day missed the last two games because of an ankle sprain.