Augustana senior defensive tackle Michael Daniels was named to the first team of the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Football Team.

Augustana senior defensive tackle Michael Daniels was named to the first team of the College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Football Team.

A Geneseo native, Daniels was selected in District Seven, which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio at the NCAA Division III level.

A season-long starter at defensive tackle, Daniels has totaled 35 tackles (14 solo and 21 assists) with six tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks. He also has a forced fumble.

Daniels was the leading tackler on the Vikings among defensive linemen. His best game this season was a seven-tackle effort against Elmhurst on Oct. 1.

He earned his fourth varsity letter this fall but this is his first year as a down lineman on defense.

He was a linebacker for his first three seasons and his best previous year was in 2013 when he was second on the team in tackles as a freshman with 45.

That year he had 19 solo tackles with 26 assists, two tackles-for-loss, one quarterback sack, one pass deflection and three quarterback hurries.

Daniels is an accounting and finance major with a grade-point average of 3.99. He has been on the Dean’s List every term and was a member of the Aristea Freshman Honor Society.

He plays the lead alto saxophone in the Augustana Jazz Band, a position he has held since his freshman year.

A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Augustana Real Estate Investment Club, Daniels is on the Vikings’ Leadership Council for the football team.

He has done extensive off-campus work in the accounting field.

He worked as a college financial representative with Northwestern Mutual in Davenport from the winter of 2014 until the spring of 2015.

He spent the summer of 2015 as a payroll specialist at Anderson Financial in Rock Island and he was an audit intern in the summer of 2016 for the accounting firm of Deloitte and Touche in Davenport.

Augustana has long been a leader in producing CoSIDA Academic All-Americans. Since the program began in 1952, the Vikings have had a total of 163 student-athletes named to the prestigious Academic All-America team.