PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Danny Rocco period on the College of Delaware will get underway on Thursday night time when the Blue Hens host Delaware State to open the 2017 season.
Rocco is the brand new head coach at Delaware, taking up this system after a incredible run with one other Colonial Athletic Affiliation program at Richmond.
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The Blue Hens wish to bounce again from a four-7 season the place they have been simply 2-6 within the CAA. Rocco says the lead as much as the common season has gone nicely.
“Camp is all the time a really difficult time of yr,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “There’s an terrible lot happening and a whole lot of adversity to beat. However I’ve felt like this workforce has responded rather well. We’ve labored exhausting and I feel probably the most vital factor is that we’ve got made enchancment and we’ve been capable of push by way of some adversity and a few damage and develop a few of our youthful expertise.”
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The Blue Hens on offense shall be led by junior quarterback Joe Walker. He solely accomplished forty eight% of his passes final yr, however Rocco has appreciated what Walker has finished since he took over as coach.
“As I received on the market and began to guage him within the spring,” he says, “I used to be happy with what he was capable of present us. After which as we received into the summer time, I used to be impressed with how he responded. We introduced a switch in, J.P. Caruso from Appalachian State, who I assumed introduced some competitors to the place. Pat Kehoe, one other youthful quarterback, has gotten higher and he has created some competitors on the place. However when it was all stated and achieved, I assumed Joe simply responded terribly nicely, and actually wasn’t fazed and went on the market and carried out at a excessive degree, which has provided me confidence in him.”
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Delaware will look to as soon as once more have success operating the soccer this season. Final yr, they rolled up a mean of 227 yards a recreation. Redshirt junior Thomas Jefferson is the main returning rusher as he pounded out seven hundred yards final season. Walker is also a menace on the bottom as he had 389 yards dashing final yr.
Rocco breaks down the Delaware protection.
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“I feel our entrance seven’s just about established,” he says. “Lots of veteran gamers in there with accolades, so we’re enthusiastic about that. I’m hopeful that we will play at a very…