USF Athletics announced Friday that former USF and professional quarterback BJ Daniels is returning to the Bulls as part of coach Jeff Scott’s staff. Daniels is set to become an offensive analyst and work closely with the team’s quarterbacks.
Daniels returns to Tampa as one the most prolific quarterbacks in program history.
During his time with the Bulls, Daniels started 42 games over three seasons and led his teams to a couple of bowl game victories in the 2009 International Bowl and the infamous 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl against Clemson.
By the end of his collegiate career, Daniels had etched himself in the USF record books. He ranks third all-time at USF in passing yards, completions and touchdowns. Before a knee injury ended his senior season, he was on the way to becoming the Big East’s all-time yardage leader.
After leaving Tampa, Daniels bounced around the professional ranks, playing for three different leagues. He spent five seasons in the NFL with six different teams after being drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2013 draft. He went on to win a Super Bowl ring with the Seattle Seahawks in 2014.
Daniels also spent time with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL, Salt Lake Stallions of the Alliance of American Football and the Seattle Dragons of the recently defunct XFL.
Scott believes that Daniels’ wealth of college and professional experience will be a big plus to his quarterback room next season.
“It’s fantastic to have BJ back in green and gold and helping to lead our quarterbacks,” Scott said. “I’m just very excited to have one of the great players in the history of our program, who also has tremendous professional experience as a player, to be able to return and help lead us toward a very exciting future.”
Scott welcomed a trio of new coaches to his staff on Friday, including Daniels. He will be joined by Cam Aiken, run game coordinator and running backs coach, and Reuben Wright as a defensive analyst.
“I am very excited about how our coaching staff for year two is coming together and the knowledge and leadership we are bringing to our program,” Scott said.