After a week of practicing against other all-star football players in preparation for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Saturday in the Los Angeles area, Brad Daly is sure of one thing.
“It’s nice to play football,” he said, rather than talking about awards. “It’s a nice change of pace.”
Daly suits up for Dick Vermeil’s National team Saturday in a game that features many of college football’s finest draft-eligible players. Kickoff is at 2 pm, and the game is televised on ESPN2.
Montana State’s second consecutive Buchanan Award winner as the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision, Daly led the nation in sacks and tackles-for-loss in 2013. He earned Big Sky Co-Defensive Player of the Year honors, as well.
But the fantastic season came from his familiar defensive end position. Daly started at Bandit as a senior after two years opposite that position at end. Daly has spent the week transitioning to linebacker, a position his brother Bobby earned All-America honors at twice as a Bobcat but which Brad hasn’t played since his freshman year at MSU.
“It’s been going well,” Daly said of the change. “I’m getting used to linebacker.” Daly also indicated he’s earned a spot in a pass rush package. “That’s been fun,” he said.
— MSU Sports Information