2019 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team

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2019 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Delaware Football wordmark.svg
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2019 record5–6 (3–4 CAA)
Head coachDanny Rocco (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorJared Ambrose (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorChris Cosh (3rd season)
Home stadiumDelaware Stadium (Capacity: 16,730)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 CAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 2 James Madison $   7 0         10 1  
Albany   5 2         7 4  
No. 10 Villanova   4 3         8 3  
No. 19 Towson   4 3         7 4  
Maine   4 3         6 5  
New Hampshire   4 3         5 5  
Richmond   4 3         5 6  
Elon   3 4         4 6  
Delaware   3 4         5 6  
Stony Brook   2 5         5 6  
William & Mary   2 5         4 7  
Rhode Island   0 7         2 9  
  • $ – Conference champion
As of November 18, 2019; Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2019 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represents the University of Delaware in the 2019 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They play as members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They are led by third-year head coach Danny Rocco, and play their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware, with the stadium undergoing renovations prior to the 2019 season.

Previous season[edit]

The Fightin' Blue Hens finished the 2018 season 7–5, 5–3 in CAA play to finish tied for third in the conference. Delaware also returned to the FCS Playoffs for the first time since 2010, falling in the first round to CAA rival James Madison.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year Alma mater
Danny Rocco Head Coach 3rd Wake Forest (1984)
Jared Ambrose Offensive Coordinator 3rd Shepherd (2007)
Chris Cosh Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 3rd Virginia Tech (1984)
Bill Cubit Assistant Head Coach/Running Backs 1st Delaware (1973)
Levern Belin Defensive Line Coach 3rd Wake Forest (1991)
Holman Copeland Assistant Coach - Corners 1st
Jalen Kindle Assistant Coach 2nd Delaware (2017)
Dave Legg Assistant Coach - Outside Linebackers/Special Teams 1st
Gregory Meyer Tight Ends Coach 2nd Buffalo State (2009)
Bill Polin Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator 3rd Colby (2000)
Clint Sintim Outside Linebackers Coach 3rd Virginia (2009)
Alex Wood Wide Receivers Coach 2nd Iowa (1978)
Tony Palmieri Video Coordinator 3rd North Florida (2009)
Carl Kotz Director of Football Operations 3rd Clemson (2003)
Chris Stewart Strength & Conditioning 3rd Western Carolina (1998)
Felicia Bergman Director of Football Advising 3rd Colorado State (2009)
Jude Moser Administrative Assistant 10th University of Delaware (1984)

Preseason[edit]

CAA poll[edit]

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 23, 2019, the Fightin' Blue Hens were predicted to finish in fifth place.[1]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 James Madison 238 (20)
2 Towson 217 (3)
3 Maine 201 (1)
4 Elon 164
5 Delaware 162
6 Stony Brook 151
7 New Hampshire 109
8 Rhode Island 104
9 Villanova 84
10 Richmond 62
11 William & Mary 58
12 Albany 34

Preseason All–CAA team[edit]

The Fightin' Blue Hens had two players selected to the preseason all-CAA team.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Delaware has scheduled 12 games in the 2019 season instead of the 11 normally allowed for FCS programs. Under a standard provision of NCAA rules, all FCS teams are allowed to schedule 12 regular-season games in years in which the period starting with Labor Day weekend and ending with the last Saturday of November contains 14 Saturdays.[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 297:00 p.m.Delaware State*No. 22FloSportsW 31–1315,894
September 77:00 p.m.at Rhode IslandNo. 21FloSportsW 44–36 3OT8,511
September 141:00 p.m.No. 1 North Dakota State*No. 18
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
NBCSPL 22–4714,489
September 211:00 p.m.Penn*No. 20
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 28–2711,782
September 2812:30 p.m.at Pittsburgh*No. 20ACCRSNL 14–1768,400
October 122:00 p.m.at ElonNo. 15FloSportsL 7–425,572
October 191:00 p.m.No. 22 New HampshireNo. 24
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
FloSportsW 16–1016,730
October 261:00 p.m.RichmonddaggerNo. 19
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
FloSportsL 25–3515,308
November 22:00 p.m.at No. 21 TowsonFloSportsL 24–315,522
November 91:00 p.m.Albany
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
FloSportsL 17–2113,742
November 161:00 p.m.Stony Brook
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
FloSportsW 17–10
November 231:00 p.m.at No. 10 VillanovaFloSports
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[3]

Game summaries[edit]

Delaware State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Hornets 3 3 0 7 13
No. 22 Fightin' Blue Hens 3 13 9 6 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
8–0 2017 W 22–3

at Rhode Island[edit]

1 2 3 4OT2OT3OT Total
No. 21 Fightin' Blue Hens 0 0 14 8778 44
Rams 3 10 0 9770 36
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–10 2018 L 19–21

North Dakota State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 1 Bison 10 17 6 14 47
No. 18 Fightin' Blue Hens 5 0 3 14 22
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2018 L 10–38

Penn[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Quakers 7 7 7 6 27
No. 20 Fightin' Blue Hens 7 0 14 7 28
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–3 1983 W 40–7

at Pittsburgh[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 20 Fightin' Blue Hens 0 7 7 0 14
Panthers 0 10 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
0–1 2014 L 0–62

at Elon[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 15 Fightin' Blue Hens 0 0 0 7 7
Phoenix 7 0 21 14 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–0 2018 W 28–16

New Hampshire[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 22 Wildcats 0 10 0 0 10
No. 24 Fightin' Blue Hens 0 10 3 3 16
Overall record Last meeting Result
22–12 2018 W 38–14

Richmond[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Spiders 21 7 7 0 35
No. 19 Fightin' Blue Hens 7 3 15 0 25
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–11 2018 W 43–28

at Towson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 7 7 7 3 24
No. 21 Tigers 7 17 0 7 31
Overall record Last meeting Result
12–8 2018 W 40–36

Albany[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Great Danes 7 7 0 7 21
Fightin' Blue Hens 0 17 0 0 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–2 2018 W 21–16

Stony Brook[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Seawolves 0 10 0 0 10
Fightin' Blue Hens 7 3 0 7 17
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2018 L 3–17

at Villanova[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Fightin' Blue Hens 0
No. 10 Wildcats 0
Overall record Last meeting Result
21–30–1 2018 L 21–42

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 
STATS FCS 22 21 18 20 20 19 15 24 19 RV  
Coaches 23 21 18 20 19 18 15 24 19 RV

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Washburn, Rob (July 23, 2019). "James Madison Picked to Capture CAA Football Championship in 2019". Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ "Bylaw 17.10.5.1: Number of Contests, Maximum Limitations—Institutional" (PDF). 2018–19 NCAA Division I Manual. NCAA. July 2018. p. 273. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Seven Home Games Highlight Blue Hens' 2019 Slate". UD Athletics. Retrieved October 31, 2018.