Dover, Del. (Aug. 12, 2017) --- The Delaware State football team took another step today in its 2017 season preparation. The Hornets wrapped their first full week of preseason camp with a contact scrimmage at Alumni Stadium this morning.
“I was really pleased with the intensity and the execution was generally sharp on both sides of the ball, said Hornet third-year head coach Kenny Carter. “I’ll have a better evaluation after watching film, but overall it was a good scrimmage, especially considering the number of newcomers on the team and the brief time we’ve had on the field.”
Freshman Jack McDaniels (Lofton, Va.) and sophomore Keenan Black (Concord, N.C.) took the majority of snaps at quarterback in the scrimmage.
The running duties were primarily handled by junior Brycen Alleyne (Wilmington, Del.) and redshirt freshman Nyfease West (Lansdale, Pa.), each of whom appeared at full strength after recovering from knee injuries. Alleyne rushed for two touchdowns and caught several passes out of the backfield, while West had two first down runs during the scrimmage. West, a 4,000 yard rusher at Lansdale (Pa.) High School, sat out the 2016 season after suffering the injury in preseason camp.
“Brycen and Nyfease had some quality plays today,” said Carter. “Each will be vital to our offensive game plan this season.”
The new look receiving corps also provided some good competition during the scrimmage. Veterans Fatu Sua-Godinet (so.; Honolulu, HI), Taronn Selby (jr.; Bear, Del.) and Jordan Hannah (so.; Rockaway Beach, N.Y) were frequent targets, in addition to newcomers Michael Credele (fr.; Glasgow, Del.) and Kwannah Kollie (fr.; Staten Island, N.Y.), along with tight end Isiah Williams (so.; Bronx, N.Y.). The performance of the Hornet defense was highlighted by aggressive play that forced four turnovers during the scrimmage.
During the second series plays, linebacker Brian Cavicante (so.; Portsmouth, Va.) intercepted a tipped pass by McDaniels in the red zone for what would have been a touchdown on the return.
Two series later, defensive lineman Daman Atwater-Stephens (so.; Fort Washington, Md.) scored a touchdown on a sack and strip inside the offense 10-yard line.
Linebacker Malik Harris (sr.; Washington, D.C.) recovered a fumble on a botched snap and cornerback Issiah Small (so.; Miami, Fla.) recorded an interception for the DSU defense during the scrimmage.
The Hornets will hold a walk through on Sunday (Aug. 13) and the next full practice session is set for Monday (Aug. 14) at 4 p.m.
The next scrimmage is scheduled for next Sat. (Aug. 19) at Alumni Stadium.
The Hornets open the 2017 season on Aug. 31 at Delaware. Game time is 7 p.m. at Tubby Raymond Field in Newark.
Delaware State’s home opener is set for Sep. 23 against Norfolk State. The Hall-of-Fame Day contest starts at 2 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.