|Born:||April 20, 1984|
Virginia Beach, Virginia
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL West All-Star||2013|
Marquay McDaniel (born April 20, 1984) is a former professional Canadian football wide receiver who is currently an offensive assistant with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL). McDaniel played 10 seasons in the CFL, six with the Calgary Stampeders and four with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. He was originally signed by the Denver Broncos as an undrafted free agent in 2007. McDaniel was named a CFL All-Star in 2013, and won a Grey Cup championship in 2014. He played college football for the Hampton Pirates.
In his rookie season McDaniel played in all 18 games and led the CFL with 2,535 all-purpose yards. He had 688 yards and three touchdowns on 57 receptions, 1,153 yards on 57 kickoff returns, 615 yards on 73 punt returns and 79 yards on five missed-field goal returns. He was Hamilton’s nominee for the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Award. He had six catches for 100 yards in the Ticats’ East semifinal loss to BC.
In 2010 McDaniel started all 18 regular-season games for the Tiger-Cats and finished second on the club in receiving yards with 998. He made 76 catches with seven of the grabs going for touchdowns. He also returned 15 kickoffs for 332 yards and six punts for 46 yards. McDaniel had six catches for 85 yards in the East semifinal.
2011 was a down year for McDaniel as he only saw action in one game, making four catches for 60 yards in a July 16 contest against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Shortly after being released by Hamilton on Aug. 31, he signed with the Stampeders and spent the remainder of the season on Calgary’s practice roster.
2012 was a return to form for McDaniel, he started 14 games and all three post-season contests. In the regular season, he caught 53 passes for 744 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball twice for 15 yards. His first touchdowns as a Stampeder came on Sept. 23 in Saskatchewan when he recorded two scores. McDaniel also saw time on special teams, returning 12 punts for 130 yards, one kickoff for 18 yards and one missed field goal for 31 yards. In the playoffs, McDaniel tallied 12 catches for 220 yards and a touchdown. His major came on the second play of the West final as he made a 68-yard catch and run for his longest career touchdown.
In 2013 McDaniel started all 18 games and was the team’s leading receiver and fourth in the league with 76 catches for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns and five carries for 42 yards and touchdown. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career on Oct. 26 against the Riders. He has also returned four punts for 44 yards. He was hurt in the last regular season game and was on the injured list for the Western Final. McDaniel was named a West Division all-star and CFL all-star.
In 2014 McDaniel started 12 games and was the team’s leading receiver for the second season in a row with 54 catches for 792 yards and four touchdowns. He added one carry for three yards. He also returned seven punts for 52 yards and one kickoff for 22 yards. He was placed on the six-game injury list prior to Game 12 after breaking his arm on Sept. 13 and returned to the lineup for the final regular season game. He was named CFL offensive player of the week for his 12-catch, 165-yard comeback performance in the last game of the regular season. McDaniel started the Western Final and had two catches for 58 yards including a 46-yard touchdown. He also started the Grey Cup where he hauled in seven catches for 61 yards. The Stampeders won the championship beating his former team, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, in a 20-16 contest.
In 2015 McDaniel started all 18 games and had 86 catches for 1,038 yards and four touchdowns, plus caught five two-point converts which is a CFL season-record. He also carried the ball three times. McDaniel also started both playoff games and had six catches for 27 yards and returned four punts for 40 yards. In 2016 McDaniel started 16 games and was the team’s leading receiver with 1,074 yards and four touchdowns on 83 catches and added one carry for three yards. He also had a two-point convert. He played his 100th regular-season game on June 25. 2016 was his third 1,000-yard receiving season, and his third season to lead the Stampeders in receiving yards. He was on the one-game injury list for Games 17 and 18. In 2017 McDaniel re-signed with the Stampeders through the 2018 season. McDaniel had another strong season in 2017, leading the Stamps in receiving yards for the fourth consecutive season. Following the team's loss in the 105th Grey Cup McDaniel was critical of teammate Kamar Jorden's fumble which played a significant role in the Stamps' defeat. On February 9, 2018 the Stampeders announced they had released McDaniel.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (II)
On September 9, 2018, McDaniel was re-signed by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. McDaniel was initially signed to the practice roster so that he could continue to serve as the receivers coach at the nearby McMaster University, but was promoted following a slew of injuries to the Ti-Cat receivers. In four games, McDaniel caught eight passes for 65 yards.
Prior to serving as the receivers coach at McMaster University, McDaniel was a guest coach for his old CFL team in Calgary during training camp. After joining Hamilton later in the season, McDaniel continued to coach for McMaster, while also fulfilling his playing duties. On June 25, 2019 McDaniel was hired by the Montreal Alouettes as an offensive assistant.
Source: CFL.ca Player Bio
- "Stamps’ McDaniel ticked over teammate Jorden’s costly fumble" (in en-US). Calgary Sun. 2017-11-27. http://calgarysun.com/sports/football/cfl/calgary-stampeders/stamps-mcdaniel-ticked-over-teammate-jordens-costly-fumble.
- "Stamps release veteran Marquay McDaniel - CFL.ca" (in en-US). CFL.ca. 2018-02-09. https://www.cfl.ca/2018/02/09/stamps-release-veteran-marquay-mcdaniel/.
- Ticats add Marquay McDaniel to practice roster
- Staff, TSN ca (2019-06-25). "Marquay McDaniel joins Montreal Alouettes coaching staff as offensive assistant - TSN.ca". https://www.tsn.ca/marquay-mcdaniel-joins-montreal-alouettes-coaching-staff-as-offensive-assistant-1.1328280.
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