by Nic Ryder

Linebacker Maurice Daniels has been signed to Cedar Rapids for the 2019 season. 

Daniels comes to the River Kings after a team-leading effort his junior year at New Mexico. He led the team with 12.5 tackles for loss on the season, despite not starting in any games in 2015-16. He had a season high seven tackles in his first game against Mississippi Valley State along with a forced fumble. Daniels also totaled five sacks his junior year.

During his senior year as a Lobo he secured 31 total tackles, with 6.5 tackles for loss. He added four unassisted sacks that same year. He had a season high five tackles against Air Force, helping the Lobos to a 45-40 win. 

The 6’3", 225 Lobo helped lead his team to two bowl games in his two years at New Mexico. Both times the Lobos appeared in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl, winning the 2016 contest 23-20 over UTSA. Daniels had three tackles and two assists in the game. 

Prior to joining New Mexico, Daniels attended West Hills College in Coalinga, California. He led all California junior college players with 19.5 sacks, and also had 28.5 tackles for loss and forced five fumbles his sophomore season. His prolific season earned him scholarship offers from Arizona State, TCU, and his eventual college, New Mexico. 

Daniels played high school football at Robeson High School in Chicago, Illinois, where he played tight end. He had eight touchdowns his senior season and averaged 20 yards per catch.

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The Cedar Rapids River Kings (formerly the Titans) will take the field for their eighth season of operations in 2019 and their first under the new ownership of Roy Choi and Matt Stone with General Manager Ryan Eucker at the helm. Cedar Rapids joined the IFL as an expansion team in the 2012 season. They play their home games at the U.S. Cellular Center and have made four playoff appearances (2013-16) with two trips to the conference championship game (2013, 2014). Tickets and Partnerships are available for the 2019 season. For more information visit goriverkings.com. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat (@goriverkings).


The Indoor Football League (IFL) will begin its eleventh season of play in the spring of 2019 and is led by Commissioner Mike Allshouse. The IFL was created in 2008 from a merger between the Intense Football League and the United Indoor Football Association. It’s member teams are located from Phoenix, Arizona to Green Bay Wisconsin. For more information about all things IFL, visit goifl.com or call the league office at 804-643-7277.