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    Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

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    ELON, N.C. – With the 2018 Elon football season approaching, get to know the Phoenix's upcoming opponents with our preview series sponsored by Courtyard by Marriott. The Phoenix will play the second of back-to-back road games at Delaware at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 13.

    DELAWARE BLUE HENS
    Location: Newark, Del.
    Home stadium: Delaware Stadium
    Conference: CAA Football
    2017 record: 7-4
    2017 conference record/finish: 5-3 (T-4th)
    2017 Postseason: None
    All-Time series: Delaware leads 2-0
    Head coach: Danny Rocco (2nd season)
    Letterwinners returning/lost: N/A
    Offensive/Defensive starters returning: N/A
    Top returning offensive players:
    • RB Kani Kane (142 att., 594 yds., 4.2 ypc, 7 TD)
    • RB Kareem Williams (101 att., 469 yds., 4.6 ypc, 1 TD)
    • WR Jamie Jarmon (29 receptions, 327 yds., 6 TD)
    Top returning defensive players:
    • LB Troy Reeder (89 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 INT, 1 FF)
    • DB Nasir Adderley (78 tackles, 4.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 5 INT, 2 FF)
    • DB Ray Jones (60 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 1 INT, 5 PBU)

    2018 Schedule
    Aug. 30 vs. Rhode Island*
    Sept. 8 vs. Lafayette
    Sept. 15 vs. Cornell
    Sept. 22 at North Dakota State
    Oct. 6 at Richmond*
    Oct. 13 vs. Elon*
    Oct. 20 at New Hampshire*
    Oct. 27 vs. Towson*
    Nov. 3 at Albany*
    Nov. 10 at Stony Brook*
    Nov. 17 vs. Villanova*

    A Glance at the Blue Hens
    A familiar name in CAA Football, head coach Danny Rocco is in his second season guiding the Delaware program following five seasons with the Richmond Spiders.

    In Rocco's first year at Delaware, the Blue Hens averaged 21.2 points and 314.8 yards per game. The squad saw four of its players earn All-CAA Football accolades following the 2017 campaign. Two of those four return – second-team tight end Charles Scarff and third-team running back Kani Kane. Scarff caught 12 passes for 71 yards and scored three touchdowns in his junior season, while Kane led the team with 594 rushing yards and seven scores on the ground as a junior. The Blue Hens will have to replace a pair of all-league offensive linemen. Delaware may have a quarterback battle on its hands, as returning starter J.P. Caruso, who threw for 755 yards and eight touchdowns, will be challenged by Darius Wade, a graduate transfer who threw for over 1,000 yards and five scores in 26 career games at Boston College.

    On defense, Delaware allowed just 16.8 points and 305.5 yards per contest. The unit produced four all-league honorees, including three first-team selections. Of the four, two return – first-team linebacker Troy Reeder, who tallied a team-best 89 tackles, and first-team safety Nasir Adderley, who intercepted a team-high five passes. Delaware also boasts the 2017 CAA Football Defensive Rookie of the Year in linebacker Colby Reeder, who mad 49 total stops, including 8.2 for a loss last season. As a unit, the Blue Hens ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense and turnover margin. UD's 16 interceptions rated 14th in the country.

    Delaware alternated wins and losses over their first four games of 2017, earning wins over Delaware State and Cornell, but falling at Virginia Tech and top-ranked James Madison. The Blue Hens then reeled off three consecutive wins, including an overtime thriller over #11 Richmond, before dropping an 18-17 contest at Towson. UD would win two of its final three, picking up wins at Maine and over Albany before dropping the finale at Villanova.

    Matchup
    Just twice have Elon and Delaware met on the football field. Both contests have been since the Phoenix joined CAA Football for the 2014 season. In that inaugural campaign, the maroon and gold dropped a 34-24 decision at Delaware. The next year, UD defeated the Phoenix 14-10 at Rhodes Stadium.

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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    Very interesting game to see if the big win for Elon results in anykind of letdown after being so high. Always a challenge for coaches. UD at the Tub is never easy.
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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    I watched most of the first half of the Elon at JMU game and when JMU was forced into kicking 3 FG's, you could just feel something was different and as the game went on you could see that Elon belonged

    Delaware is a flawed football team with a few pockets of brillance really.....

    RB Summers is a joy to watch, hope we are not chasing him to much on Saturday
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    Quote Originally Posted by caribbeanhen View Post

    RB Summers is a joy to watch, hope we are not chasing him to much on Saturday
    Couldn’t imagine what it was like for Summers to have a season ending injury while leading the nation in rushing. He changed his number this year to 5 as that was his goal to average per carry. He definitely is fun to watch, and you’ll see him credit his success to the O-line.

    Last week’s win was surreal, but time to move to the next.

    This COULD be the let down game. Having to travel directly after a huge win can be a tough thing. Cignetti generally has them ready.

    I’m not well schooled on your team this year....but....Here’s to a good game! Looking forward to this weekend!

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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    letdown by Elon would be graciously accepted

    Well Delaware fans used to visit this board on a regular basis but most of them have flown the coop, We still have a few that contribute on a regular basis

    Why would I bring that up..... Well most Delaware football fans are pretty disgusited with what has happened in Newark over the past 8 years

    Last time we made the playoffs was the finals in 2010

    We fired a very succesful Head Coach in KC Keeler in 2012 and hired Dave Brock who turned out to be a disaster

    Rocco is now in his second season

    coming into this year, most everyone assumed that Boston College transfer QB Wade was going to be the QB and apparently he did to

    He was beat out by Pat Kehoe, a JR who had not played a meaningful down in his first 2 years at Delaware

    He is a Lefty, throws a nice ball but still getting acclimated to game speed and timing with his receivers,

    speaking of WR, our leading receiver was the starting QB for two plus years and was moved to WR last year mid season, all Hen fans will tell you it should of been done years earlier

    Our Defense has been the strength of the team for a few years now, we have 2 NFL caliber players with LB Troy Reeder and Safety Nasir Adderley

    we lost Nose Tackle Bilah Nichols now playing for the Chicago Bears, to graduation and have missed him anchoring down the 3 4 Defense

    despite all the negative nelly stuff, there should still be 18000 strong At Delaware Stadium on Saturday, they can actually be pretty loud at times

    Student section has been a big big problem, they occupy the South EZ Seats and it is embarrasing to see only a few hundred in those seats capacity 5000 I believe

    So Elon should be about a 8 point favorite would be my guess
    Welcome back Delaware Bluehens

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    Appreciate the info on the team.

    I’ve always respected Delaware athletics. A friend of mine by the name of Kęstutis Marčiulionis started for your basketball team years back.

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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    Quote Originally Posted by EU2000 View Post
    Appreciate the info on the team.

    I’ve always respected Delaware athletics. A friend of mine by the name of Kęstutis Marčiulionis started for your basketball team years back.
    Šarūnas Marčiulionis

    any relation to this guy? He was NBA and played for the Gold Medal 1988 team, the loss that gave birth to the Dream team

    I know next to nothing about UD basketball though
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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    Initial line is Elon -6.5 (o/u 42)
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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    The Bison 1660 The Insiders radio show had the Elon play by play guy on the radio for some good Elong talk. Sounds like Elon has 3 monsters up front with a stud MLB behind them.

    The Bison radio guys were very impressed with the Phoenix.

    The line of scrimmage is where games are won and if their D line is that good they could be looking at a deep run into the playoffs.

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    Re: Elon @ Delaware 10-13-2018

    Quote Originally Posted by dewey View Post
    The Bison 1660 The Insiders radio show had the Elon play by play guy on the radio for some good Elong talk. Sounds like Elon has 3 monsters up front with a stud MLB behind them.

    The Bison radio guys were very impressed with the Phoenix.

    The line of scrimmage is where games are won and if their D line is that good they could be looking at a deep run into the playoffs.

    Dewey
    the JMU game was not a fluke, Elon is good and did not back down at all from JMU and matched up well physically which is saying something, also the pesky Moreland did not have an INT return for a TD finally

    I think JMU is missing Brian Schor right now
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