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2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens Football Team

2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
Delaware Football wordmark.svg
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2014 record6-6 (4-4 CAA)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorSean Devine (2nd season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Co-defensive coordinatorDennis Dottin-Carter (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorTim Weaver (2nd season)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumDelaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2013
2015 →
2014 Colonial Athletic Association football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 3 New Hampshire $^   8 0         12 2  
No. 7 Villanova ^   7 1         11 3  
No. 18 James Madison ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 16 Richmond ^   5 3         9 5  
William & Mary   4 4         7 5  
Delaware   4 4         6 6  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Stony Brook   4 4         5 7  
Albany   3 5         7 5  
Towson   2 6         4 8  
Rhode Island   1 7         1 11  
Elon   0 8         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
  • ^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from The Sports Network poll

The 2014 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2014 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-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). They finished the season 6-6, 4-4 in CAA play, to finish in a four-way tie for fifth place.

Previous season

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

Recruiting class

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

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
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) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Charles Bell
LB
Conestoga, PA Penn Manor HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 225 lb (102 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Malcolm Brown
DB
Gaithersburg, MD Quince Orchard HS 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 190 lb (86 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Tre Brown
WR
Harrisburg, PA Milton Hershey HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.42
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Mario Farinella
OL
Bloomfield, NJ Bergen Catholic HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 295 lb (134 kg) 5.0
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Troy Gallen
WR
Glen Mills, PA Malvern Prep 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 4.36
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Andrew Grau
TE
Rehoboth Beach, DE Cape Henlopen HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Maurice Harley
DB
Upper Marlboro, MD St. John's College HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 201 lb (91 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Anthony Jackson
LB
Riverdale, MD Suitland HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 4.7
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Quai Jefferson
WR
Woodland Park, NJ St Joseph Regional HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 188 lb (85 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Thomas Jefferson
RB
Prospect Park, NJ Passaic Tech 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 205 lb (93 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
James Kretkowski
OL
Mineola, NY Oceanside HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 285 lb (129 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
John Nassib
DE
West Chester, PA Malvern Prep 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 260 lb (120 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Bilal Nichols
DL
Newark, DE Hodgson Vo-Tech 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 250 lb (110 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Jethro Pepe
OL
Colonia, NJ St. Joseph's HS 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 245 lb (111 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Jake Powell
TE
Marlton, NJ Cherokee HS 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Frank Raggo
K
Randolph, NJ Randolph HS 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 163 lb (74 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Donte Raymond
LB
Rahway, NJ Rahway HS 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 203 lb (92 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Bryan Reed
OL
Mount Sinai, NY Mount Sinai HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 291 lb (132 kg) -
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Joseph Walker
QB
Philadelphia, PA Martin Luther King HS 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 207 lb (94 kg) 4.57
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Brandon Whaley
TE
Haymarket, VA Battlefield HS 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 230 lb (100 kg) 4.8
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A
Kareem Williams
RB
Schnecksville, PA Parkland HS 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 185 lb (84 kg) 4.49
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/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:

  • "Delaware Commit List for 2014". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014.
  • "RecruitTracker 2014: Delaware". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2014.
  • "2014 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2014.

Transfers

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

  • 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

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

FCS Coaches Poll

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

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

Coaching staff

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

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 3012:00 pmat Pittsburgh*ESPN3L 0-6240,549
September 712:00 pmDelaware State*HAAW 27-912,511
September 136:00 pmColgate*
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
HAAW 28-2515,319
September 274:00 pmat James MadisonNo. 25CSNW 30-23 OT20,592
October 43:30 pmSacred Heart*No. 24
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
HAAL 7-1014,894
October 113:30 pmElon
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
HAAW 34-2419,476
October 1812:30 pmTowsondagger
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
CSNL 17-2417,718
October 2512:30 pmat No. 18 William & MaryCSNL 17-317,614
November 112:00 pmRhode Island
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
HAAW 28-1312,798
November 83:30 pmat AlbanyW 31-284,674
November 151:00 pmat No. 1 New HampshireL 14-438,199
November 2212:00 pmNo. 6 Villanova
HAAL 28-3517,056

Roster

Game summaries

Pittsburgh

1 234Total
Blue Hens 0 000 0
Panthers 21 21137 62
  • Location: Heinz Field
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 12:04 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 40,549
  • Game weather: Temp: 77 o Wind: 5 SE o Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Duane Heydt
  • Television network: ESPN3
  • 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
  • Pittsburgh went on to fall to Houston in the Armed Forces Bowl.

Delaware State

Route 1 Rivalry
1 234Total
Hornets 0 306 9
Blue Hens 7 1370 27
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:33
  • Game attendance: 12,511
  • Game weather: Temp: 73 o Wind: 11 N o Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Char. Lamertina
  • Postponed from September 6 at 6 PM to September 7 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

1 234Total
Raiders 9 6100 25
Blue Hens 14 0014 28
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 6:06 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:51
  • Game attendance: 15,319
  • Game weather: Temp: 66 o Wind: 7 NNW o Weather: Overcast, cool
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg

James Madison

1 234OTTotal
#25 Blue Hens 6 70107 30
Dukes 6 00170 23
  • Location: Bridgeforth Stadium
    Harrisonburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 4:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 20,592
  • Game weather: Temp: 77 o Wind: NE 2 mph o Weather: Sunny/clear
  • Referee: Tony Marcella
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet
  • Delaware's first OT win since September 10, 2005, against Lehigh (34-33). Hens had lost three consecutive OT games since (2007 v. Richmond (5OT), 2010 v. Villanova, and 2012 v. Towson).
  • James Madison went on to fall in the first round of the NCAA First Round to Liberty.

Sacred Heart

1 234Total
Pioneers 0 703 10
#24 Blue Hens 7 000 7
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 PM
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 14,894
  • Game weather: Temp: 64 o Wind: 15 WNW o Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Hank Johns

Elon

Parents & Family Weekend
1 234Total
Phoenix 0 3147 24
Blue Hens 6 2107 34
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:07
  • Game attendance: 19,476
  • Game weather: Temp: 54 o Wind: 8 NNE o Weather: Overcast
  • Referee: Mike Sechrist

Towson

Homecoming
1 234Total
Tigers 7 0314 24
Blue Hens 7 703 17
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 17,718
  • Game weather: Temp: 66 o Wind: 14 N o Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet

William & Mary

1 234Total
Blue Hens 0 773 17
#18 Tribe 0 10147 31
  • Location: Zable Stadium
    Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 12:30 PM
  • Game attendance: 7,614
  • Game weather: Temp: o Wind: o Weather:
  • Television network: Comcast SportsNet

Rhode Island

1 234Total
Rams 0 760 13
Blue Hens 14 770 28
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 12,798
  • Game weather: Temp: o Wind: o Weather: Rain

Albany

1 234Total
Blue Hens 0 7213 31
Great Danes 0 14014 28
  • Location: Bob Ford Field
    Albany, New York
  • Game start: 3:30 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 4,674
  • Game weather: Temp: 47 o Wind: N 4 o Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Warren Gillis

New Hampshire

1 234Total
Blue Hens 0 770 14
#1 Wildcats 10 71313 43
  • Location: Cowell Stadium
    Durham, New Hampshire
  • Game start: 1:00 PM
  • Game attendance: 8,199
  • Game weather: Temp: o Wind: o Weather:

Villanova

Battle of the Blue
1 234Total
#6 Wildcats 13 778 35
Blue Hens 0 7714 28
  • Location: Delaware Stadium
    Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:00 PM
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 17,056
  • Game weather: Temp: 40 o Wind: 11 SW o Weather: Sunny, Cold
  • Referee: Kelvin Hudson

Ranking movements

Ranking movements
Legend: Increase in ranking. Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ? = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = 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 25 24 RV RV RV RV RV NR NR NR NR
Coaches RV RV NR NR NR RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR

References

  1. ^ a b c "All-Conference team and CAA Predictions" (PDF). Colonial Athletic Association. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b "University of Delaware Football Places Enderson, Johnson on The Sports Network Pre-Season All-American Team". University of Delaware Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2014.
  3. ^ "Football - Roster". University of Delaware Department of Athletics. Retrieved 2014.

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