Overall Record: 7-4

CAA Conference Record: 5-3

Home Record: 5-1

Away: 2-3

Last Game: 28-7 Loss vs Villanova

 

What a first season under first year coach Danny Rocco! While they did not get to the playoffs ( which is a controversial topic) but this team looks energized and ready to win for years to come under Rocco.

Game By Game Recap:

8/31/17: Won Season Opener vs Delaware State 22-3

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

Joe Walker: 13/26, 192 yards passing, 15 yards rushing, 1 passing TD & 1 INT

J.P. Caruso: 2/3 & 14 yards passing

 

Hornets:

Jack McDaniels: 12/28,  165 yards and 1 INT

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Thomas Jefferson: 102 yards on 19 carries & Averaged 5.4 yards per carry

Kareem Williams: 67 yards on 14 carries & Averaged 4.8 yards per carry

 

Hornets:

Brycen Alleyne:  47 yards on 9 carries & Averaged 5.2 yards per carry

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Diante Cherry: 4 Receptions for 83 yards & 1 TD

Jamie Jarmon: 4 Receptions for 36 yards

 

Hornets:

Fatu Sua-Godinet: 4 receptions for 93 yards

Jordan Hannah: 2 receptions for 23 yards

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Charles Bell: 7 tackles

Ray Jones: 6 tackles

Justin Watson:  4 Tackles & 1 Forced Fumble

Bilal Nichols: 4 Tackles & 0.5 sack

Armen Ware: 3 Tackles & 1 Fumble recovery

Cam Kitchen: 3 Tackles, 1 Fumble recovery, 0.5 sack & a safety

Nijuel Hill: 1 tackle & 1 INT

 

Hornets:

Malik Harris: 9 tackles & 1 sack

Keyjuan Selby: 8 tackles & 1 INT

 

Fun Facts:  Rocco won his first game as head coach at Delaware with this game and improved to 91-42 all-time as a head coach.

Rocco became the fifth straight Delaware coach to win his debut, joining College Football Hall of Fame members Dave Nelson (1951 vs. Lehigh) and Tubby Raymond (1966 vs. Hofstra), and K.C. Keeler (2002 vs. Georgia Southern), and Dave Brock (2013 vs. Jacksonville, Fla.).

Since 2007 when the two Delaware teams have had the annual meeting, Blue Hens have won all eight meetings with an average of 27 points per game.

Delaware has now won 9 of its last 13 season openers, 25 of its last 28 home openers, and 25 of its last 27 games vs. non-league opponents at Delaware Stadium.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Diante Cherry on the Offense struggles in the game:

“I was trying not get down on myself (after dropping a sure touchdown on a crossing pattern pass from Walker in the first half). You are going to make some mistakes in a game and I just needed to bounce back. I felt like we were executing things, but when it came down to crunch time, converting third downs, getting into the end zone, we just didn’t do that very well. We just have to watch the films and see what we can do better as a team.”

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco:

“I certainly recognize tonight the significance of team here at Delaware. I recognize the significance of the production of the game and all the involvement from so many people. I want everyone to know how much I appreciate all the support. We had a good crowd and there was great energy out there tonight.”

Coach Rocco on the inconsistent play by the Hens:

“I think that calmness allowed our football team to finish with some confidence. We certainly didn’t play as well as I expected us to play. We did the things we had to do to win the football game. We finished in a way that allowed us to be the better football team out there tonight. We did some good things but we were just way too inconsistent.”

Coach Rocco on how Defense came ready to play vs DSU:

“I thought our defense held up their end of the bargain. I thought the two second half takeaways were probably the two most critical plays in the game. They really took away any hopes they had to actually win the game and gave us just enough momentum to go down and finish the drive and extend the lead. I’ve been doing this a long time and I know how hard it is to win a college football game so we are very happy to get the win.”

Highlights:

Related:Delaware Football’s Diante Cherry 2 TDS Leads To A 22-3 Win Over DSU

9/09/17:  Lost 27-0 Vs Virginia Tech

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

Joe Walker: 8/17, 116 yards passing, 26 yards rushing & 1 INT

 

Hokies:

Josh Jackson: 16/28,  222 yards and 2 TDs

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Thomas Jefferson: 27 yards on 139 carries & Averaged 2.1 yards per carry

 

 

Hokies

Jalen Holston:  32 yards on 8 carries & Averaged 4.0 yards per carry

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Diante Cherry: 3 Receptions for 41 yards

 

 

Hokies

Cam Phillips: 6 receptions for 90 yards & 1 TD

Travon McMillian: 1 receptions for 4 yards & 1 TD

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Nasir Adderley: 6 tackles

Colby Reeder: 5 tackles

Bilal Nichols: 5 Tackles & 1 sack

Malcolm Brown: 4 Tackles & 1 Forced Fumble

 

Troy Reeder: 4 Tackles & 1 Fumble Recovery

Hokies

Tremaine Edmunds: 14 tackles, 1.5 sack & 1 Forced Fumble

Mook Reynolds: 11 tackles & 1 sack

Terrell Edmunds: 8 tackles, 1 INT & 1 sack

Vinny Mihota: 4 tackles & 0.5 sacks

Trevon Hill: 3 tackles & 1 fumble recovery

 

Fun Facts:  The crowd of 62,526 marked the highest attended game the Blue Hens have participated in school history, surpassing the previous mark of 40,119 at Maryland in 2008.

Diante Cherry went over 1,000 career yards with his first reception of the day

This was the first ever meeting between the Hokies and Blue Hens.

Delaware was held scoreless for the first time since a 19-0 loss at Towson on Oct. 31, 2015

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco:

“I’m disappointed but I’m not discouraged. I saw too many phases within the game today that were positive and saw signs of a pretty good football team. I expected a little more today and I thought we would be able to keep the score within reach. Our defense had a pretty good day’s work but offensively we were too inconsistent from possession to possession. Virginia Tech has a really stout defense and they’ve been doing this for a long time. There is certainly no shame. I’ve seen that defense take control of a lot of games over the years. We just need to stay focused and stay committed.

Delaware center Brody Kern:
Virginia Tech has a great defense and fantastic linebackers. We knew they would be tough to move, but we made too many mental errors and had too many missed assignments. We should have put the ball in the end zone when we got down there. We need to do a better job at finishing drives and we will.”

Delaware linebacker Troy Reeder:
“We walk away from this game with some positives, although its hard to think that way right now after a loss. We met some goals today. Our defensive line was very good and it was nice to see our guys in the back end step up. I was proud of the way they played. We can leave this game saying we gave it our best shot.”

 

 

9/16/17: Won vs Cornell 41-14

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

Joe Walker: 20/30, 202 yards passing, 2 passing TD & 1 INT

 

Cornell:

Dalton Banks: 22/35, 247 passing yards, 1 TD & 3 INTs

Chris Walker: 0/1 & 1 INT

Jake Jatis: 1/1 for 22 yards

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kareem Williams: 121 yards on 15 carries & Averaged 8.1 yards per carry

Kani Kane: 11 yards on 5 carries & 3 TDs

 

Cornell:

Chris Walker: 24 yards on 8 carries &  Averaged 3.0 yards per carry

Josh Sweet: 10 yards on 2 carries & 1 TD

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Jamie Jarmon: 8 Receptions for 84 yards & 1 TD

Charles Scarff: 2 receptions for 12 yards & 1 TD

 

Cornell:

James Hubbard: 3 receptions for 58 yards

Eric Gallman: 3 receptions for 36 yards & 1 TD

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Charles Bell: 12 tackles

Troy Reeder: 9 tackles, 0.5 sack & 1 Forced Fumble

Nasir Adderley :  4 Tackles & 1 INT

Colby Reeder: 4 tackles, 0.5 sack & 1 INT

Malcolm Browns: 3 Tackles & 1 INT

Bilal Nichols: 3 Tackles & 1 sack, 1 Fumble Recovery & 1 INT

Salvatore Mauro: 1 tackle & 0.5 sack

Tommy Wilmoth: 1 tackle & 0.5 sack

 

Cornell:

Kurt Frimel: 9 tackles

Reis Seggebruch: 6 tackles & 1 sack

Jordan Landsman: 6 tackles & 2 sacks

Daniel Crochet: 5 tackles & 1 INT

William Baker: 3 tackles &  1 sack

 

Fun Facts: Hens have won their first two games at home for the sixth time in the last eight years but for the first time since 2014

Delaware gained over 200 yards in both passing and rushing in the same game for the first time since a 33-30 win over Albany on Oct. 12, 2013

 

Quotes of the Game:

Defensive Tackle Bilal Nichols on the Defense’s strong play vs Cornell:

“It felt great out there today. We really preached this week that we needed to get more takeways and that we needed to go after the ball more. It was great that we came out fast because that was our emphasis this week.”

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs Cornell:

“We are very happy with the score and the outcome. We needed to come in here today and win a football game, extend the lead, and control the tempo against a team that I felt would compete relay hard. Winning 41-14 is a good score but my expectations are higher than that. There is a lot to learn from what happened out there today. I felt defensively once again we got off to a great start, took the ball away, and got off the field. I think offensively we had some really good drives for touchdowns. Early on we were able to get the ball in the end zone down in the red zone, which is what we have struggled with earlier this season.

 

Highlights:

 

9/30/17: Lost to James Madison 20-10

 

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

Joe Walker:  5 for 11, 47 yards passing, 1 TD & 1 INT. He also rushed for 46 yards.

 

JMU:

 

Bryan Schor: 10 for 19, 93 yards passing, 1 INT & 1 TD. He also rushed for 39 yards

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kani Kane: 13 carries for 87 yards

 

JMU:

Trai Sharpe: 36 carries for 185 yards & 1 TD

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Jamie Jarmon: 2 Receptions for 45 yards & 1 TD

 

 

JMU:

Ishmael Hyman : 2 receptions for 51 yards

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Troy Reeder: 12 tackles & 1 INT

Jalen Kindle: 10 tackles & 1 sack

Anthony Jackson: 9 tackles & 1 forced fumble

Nasir Adderley :  7 Tackles & 0.5 sack

Colby Reeder: 5 tackles & 0.5 sack

Cam Kitchen: 2 tackles & 1 fumble recovery

 

JMU:

 

Brandon Hereford:  11 total tackles & 1 sack

Raven Greene: 9 tackles, 1 forced fumble & 1 INT

Andrew Ankrah : 5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery for a TD & 1 sack

Darrious Carter: 1 tackle & 1 sack

 

Fun Facts: James Madison was the first No. 1 ranked team the Hens have played since 2014 and was the first to visit Delaware Stadium since the 2009 season ( Richmond).

Senior wide receiver Diante Cherry caught three passes for 28 yards and became just the 19th player in UD history to reach 100 career receptions.

Delaware extended it scoring streak to 224 straight games at home since 1983 and 125 straight conference games at home

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s loss vs JMU

“This is a game that was hard to process. We didn’t play well offensively but we played a really good football team and we were very much in the game well into the fourth quarter. We played hard and fought to the end and we had a few moments today when we had the momentum and thought we might be able to push through but it never happened. Hats off to James Madison. They find ways to win games and they didn’t waver and stuck to who they are today. No doubt the fumble recovery for the touchdown was the biggest play of the football game.”

Blue Hens Linebacker Troy Reeder on the Loss vs JMU:

“I was proud of the way our guys (on defense) stepped up and held our ground today. I think it says a lot about our guys. We had intensity and we faced some adversity but we fought through it.”

 

Highlights:

Related:Turnovers & JMU’s Rushing Attack Too Much For Blue Hens As They Fall 20-10

10/7/17: Had A come from behind win Vs Stony Brook 24-20

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  7 for 14, 80 yards passing, 1 TD & 1 INT. He also rushed for 65 yards.

 

Stony Brook:

Joe Carbone: 23 for 36, 272 yards passing & 2 TDs.

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kareem Williams: 16 carries for 75 yards

Kani Kane: 7 carries for 57 yards & 1 TD

 

Stony Brook:

Stacey Bedell: 16 carries for 80 yards

Jordan Gowins: 10 carries for 19 yards & 1 TD

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Diante Cherry: 3 Receptions for 37 yards

Jamie Jarmon: 1 Reception for 23 yards & 1 TD

 

Stony Brook:

Ray Bolden: 8 receptions for 136 yards & 2 TDs

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Nasir Adderley :  12 Tackles

Troy Reeder: 12 tackles & 1 Force Fumble

Jalen Kindle: 10 tackles & 1 sack

Anthony Jackson: 9 tackles & 1 forced fumble

Malcolm Brown: 2 tackles & 1 fumble recovery for a TD

Blaine Woodson: 2 tackles & 1 sack

 

Stony Brook:

Shayne Lawless: 9 Tackles

Noah McGinty: 6 tackles & 1 INT

Tyrice Beverette: 6 tackles & 1 sack

Ousmane Camara: 6 Tackles & 1 Forced Fumble

 

Fun Facts: With this win the Blue Hens snapped their six game losing streak vs Top 25 teams since 2015 ( No. 25 William & Mary). This also marks the first time the Hens beat a Top 25 team on the road since 2013 (No. 7 Towson).

Hens QB Joe Walker left the game in the 1st quarter but  before he left became the 18th Blue Hen to go over 3,000 career total offense yards.

Delaware made its first-ever visit to Stony Brook and its first visit to Long Island since 2008 vs. Hofstra. The Hens have now won six straight games on Long Island since the 1969 season.

Delaware played the game without three starters on defense – CB Justin Watson, LB Charles Bell, and DE Cam Kitchen.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs Stony Brook

“This is a game that was hard to process. We didn’t play well offensively but we played a really good football team and we were very much in the game well into the fourth quarter. We played hard and fought to the end and we had a few moments today when we had the momentum and thought we might be able to push through but it never happened. Hats off to James Madison. They find ways to win games and they didn’t waver and stuck to who they are today. No doubt the fumble recovery for the touchdown was the biggest play of the football game.”

QB J.P. Caruso on the Hens Win vs Stony Brook

“I have so many emotions running through my head. I am so proud of this team, so proud of these coaches for believing in me. It’s a nice feeling. We have a long way to go and we know that. We have to go to practice tomorrow and fix up our mistakes because we have a long road ahead. The ball hasn’t been bouncing our way out and little things have made us lose games. We have been fixing those and we probably had our best week of practice this week. We knew this was the biggest game we had so far and everyone came together and said ‘lets start winning some games.”

Defensive Back Malcolm Brown on the Hens defense play vs Stony Brook

“The special thing about this team, this defense in particular, is that we didn’t give up and we came away with the win. We preach every day that we have to stay together and keep playing. A win like this is pivotal for this team and hopefully we can use this as momentum to spark us for the rest of the year.”

 

Highlights:

 

Related:Blue Hens Rally From An 13 Point Deficit To Upset #23 Stony Brook 24-20

 

10/14/17: Won vs William & Mary 17-0

 

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  7 for 20, 78 yards passing & 1 TD

 

W&M

Shon Mitchell: 18 for 36, 101 yards passing & 2 INTs

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kani Kane: 12 carries for 49 yards & 1 TD

 

W&M

Albert Funderburke: 12 carries for 46 yards

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Jamie Jarmon: 2 Receptions for 37 yards & 1 TD

 

W&M

Daniel Kuzjak  : 4 receptions for 33 yards

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Troy Reeder: 9 tackles & 1 Sack

Colby Reeder: 6 tackles & 1 INT

Nasir Adderley :  6 Tackles, 1 INT & 1 fumble recovery

Anthony Jackson: 5 tackles & 1 Sack

 

 

W&M

Josh Dulaney:  9 tackles

Gavin Johnson: 5 tackles & 1 Sack

 

Fun Facts: 

The Blue Hens defense has held opponents scoreless for six straight quarters since last week’s comeback 24-20 win over Stony Brook.

The Hens offense had their lowest offensive input (195 yards) in the win since 2001 when Tubby Raymond’s Hens only managed 172 yards in a 10-6 Win vs Richmond.

WR Jamie Jarmon had caught four touchdown passes on 18 receptions this season and has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games, the third longest streak in UD history and the longest by a UD player since All-American Eddie Conti.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs William & Mary

“I was really pleased with the way this team responded at home. Our defense really stole the show today. They played with great passion, great energy, and great confidence. We have a great structure on defense in place and the players are buying in. I also knew our special teams would be important today and they were really solid. Our offense had a few good drives today but we just couldn’t sustain it. We still have a lot of work to do. We were +3 today (in turnovers) and you are not going to lose many games when you do that.”

Blue Hens linebacker Troy Reeder on the defense’s play vs William & Mary

“We are building (on defense) week in and week out. This was really our first complete game on defense today. We are developing and that has been our emphasis. I looked up and saw zeros on the scoreboard and I wanted to keep it like that.”

 

Highlights:

 

 

 

Related:Blue Hens Defense Dominates William & Mary As The Hens Muscle A 17-0 Win

 

10/21/17: Won 42-35 in 2 Overtimes vs Richmond

 

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  13 for 23, 130 yards passing, 3 TD & 2 INTs

 

Richmond

Kyle Lauletta : 23 for 40, 295 yards passing , 4 TDs & 2 INTs

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kani Kane: 26 carries for 109  yards & 1 TD

Jamie Jarmon: 4 carries for 103 yards & 2 TDs

 

Richmond

Gordon Collins: 7 carries for 38 yards

Kyle Lauletta: 11 Carries for 35 & 1 TD

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Diante Cherry:  5 Receptions for 49 yards & 1 TD

Jamie Jarmon: 3 Receptions for 41 yards & 1 TD

 

Richmond

Tyler Wilkins : 7 receptions for 96 yards & 2 TDs

Dejon Brissett:  6 receptions for 81 yards & 1 TD

Garrett Hudson: 2 receptions for 59  yards & 1 TD

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Anthony Jackson: 7 tackles

Colby Reeder: 6 tackles

Nasir Adderley :  5 Tackles & 2 INTs

Blaine Woodson: 5 tackles & 1 sack

Jalen Kindle: 4 tackles & 1 sack

Bilal Nichols: 2 tackles & 1 sack

John Nassib: 1 tackle & 1 sack

 

Richmond

Justin Rubin:  13  tackles & 1 sack

Daniel Jones: 9 tackles & 1 INT

Dale Matthews: 6 tackles & 1 sack

Samari Springs: 3 tackles & 1 INT

 

Fun Facts: 

Jamie  Jarmon scored a touchdown reception for the fifth straight game, tying the UD record set by Bob Norris(1986) and James Anderson (1987). He also became the first UD wide receiver to run for over 100 yards in a game since Michael Johnson had 123 vs. Rhode Island in 2013. Jarmon’s 74-yard run was also the second longest ever for a wide receiver in UD history behind Johnson’s 78-yard romp in that same game vs. URI in 2013.

Delaware snapped a three-game losing streak in the series against Richmond.

The Hens are now 46-17 (.730) all-time on Homecoming, including a 3-0 mark vs. Richmond, and have won six of the last eight games overall.

Delaware has now won three straight games for the first time since 2014 and three straight conference wins for the first time since 2013.

 

Quotes of the Game:

 

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs his former team Richmond:

“This was an extraordinary game between two really good football teams who played hard and played well. We were just a little more fortunate today. This was a signature win for us. Our kids fought hard for their coaches and their teammates. Our first drive was huge and we showed what we are capable of doing. I thought J.P. (Caruso) came into his own today, made some critical throws, and showed the ‘it’ factor. I am so proud of this team and our coaches. If we remain focused and continue to work hard the best is yet to come. We needed a signature win and we went out and got it. We go home relevant tonight.”

“It was a little more emotional tonight than I was prepared for but it was a really special.”

 

Bilal Nichols on the team’s win vs Richmond:

“This is what we work so hard for and gives us a taste of what is possible here. Last year we lost some close games but this year we have that belief and that faith in each other. It was great to win this one because we know Coach Rocco really wanted this game, even though he never made it about him.”

 

Jamie Jarmon on the team’s win vs Richmond:

“It was great tonight to pull our (the offense) weight and not rely on the defense. Our coaches preached all week that we had to get off to a good start and we did. Our defense fought them blow for blow.”

 

Highlights:

 

10/28/17: Lost 18-17 vs Towson

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  6 for 15, 43 yards passing & 1 TD

 

Towson

Ryan Stover: 20 for 32, 187 yards passing, 2 TDs & 2 INTs. Also, 56 yards rushing.

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kani Kane: 22 carries for 113 yards

Kareem Williams: 12 carries for 80 yards & 1 TD

 

Towson

Ryan Stover: 8 carries for 56 yards

Shane Simpson: 8 carries for 33 yards

 

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Charles Scarff:  2 Receptions for 9 yards & 1 TD

 

Towson

John Tsimis: 5 receptions for 79 yards & 1 TD

Sam Gallahan: 4 receptions for 33 yards & 1 TD

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Bilal Nichols: 9 tackles

Nasir Adderley :  8 Tackles & 1 INT

Colby Reeder: 2 tackles & 1 fumble recovery

K.C. Hinton: 1 tackle & 1 INT

 

Towson

Robert Heyward: 7 tackles

Bryce Carter: 3 tackles & 2 sacks

 

Fun Facts: 

Delaware moved into the national Top 25 rankings for the first time since the 2014 season and were looking to equal its first four-game win streak since 2012.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s loss vs Towson:

“I don’t know if it was a letdown. We got one of Towson’s better games this season and we played hard on defense. I thought our defensive played well enough on the road to come up with a win. We continue to lack explosive plays for touchdowns. We had some good runs today but we just didn’t get enough from the passing game. We have to go back to work this week and improve from our performance tonight.”

Blue Hens QB J.P. Caruso on team’s loss vs Towson:

“We have to play better and smarter and it starts with me. We left a lot of yards out there. Our defense played well but our offense just didn’t get it done. But we won’t let this (loss) hold us back. Our road got harder but we aren’t out of it. We just have to come out this week and work hard.”

We have no excuse for not putting up more points right there. We could have ended it and we didn’t. That was big.”

 

Highlights:

Related:#23 Delaware Loses In Heartbreaking Fashion Vs Towson With 18-17 Loss

 

11/04/17: Won 31-17 vs Maine

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  6 for 16,  120 yards passing & 1 TD

 

Maine

Chris Ferguson: 20 for 37, 218 yards passing, 1 TD & 1 INT.

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Kani Kane: 26 carries for 99  yards & 1TD

J.P. Caruso: 7 carries for 6 yards & 1 TD

 

Maine

Josh Mack: 23 carries for 173 yards

Jo Fitzpatrick: 8 carries for 50 yards & 1 TD

 

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Joe Walker:  2 Receptions for 68 yards

Brandon Whaley:  2 Receptions for 52 yards & 1 TD

Maine

Earnes Edwards: 4 receptions for 80 yards

Micah Wright: 3 receptions for 34 yards & 1 TD

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Troy Reeder: 17 tackles

Nasir Adderley: 14 tackles & 1 Forced Fumble

Colby Reeder: 7 tackles, 1 sack & 1 Fumble recovery

Bilal Nichols: 7 tackles & 1 sack

Tim Poindexter: 1 tackle & 1 INT

 

Maine

Deshawn Stevens: 14 tackles

Kayon Whitaker: 9 tackles, 1 sack & 1 Forced Fumble

Charles Mitchell: 8 tackles & 1 fumble recovery

Sterling Sheffield: 7 tackles & 1 fumble recovery

 

Fun Facts:

By winning their sixth game of the season, Delaware secured its first winning season since going 7-5 in 2013.

Delaware head coach Rocco has now posted a winning campaign in all 12 of seasons as a college head coach.

Delaware played Maine in Portland for the first time in school history. The game marked the first time since 2005 that Maine played a game in the state’s largest city

Delaware downed Maine for the first time since 2010 and won in the state of Maine for the first time since 2009 after two straight setbacks.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs Maine:

“Our special teams kept us in the game today, and then we got going on offense. We did a lot today with Joe Walker. We knew that Jamie Jarmon (out with an injury) was most likely not going to play, so we put a plan together for Joe to do some of the things that Jamie has been doing. That gave us the explosive plays that we needed to have in the game. Joe did a great job. I thought our ability to run the ball and get some first downs bleeding the clock down, was as significant as anything. Maine is very talented defensively and physical. Offensively they know what they’re doing with the ball. Their running back is very special. So we’re fortunate to get out of here with a win. I’m certainly excited to secure a winning season and to get a win in November. We’re excited to go home this week and continue our quest this season. We’re finding ways to remain relevant. Today was a great team win. The offense did things when they had to, and the defense made stops when they had to. Ultimately the special teams and kicking game made a lot of big plays.”

“I have supported Joe since I arrived here. I have made comments about his athleticism. He is one of our guys that can take the ball the length of the field on a run, a pass or a scramble. He’s that athletic. He’s going to give us some energy here and some explosive production as we continue. Hopefully, we’ll have Jamie (Jarmon) back next week because that will give us a few more options.”

Joe Walker on the team’s win vs Maine:

“Today felt great being a guy who made plays and gave a spark when we needed. I always knew I could catch the ball, I just never played wide receiver. Today was the first time playing it. I was just trying to play my role and do as much as I could. We planned to have Jamie in the game with me, we didn’t know until yesterday that he wasn’t going to play. I think today was about building a routine so that when we both play teams don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Bilal Nichols on the team’s win vs Maine:

“Today we did a great job of staying together as a team. That’s one thing we’ve done very well this season. We’ve stayed together and created unity. Coach Rocco always says our strength is in the unity of this group. We really believe that. Whenever times get rough we count on each other. We never give up. This team is so resilient and that’s what I’m most proud of. We come each day and work hard and count on each other. We played our best when it mattered the most today. When we really needed stops, we got them. When we really needed to control the line of scrimmage, we did. When we needed to get to the QB, we did. I feel that we made plays at the biggest moments of the game.”

 

Highlights:

 

11/11/17: Won 22-3 vs Albany

 

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  7 for 11,  51 yards passing

 

Albany

Will Brunson : 12 for 25, 83 yards passing & 3 INTs.

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Khory Spruill: 20 carries for 86 yards & 2 TDs

 

Albany

Karl Mofor:  18 carries for 47 yards

 

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Diante Cherry:  2 Receptions for 12 yards

Vinny Papale:  1 Reception for 23 yards

 

Albany

Donovan McDonald: 3 receptions for 37 yards

 

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Jalen Kindle: 9 tackles

Blaine Woodson: 7 tackles & 1 INT

Bilal Nichols: 5 tackles & 1 sack

Ray Jones: 4 tackles & 1 INT

John Nassib: 3 tackles, 1 fumble recovery & 1 forced fumble

Anthony Jackson: 3 tackles & 1 INT

 

Albany

Nate Hatalsky: 19 tackles

Eli Mencer: 6 tackles,  1 fumble recovery & 1 forced fumble

 

Fun Facts: 

Delaware’s seven wins is the most since the 2013.

Delaware’s defensive effort of holding Albany to six first downs and 120 yards was its best performance since holding Delaware State to four first downs and 112 yards as part of a 45-0 win in 2011.

The Blue Hens went 5-1 at home this season and outscored opponents 154-75

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s win vs Albany:

“Our defense was really extraordinary today. They (Albany) had only one real drive (first quarter field goal) that they were able to put together. We really played to our strengths. I was comfortable with the 3-3 tie at halftime because we were playing so well defensively, we had finally scored, and we were getting the ball first in the second half. We really responded in the second half, which is something we have done a lot of this season. Our kids really have a lot of talent and resolve. We wore Albany down and that was our objective. On offense, we were at our best when it mattered the most.”

“Our senior class has been extraordinary with how they have been receptive to our message, the themes, and our goals. They have responded and they have led. We really need each other and everybody in our program as we move to make November meaningful. We have to have everyone on board. We have a lot of guys on this team that just want to win and sacrifice for the good of the team.”

 

Khory Spruill on his play vs Albany:

“Coach (Rocco) always tells me to be ready every game. It’s really about being ready when your number gets called and today I was ready. It really felt good (to get my first touchdown).”

 

Ray Jones on the team’s win vs Albany:

“We made a few changes today at halftime that really made a difference in the second half. You hold a team to three points and 120 yards, you can’t do a lot better than that. We have a chip on our shoulder. We are going to go up there (next week at Villanova) with confidence and effort and give it our all and keep this thing going.”

 

Highlights:

 

11/18/17: Lost 28-7 vs Villanova

 

Stats:

Quarterback:

Blue Hens

J.P. Caruso:  21 for 33,  197 yards passing, 1 TD & 2 INTs

 

Villanova

Jack Schetelich : 5 for 7, 61 yards passing & 2 TDs.

 

Running Back:

Blue Hens

Joe Walker: 9 carries for 37 yards

 

Villanova

Aaron Forbes:  13 carries for 140 yards

Jack Schetelich: 11 carries for 28 yards & 1 TD

 

Receiving:

Blue Hens:

Jamie Jarmon:  5 Receptions for 26 yards

Vinny Papale:  4 Receptions for 70 yards

Joe Walker: 3 Receptions for 79 yards

 

Villanova

Taurus Phillips: 3 receptions for 46 yards & 2 TDs

 

 

Defense:

Blue Hens:

Nasir Adderley: 12 tackles & 1 Forced Fumble

Blaine Woodson: 11 tackles & 1 sack

 

 

Villanova

Jeff Steeb: 13 tackles & 1 INT

Malik Reaves: 7 tackles & 1 INT

 

Fun Facts:

In his 12 years as a college head coach, Rocco has never had a losing season and has won seven or more games 10 times.

Jamie Jarmon extended his pass-catching streak to 16 games and secured his team-leading sixth touchdown reception of the year. The six touchdowns is the most by a UD receiver since Michael Johnson had nine and current Baltimore Ravens tight end Nick Boyle had seven in 2013.

Delaware did not force a turnover for the first time this season. The Hens had intercepted 10 passes over the last five games.

 

Quotes of the Game:

Blue Hens Head Coach Danny Rocco on team’s loss vs Villanova:

“We didn’t start well today, which has happened several times this season, but we’ve always found a way to respond, which has been extraordinary. But today it just didn’t happen. Nothing really seemed to go our way and we didn’t make the plays when we needed to. I am disappointed and surprised that we didn’t rise to the occasion. Villanova may have played one its best games of the season. Give them credit. They beat us to the punch in most phases of the game today.”

“Winning today really would have put us way ahead of schedule in terms of our rebuilding process. Seven wins is a solid season and we realize that. We won some tight games and beat some good football teams. I am excited about our future. We will learn from this experience and be a better football team next year.”

 

Brody Kern on the team’s loss vs Villanova:

“All season long we have been able to fight back and keep it close and rely on the defense to keep us in the game. We’ve used that energy to keep it going. It just didn’t happen today. You just can’t play all season like that. I thought both teams had a lot of energy today but they had more. It’s disappointing.”

 

Team Stats:

Delaware Opponent
Scoring 233 185
Points Per Game 21.2 16.8
Points Off Turnovers 74 41
Delaware Opponent
First Downs 186 177
Rushing 115 69
Passing 65 87
Penalty 6 21
Delaware Opponent
Rushing Yards 2094 1388
Yards gained rushing 2355 1643
Rushing Attempts 494 366
   Average Per Rush 4.2 3.8
Average Per Game 190.4 126.2
TDs Rushing 14 6
Delaware Opponent
Passing yards 1369 1972
   Comp-Att-Int 122-238-9 184-330-16
Average Per Catch 11.2 10.7
Average Per Game 124.5 179.3
TDs Passing 12 14
Delaware Opponent
Total Offense 3463 3360
Average Per Play 4.7 4.8
Average Per Game 314.8 305.5
Score by quarters 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
Delaware 29 78 39 73 14 233
Opponents 58 43 50 27 7 185

 

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Top 3 Blue Hens in Rushing Yards Yards
Kani Kane 594
Kareem Williams 469
Joe Walker 276

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Top 3 Blue Hens Rushing TDs Rushing TDs
Kani Kane 7
Khory Spruill 2
Jamie Jarmon 2

 

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Top 2 Blue Hen Quarterbacks Cmp-Att-Int Pct Yards TDs
J.P. Caruso 71-142-5 50.0 755 8
Joe Walker 51-93-4 54.8 614 4

 

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Top 5 Blue Hens Receiving Yards Receiving Yards
Jamie Jarmon 327
Diante Cherry 275
Vinny Papale 178
Joe Walker 152
Brandon Whaley 149

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Top 4 Blue Hens Receiving TDs Receiving TDs
Jamie Jarmon 6
Charles Scarff 3
Diante Cherry 2
Brandon Whaley 1

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Top 2 Blue Hens with INTs INTs
Nasir Adderley 5
Colby Reeder 2

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Top 3 Blue Hens with Fumble Returns # of Fumble returns TDs
Colby Reeder 1 1
Malcolm Brown 1 1
Bilal Nichols 1 0

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Top 5 Blue Hen Tackles Leader Tackles
Troy Reeder 89
Nasir Adderley 78
Ray Jones 60
Bilal Nichols 56
Jalen Kindle 55
  Blaine Woodson 55

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Top 5  Blue Hen Sack Leaders Sacks
Bilal Nichols 5.5
Blaine Woodson 3
Colby Reeder 2
  Jalen Kindle 2
 Troy Reeder 1.5

 

End of Season Quotes:

Head Coach Danny Rocco on the Blue Hens Season:

” Proud of our accomplishments and had significant victories on and off the field this year. We came here to do something extraordinary with our program and I think we took a step forward we certainly remain on track. I think any time you are 7-4 coming out this league ( CAA)  you had a really good season. “

“Very proud of how our seniors were able to contribute and offer leadership and all very excited about the future.”

“The disappointment is not advancing in the FCS Playoffs.  I been doing this for a long time and recognize that you have to look at the season in it’s entirety and at 7-4 with a loss to Virginia Tech and playing in this league, we really enjoyed a outstanding season. Based on the pool of candidates, this team deserved an opportunity to participate in the postseason and we were denied the opportunity.   

 

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Linebacker Troy Reeder on the season:

” There were a lot guys who guys who grew up in the last year and we just really wanted become the team we know we were capable of being. We wanted to play really tough and hard and that was a goal all year coming out of spring ball and camp and then when was the season I felt was evident that training and attitude that we had all off season paid off.”

 

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Troy Reeder on getting name All-CAA First team and honors he had this season:

“Yes, It really does. But I think it really a tribute to the whole team and what were able to accomplish this year. It really relies on a defensive line and secondary that I have to trust the guys, it front of me and behind me that they are able to do their job really really well and that makes my job a lot easier. So a lot plays into it but I think a lot guys saw some individual success this season which was a lot due to how the team has we have a lot good team players and that all came together at the end of the season to help the individual come out and stems from doing your job.

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Reeder on the Blue Hens making the Top 25 since 2004:

“It was cool but it didn’t surprise us because we know what were capable of  and looking things now we kind have bad taste in our mouth of how things ended it. But we have good knowledge that we had pretty body of work this year, that steps we need to take to take get us the next level. I think guys recognize that which is cool that although it year we went 7-4 from 4-7 from previous season. The expectations were set so high that it surprised no one on our team ( about making top 25). That just a mentality type of thing we need to carry over next season and hopefully keep building on more and more success.”

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Reeder on what the team and himself needs to build on for next season:

” I think for me personally, I just want to bring to life my game as a linebacker and spend the time in the offseason on that kind of technique work and stuff that you never get to good at.”

” As a team, I think we took a major step in building and doing all the right things. We really want to work on being a every day team and not just come to play when we feel good.”

“We were stuck by kind of having a off game a couple times this year and not starting fast or best to our best ability. To be able to come out every week and play as we playing against the top 10 opponent and just make that the mentality we play to our level.”

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Reeder on playing with his brother Colby on the team and his brother’s success:

” It’s awesome, I got a little taste of in high school being able to play with him. It just seems so different at the college level just because it’s so rare. It just something a lot of people dream of and we recognize that is a special opportunity that we clearly want to take advantage of. Just being out there seeing him making plays makes me proud. 

“For this post season recognition, for him be rookie of the year in arguable best conference ( CAA) in FCS football, that’s a huge honor. Something I know as well anybody, how hard he works all the time and the effort he puts in making team a better team and that just another example he did his job all year so well. Took really good coaching from Coach Sintim our outside linebackers coach. It’s a tribute to him ( Coach Clint Sintim) too to get him ready and put him in a position for opportunity to get such an award. I am really proud of him and feel really good and nice to see the hard pay off for him.”

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Reeder on some of biggest highlights of the season:

“Although we didn’t make the playoffs and it has been a topic of debate since the playoff committee made their decision. If look at things from week one to 11 or 12, the season really was a special season and hope people really recognize that. Just the games we were able to win this year that in the past like in the last two years in close games we came out on the short end of the stick and didn’t make enough plays to turn the game around. But this year, it was cool to be a part of something that felt different and special. Starting at Stony Brook and put together a come from behind victory and then against Richmond a top 10 opponent to be able to play a really special game and won in double overtime. Then at Maine, we were down ten early and comeback and won. For most of the guys careers here, games like that we have always been on the other side of that. For this year to kind of flip things around, it really feels like we took a step forward and that is a tribute to the coaching staff and to the guys really buying in and believing. I think it a really awesome thing.” 

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Reeder on Head Coach Rocco:

For me personally having been in the program under coach Rocco for one year, I have no doubt that in the near future that they are going to be competing and winning a national championship. But me, I only have one year left and I trying to speed up the process as much as possible and make sure that year could be next year. I don’t think we are far from that but it just awesome, that the effort and work we put in the offseason hopefully pays off in September. 

Awards & Honors:

2017

Nasir Adderley
1st team ECAC All-East
1st team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week (Wm. & Mary)
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Maine)
STATS Inc. National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention (Wm. & Mary)
Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week (Richmond)

Charles Bell
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Cornell)

J.P. Caruso
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Stony Brook)

Jamie Jarmon
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Cornell; Richmond)
Colonial Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week (Richmond)
STATS Inc. National Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention (Richmond)

Thomas Jefferson
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Delaware State)

Ray Jones
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Delaware State)
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Albany)

Kani Kane
3rd team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Wm. & Mary)

Brody Kern
3rd team STATS FCS All-American
1st team All-Colonial Athletic Association

Jalen Kindle
National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award nominee
FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team nominee
Colonial Athletic Association Chuck Boone Leadership Award nominee
CoSIDA Academic All-American Nominee
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week (Albany)

C.J. McAnally
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Cornell)

John Nassib
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Stony Brook)

Bilal Nichols
3rd team Phil Steele Publications All-American
East-West Shrine Game Participant
2nd team ECAC All-East
1st team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week (Cornell)

Vinny Papale
CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee

Nick Pritchard
3rd team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Stony Brook)

Frank Raggo
2nd team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Week (Stony Brook)

Colby Reeder
Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) All-East Defensive Rookie of the Year
Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Rookie of the Year
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Maine)

Troy Reeder
1st team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week (Stony Brook; Maine)
FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team nominee
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week (Wm. & Mary)

Jake Roth
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Richmond)

Charles Scarff
2nd team All-Colonial Athletic Association

Tim Sheridan
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Special Teams Player of the Week (Wm. & Mary)
CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee

Khory Spruill
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Albany)

Jake Trump
2nd team All-Colonial Athletic Association

Joe Walker
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Maine)

Collin Wallish
CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic Team

Kareem Williams
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week (Cornell)

Blaine Woodson
2nd team All-Colonial Athletic Association
Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week (Richmond; Albany)