Daniel Whelan
Daniel  Whelan


Rancho Mirage, Calif.

High School:
Rancho Mirage HS '17

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 215


Biological Systems Engineering


Aggies set for Saturday's home opener vs. San Diego

6 p.m. kickoff at Aggie Stadium for the first home game of the Dan Hawkins era


Position Preview: Special Teams

Blend of newcomers and veterans look to continue team's success at key positions


Hawkins rolls out record NLI signing class

New Aggie mentor signs FCS maximum 30 incoming recruits on February 1

RANCHO MIRAGE HS '17: Played two years of soccer before switching to football... Also starred three years on tennis court... Helped football team to 11-3 record and DeAnza League title under head coach Larry Matthews in 2016... Earned All-Southern Section, All-DeAnza League and special teams MVP both years... Added Riverside All-Star nod in 2016... Averaged 43.8 yards per punt as a senior, with 22 (of 37 total) buried inside the 20... Booted long of 68 against San Jacinto... Hit 22 career field goals, with five of 50 yards or longer... Converted 113 of 116 PATs of 97.4 percent success rate... Made national headlines for a 72-yard field goal in practice, an attempt captured on video... Also earned league MVP in tennis, going undefeated at No. 1 singles... Scored a goal with 3 assists in final season of soccer before switching to the gridiron... Owns a 4.0 grade-point average, ranking among top 10 percent of class.

PERSONAL: Born in Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland... Intends to major in animal science... Originally from Dublin, Ireland area but lived in Southern California with his mother, Anne Marie, during high school... Volunteers at Galiliee Center (Indio, Calif.), providing food, gifts and time to the less fortunate.