Defensive Coordinator Manny Rojas gave us information on the
upcoming game with Rhode Island detailing some players for
whom to watch on the Rhody offense. Fielding questions, he
explained the 3-3-5, particularly the use of three down linemen
rather than four. Specifically, he asked the audience if we noticed
the many times he rushed 5 players. Perhaps as Rojas’ defense
remains effective, he won’t have to answer questions about the
use of four down linemen!
G.J. Crescione, a member of the 2003 National Championship
team, told of his journey as walk-on to partial scholarship recipient
back to walk-on before receiving a full scholarship in his final year
of eligibility. His experience in being chosen for and then acting in
the film “Invincible”, the story of Vince Papale and the Eagles,
was fascinating. As we viewed the video of G.J. hitting film star
Mark Wahlberg on the sideline, the “budding actor” let us know
that the hit was a mistake and he thought he would be in trouble
with the producers (he wasn’t).
BHTC MVP’s for the Delaware State game:
Offense MVP – Marcus Yarns #21 – Running Back
Defensive MVP – Kedrick Whitehead #1 – Defensive Back
Special Teams MVP – Trey Austin #28 – Defensive Back
Next Club Lunch – Thursday September 15th in the Bob Carpenter Club. Lunch at 11:15, Program at Noon.
Defensive Coordinator, Manny Rojas and from the 2003 National Championship team, G.J. Crescione.
Please register and pay in advance: www.bluehentdclub.com
Report on our 9/9 meeting to follow!
Defensive line coach Sam Daniels regaled attendees with his coaching career
journey from an NAIA school to the University of Delaware. Coach Daniels served
as coach of the defensive tackles at Richmond prior to taking the job with the Blue
Hens. He gave us some insight into the rugged Blue Hen defense touching on
some player profiles and his interaction with Manny Rojas, the Hens defensive
Frank Burton provided very inspiring words regarding the Delaware/ Delaware
State rivalry. A man who certainly wears two hats (or at the luncheon two sets of
gear!), Mr. Burton played for DSU in the 1980’s including time with Coach Joe
Purzycki (a Blue Hen alum and a former DSU head coach). His son Frank
completed his eligibility in 2021 after a solid career with the Hens and another
son, Riah, is currently in the cornerback rotation for Delaware this season. The
importance of Delaware playing their in-state FCS rival was clearly delineated.
The first BHTC lunch meeting of the year was a success with both Ryan Carty and Chrissi Rawak giving us an update on the team, and future facilities enhancements. Coach Carty was optimistic in his outlook, and A.D. Rawak dropped some hints about the behind the scenes fundraising and plans.
On Saturday, the BHTC sent two buses to Annapolis, and there was a very happy ride home. The Hens got the win, and at the same time discovered what needs more work. A perfect result!
The Club MVP’s were: Nolan Henderson, Offense; Johnny Buchanan, Defense; Ben Dinkel, Special Teams.
Our next meeting: Friday, 9/9, lunch at 11:15, program at noon. $25 for members, $30 for guests. PLEASE reserve and pay in advance.
DL Coach Sam Daniels and Player parent, DSU alum Frank Burton II will be speaking to us. We hope to have an MVP or two attend as well.
Just a reminder, we have our first meeting on 9/1 in the Bob Carpenter Club. We will hear from AD Chrissi Rawak and Head Coach Ryan Carty, This is a members only event. Doors open at 11:00, food is served at 11:15, program at noon.
Please register in advance, to save time at the door.
Also there is room on bus #2 to Navy on 9/3. $55 for members, $65 for non-members.
Register at: www.bluehentdclub.com
Coach Carty’s new high-powered offense, and returning stellar defense are reportedly “hard at it” in closed practice sessions.
As this is written, we are just three weeks away from the season’s first BHTC lunceon on Thursday, September 1st.
Thanks to all that have already renewed their membership, and also have pre-registered for the first luncheon, where we will hear from Coach carty and Director of Athletics Chrissi Rawak.
Remember, we are back at the Bob Carpenter Club this year, and due to high demand, the first meeting will be for MEMBERS ONLY.
Football preseason practice is right around the corner. Big things are happening!
-The process of replacing the Delaware Stadium video board with a new, improved version has started. From the picture, it appears footings are going in, behind the current board, which will soon be removed.
– BHTC meetings start on 9/01/2022, and we are back at the Bob Carpenter Club.
– Our first meeting will be for Members Only, as we expect a large turnout to hear Coach Carty and Director of Athletics, Chrissi Rawak.
– Please pay your dues in advance on our website, as well as register for the meeting, to avoid disappointment. Despite ever increasing costs, the lunch remains $25 for members. Guests at later meeetings will be $30.
– Thank you to all that have already paid their annual membership dues.
– Bus trips are filling up fast. We have a second bus for Navy, so we are now allowing non-members at $65 each. Game tickets not included. Due to hotel requirements having a two night stay in Williamsburg, we expect to cancel the William & Mary trip. Villanova has only a few seats left. Elon and Rhode Island remain open.
– Watch for further information on the coming season in an email. See you soon!
After a one year delay due to COVID disruptions, the Club was able to hold the Senior Aards Banquet this year. Pictured here, are the Taylor Memorial Award winners. Standing with Strength & Conditioning Coach, Chris Stewart, are Frank Burton III, DL, Dejoun Lee, RB, and Coach Andrew Pierce. Presenting the award is Chip Taylor.
The Club membership was pleased to have new Head Coach, Ryan Carty, and his entire staff in attendance.
Our other award winners can be found in the “About” tab HERE.
If you have questions or suggestions, please use the “Contact” tab HERE.
And of course, to renew your 2022 dues, become a new member, or sign up for bus trips, please use our online payments page under “Join the Club” HERE. Thank you!
“Football was back at Delaware Stadium on Saturday as the Blue Hens wrapped up their spring practice schedule with the annual Blue & White Spring Football Game. Fans were treated to the first glimpse of Delaware football in the Ryan Carty-era as the squad played approximate 70 plays of live scrimmage.
The team was split into two squads as most players wore either blue jerseys with yellow pants or white jerseys with white pants. Members of Delaware’s offensive line and the special teams members wore UD’s all-black uniforms as they were suiting up for both sides.
Nolan Henderson, playing for the Blue team, quickly got things going on the first drive of the day as he completed his first two attempts to Brett Buckman.
On White’s first drive, Zach Gwynn completed a long pass to Eddie Scannapieco down the left sideline, but a sack by Jack Dinicola and a Ty Davis interception gave possession back to Blue. Gwynn would bounce back to complete a long 40-yard pass to Makhi Jackson.
The defense dominated much of the afternoon as the Blue Hens forced four turnovers on the afternoon, including a red zone interception by Mateo Vandamia following the deep completion to Jackson. Joe Zubillaga added a pick as well.”
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