2013 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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2013 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
University of Delaware Wordmark.png
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
2013 record 7–5 (4–4 CAA)
Head coach Dave Brock (1st year)
Offensive coordinator Sean Devine (1st year)
Offensive scheme Spread Offense
Defensive coordinator Tim Weaver (1st year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Delaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
« 2012 2014 »
2013 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#12 Maine ^   7 1         10 3  
#2 Towson ^   6 2         13 3  
#5 New Hampshire ^   6 2         10 5  
Villanova   5 3         6 5  
Delaware   4 4         7 5  
William & Mary   4 4         7 5  
Richmond   4 4         6 6  
James Madison   3 5         6 6  
Stony Brook   3 5         5 6  
Rhode Island   2 6         3 9  
Albany   0 8         1 11  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2013 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2013 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by first year head coach Dave Brock and played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Previous season[edit]

Delaware started 2012 strong with a four-game winning streak over West Chester, Delaware State, Bucknell, and William & Mary. After their peak at #9 in the polls, the Hens finished the season by losing six out of their final seven games, with the only victory against Rhode Island. Former coach K. C. Keeler was fired in January 2013, and most of the staff was released with his departure.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

The Blue Hens received 12 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 6, 2013.[1]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Diante Cherry
WR
Lancaster, PA McCaskey HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Nov 5, 2012 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A   ESPN grade: 70
Wesley Hills
RB/LB
Wildwood, NJ Wildwood HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.48 Jan 5, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Brody Kern
OL
York, PA West York HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 280 lb (130 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Jalen Kindle
LB
Fleming Island, FL Fleming Island HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 210 lb (95 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Larry Spears
LB
Henrico, VA Varina HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 215 lb (98 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Roman Tatum
CB
Winter Garden, FL West Orange HS 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 170 lb (77 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Ryan Torzsa
S
Waxhaw, NC Cuthbertson HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 192 lb (87 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Jacob Trump
OL
Mechanicsburg, PA Mechanicsburg HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 270 lb (120 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Cedric Udegbe
DE
Minneola, FL Montverde Academy 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 245 lb (111 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Justin Watson
S
Washington, D.C Friendship Collegiate 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 165 lb (75 kg)  
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Blaine Woodson
DL
East Stroudsburg, PA Stroudsburg HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Nov 4, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Kyle Yocum
QB
Reading, PA Exeter HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jun 17, 2012 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • ‡ Refers to 40 yard dash
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height, weight and 40 time.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Transfers[edit]

On February 6, 2013, it was announced that Delaware added two transfers for the 2013 season: junior linebacker Kennedy Ogbonna from ASA The College For Excellence and junior running back Jordan Thomas from Rutgers University. Greyshirted linebacker Eric Patton was added to the roster for the 2013 season as well.[1]

Preseason awards[edit]

  • Sean Baner
CFPA Preseason Placekicker Watch List[2]
The Sports Network Preseason All-American Second Team[3]
  • Michael Johnson
CFPA Kick Returners to Watch[4]
  • Bobby Kennedy
CAA Preseason All-Conference First Team[5]
  • Zach Kerr
The Sports Network Preseason All-American Second Team[3]
Phil Steele Preseason All-American First Team[6]
CAA Preseason All-Conference First Team[5]
College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-American First Team[7]
  • Andrew Pierce
The Sports Network Preseason All-American Third Team[3]
Walter Payton National Player of the Year Watch List[8]
College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-American Second Team[7]
  • Jeff Williams
CFPA Preseason Linebacker Watch List[9]
Phil Steele Preseason All-American Third Team[6]
College Sports Journal FCS Preseason All-American Second Team[7]

Conference Predictions[edit]

Delaware was predicted to finish sixth in the CAA Preseason Poll.[5]

CAA Preseason Poll:
1. Villanova (11 First Place Votes)
2. Towson (3)
3. New Hampshire (3)
4. Richmond (1)
5. James Madison (4)
6. Delaware
7. Stony Brook
8. Maine
9. William & Mary
10. Albany
11. Rhode Island

Preseason Rankings[edit]

FCS Coaches Poll[edit]

Delaware received 47 points in the Preseason Coaches Poll, resulting in the 30th highest total. Four of Delaware's CAA opponents received a Top 25 ranking (#9 Villanova, #12 Towson, #14 Richmond, and #15 James Madison). Three additional opponents, two from the CAA, for the season received votes (Wagner, Maine, and Albany).

The Sports Network FCS Poll[edit]

Delaware received 130 points in the Preseason Sports Network FCS Poll, placing them in 32nd. Of the CAA opponents that the Hens will face in 2013, four received a Top 25 position: #5 Villanova, #11 Towson, #15 Richmond, and #19 James Madison. In addition, three opponents for 2013 received votes: Wagner, Albany, and William & Mary.

Opening depth chart[edit]

Defense
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CB
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Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year Alma mater
Dave Brock Head Coach 2013 Salisbury (1994)
Sean Devine Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line 2013 Colby (1994)
Tim Weaver Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2013 Davidson (1990)
John Perry Passing Game Coordinator/Quarterbacks 2013 New Hampshire (1992)
Brian Ginn Receivers 2000 Delaware (2000)
Devin Fitzsimmons Tight Ends/Special Teams 2013 Bucknell (2005)
Dennis Dottin-Carter Defensive Line 2013 Maine (2002)
Tony Lucas Running Backs 2013 Columbia (2003)
Henry Baker Cornerbacks 2011 Maryland (2003)
Tom McEntire Safeties 2013 Thiel (2006)
Fritz Stueber Offensive Quality Control 2011 Delaware (2012)
Michael Donovan Defensive Quality Control 2013 Bentley University (2011)

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 29 7:30 PM Jacksonville* Delaware StadiumNewark, DE HAA W 51–35   19,120
September 7 3:30 PM Delaware State* Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Route 1 Rivalry) NBCSN W 42–21   19,316
September 14 3:30 PM at Navy* Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, MD CBSSN L 7–51   36,208
September 21 6:00 PM Wagner* Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE HAA W 49–9   15,723
September 28 7:00 PM #14 James Madison Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Rivalry) CSN W 29–22   18,405
October 5 3:30 PM at #23 Maine #24 Alfond StadiumOrono, ME L 28–62   6,304
October 12 12:00 PM Albanydagger Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE CSN W 33–30   17,363
October 26 12:00 PM at Rhode Island Meade StadiumKingston, RI W 35–13   6,536
November 2 7:00 PM at #7 Towson #21 Johnny Unitas StadiumTowson, MD W 32–31   8,741
November 9 3:00 PM #23 William & Mary #15 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Rivalry) CSN L 10–24   21,010
November 16 12:00 PM Richmond #21 Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE HAA L 43–46   15,817
November 23 3:30 PM at Villanova PPL ParkChester, PA (Battle of the Blue) L 34–35   10,117
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Regular season[edit]

Jacksonville[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 14 7 0 14 35
• Blue Hens 0 21 10 20 51
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 7:36 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 19,120
  • Game weather: Temp: 80 • Wind: 5 ENE • Weather: Hot, Humid
  • Referee: Tony Marcella
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
1–0 2013 UD, 51–35
The student section of Delaware Stadium during the 2013 season opener against Jacksonville.


Delaware State[edit]

Route 1 Rivalry
1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 7 7 7 21
• Blue Hens 14 21 0 7 42
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 19,316
  • Game weather: Temp: 76 • Wind: 8 WSW • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Kelvin Hudson
  • Television network: NBC Sports Network
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
5–0 2013 UD, 42–21


Navy[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Hens 0 7 0 0 7
• Midshipmen 10 13 14 14 51
  • Location: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
    Annapolis, Maryland
  • Game start: 3:34 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:16
  • Game attendance: 36,208
  • Game weather: Temp:67 • Wind:N 10 • Weather:Sunny
  • Referee: Jonah Monroe
  • Television network: CBS Sports Network
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
7–10 2013 Navy, 51–7


Wagner[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seahawks 3 0 0 6 9
• Blue Hens 21 21 7 0 49
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 6:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:45
  • Game attendance: 15,723
  • Game weather: Temp: 76 • Wind: Calm • Weather: Rain
  • Referee: James R. Smith
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
1–0 2013 UD, 49–9


#14 James Madison[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Dukes 13 6 0 3 22
• Blue Hens 0 7 15 7 29
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 7:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 18,405
  • Game weather: Temp: 66 • Wind: 6 ENE • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg
  • TV announcers (NBC Regional Networks): Scott Graham & Brad Jackson
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
13–8 2013 UD, 29–22


#23 Maine[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#24 Blue Hens 8 7 0 13 28
• #23 Black Bears 27 7 21 7 62
  • Location: Alfond Stadium
    Orono, Maine
  • Game start: 3:37 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:52
  • Game attendance: 6,304
  • Game weather: Temp: 60 • Wind: Calm • Weather: Overcast
  • Referee: William Gosseli
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
23–10 2013 Maine, 62–28
  • Most lopsided Maine win in series all-time.
  • First time Delaware allowed 60+ points in regulation since a September 24, 1921 loss to Pennsylvania (89–0).
  • Maine would go on to win the CAA championship, and fall in the Second Round to New Hampshire.


Albany[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Great Danes 3 7 7 13 30
• Blue Hens 0 16 6 11 33
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 17,363
  • Game weather: Temp: 66 • Wind: 15 NE • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Bill Broadhurst
  • TV announcers (NBC Regional Networks): Scott Graham & Brad Jackson
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
2–1 2013 UD, 33–30
  • Albany was coming off a share of the NEC championship in 2012.


Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Blue Hens 7 14 14 0 35
Rams 0 6 7 0 13
  • Location: Meade Stadium
    Kingston, Rhode Island
  • Game start: 12:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:50
  • Game attendance: 6,536
  • Game weather: Temp: 55 • Wind: 13 WSW • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Kichline
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
21–8 2013 UD, 35–13


#7 Towson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• #21 Blue Hens 10 0 0 22 32
#7 Tigers 7 14 7 3 31
  • Location: Johnny Unitas Stadium
    Towson, Maryland
  • Game start: 7:05 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 8,741
  • Game weather: Temp: 58 • Wind: 10 WNW • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: C. Lamertana
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
10–5 2013 UD, 32–31


#23 William & Mary[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• #23 Tribe 10 7 7 0 24
#15 Blue Hens 7 0 3 0 10
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:58
  • Game attendance: 21,010
  • Game weather: Temp: 51 • Wind: 10 S • Weather: Sunny, Cool
  • TV announcers (NBC Regional Networks): Scott Graham & Brad Jackson
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
22–16 2013 W&M, 24–10


Richmond[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Spiders 7 22 7 10 46
#21 Blue Hens 3 14 14 12 43
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:07 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 15,817
  • Game weather: Temp: 52 • Wind: Calm • Weather: Overcast
  • Referee: Paul Zukis
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
20–10 2013 Rich, 46–43
  • Richmond was coming off a shared CAA championship in 2012.


Villanova[edit]

Battle of the Blue
1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Hens 14 0 20 0 34
• Wildcats 3 6 3 23 35
  • Location: PPL Park
    Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 3:36 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 10,117
  • Game weather: Temp: 48 • Wind: NW 12 • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: H. Wimberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
21–25–1 2013 Nova, 35–34


Postseason[edit]

Following the losing streak to close the season, the Blue Hens failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Conference Standings[edit]

Team (change from preseason prediction)
1. Maine (-7)
2. Towson (even)
3. New Hampshire (even)
4. Villanova (+3)
5. Richmond (+1)
6. William & Mary (-3)
7. Delaware (+1)
8. Stony Brook (even)
9. James Madison (+4)
10. Rhode Island (-1)
11. Albany (+1)

Postseason Awards[edit]

  • Nick Boyle
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Tight End)[12]
First Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Tight End)[13]
  • Pat Callaway
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Linebacker)[12]
Third Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Linebacker)[13]
  • Eric Enderson
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Punter)[12]
First Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Punter)[13]
  • Brandon Heath
Third Team CAA All-Conference (Offensive Line)[12]
Second Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Offensive Line)[13]
  • Michael Johnson
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Wide Receiver)[12]
First Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Wide Receiver)[13]
  • Rob Jones
First Team CAA All-Conference (Punt Returner)[12]
First Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Punt Returner)[13]
  • Bobby Kennedy
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Offensive Line)[12]
Third Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Offensive Line)[13]
  • Zach Kerr
First Team CAA All-Conference (Defensive Line)[12]
Second Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Defensive Line)[13]
Third Team Beyond Sports Network All-American (Defensive Line)
Second Team The Sports Network All-American (Defensive Line)[14]
2014 East-West Shrine Game invitee
  • Andrew Pierce
Second Team CAA All-Conference (Running Back)[12]
Third Team College Sports Madness All-Conference (Running Back)[13]

Ranking movements[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Final 
Sports Network RV RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV 21 15 21 RV RV NR 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV 25 RV RV RV RV 21 22 RV NR NR


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Delaware Head Coach Dave Brock Announces 2013 Football Recruiting Class, Incoming Transfers" (Press release). University of Delaware. February 6, 2013. Retrieved July 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ "University of Delaware Record-Setter Sean Baner Named to CFPA Preseason Placekicker Watch List" (Press release). University of Delaware. June 25, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "University of Delaware Football Standouts Pierce, Baner, Kerr Selected to The Sports Network Pre-Season All-American Squad" (Press release). University of Delaware. July 2, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Delaware's Michael Johnson Selected to CFPA Kick Returners to Watch List" (Press release). University of Delaware. July 12, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "CAA Football Announces Preseason All-Conference Team, Predicted Order of Finish" (Press release). July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Phil Steele's College Football Preview". Retrieved July 19, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "2013 CSJ FCS Preseason All-America Team Announced". Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Andrew Pierce Earns Spot on Walter Payton National Player of the Year Watch List" (Press release). University of Delaware. July 8, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "University of Delaware Sophomore Jeff Williams Selected to CFPA Preseason Linebacker Watch List" (Press release). University of Delaware. June 20, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "2013 Football Media Guide". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Box Score (Final) – Jacksonville vs Delaware". University of Delaware. August 29, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i "CAA Football Announces 2013 All-Conference Nominees". Colonial Athletic Association. November 26, 2013. Retrieved December 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "CAA FCS Football 2013 All-Conference Teams". College Sports Madness. November 25, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Delaware Defensive Tackle Zach Kerr Honored on The Sports Network All-American Football Team" (Press release). University of Delaware. December 18, 2013. Retrieved December 31, 2013.