Oct. 28, 2003
SENIOR DEFENSIVE END Daniel Kegler
Senior Daniel Kegler is an outstanding returning starter at defensive end who is a 2003 candidate for the Rotary Lombardi Trophy (outstanding lineman). Kegler is probably the most athletic of the defensive linemen and is lightning quick off the ball and excels at collapsing the pass pocket. He demands blocking attention, often double teams, at all times and his presence on the line frees up his teammates to make plays. Kegler is improving his lateral movement and run defense but is a high-motor, high-intensity athlete who loves to play. He has played in 31 career games with 15 starts and is the UNM active leader with 12.5 career sacks. In 2003, Kegler has rediscovered his all-conference form, notching all 14 tackles in his past five games, including four sacks (-21 yards) which is good for second in the MWC. He also has 5.5 TFLs for a loss of 28, two fumbles forced (T3rd MWC) and a fumble recovery in six games. Against Utah State, Kegler wasted no time making his presence felt, sacking and stripping the USU QB on the Aggies' first play of the game, it was his fourth straight game with a sack. He was not credited for another tackle, but had the Aggie QBs on the run much of the evening. Kegler had a strong outing with six tackles (3 solo), two tackles for loss and a sack for the third straight game against New Mexico State. He also forced and recovered a fumble when he blew up an Aggie option play. Against Utah State, he had his best performance of the early season against the giant WSU offense line and finished with four tackles (1.5 for loss) and a 7-yard sack in 44 plays off the bench. Kegler also broke up a pass and had a QB hurry, folding the Cougar pocket with his relentless pressure and helped the Lobo defensive front limit the Cougars to 87 rushing yards, 95.3 under their season average, and force five sacks in an impressive performance. In 2002, Kegler earned first team all-league by the Las Vegas Review Journal and second team all-Mountain West Conference honors and was selected by his teammates for the Chuck Cummings Memorial Award for morale and spirit at the UNM football banquet. He had 53 tackles led all defensive linemen and was sixth on the team. Kegler led the Lobos' MWC-leading sack unit with seven, which was second in the league and was second with 16 tackles for loss (-59 yards). He added a pair of safeties and three pass deflections on the year.
Question: What are your personal goals on the field for the rest of the 2003 season?
Daniel Kegler: "Continue to play hard and win the Mountain West Conference Championship."
Q: What is the toughest challenge in playing on the defensive line?
DK: "Staying physical."
Q: Which part of your game do you feel you need to continue to work on to become a more complete player?
DK: "Get off the offensive lineman's or running back's blocks."
Q: What non-football talents or hobbies do you have? Which hobbies would you like to pick-up or improve off the field?
DK: "I enjoy working on cars."
Q: Who is the best player you have played with or against?
DK: "Travis Henry, who now plays with the Buffalo Bills."
Q: Where's the toughest place you've had to play on the road and why?
DK: "Texas Tech."
Q: What's the best class you've taken at UNM and why?
DK: "Aging and Development"
Q: What is the best part of Rocky Long's defense?
DK: "The whole defense. I love everything about it."
Q: What made you choose UNM? What impressed you?
DK: "The weather and Rocky Long."
Q: How would you describe the experience of playing high school football in Florida?
DK: "It was intense, hard hitting and fun."