2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
University of Delaware Wordmark.png
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
2014 record 2–1 (0–0 CAA)
Head coach Dave Brock (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Sean Devine (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Co-defensive coordinator Dennis Dottin-Carter (1st year)
Co-defensive coordinator Tim Weaver (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Delaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Albany   0 0         2 0  
Delaware   0 0         2 1  
James Madison   0 0         2 1  
#17 Richmond   0 0         2 1  
#13 William & Mary   0 0         2 1  
Maine   0 0         1 1  
#7 New Hampshire   0 0         1 1  
#8 Villanova   0 0         1 1  
Stony Brook   0 0         1 2  
Towson   0 0         1 2  
Elon   0 0         0 2  
Rhode Island   0 0         0 2  
As of 19:23, 15 September 2014 (UTC); Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represents the University of Delaware in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They are led by second year head coach Dave Brock and play their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They are a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

Previous season[edit]

Delaware would start strong through the beginning of November, reaching a record of 7-2 (4-1 CAA) following a thrilling win at Towson. However, from that point, the Hens faded with a three-game losing streak to end the year at 7-5 (4-4 CAA). The slide was particularly painful for the faithful with the last loss coming from a frantic Villanova comeback to eliminate the Hens from playoff contention.

Preseason[edit]

Recruiting class[edit]

Delaware announced the signing of 22 players on February 5, 2014.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Ryley Angeline
ATH
Chester Springs, PA Downingtown East HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 218 lb (99 kg) Aug 5, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Charles Bell
LB
Conestoga, PA Penn Manor HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Dec 8, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Malcolm Brown
DB
Gaithersburg, MD Quince Orchard HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Dec 11, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Tre Brown
WR
Harrisburg, PA Milton Hershey HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.42 Aug 16, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Mario Farinella
OL
Bloomfield, NJ Bergen Catholic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.0 Aug 24, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Troy Gallen
WR
Glen Mills, PA Malvern Prep 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.36 Aug 13, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Andrew Grau
TE
Rehoboth Beach, DE Cape Henlopen HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Maurice Harley
DB
Upper Marlboro, MD St. John's College HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Anthony Jackson
LB
Riverdale, MD Suitland HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.7 Sep 16, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Quai Jefferson
WR
Woodland Park, NJ St Joseph Regional HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) Nov 5, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Thomas Jefferson
RB
Prospect Park, NJ Passaic Tech 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jan 26, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
James Kretkowski
OL
Mineola, NY Oceanside HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 285 lb (129 kg) Dec 8, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
John Nassib
DE
West Chester, PA Malvern Prep 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Nov 20, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Bilal Nichols
DL
Newark, DE Hodgson Vo-Tech 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Nov 18, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Jethro Pepe
OL
Colonia, NJ St. Joseph's HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Aug 16, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Jake Powell
TE
Marlton, NJ Cherokee HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 12, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Frank Raggo
K
Randolph, NJ Randolph HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 163 lb (74 kg) Feb 5, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Donte Raymond
LB
Rahway, NJ Rahway HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 203 lb (92 kg) Jan 20, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Bryan Reed
OL
Mount Sinai, NY Mount Sinai HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 291 lb (132 kg) Jul 31, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Joseph Walker
QB
Philadelphia, PA Martin Luther KIng HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 4.57 Dec 29, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A
Brandon Whaley
TE
Haymarket, VA Battlefield HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.8 Oct 2, 2013 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A
Kareem Williams
RB
Schnecksville, PA Parkland HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.49 Jan 24, 2014 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   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]

Three players transferred into Delaware for the 2014 Season:

Player Position Previous School Hometown
C.J. Jones DB Boston College Wilmington, DE
Blake Rankin QB Rutgers Bloomsburg, PA
Anthony Speziale OL Wagner Manahawkin, NJ

Preseason awards[edit]

  • Nick Boyle – CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team (Tight End)[1]
  • Eric Enderson – CAA Football Preseason All-Conference Team (Punter),[1] The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-American Second Team (Punter)[2]
  • Michael Johnson – The Sports Network FCS Preseason All-American Third Team (All Purpose).[2]
  • Jalen Randolph - CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Candidate
  • Ryan Torza - CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Candidate
  • Laith Wallschleger - CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Candidate

Conference Predictions[edit]

Delaware was picked to finish sixth in the CAA Preseason Poll.[1]

CAA Preseason Poll (First Place Votes)
1. New Hampshire (15)
2. Villanova (2)
3. Richmond (3)
4. William & Mary (3)
5. Towson
6. Delaware
7. Maine
8. James Madison (1)
9. Stony Brook
10. UAlbany
11. Rhode Island
12. Elon

Preseason Rankings[edit]

FCS Coaches Poll[edit]

Delaware received 15 votes in the Preseason Coaches Poll, resulting in a tie for 35th. The Blue Hens face four teams ranked in the preseason poll (#4 New Hampshire, #7 Towson, #13 Villanova, and #22 William & Mary). In addition, they meet up with two teams to receive votes but not be ranked (James Madison and Sacred Heart).

The Sports Network FCS Poll[edit]

Delaware received 213 votes in the Preseason TSN poll, good for 29th overall. The Blue Hens are scheduled to face four teams that were ranked in the poll in 2014 (#4 New Hampshire, #12 Villanova, #13 Towson, and #19 William & Mary). In addition, they will face two teams that received votes but were not in the top 25 (James Madison - 180 votes and Sacred Heart - 14 votes).

Opening depth chart[edit]

Defense




CB
Mario Rowson
Mark Doe
Malcolm Brown


CB
Roman Tatum
Justin Watson
Offense
WR
Jerel Harrison
Ricky Bell
Diante Cherry
WR
Stephen Clark
Andrew Opoku
DeAndre Davis
LT LG C RG RT
Ben Curtis Will Lewis Brody Kern JD Dzurko Connor Bozick
Jacob Trump Andrew Consevage Peter Thistle Christian Marchena Justin Glenn
Shawn Davis Michael Radespiel Mario Farinella Sam Collura James Kretkowski
TE
Nick Boyle
Matt Rodriguez
Anthony Speziale
WR
Michael Johnson
Andrew Peterson
Ricky Emerson
QB
Trent Hurley
Justin Burns
Richard Czeczotka
RB
Jalen Randolph
Wes Hills
Trejon Dinkins
Special Teams
PK Garrett Greenway
PK Brandon Tuozzolo
P Eric Enderson
P Kevin McLaughlin
KR Michael Johnson
PR Stephen Clark
LS Joe Fortunato
H Eric Enderson


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 Co-Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers 2013 Davidson (1990)
Dennis Dottin-Carter Co-Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Line 2013 Maine (2002)
Brian Ginn Quarterbacks 2000 Delaware (2000)
Bryan Bossard Wide Receivers 2014 Delaware (1988)
Tony Lucas Running Backs 2013 Columbia (2003)
Eddie Allen Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends 2014 New Haven (2003)
Henry Baker Cornerbacks 2011 Maryland (2003)
Tom McEntire Safeties 2013 Thiel (2006)
Jerry Oravitz Associate Director of Athletics for Football Administration 1997 Salisbury (1984)
David Baylor Player Development 2006 Bentley (1997)
Jude Moser Administrative Assistant

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 12:00 PM at Pittsburgh* Heinz FieldPittsburgh, PA ESPN3 L 0–62   40,549
September 7 12:00 PM Delaware State* Delaware StadiumNewark, DE (Route 1 Rivalry) HAA W 27–9   12,511
September 13 6:00 PM Colgate* Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE HAA W 28–25   15,319
September 27 4:00 PM at James Madison Bridgeforth StadiumHarrisonburg, VA (Rivalry) CSN      
October 4 3:30 PM Sacred Heart* Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE HAA      
October 11 3:30 PM Elon Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Parents & Family Weekend) HAA      
October 18 12:30 PM Towsondagger Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE CSN      
October 25 12:30 PM at William & Mary Zable StadiumWilliamsburg, VA (Rivalry) CSN      
November 1 12:00 PM Rhode Island Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE HAA      
November 8 3:30 PM at Albany Bob Ford FieldAlbany, NY      
November 15 1:00 PM at New Hampshire Cowell StadiumDurham, NH      
November 22 12:00 PM Villanova Delaware Stadium • Newark, DE (Battle of the Blue) HAA      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.
All dates, times and TV are tentative and subject to change.

Roster[edit]

(as of July 29, 2014)[3]
Quarterbacks
  • 2 Trent Hurley – Senior
  • 7 Blake Rankin – Sophomore
  • 8 Justin Burns – Senior
  • 15 Joseph Walker – Freshman
  • 16 Richard Czeczotka – Sophomore
Wide Receivers
  • 4 Jerel Harrison – Junior
  • 6 Andrew Opoku – Senior
  • 17 Michael Johnson – Senior
  • 18 Quai Jefferson – Freshman
  • 21 Stephen Clark – Senior
  • 27 Troy Gallen – Freshman
  • 37 Ricky Emerson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 80 Diante Cherry – Redshirt Freshman
  • 81 Andrew Peterson – Sophomore
  • 83 Kevin Macari – Junior
  • 84 DeAndre Davis – Redshirt Freshman
  • 85 Rick Bell – Junior
  • 88 Tre Brown – Freshman
Tight Ends
  • 10 Kyle Yocum – Redshirt Freshman
  • 26 Ryan Cobb – Senior
  • 30 Ryley Angeline – Freshman
  • 82 Matt Rodriguez – Junior
  • 86 Nick Boyle – Senior
  • 87 Jake Powell – Freshman
  • 97 Andrew Grau – Freshman
  • 99 Brandon Whaley – Freshman
 
Running Backs
  • 28 Thomas Jefferson – Freshman
  • 31 Wes Hills – Sophomore
  • 32 Kareem Williams – Freshman
  • 33 Jalen Randolph – Sophomore
  • 47 Trejon Dinkins – Redshirt Freshman
Offensive line
  • 53 Andrew Consevage – Junior
  • 54 Brody Kern – Redshirt Freshman
  • 60 Peter Thistle – Sophomore
  • 61 Justin Glenn – Junior
  • 63 Shawn Davis – Sophomore
  • 64 Bryan Reed – Freshman
  • 67 JD Dzurko – Senior
  • 68 Will Lewis – Sophomore
  • 69 Ben Curtis – Junior
  • 70 Jake Trump – Redshirt Freshman
  • 71 Sam Collura – Junior
  • 74 Michael Radespiel – Sophomore
  • 75 Connor Bozick – Sophomore
  • 76 Christian Marchena – Junior
  • 77 Mario Farinella – Freshman
  • 78 Jethro Pepe – Freshman
  • 79 James Kretkowski – Freshman
  • 92 Anthony Speziale – Redshirt Freshman
 
Defensive Line
  • 45 Chris Corvino – Senior
  • 46 Laith Wallschleger – Senior
  • 55 Brandon Henderson – Sophomore
  • 57 Grant Roberts – Redshirt Freshman
  • 58 Josh Plummer – Junior
  • 59 Vince Hollerman – Junior
  • 72 David Tinsley – Junior
  • 73 Blaine Woodson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 90 Derrick Saulsberry – Senior
  • 92 Bilal Nichols – Freshman
  • 95 John Nassib – Freshman
  • 96 Cedric Udegbe – Redshirt Freshman
Linebackers
  • 5 Charles Bell – Freshman
  • 20 Donte Raymond – Freshman
  • 25 David Mackall – Senior
  • 29 Anthony Jackson – Freshman
  • 34 Jalen Kindle – Redshirt Freshman
  • 34 Justice Smith – Redshirt Freshman
  • 40 Derek Battle – Junior
  • 41 Kennedy Ogbonna – Senior
  • 42 Eric Patton – Sophomore
  • 43 Larry Spears – Redshirt Freshman
  • 44 Pat Callaway – Senior
  • 50 Brandon Snyder – Sophomore
  • 51 Christopher Lail – Sophomore
  • 52 Nate Haase – Redshirt Freshman
  • 53 Tommy Wilmoth – Redshirt Freshman
  • 54 Jordan Andrews – Redshirt Freshman
  • 91 Randall Schiccatano – Redshirt Freshman
 
Defensive backs
  • 1 Malcolm Brown – Freshman
  • 3 Craig Brodsky – Junior
  • 9 Roman Tatum – Sophomore
  • 11 Jake Giusti – Senior
  • 12 Mark Doe – Sophomore
  • 13 Maurice Harley – Freshman
  • 14 Simba Gwashavanhu – Sophomore
  • 22 Justin Watson – Redshirt Freshman
  • 23 Mario Rowson – Senior
  • 24 Ryan Torzsa – Sophomore
  • 31 Chris Buckley – Redshirt Freshman
  • 35 Khalig Gatson – Sophomore
  • 37 Kivar Thurman – Senior
Punters
  • 49 Eric Enderson – Sophomore
Place Kickers
  • 19 Garrett Greenway – Junior
  • 36 Brandon Tuozzolo – Sophomore
  • 39 Kevin McLaughlin – Sophomore
  • 98 Frank Raggo – Freshman
Long Snappers
  • 66 Tim Sheridan – Redshirt Freshman
  • 89 Joe Fortunato – Junior

Regular season[edit]

Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Hens 0 0 0 0 0
Panthers 21 21 13 7 62
  • Location: Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 12:04 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 40,549
  • Game weather: Temp: 77 • Wind: 5 SE • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • Television network: ESPN3
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
0–0 None First Meeting


  • First time Delaware was shut out since September 14, 1996 (a 27–0 loss at Villanova), snapping a streak of 220 games.
  • Largest margin of defeat for Delaware since September 24, 1921 (an 89–0 loss at Pennsylvania).
  • Offensive MVP: Nick Boyle – TE
  • Defensive MVP: Simba Gwashavanhu – SS
  • Special Teams MVP: Andrew Opoku – WR

Delaware State[edit]

Route 1 Rivalry
1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 0 3 0 6 9
Blue Hens 7 13 7 0 27
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 12,511
  • Game weather: Temp: 73 • Wind: 11 N • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Char. Lamertina
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
5–0 2013 UD, 42–21
  • Postponed from September 6 at 6 PM to September at 12 PM due to lightning in the area.
  • Jalen Randolph named Nate Beasley MVP.
  • Offensive MVP: Jalen Randolph – RB
  • Defensive MVP: Vince Hollerman – DE
  • Special Teams MVP: Michael Johnson – WR


Colgate[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 9 6 10 0 25
Blue Hens 14 0 0 14 28
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 6:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:51
  • Game attendance: 15,319
  • Game weather: Temp: 66 • Wind: 7 NNW • Weather: Overcast, cool
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
5–0 2003 UD, 40–0


James Madison[edit]

1 2 Total
Blue Hens 0
Dukes 0
  • Location: Bridgeforth Stadium
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 4:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
13–8 2013 UD, 29–22


Sacred Heart[edit]

1 2 Total
Pioneers 0
Blue Hens 0
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
0–0 None First Meeting


Elon[edit]

Parents & Family Weekend
1 2 Total
Phoenix 0
Blue Hens 0
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
0–0 None First Meeting


Towson[edit]

Homecoming
1 2 Total
Tigers 0
Blue Hens 0
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
10–5 2013 UD, 32–31


William & Mary[edit]

1 2 Total
Blue Hens 0
Tribe 0
  • Location: Zable Stadium
    Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
22–16 2013 W&M, 24–10


Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 Total
Rams 0
Blue Hens 0
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
21–8 2013 UD, 35–13


UAlbany[edit]

1 2 Total
Blue Hens 0
Great Danes 0
  • Location: Bob Ford Field
    Albany, New York
  • Game start: 3:30 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
2–1 2013 UD, 33–30


New Hampshire[edit]

1 2 Total
Blue Hens 0
Wildcats 0
  • Location: Cowell Stadium
    Durham, New Hampshire
  • Game start: 1:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
20–11 2012 UNH, 34–14


Villanova[edit]

Battle of the Blue
1 2 Total
Wildcats 0
Blue Hens 0
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:00 PM
  • Game weather: Temp: • Wind: • Weather:
Overall Record Last Meeting Result
21–25–1 2013 Nova, 35–34


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  
Coaches RV RV NR


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "All-Conference team and CAA Predictions". CAA Sports. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "University of Delaware Football Places Enderson, Johnson on The Sports Network Pre-Season All-American Team". Bluehens.com. Retrieved 30 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Football - Roster". Retrieved 30 July 2014.