Former Auburn Tigers defensive lineman Elijah Daniel will head to FCS and play for the Murray State Racers.
The university announced the addition of Daniel on the athletic department’s official website. He was dismissed from Auburn in May after being arrested on theft and burglary charges in April.
Racers head coach Mitch Stewart offered a brief statement on the addition of Daniel, as did AD Allen Ward.
“I believe in second chances and last chances,” said Stewart. “I have told Elijah that we are willing to give him this opportunity, because I believe, large or small, everyone makes mistakes and most people are deserving of a second chance. But I also made it clear to him, that this is his last chance and that any further incidents like the one at Auburn would be met with an immediate dismissal from the team.”
“These are unique situations, but ones that present themselves to FCS programs like ours,” said Director of Athletics Allen Ward. “Each situation is different and requires that we take our time and study the matter very carefully. That’s what we did here and have concluded Elijah is a young man that can learn from his mistakes, make amends, and earn the privilege to be part of our program. Yes, Elijah will make a difference on the field for us, but we fully understand the expectations placed upon us by Dr. Davies and the type of student-athlete he expects us to bring to Murray State. It’s now incumbent upon us to provide Elijah with a quality education and the structure and leadership he needs to make a difference in his life.”
Of course, Daniel himself was also happy to discuss joining Murray State.
“I am beyond grateful to Coach Stewart, Mr. Ward and President Davies for giving me another opportunity to play this game I love and receive an education,” said Daniel. “While I have learned from my mistakes and vow not to repeat them, I have further learned the value of not putting myself into situations that are beneath the kind of person I strive to be.”
Daniel appeared in 27 games across two seasons for Auburn, registering 24 tackles and 3.5 sacks in a part-time role. Hopefully, he can put his past behind him and do great work for the Racers after he sits out the upcoming season, per NCAA transfer rules.
Murray State opens the season at home against Division II Kentucky Wesleyan on September 3.
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