On Tuesday, It was announced that Delaware Football had seven players that made the All-Colonial Athletic Association all-star teams. Blue Hens were led by junior Linebacker Charles Bell who earned a first team selection this year.
The Blue Hens who earned second team honors were senior offensive lineman Connor Bozick , junior offensive lineman Brody Kern , junior defensive tackle Bilal Nichols and sophomore linebacker Troy Reeder.
Hens who earned third team selections were junior running back Wes Hills and sophomore cornerback Nasir Adderley.
For some Blue Hens this becoming old hat to them because Bell, Bozick, Kern, and Nichols this is their second straight All-CAA all star selection.
Good news for Delaware that everyone except the senior Bozick will be back next season to help the Blue Hens rebuild their history of greatness.
Delaware interim head coach Dennis Dottin-Carter was very proud to see each one of these men get honored.
“I am extremely proud and happy for the young men whose talent and hard work were recognized by the some of the best coaches in the country,” said Delaware interim head coach Dennis Dottin-Carter. “Each one of these men fully deserves to be recognized as one of the best players at their positions, in one of the best conferences in the country. No one comes as a surprise. Every one of the student-athletes selected has put in the time during practice, workouts, meetings, and personal study to be recognized today. I’m very happy for our lone senior who was selected, Connor Bozick, and very optimistic about the future of Delaware Football having six returning players selected as the some of the best among their peers. These young men will continue to work, one day at a time, to reach our program goal of winning championships. They are not done yet.”
Charles Bell who had a terrific season in 2016, also earned the respect of his teammates by being named team co-captain this season. Bell lead the Hens with 94 total tackles ( 38 solo), and 11.5 tackles for loss. The junior linebacker also had sack,an INT, had two pass breakups, recovered one fumble, and forced fumble this season.
Bell currently ranks fourth overall in the CAA in both tackles and tackles per game and helped the Delaware defense rank fifth overall in the CAA in total defense, allowing 349.7 yards per game.
Bell is the first linebacker from Delaware to get selected for a first all CAA team since current NFL linebacker and former Blue Hen Paul Worrilow in 2012. Bell is also the first Delaware player to get a first team nod since 2014.
Delaware interim head coach Dennis Dottin-Carter was not surprised at all that Charles Bell was a named to the All CAA-first team.
“It comes as no surprise that Charles Bell was selected to the All-CAA first team,” said Dottin-Carter. “As a third-year player and two-year starter, he is a gifted athlete who has worked tirelessly to perfect his craft. He holds himself to the highest standards and epitomizes accountability. It isn’t a coincidence that he was elected to be one of our team captains as a junior. Even though he will probably brush it off and get back to work, this honor is certainly merited for Charles.”
As we continue on the defensive side of the ball, Bilal Nichols, a 6-5, 300 lb. defensive tackle had 25 total tackles ( 18 solo), five sacks, forced fumble and a safety in the 2016 season.
Along with Bell, another Blue Hen linebacker was honored by the CAA and that was Troy Reeder. Reeder who transferred from Penn State after playing there only one year went on a tear at Delaware. He had 63 total tackles ( 36 solo), 4.5 tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one pass breakup, one blocked kick, and one fumble recovery in the 2016 season. Reeder was also named Defensive player of the week with Delaware’s win over Albany when he had an interception, forced two fumbles, and recovered a fumble.
Cornerback Nasir Adderley was one of the leading kick returners in the league this year and his defense was not that bad either. Adderley had returned 28 kickoffs for 662 yards and an average of 23.6 yards in the 2016 season which ranked in him 4th in the CAA. The corner back also had 49 tackles ( team high 38 solo), 2 INTs, 1 INT for a TD, and forced a fumble.
Now to the offensive side of the ball and the big guys of the offensive line.6-5, 320 lb. tackle/guard Connor Bozick the lone senior that was honored this year played in all each of his final 46 games and started in 34 of them.
For the other offensive lineman Brody Kern, who is a 6-2, 290 lb. center and he started in all 22 games over the last two seasons. Both Kerns and Bozick help command an O-line that is ranked in second in rushing offense (227.2 yards per game/14th in NCAA) and second in fewest sacks allowed(11/11th in NCAA).
Lastly, we come to running back Wes Hills who even with battling injuries all year, still had a great season to be honored. Hills was also named a co-captain by his teammates this season. Hills led the Blue Hens in rushing with carrying the ball 88 times for a 728 yards and 7 touchdowns while averaging 8.3 yards per carry. The talented running back was one of the few players in the nation to have two 200 rushing yards games this season. Hills ranked No.14 nationally in rushing yards per game on the season with 104 and he was ranked No. 2 in yards per carry with 8.3.