Back in mid-June, it was reported with 100-percent certainty that Elijah Daniel would be continuing his collegiate playing career for Bo Pelini at Youngstown State. Monday, the first-year YSU coached said the odds of Daniel playing for the Penguins were “50-50.”
One day later, those odds were “0-100.”
Murray State announced in a press release that Daniel will attempt to revive his career Mitch Stewart‘s squad. Because the Racers play at the FCS level, the defensive lineman will be eligible to play immediately in 2015 and have two years of eligibility remaining.
Daniel was dismissed by Auburn in early may following his late-April arrest on four counts each of theft of property and four counts of burglary. One of the victims of the alleged crimes is current AU wide receiver Stanton Truitt.
According to Stewart, he’s being given his one and only chance with the program.
“I believe in second chances and last chances,” Stewart’s statement began. “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.”
Last season, Daniel played in all 13 games for the Tigers, making two starts. His 17 quarterback hurries led the team.