Former Mizzou QB Chase Daniel Comes Home for Business
KANSAS CITY - Former Mizzou and current Kansas City Chief's Quarterback Chase Daniel has not played a regular season game at Arrowhead Stadium since 2008. On Sunday, Daniel made a new memory at Arrowhead during the Chief's home opener against the Dallas Cowboys.
Daniel played at Mizzou from the 2005 season to the 2008 season. At Mizzou, Daniel put up impressive numbers that quickly received national attention. He was Mizzou's first ever Heisman finalist in 2007. During the 2007 season Daniel won Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team Associated Press All-American Honors, and many more awards during his time at MU.
During his senior year in 2008, Daniel had 385 completions of 528 attempts for 4,335 yards.
He hit triple digits in career touchdowns as a Tiger scoring 101 points.
Daniel played at Arrowhead Stadium four times during his career at Mizzou. The last two times he played at Arrowhead might have left a sour taste in the quarterback's mouth. The senior quarterback and the Tigers faced Kansas during the end of the 2008 season. Mizzou lost to its rivals at Arrowhead 40 to 37. About a week later the Tigers were back at Arrowhead for a game against Oklahoma in which the winner would take the Big 12 title. Mizzou did not have a chance in the game and let the Sooners take the title, 62 to 21.
The current backup quarterback to Alex Smith said Sunday's game at Arrowhead had a different feel.
"It was actually just all one crowd, Daniel said. "It wasn't split, it wasn't half MU fans, half KU fans, it was all Chiefs fans. I mean there was a good amount of Cowboys fans out there but it was so loud, so much louder than I remember."
Daniel was not the only Chief who had a similar feeling.
"The crowd was unbelievable today. I mean they just made it about impossible for the Cowboys to hear," Kansas City's Coach Andy Reid said. "That's a good Cowboy football team."
"With a game like this and the ups and downs, and you know we made some bad plays out there, we made some good plays out there, and over the course of the game it's that fan base out there," Kansas City's Quarterback Alex Smith said. "I mean to have them through that, constantly cheering you on helps you pull through that."
Besides a different type of crowd, Chase Daniel also did something different that he hadn't done before at Arrowhead. Daniel spent the game on the sidelines instead of taking snaps as the starting quarterback.
"You prepare like a starter throughout the entire week and you hope you don't have to play because that means your starter got injured, but you're always ready," Daniel said.
Daniel said he isn't opposed to the second-string quarterback role because he explained he fits in with the Chiefs offense and has a lot to learn from Reid and Smith.
"I think just the type of system Andy Reid runs, the coaching staff that they have surrounded them with, the offense fits my style I believe, it fits Alex's style too," Daniel said. "It's a blast to run Coach Reid's offense as well."
Even though his college career is more than a few years in the past, Daniel said he cannot help but think about his school when he's at Arrowhead.
"There were some big wins for Mizzou on that field and you definitely think about it," Daniel said. "I mean especially being only an hour and a half down the road so it's always on my mind."
Since 2007 Mizzou is 4-2 at Arrowhead Stadium. All four wins are against Kansas.