HUNTINGTON - Redshirt freshman Armonze Daniel finds himself playing a bit closer to the line of scrimmage these days. He moved from linebacker to defensive end this season to capitalize on his athleticism.
The move essentially is a trickle-down effect from the arrival of Boston College safety transfers Dominick LeGrande and Okechukwu Okoroha. With them in the defensive backfield, senior Devin Arrington could move from safety to his more natural linebacker spot, and that allowed Daniel to work at defensive end.
Daniel said it's taking some getting used to, but he loves the ability to barrel into the backfield at full speed.
"Sometimes it gets kind of tough, adjusting to the things they do down there on the dline, coming from a linebacker or a safety's perspective, but it's all right," he said.
And if he's looking for advice on playing the position, he doesn't have to look far. His older brother, Montez Robinson, was a four-star recruit at defensive end and a former player at Georgia. His younger brother, Elijah Daniel, is a four-star defensive end recruit who has verbally committed to Clemson. All three starred at Avon High in Indiana.
"They just tell me to play fast all the time and not worry about anything else and just listen to the coach," the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Armonze Daniel said. "Everything else will take care of itself."
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SAFETY ZACH DUNSTON is no longer with the team, Marshall announced Monday. Dunston, a 6-foot, 201pound safety from Virginia Beach, Va., appeared in six games in 2011.
His claim to fame was being credited for a blocked punt late in the fourth quarter in last season's 20-10 Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl win. On the ensuing possession, Tyler Warner hit a 39yard field goal to break a 10-10 tie with 5:16 left in the game.