Dover, Del. (Apr. 12, 2018) --- New Delaware State head football coach Rod Milstead will wrap up his first spring camp with the team’s annual Red/White scrimmage this Saturday (Apr. 14). The offense vs. defense scrimmage gets underway at 2:00 p.m. at Dover High School.
The Hornets expect to return a number of key players from their 2017 squad, which won two of its last five games to post an overall record of 2-9 and a 2-6 mark in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
On offense, three quarterbacks have split the majority of snaps during spring camp, including Keenan Black (jr.), who started the last five of the 2017 season. Black completed 82-of-173 passes (47.4%) for 1169 yards and 13 touchdowns. He ranked ninth in the MEAC in passing yards per game (129.9) and passing efficiency (116.2) last
Jack McDaniels (so.) is also back after earning valuable playing time as a true freshman in 2017. McDaniels also passed for more than a thousand yards last season (1139), while completing 95-of-175 passes (54.3%) and tossing three touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Nasir Boykins has also been featured in the regular quarterback rotation this spring.
The Hornets also return the majority of a stellar 2017 receiving corp. Sophomore Trey Gross was a Don Hansen All-MEAC Second Team selection after tying for second in the MEAC with seven touchdown catches on 27 receptions last season.
Taronn Selby (sr.) is the Hornets’ top returning receiver with 35 receptions a year ago.
The 2018 Hornets are also expected to be strong in the running game.
Nyfease West (r-so.) rushed for a team-high 360 yards and two touchdowns last season. Senior Brycen Alleyne ran for 240 yards and ranks among the MEAC’s top kick returners.
The running game is also expected to be bolstered by the return of Mike Waters (r-so.), who missed the last eight games in 2017 after leading the Hornets with a team freshman record 820 yards in 2016.
The DSU offensive line was crippled by injuries a year ago. Several key players who have been held out of spring camp are expected to be ready by the summer.
The 2018 Hornet defense is expected to be led by 2017 All-MEAC Second Team cornerback Keyjuan Selby (sr.), who was fifth on the team with 59 total tackles and ranked among the league leaders in passes defended. DSU’s top 2017 tacklers, defensive back Jahad Niebauer (jr.) and linebacker Brian Cavicante (jr.), also return.
Caleb Hebron (sr.) and Damon Atwater-Stephens (r-so.) will lead the Hornets’ 2018 defensive line.
2017 ALL-MEAC Second Team punter Fidel Romo-Martinez (jr.) is the key returner for the Hornets’ special teams. Romo-Martinez was tops in the MEAC and fifth among all FCS punters with a 44.8 yard average last season.