Iowa's Josh Jackson, James Daniels keep NFL decisions quiet

The Iowa juniors just wanted to celebrate, business is next

Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Joshua Jackson (15) intercepts a pass in front of the Boston College Eagles bench during Wednesday's Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)
Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Joshua Jackson (15) intercepts a pass in front of the Boston College Eagles bench during Wednesday's Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. (Vincent Carchietta/USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK — Iowa juniors Josh Jackson and James Daniels were too busy smiling to dive much into their futures.

Jackson is a fourth-year junior. He’ll turn 22 in April and graduate in May. And, oh yeah, he leads the nation in interceptions (eight, which also ties Iowa’s season record) and passed defended (26).

All signs point to the NFL for the Corinth, Texas, native. Maybe tomorrow.

“Not yet, I’m still kind of in the process of thinking, but I’ll have a decision shortly,” Jackson said.

Daniels, a two-year starter at center, held a Pinstripe Bowl piece of standup cardboard and wore his bowl hat. No, he wasn’t going to go too deep on this, either.

Daniels did say he asked for feedback from the NFL draft advisory board, but he hasn’t looked at it. OK, maybe. He did have a bowl to prepare for this week.

The 6-4, 285-pounder turned 20 in September. That might seem young for the NFL, but age is just a state of mind for Daniels, who did acknowledge that he genuinely loves Iowa and his teammates.

“People get drafted at any age,” said Daniels, who’s fought through some knee issues during his Iowa career. “Age doesn’t really matter, but I really do love it here. I love my teammates and the coaches. I really enjoy it here.

“Tough decision.”

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Daniels said he hasn’t discussed the future yet with his brother, former Iowa running back LeShun Daniels, who made the Patriots roster this season and ended up on the Washington Redskins active roster. He carried the ball three times for Washington.

“I’m going to celebrate this win and then I’ll get a chance to talk to them,” he said.

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