2018- Players to STEP UP or BREAKOUT

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2018- Players to STEP UP or BREAKOUT

Postby HENJOHN on Wed Jul 11, 2018 10:53 am

With Summer practices just a few weeks away its really getting the juices flowing for a lot of us. Every year this time its always fun to speculate what certain guys are going to do, who is going to 'step up', what surprises to expect and with a year under his belt, what will Coach Rocco and his staff do personnel wise to put us in the best position to win. I think we are very talented on the Defensive side although I have some concerns about the front that I am hoping transfers like Ashworth, Hall & Burton will help with.
Like all of you I am concerned about the QB position and in general our overall lack of team speed in spots. That said, I truly believe this squad should and will make the playoffs with some guys really stepping up and some significant overall improvement in Rocco Year 2. My optimism is tempered some with the befuddling 2017 season final with everything on the line against our Number 1 rival and the Flop. I realize that was last season and 8 months ago but it took the wind out of my sail for quite some time and I am hoping that the teams overall approach and attitude is much more one of us putting our foot on our opponents Throat every damn week.
Personnel wise we all know of the Reeders, Adderly, J Jarmon etc but just for fun I am looking and hoping for some increased and/or improved contributions from the guys listed ahead. I will be attending most of the Summer practices with focus on the QB position, DLine, OLine and how players are moved around. I fully expect some True Freshmen to play right away. So here we go:

Thyrick Pitts/T McHelhenie (WR): These talented wide outs made some great catches last summer and in some scrimmaging. They both saw some action early on in games as well and have the hands to really help us out. They wont start the season but I am looking for them to end up with 15-20+ catches this year and some TDs

Ray Jones (LB): I know Ray is a proven player at SAF but the move to LB seems perfect for him to excel like he did in HS. He seemed very much at home at LB in the Spring and one staff member said he has gotten stronger and faster and picked up the position nicely.

Pat Kehoe (QB): OK, how can a guy that's taken one snap really help this season? This is a little bit of a stretch but he really looked like a different player this past Spring and at 6-4,230 he has the tools now to contribute. The kids on the team really like him and how much he has improved. I am not forecasting him to start this season opener but I have a feeling he may end up contributing before the season is over.

Niguel Hill (DB): Went to a scrimmage before last season with Joe C & Henny and after a couple of series we all had our eyes on this kid and he ended up having a pretty good season last year after being thrown in there. I think he could end up getting some All CAA recognition at CB. He can cover, has fluid hips and a nose for the ball. Hoping Malcom Brown can make it back for the opener (he told me in the Spring he would be) but Hill has proven he can play well on the corner.

Tenny Adewusi (DB): Love this kids hard play and ability to lay the wood.

Owen Tyler (TE): Very good athlete who is a pass catching TE with good hands. If we incorporate more passing to the TEs, he, Kehoe and Scarff should all benefit. Tyler sat out last year with an injury but showed in 2016 he can catch the football and get open at 6-4,250.

DeJoun Lee (RB): Lee sat out last year transferring in from Army but by now most of us have seen Lee in action in practices, the Spring game and some scrimmages. He is FAST, low to the ground, hard for defenders to see/pick up at 5-7,180. He can change direction easily and without losing speed. Can and should play at RB in certain situations and from the 'slot' for catching passes which he has showed he can do. This is a speedy weapon we need to take full advantage of.

MJ Kehoe (TE): One of the most improved players on the team and should be a factor in the TE rotation and the packages utilizing Multiple TEs.

Caleb Ashworth (DE): The 6-3 265 (he told me in Spring that's what he weighed) UCINN transfer should end up making a significant contribution especially once he gets settled especially against the run. He is strong and sheds blocks well and I look for him to be a starter at some point during the season.

Connor Lutz (OT): At 6-5,305 he s got good size and strength and learned a lot last year his first season starting. I look for Connor to really improve his play on the O-Line, a spot on the team that I think is going to be better overall than we may think or may be forecasting. (OL)

Collin Wallish (C): Collin really stepped up in the Spring and was running with the 1's by end of Spring practices. He probably wont be making any All CAA teams but he has really come on and added weight and strength through our conditioning program. One of the more improved players this Spring but could use more strength and explosion.

Noah Beh (OL): Many of us were looking for more from the Penn State transfer when he came in and finally settled in on the OL starting most of the games with improvement this past Spring. At over 300 pounds and a year under his belt here, I look for Beh to have a very good season. Can play Guard or Tackle.

Chuka Ezeuzoh (OL): Could tell last summer that the 6-5,300 out of Concord had what it takes to play at UD and play effectively. He can play Tackle or Center and while strong, his best asset are his quick feet. Lets watch this summer to see where he ends up.

Frank Burton (DL): The 6-2, 275 former William Penn Delaware Defensive Lineman of the Year, and Ball St transfer is extremely excited to be back home and should be part of the D-Line rotation. Can play at D-End or NT. Very versatile and strong. His former HS Coach told me Burton was the Best player he ever coached. May not start but should contribute early on.

True Freshmen that Should Play and Contribute:

Amonte Strothers (DB)- Fast and good size at 6-2.180. I think he could sneak into the DB rotation and help out in Nickle packages and possibly Special teams.

Kedrick Whitehead (LB/Saf): I saw this kid play in HS at Middletown many times and he is just a great football player. I suspect he will play at OLB and Special teams but he can run and HIT. He's only about 200 pounds but keep an eye on this in state product. Came in early this past semester to get a head start.

Patrick Mead (LB); Had a ton of tackles in Spring game and was very active. Also can play on special teams.

Robert Nachtman (OL): There may be a good chance of Nachtman Redshirting but this very large and strong O-Lineman may sneak his way onto the field if he has a good summer and picks up his assignments. Maybe playing later in the season for 3-4 games to maintain his RS eligibility. Keep an eye out.

COMEBACK PLAYERS OF YEAR:

Offense- Mario Farinella (OL): I look for him returning back to the O-Line to play a lot and contribute. Good pulling Guard.

Defense- Charles Bell (LB): Look for #5 to team with the Delaware LB connection of Reeder, Reeder & Jones to solidify our LB corps.

See you at Summer Practices!!
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Postby UDForever on Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:39 pm

Got my juices flowing HJ. Great write up! I have my eyes on the o line.
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Postby Caribbean Hen on Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:48 pm

outstanding write up by an outstanding Hen fan!

I love player talk and this is the best of Gohens!!!

thanks for posting it Henjohn
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Postby Maddog@76 on Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:53 pm

John- great summary! Your friend Joe has apparently upgraded your football IQ and knowledge :D You are correct- the juices are starting to flow- realistic reasons to be optimistic in a long time! I am stuck in Rehoboth for the summer, will not be able to see much practice time. Hope all is well with you and your loved one’s! Wayne Hanby ‘76
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Re: 2018- Players to STEP UP or BREAKOUT

Postby 72 Hen on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:46 pm

Thanks John for some football discussion. Here are a few of my observations about guys that may have break-out seasons.

OT - We will have two healthy senior tackles, with starting experience (Pepe and Beh). I see David Kroll taking one of their starting jobs. Kroll is my breakout player.

OG - Lutz and Robinson are the returning starters. Lutz has been my favorite to have early success ever since he was recruited. However, we have no back-up center. I believe Robinson will compete with Wallish for the starting center job. Robinson will start at either center or guard. If he starts at center I like Chuka Ezeuzoh to win the starting guard over Farinella. Ezeuzoh is my break-out player.

C - If Wallish holds off Robinson then Wallish is my break-out player at the center spot.

WR - Joe Walker will be All CAA. He ie my breakout player.

RB - He might not be the starter but Dejoun Lee is my break-out running back. He is a playmaker as RB, receiver and return man.

Defense - My break-out player on defense is Brandon Hall. We have great LB's but no depth. I believe Hall is the type of player that could back-up at any of the 4 LB spots. I also believe he is good enough to compete for a DE spot. He certainly can back-up at DE. I believe he will find a way to see the field at a number of positions. He is Colby like. I know I am giving a lot of praise to a player we have not seen yet... but that's my take. We'll see!

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- He has yet to see the field but Carter Lynch is my second break-out defensive player. He will be needed at NT and he will earn his wings.
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Postby joe c on Wed Jul 11, 2018 5:55 pm

Great job Big Wheel...The best post ever on this board!
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Postby jd of de on Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:30 pm

3 weeks from today!!!

First pads 3 weeks from this coming Friday.

And the Rams are in Newark in 50 days.

Gonna be a fun fall !!! And December !!!
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Postby joe c on Wed Jul 11, 2018 6:37 pm

Not to be a wise guy but my break out player is Coach Simon....Biggest concern is left Tackle....
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Postby HENJOHN on Wed Jul 11, 2018 8:25 pm

72 Hen wrote:Thanks John for some football discussion. Here are a few of my observations about guys that may have break-out seasons.

OT - We will have two healthy senior tackles, with starting experience (Pepe and Beh). I see David Kroll taking one of their starting jobs. Kroll is my breakout player.

OG - Lutz and Robinson are the returning starters. Lutz has been my favorite to have early success ever since he was recruited. However, we have no back-up center. I believe Robinson will compete with Wallish for the starting center job. Robinson will start at either center or guard. If he starts at center I like Chuka Ezeuzoh to win the starting guard over Farinella. Ezeuzoh is my break-out player.

C - If Wallish holds off Robinson then Wallish is my break-out player at the center spot.

WR - Joe Walker will be All CAA. He ie my breakout player.

RB - He might not be the starter but Dejoun Lee is my break-out running back. He is a playmaker as RB, receiver and return man.

Defense - My break-out player on defense is Brandon Hall. We have great LB's but no depth. I believe Hall is the type of player that could back-up at any of the 4 LB spots. I also believe he is good enough to compete for a DE spot. He certainly can back-up at DE. I believe he will find a way to see the field at a number of positions. He is Colby like. I know I am giving a lot of praise to a player we have not seen yet... but that's my take. We'll see!

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- He has yet to see the field but Carter Lynch is my second break-out defensive player. He will be needed at NT and he will earn his wings.


Great stuff Ron. I like Hall and Kroll as well. Good observations.
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Postby jd of de on Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:09 am

72 Hen wrote:OT - We will have two healthy senior tackles, with starting experience (Pepe and Beh). I see David Kroll taking one of their starting jobs. Kroll is my breakout player.

OG - Lutz and Robinson are the returning starters. Lutz has been my favorite to have early success ever since he was recruited. However, we have no back-up center. I believe Robinson will compete with Wallish for the starting center job. Robinson will start at either center or guard. If he starts at center I like Chuka Ezeuzoh to win the starting guard over Farinella. Ezeuzoh is my break-out player.

C - If Wallish holds off Robinson then Wallish is my break-out player at the center spot.


Solid evaluation 72Hen and I agree with most ... IMO you will see 3 tackles in a rotation. Kroll has a ways to go as a pass blocker, but he plays like a upperclassman when he is run blocking. Future All-American potential.

Also consider this at center; Wallish is the starting center and the back up center is Robinson, who is part of a 3 guard rotation of Robinson, Ezeuzoh & Lutz. If Wallish wins the job it will partially be his smarts and how well he seemed to work with Ezeuzoh & Lutz this spring .... ie: if Robinson is the starting center, the backup center is Wallish coming off the bench. if Wallish is the starting center his backup is a starting guard.

The combinations on the OL are many heading into August and we have not talked about Nachtman yet. Either Wallish or Farinella could be the odd man out.

If we get the OL right we will be dangerous.
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Postby joe c on Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:28 am

Mr JD we are eating the same bread..I made the same comment awhile back about the O line. Exactly the same...They will be a large part part of any success we achieve...As I stated in an above post I am concerned at the all important tackle position...O lines win games..We also need to be better at blitz pick up...Thats coaching and assignment football.. We haven't had a better than average line since 2010...
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Postby Henzone on Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:38 am

"Every single team in the country has questions going into a season every single one..Those that find answers play after Thanksgiving" ....JoeC

Most profound thing you've said on this board. :D
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Postby joe c on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:11 am

Hey Rick, Rumor has it even Bama has one question..lol..Of course they just plug in another NFL prospect...

All kidding aside, Thats the way it is...Like you told me we have the talent up front...We certainly have the size...Pass blocking has been a Waterloo especially in passing situations...This where we need major improvement..Getting ahead but Dakota gets after the QB big time...I really would like to see us come up with an array of screens..I realize time may prohibit this...You want to artificially slow down a rush, use the screen game..It also tires out those big lugs...Just one successful screen opens the door to an offensive playbook...I am not talking bubble screens...

They all have questions Rick....We have a professional staff that can find these answers and as jd,. and I said previously. we, not can, but will be a very dangerous team no matter what offense they run...I am also in the corner of a more creative offense if we have an O line..
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Postby HENJOHN on Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:43 am

Joe, see my comment on the initial post here where I said I think the Offensive line is going to be better than people are forecasting (in the Connor Lutz summary). I think we have the bodies and the talent its a matter of fitting the guys in the right positions now. That and a rigorous off season training program. I like the new O LIne coach better than last years and I think its going to have an impact. I am also a believer in Farinella ending up helping at Guard and the run game as a result.
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Postby joe c on Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:01 am

J, I m a firm believer that you pick 5 and go...O lines win games in the 4th...This where we need to find answers....Again your post was the best I have ever read on this board...Finding Tackles is the key...Once this staff determines who and it may take a game or two...Then we go with them...This unit will determine our success...I completely agree with you on O line coaching...Of course we have other questions but none more important than this one....Our staff is as good as it gets and I believe they will handle it...I love they saw change was needed and did something about it...Like you said we have the horses now we are looking for a post position that suits the talent...
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