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#14 Daniel Bullocks
Position: Strong Safety
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 195
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Chattanooga, Tenn.
High School: Hixson
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  • Second-Round Pick by Detroit in the 2006 NFL Draft
  • 2005 Nebraska Co-Captain
  • 2005 Second-Team All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches, KC Star, Dallas Morning News)
  • 2005 Big 12 Fall Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll
  • 2005 Lott Trophy Watch List
  • 2005 Jim Thorpe Award Watch List
  • Preseason No. 12 Safety in the Nation (The Sporting News)
  • 2004 Second-Team All-Big 12 (Dallas Morning News)
  • 2004 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (AP, Coaches)
  • 12th Nationally in Interceptions in 2004 (0.45 pg)
  • 2003 Honorable-Mention All-Big 12 (Coaches)
  • 2003 Special Teams Captain (Kansas)

2005 (Senior)
Strong safety Daniel Bullocks was a mainstay in the Nebraska secondary, lettering four times, including his last three seasons as a starter. Bullocks completed his Husker career as one of the most decorated defensive backs in school history.

Bullocks came to Nebraska with his twin brother, Josh, and the twosome spent 2003 and 2004 playing alongside each other as starters in the secondary, before Josh chose to pursue an NFL career. After Josh’s departure, Daniel stepped forward into a leadership role as a senior and was a co-captain for the 2005 season.

The 6-2, 210-pound Bullocks has posted one of the most complete careers ever by a Nebraska defensive back. His 226 career tackles are the second-most ever by a member of the Husker secondary, while his 22 career pass breakups are the most by a Nebraska safety. Bullocks also finished with eight career interceptions to finish just outside of the Nebraska top 10. Bullocks played in 48 career games, with 33 starts, and started each of the final 32 games of his Nebraska career.

As a senior, Bullocks was the veteran leader of a re-tooled secondary that helped the Blackshirt defense rank first nationally in sacks (50) and tackles for loss (124). In 2005, Bullocks ranked third on the team with 83 total tackles, including 46 solo stops. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native was second on the team in pass breakups with 10 and Nebraska ranked 10th nationally in pass efficiency defense with a rating of 105.67. Bullocks’ standout play as a senior earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors by the Associated Press and Big 12 Coaches.

Bullocks recorded the finest game of his career against Wake Forest in 2005, making 13 stops and scoring one of three Nebraska defensive touchdowns on a 30-yard fumble return in the first quarter. Bullocks wrestled the football away from the Demon Deacons’ tailback in the backfield and sprinted into the end zone for his second career score, helping spearhead a 31-3 Nebraska victory.

Bullocks had seven pass breakups in a three-game stretch, including three in a double-overtime victory over Iowa State. Bullocks collected his lone interception of the season in the fourth quarter at Baylor, sealing a 23-14 Nebraska victory. A week later, he recorded his first career blocked punt against Missouri to help place the Husker offense at the MU 1-yard line and set up a second-quarter touchdown. The block was one of seven blocked kicks by Nebraska in 2005.

Bullocks finished the season by making six or more tackles in each of the season’s final six games, including the Alamo Bowl win over Michigan. He had nine games with six or more tackles.

Bullocks played in a reserve role in 2002, and was a part-time starter in 2003, but became a force in the NU secondary as a junior in 2004. Bullocks led the Huskers in interceptions with five and his performance earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors from the Dallas Morning News and honorable-mention all-league honors from the Big 12 Coaches and the Associated Press in 2004.

Bullocks returned his five interceptions a total of 187 yards, a single-season Husker record for interception return yards. His 0.45 interceptions per game ranked second in the Big 12 Conference and 12th nationally. Bullocks returned all of his interceptions deep into opposing territory, with each of his five picks setting up Nebraska inside the opponent's 30-yard line. Bullocks also accounted for seven points on his own when he scooped up a fumble against Kansas State and returned it for a touchdown.

In addition to his five interceptions, Bullocks also broke up nine passes and ranked among Nebraska's 2004 tackle leaders with 58 total stops, fourth on the team and second to his brother among defensive backs.

Bullocks played in all 13 games in 2003, and started the final nine contests while leading NU defensive backs in tackles with 69. Bullocks’ 44 solo stops were third most on the team and tied for the third most by an NU defensive back since 1965. His efforts earned him honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors.

Bullocks played a key role in Nebraska leading the nation in interceptions (32) and pass efficiency defense in 2003. He had two interceptions, one each against Kansas and vs. Michigan State in the Alamo Bowl.

Bullocks had a hand in Nebraska's school-record eight takeaways against Texas A&M, as he ended an Aggie third-quarter scoring threat by forcing and recovering a fumble inside the Husker 20. Bullocks made a career-high 15 tackles in a loss at Texas, the most tackles by a Nebraska defensive back since 1999.

He played in 12 games in 2002 with a start against McNeese State and made 16 tackles. Bullocks redshirted in his first season at Nebraska. He and his brother were the first set of twins ever to sign with the Husker football program.

A sociology major, Bullocks earned his undergraduate degree in December, 2005.

2004 (Junior)
Daniel Bullocks stepped out of the shadow of his twin brother, Josh, leading Nebraska and ranking second in the conference and 12th nationally (0.45 per game) in interceptions. Bullocks picked off five passes and averaged an impressive 37.4 yards per return, including a 58-yard return against Western Illinois.

Bullocks had an interception in each of Nebraska's first two games against Western Illinois and Southern Miss and also recorded picks against Texas Tech, Baylor and Iowa State. He returned all of his interceptions deep into opposing territory, with each of his five picks setting up Nebraska inside the opponent's 30-yard line. The Huskers converted his five interceptions into three touchdowns and a field goal, and had a field goal blocked follwing the fifth pick.

Bullocks accounted for seven points on his own at Kansas State when he recovered a fumbled snap of a Wildcat punt and returned it 10 yards for his first career touchdown. The third-quarter score pulled the Huskers within three points in the contest.

In addition to his five interceptions, Bullocks also broke up nine passes to rank third on the team. He had a career-high four pass breakups against Kansas, helping Nebraska secure a 14-8 victory in the defensive struggle.

Bullocks ranked among Nebraska's tackle leaders with 58 total stops, fourth on the team and second to his brother among defensive backs. Bullocks made a season-high eight tackles in each of the final three games of the season, had four tackles for loss totaling 19 yards, including a 12-yard sack against Pittsburgh. Bullocks made seven tackles, including a pair of TFL's in the Blackshirts' 24-3 domination of Missouri.

2003 (Sophomore)
Bullocks played in all 13 games, with nine starts and took over the starting strong safety job in late September after an injury to Philip Bland. Bullocks finished fourth on the team in tackles with 69, tops among Husker defensive backs. Bullocks' 44 solo stops were third most on the team and tied for the third most by an NU defensive back since 1965.

Bullocks' four tackles for loss led the defensive backs, and he added three quarterback hurries, three breakups, a fumble recovery and a fumble caused. He registered a career-high 15 tackles at Texas, tying the most by a Husker defensive back since 1999. In addition to his 15-tackle effort at Texas, Bullocks had nine tackles, including a tackle for loss at Missouri, and seven tackles against Troy State and Kansas State. He had a career-high two tackles for loss in a 30-0 shutout of Troy State.

Bullocks played a key role in Nebraska leading the nation in interceptions (32) and pass efficiency defense in 2003. He had two interceptions, one each against Kansas and Michigan State. His first career interception at Kansas came on a day when his brother had one of his school-record 10 picks, making the Bullocks brothers the first siblings to ever intercept passes in the same game for Nebraska.

The interception at KU came on the goal line, ending a scoring threat as the Jayhawks were poised to tie the contest midway through the third quarter. His second interception came early in the second quarter of the Alamo Bowl with the game tied at 3. The Huskers scored a touchdown three plays later and went on to a 17-3 win over Michigan State.

Bullocks had a hand in Nebraska's school-record eight takeaways against Texas A&M, as he ended an Aggie third-quarter scoring threat by forcing and recovering a fumble inside the Husker 20.

Bullocks also played a key role on Nebraska's coverage units and was the Huskers' special teams captain against Kansas. His efforts as a sophomore earned him honorable-mention all-conference honors from the Big 12 coaches.

2002 (Redshirt Freshman)
Bullocks began the season as a reserve, but ascended to the top of the depth chart at rover by midseason and earned his first career start against McNeese State. He moved back to a reserve role after Bland shifted to rover from free safety midway through the season.

Bullocks played in 12 games and made 16 tackles. After Bullocks’ start against McNeese State, he missed the following week’s game against Missouri with an ankle injury, and NU shuffled its secondary with Bland moving to rover and Josh Bullocks starting at free safety. Daniel had a season-high three tackles at Texas A&M and two stops in five other games. He forced a fumble at Oklahoma State that was recovered by Fabian Washington.

2001 (Redshirt)
Bullocks redshirted in his first season at Nebraska.

Before Nebraska (Hixson HS)
Bullocks played quarterback for Hixson High School and Coach Dan Duff in Chattanooga, teaming in the backfield with his brother, Josh. Daniel helped Hixson to four Class 4A playoff appearances. Bullocks took over the starting quarterback duties as a sophomore, without previously playing the position, and totaled more than 50 touchdowns in his career.

As a senior, Bullocks was the player of the year in Chattanooga by the Times Free Press and was Mr. Tennessee for football in class 4A. In 2000, Bullocks rushed for 1,432 yards with 21 touchdowns and passed for 309 yards and five TDs. He also caught 10 passes and had 43 tackles as a free safety with four interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

Bullocks earned class 4A first-team all-state honors, and both he and Josh were named to the AP Tennessee All-Star Team. The twins both played in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star Game, and Daniel earned MVP honors after returning an interception 104 yards for a touchdown in Tennessee’s 30-20 victory. Daniel and Josh visited Nebraska and Auburn together before selecting the Huskers.

Personal
The sons of William and Gerline Williams, Daniel and Josh were born on Feb. 28, 1983, in Chattanooga. The twins have two older sisters and are cousins of former U. S. Olympic gold medalist Evelyn Ashford. A sociology major, Daniel earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in in December of 2005.

Bullocks' Career Statistics

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Tackles

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Fum.

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QB

Int.

Year

G/S

UT

AT

TT

TFL

Sacks

C-R

BK

PBU

PI

Hry.

Csd.

2002

12/1

5

11

16

0-0

0-0

1-0

0

0

0

1

0

2003

13/9

44

25

69

4-5

0-0

1-1

0

3

2

3

0

2004

11/11

38

20

58

4-19

1-12

1-1

0

9

5

5

0

2005

11/11

46

37

83

4-8

0-0

2-1

1

10

1

1

0

Totals

47/32

133

93

226

12-32

1-12

5-3

1

22

8

10

0

2002 Independence Bowl vs. Ole Miss: Tackles, 1 AT, 1 QB Hurry
2003 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan State: Tackles, 1 UT, 0 AT, 1 TT, 1 INT, 1 PBU
2005 Alamo Bowl vs. Michigan: Tackles, 7 UT, 1 AT, 8 TT

Single-Game Bests
Tackles - 15 at Texas, 2003
Solo Tackles - 10 at Texas, 2003
Interceptions - 1, eight times, most recently vs. Baylor, 2005
Pass Breakups - 4, vs. Kansas, 2004
Interception Returns - 8-210 total; 2-11 in 2003, 5-187 in 2004; 1-12 in 2005
Long Interception Return - 58 yards vs. Western Illinois, 2004
Touchdown - 10-yard fumble return at Kansas State, 2004;
                      30-yard fumble return vs. Wake Forest, 2005