Orlando McDaniel

Picture from LSU Track and Field Twitter, Twitter, @LSUTrackField, on March 28, 2020. 

Former LSU football and track star Orlando McDaniel died Friday night at the age of 59 from the coronavirus.

According to LSU track coach Dennis Shaver, McDaniel fell ill after traveling to Washington, D.C.

He attended Lake Charles High School, where he was all-state athlete in football and an All-American in hurdling for the track team.

McDaniel was a wide receiver for the Tigers from 1978- 1981. In his four seasons, he caught 64 passes for 1,184 yards and scored three touchdowns. In 1981, he averaged 17.5 yards per catch, ranking him second in the SEC. The same year he ranked fourth in the SEC in receiving yards (719).

On the LSU track team, he finished second in the men's 110-meter hurdles in the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1980.

McDaniel was a second-round draft pick for the Denver Broncos in 1982.

He was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but settled in the Dallas- Fort Worth area where he died.