Wayne Daniels spent much of his youth in Oakland playing basketball and dreaming of a career in the sport.
It wasn't until he moved to Kilgore, Texas, that he began playing football.
Now, nine years after playing for the first time as a high school freshman, Daniels is an All-American defensive end for Texas Christian, preparing for the biggest game of his career — against an unusually large opponent.
On Saturday in the 97th Rose Bowl game, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Daniels will go up against Wisconsin tackle Gabe Carimi, the 6-7, 327-pound Outland Trophy winner.
"I can't make a big deal out of it," said Daniels, who acknowledged that the matchup offers pro scouts an important evaluation opportunity.