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Packer defensive lineman returning to Kinnick on Saturday

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Packer defensive lineman Mike Daniels is returning to Iowa City on Saturday to be the honorary captain for the Hawkeyes as they host Northwestern at Kinnick Stadium.

Daniels, a native of Blackwood, New Jersey, has started all eight games for the Packers this season. He's recorded 24 tackles and two-and-a-half sacks.

In 2012, his rookie year, Daniels returned a Detroit fumble 43 yards for a touchdown. That is the longest return for a touchdown by a rookie in franchise history and was the first fumble return for a touchdown by a Packer rookie defensive lineman since 1941.

While at Iowa, Daniels helped the Hawkeyes earn 35 wins from 2008-11, including three consecutive bowl victories over South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Missouri.

Daniels earned second-team All-Big Ten honors, was named a permanent team captain and received the Iron Hawk Award as a senior at Iowa. He was also invited to participate in the Senior Bowl.

Daniels will be at the center of the field with Iowa's captains for Saturday's coin toss. He will also be in the locker room before and after the game and on the sidelines during the game.

Saturday's kick-off is scheduled for 11:01 a.m. on Saturday.

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