Even-keel demeanor with good stuff... Tremendous veteran because he is at his best when facing high-caliber competition.
Wayne Graham said -- "Will is a proven quality. If he can become sound physically again, he'll give us some quality innings."
RICE 2007: Was sidelined for much of the season, but battled his way back to pitch in six games, including two relief outings at the Conference USA Tournament... Recorded 10 strikeouts in 7.2 total innings... Five appearances were against quality teams that went on to play in NCAA Regionals, including East Carolina, Memphis, Southern Miss, St. John's and Vanderbilt... Pitched a season-long 2.2 frames at home against St. John's... Fanned a season-high three batters twice, vs. Saint John's and East Carolina in the championship finale of the C-USA Tournament... Threw 1.2 scoreless innings on the road at Southern Miss and fired a shutout inning against Memphis... 2006: Conference USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll; Did an outstanding job of working his way into a regular starting spot in midweek games against a rugged list of opponents that included national powers like Texas, Baylor, LSU and Oklahoma... Maintained a steady 3.34 ERA in 59.1 innings... Held 211 batters faced to a combined .251 hitting pace... Averaged 6.1 strikeouts and 3.5 walks per nine innings... Tied for fourth on the team in wins (7) and was fifth in starts (9)... Averaged 5.0 innings with a 3.40 ERA as a starter... Worked a career-long 6.0 innings twice, a pair of starts against longtime rival Texas State (Mar. 29 & Apr. 25)... Struck out a career-high six in 5.1 innings against Lamar... Made 10 appearances out of the bullpen, the fourthhighest total on the team... Came out of the bullpen to throw 1.1 shutout innings against eventual national champion Oregon State at the College World Series... Fired a solid 3.2 innings of one-hit relief to earn the win over crosstown rival Houston in the championship final of the C-USA tournament... Played in the Texas Collegiate League (Duncanville) over the summer... 2005: Made three appearances in his first season... Pitched against TCU and Western Athletic Conference foes Nevada and Hawaii... Struck out the first batter he faced on the Division I level and finished the season with three strikeouts and no walks in three innings... Worked a seasonlong 2.1 innings against Hawaii.
2004 graduate of Episcopal High School in Bellaire... Three-year starting pitcher and letterman under coach Chris Russ... High school teammate of fellow Owl Brian Friday... Helped lead the Knights to a 20-9 record in 2004... Compiled a 7-2 record and 1.98 ERA... Fanned 65 hitters in 53 innings as a senior... Was 21-5 with a 2.00 ERA and 184 strikeouts in 161.1 innings in his prep career... Also started for the basketball team his freshman year... Made the honor roll and was a member of the Students of Service... Maintained a 4.4 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and graduated summa cum laude.
Full Name: William Ward McDaniel. Born: Aug. 30, 1985, at Houston. Parents: George and Ann McDaniel, Houston (one brother, one sister). Major: mechanical engineering. College: Baker.