Earlier today, we heard from AD, Chrissi Rawak, Wide Receiver Coach, Alex Wood and Asst AD for Athletic Communications, Scott Day. Chrissi updated us on the progress in building the culture of our program and the success of our student-athletes. The progress in all areas has been notable in her three short years with us.
Coach Wood provided information on our opponent in North Dakota State University, and what to watch for in the game.
Scott Day reported that our Fall sports are off to the best start on record, with an overall record of 16-4. In the hours since, #9 Field Hockey has defeated #21 Rutgers and Volley has won again to go to 6-1. The Hens are rolling.
Deputy AD, Jordan Skolnick also provided information that season tickets in football are up strongly after a number of years of decline.
The next meeting will be 9/20/19 before the UPenn game.
Piling up 700 wins isn’t easy. It takes lots of dedication from everyone involved and that’s exactly what was on display last Saturday in Rhode Island as the Blue Hens won an absolute thriller against URI, 44-36 in triple overtime to start the season 2-0, and more importantly 1-0 in the CAA.
Offensive Player of the Week – Andre Robinson (20 carries, 111 yards), one TD
In what he has called his best collegiate performance to date, Robinson was outstanding for the Blue Hens, giving them their first 100-yard rusher of the season and coming up with numerous big runs in the second half.
Covatto was outstanding on the line for the Blue Hens, countless plugging holes and helping limit the Rams to 2.8 yards per carry. Henley was the obvious hero with a career-high nine tackles and of course the game-winning INT in the third OT.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Jake Reed
Reed, who has stepped into the primary long snapper role this year, has been outstanding in both games so far. He also made a great tackle to shut down a URI return in the first half.
In the ninth meeting between the two schools, your Fighting’ Blue Hens took down visiting Delaware State, 31-13, in a renovated Delaware Stadium in front of nearly 16,000 fans on opening night.
62 different student-athletes played at least one snap during the game with 23 of those making their collegiate debut.
Next up: CAA play with a road test at Rhode Island.
Pitts hulled in a career-high six catches for 81 yards and one TD to be named the Nate Beasley Most Outstanding Player of the game.
Defensive – Drew Nickles
After coming off an outstanding offseason, Nickles made a career-high six tackles to help the defense hold Delaware State to just six points for most of the season-opening victory.
Special Teams – Matt Palmer
Making his collegiate debut, Palmer was tremendous in special teams coverage, filling the gaps and making a huge stop on a kickoff that pinned the Hornets deep in their own territory in the first half.