|Daniel following the family tradition to Southwestern Oklahoma State University|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
June 21, 2006 - Spenser Daniel will be able to see his grandfather's picture for inspiration every day next year at Weatherford, Okla.
Daniel last week signed a letter of intent to play football at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, the same school where his grandfather, John Prock, was inducted into the athletic Hall of Fame last year. Daniel has his sights set on joining him in the prestigious group.
Daniel, who last month graduated from Sulphur Springs High School, will kick and punt for the Bulldogs, which play in the NCAA Div. II Lone Star Conference.
His grandfather was an All-Conference offensive lineman for the team in the mid-'50s and also coached Harding University, where Daniel's father, Lee, played. Spenser's mother, Mona, was born while her father was playing football at SWOSU.
It seems natural that Daniel would play for the Bulldogs, but he got offered a scholarship not because of his lineage but because of his foot. The school contacted former NFL kicker Chris Bonoil, who is Daniel's kicking coach, about prospects and Bonoil pointed the Bulldogs toward Daniel.
Daniel had contacts from other colleges, and even considered playing soccer at the next level, but chose SWOSU because he could contribute immediately.
"The coach said I could start my freshman year kicking and punting, kicking off, field goals, PATs - that was very appealing," Daniel said. "Other schools wanted me to redshirt, but I didn't want to sit out a year.
"Also, he was excited that he had a kicker and punter all in one so that he could add another position player for out-of-town games."
The last two years on the SSHS varsity, Daniel set a school record with 86 consecutive PATs and 88 total. He is third in single-season field goals with seven, and tied for second in career field goals with 12. He is also third in career field goal percentage at .750 (12-of-16).
As a punter, he averaged 38.2 yards per attempt last season.
Lee Daniel said SWOSU coaches were impressed with Spenser's "consistency, strong leg, accuracy, and being able to do more than one thing in the kicking game."
Daniel was an honorable mention All-State kicker in 2004, when he made 48 consecutive PATs and hit 7-of-8 field goals. He was also a First Team All-District player in soccer.
When he was younger, he would go from the flag football field to the soccer field, changing clothes on the way to his next game.
"I thought about playing both of them, but I think I have a better chance of doing something more in football than in soccer," he said.