Apr 21, 2014, 10:59 AM EDT
Suspended wide receiver DaVaris Daniels has spent the semester away from the university and football program, after falling behind academically. Daniels found out the news on his way to the Pinstripe Bowl, a fitting ending to a challenging season that saw Daniels improve statistically, but battle injuries and inefficiency.
The Chicagoland native, and the Irish’s top returning receiver for 2014, already gave CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler an inside look at his life away from South Bend.
But the soon-to-be senior wide receiver also answered some email questions for Irish Turning Point, catching us up on his mindset, how refreshing it was seeing his teammates play in the Blue-Gold game, and what he learned these past few months.
Do yourself a favor and head over to Turning Point to read the whole thing, but here are three questions I found interesting:
Q – What have you learned about yourself over the last few months?
Daniels – “I’ve learned that the only thing in the way of me accomplishing my goals is me. If I can stay healthy and do the things necessary, there’s no reason why I can’t accomplish them.”
Q – Talk to us about your relationship with teammates. How might they be helping you with what you’re currently experiencing? Do you have plans to workout with them this spring/summer?
Daniels – “My teammates have been very supportive. They are just as excited for my return as I am. We all talk just about every day. We have tried to set up something this past winter but the weather didn’t cooperate. I know I will be training with a couple of them this summer at the place I’m training now.”
Q – How was the Spring Game from your eyes?
Daniels – “Watching the spring game was kind of a refreshing feeling. Got to see all my friends/teammates play, hear the crowd and be reminded of what I’m working so hard for since I don’t have the chance to see it every day and go through the grind with all of the guys.”