Dover, Del. (Aug. 10, 2018)--- The Delaware State football team will wrap up its first full week of summer camp with a full contact scrimmage on Saturday. The scrimmage is set to get underway at 3:30 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.
Hornet first-year head coach Rod Milstead says the scrimmage will give him a better idea where his team stands with three weeks to before the 2018 opener.
“We have certainly made progress since spring ball and I’m pleased with the hard work the players and staff have put in so far,” said Milstead. “The scrimmage will give everyone a chance to make a case for themselves as we move closer to the season. We hope to get in between 50 and 60 plays, along with special teams work during the session.”
As for the quarterback position, 2018 looks like a repeat of last year’s summer camp, with Jack McDaniels (so.) and Keenan Black (jr.) the front runners for the starting job, although Shayne Smith (r-so.) has also taken a considerable number of snaps so far this summer.
Last season, McDaniels was the opening day starter and held the position for the first six games. Black stated the Hornets’ last five games of the 2017 season.
Black (jr.) was ninth in the MEAC in passing average (129.9 ypg) and pass efficiency (116.2 rating) after completing 82-of-173 passes (47.4%) for 1169 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2017. McDaniels (so.) connected on 95-of-175 throws (54.3%) for 1139 yards and three TDs as a true freshman a year ago.
“I am hoping to name our starting quarterback by the end of next week,” said Milstead. “Each quarterback has done some good things since we started camp, but we’ll see if anyone clearly stands out in the scrimmage and next week.”
The Hornets appear solid at running back, with veterans Brycen Alleyne (sr.), Mike Waters (r-so.), Bryant Dallas (jr.) and Giovanni Downie (jr.) leading the way.
DSU’s first summer scrimmage will also provide a good test for the Hornets’ young offensive line. “The group is making progress each day, but there’s still much to do to get ready for the season,” said Milstead, an All-America offensive lineman at Delaware State and former National Football League player. “The scrimmage will give the young lineman a great opportunity to develop chemistry as a unit.”
Defensively, the Hornets are also looking to improve on their 2017 performance.
The unit is led by Preseason All-MEAC First Team players Brian Cavicante (jr.) at linebacker and cornerback Keyjuan Selby (sr.). The Hornets’ leading 2017 tackler, safety Jahad Niebauer (jr,), also returns, along with veteran linemen Jacob Jones (sr.) and Caleb Hebron (sr.).
Delaware State junior punter Fidel Romo-Martinez has been named to the Phil Steele 2018 Preseason FCS All-America Fourth Team. Romo-Martinez, a preseason All-MEAC First Team selection, was tops in the league and fourth among all FCS punters with a 44.8 yard average in 2017.
Romo-Martinez was also named to the Phil Steele 2018 Preseason All-MEAC First Team, while Selby was a second team pick. Wide receivers Trey Gross (so.) and Taronn Selby (sr.), along with offensive lineman Cade Pedro (r-so.) were third team selections.
The Hornets open the 2018 season at FBS Buffalo on Sep. 1. DSU’s home opener is Oct. 6 against defending MEAC and Celebration Bowl champion North Carolina A&T.
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