[Our second blog is from senior wide receiver, Mark Mackey. Mark was recruited by Delaware in 2006 from Central Dauphin High School. where he was a two-year starter. He played in the PA East-West All-Star game and was nominated for the Big-33 game. Mark also enjoyed basketball for all 4 years at Central Dauphin (starting in 3). At Delaware, Mark was a backup receiver in both his first two years (2006-2007), catching a TD pass against Rhode Island in his true sophomre campaign. He sat out 2008 and received a medical redshirt preserving Junior eligibility for the 2009 season where he caught his 2nd career TD against UMass. Mark has played in 34 games for the Blue Hens, receiving 46 passes for a total of 519 yards and 2 TDs. Here's his blog...]
Mark MackeyDuring the past two weeks of pre-season camp there have been some exciting events happening on the offensive side of the football.
To start, it has been great to see the progress that the offensive line has made from last year. We return a lot of experienced lineman and led by tackle Kevin Uhll and vocal leaders Geno (Gradkowski) and Will (Nagle), our run game has shown a lot of promise and our pass protection has been solid. The emergence of Andrew Pierce has also been exciting to see. He, along with Leon (Jackson), David (Hayes), and Walt (Davis), have all shown progress and reason to be excited about the run game we can bring to the table this year.
Personally, it has been exciting to play with a wide receiver corps that has a lot of depth. We have plenty of receivers to run on the field and get the job done at any point in the game. It has been a welcomed plus during a pre-season camp that can wear down on legs with the number of reps that are taken. We have been able to keep receivers' "camp legs" to minimum damage throughout double-days.
One thing I will say about our corps, since I have the closest look at these players, is that we have a lot of work to do. We believe that we can be effective receivers in this conference, but that is not our only goal. We want to look to make plays in the passing game, support the run game with great down field blocking, and be the difference maker of our team. We are going to continue to work on our fundamentals for the remainder of pre-season and throughout the year to be the corps we think we can be.
Also a point of interest for everyone is Pat (Devlin). Being a receiver, it’s been great to play with Pat. It’s been great to be part of Pat's transition to Delaware and it has been amazing to watch the way that his work ethic has transferred into his improvement where I previously did not think it was possible.
Pat used to make quick decisions, now he makes them even quicker. Pat used to put the ball in good spots, now he puts it in perfect spots. He used to throw "catchable" passes (that is, a good spiral, in a good spot, with nice velocity), now its more catchable. It’s been great to see this and really has pushed everyone on offense to do the same.
The most important thing about our offense is our mentality. No one on offense is perfect and offensive football is not always a smooth ride. But the mentality of our offense is to be consistent and to protect the football. After a negative play, our offense has to have to ability to move on to the next play, and I think that we have been able to do this for the most part.
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