Indiana native Daniel Kimmel comes into his senior year at Lindsey Wilson as a bastion of the Blue Raider’s offensive line. Not only does he tear it up on the field, but also produces in the classroom. While we could go on and on about Daniel, you should read about him yourself. Here he is, in his own words.
NAIAFBALL: What makes Lindsey Wilson special?
Daniel Kimmel: What makes Lindsey Wilson so special are the people. I have met some of the most amazing people here, including the best friends anyone could ask for. When they told me that Lindsey Wilson is family, I wasn’t sure what to think. It’s true – it is family, and there are friends, coaches, and professors that I’ll keep in touch with for the rest of my life. I’ve grown year in and year out at Lindsey as a player, as a student, and as a man. My time here has set me up for a lifetime of success.
NFB: If you could tell a recruit one thing to convince them to come to Lindsey Wilson, what would you say?
DK: I would say that you have a chance to play for a first-class head coach in Coach Oliver, and earn a great degree while competing for championships. Playing football isn’t all you do as a student-athlete. The whole staff lets you know that you are here to earn your degree as well.
NFB: What are the expectations for the 2019 Blue Raider team?
DK: The goal for the 2019 season is to go 1-0 every week – that will take us where we want to go. Coach O tells us that the goal is to go 1-0 week in and week out, and not worry about the noise. We get everyone’s best shot, so we have to prepare for that each week and stick to the game plan.
NFB: What are your personal goals for the 2019 season?
DK: Personally, I think of myself as a team guy. Whether I’m on or off the field, I constantly root for our guys. I want to contribute as much as I can as I enter my 5th year. I want us to succeed and I’ll give this year all I have.
NFB: Can you elaborate in the intensity of the HWY 55 Rivalry game?
DK: The Highway 55 game is a fun atmosphere – anything can happen. We are 19 miles south of the other school. Rivalry games tend to bring out crazy events, and in the end, it’s the team who can handle the adversity and respond who wins.
NFB: What is the best place to eat at in Columbia, Kentucky and would your teammates agree?
DK: Moore’s Pool Room is the best restaurant, and my teammates would agree. It’s a little hole in the wall place that’s been around for a long time. They have amazing home-cooked food. When you walk in, you’re greeted with smiles – and everyone knows your name. Moore’s is a great place to go and I highly recommend it!
NFB: Who’s Lindsey Wilson’s biggest rival?
DK: Our biggest rival is Georgetown. The game is always full of action. It comes down to the wire and is simply an exciting game. Both programs are respected and full of excellence, so it’s always a week you look forward to.
NFB: What has been the best moment in your career so far?
DK: My favorite moment so far was my first start – my redshirt sophomore year at Bethel. Your first college start brings a lot of excitement and a lot of nerves. I knew all week watching film and on the bus ride that I would get my first start, so it was a really cool experience. Bethel has a good football program, so the win was just icing on the cake.