For the second straight week to open the 2013 season USMMA quarterback Matthew McDaniels (Malverne, NY) has been named the Liberty League Offensive Performer of the Week. McDaniels rushed for 245 yards and three touchdowns in the Mariners 27-20 triumph over arch rival Coast Guard in the annual battle for the Secretaries' Cup. The sophomore quarterback currently leads the Liberty League with 441 yards rushing yards and six touchdowns.
McDaniels put the Mariners on top 21-17 in the third quarter as he sliced through the Bears defense and rumbled 43 yards to the end zone for his second TD of the day. He gave the Mariners some breathing room in a one-point game late in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard touchdown run with just 2:48 remaining in regulation. McDaniels averaged 7.9 yards per carry on his 31 rushing attempts as Merchant Marine racked up 394 yards of total offense in the victory.