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CAA Football Spring Game Recaps — April 15-16

Apr 17, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

Delaware Closes Out Spring Drills as White Downs the Blue 76-69 in Spring Scrimmage recap, including agate statistics and photos

Delaware quarterback Tim Donnelly (credit: Mark Campbell)

The University of Delaware football squad, coming off one of the most successful seasons in school history last fall, closed out 2011 spring drills Friday night at Delaware Stadium with a solid showing before a crowd of over 4,000 fans.

The Blue Hens, who posted a 12-3 record last fall when they shared the Colonial Athletic Association title and advanced all the way to the NCAA Division I National Championship game, closed out a month of spring drills with the annual scrimmage.

In a modified scoring system that awarded points to the offense for touchdowns and first downs and to the defense for changes of possession and turnovers, the White team (defense) outscored the Blue (offense) by a 76-69 score.

Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler (credit: Mark Campbell

“All in all, this was a great spring for us,” said Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler, the 2010 AFCA National Coach of the Year and Liberty Mutual National Coach of the Year who will enter his 10th season at the helm of the Blue Hens this fall. “The offense was ahead all spring but tonight I thought the defense caught up. We were playing without our top three linebackers but I thought they came out with a lot of spirit and made some big plays. We were a little banged up this spring and we still have a long way to go, but I thought we made tremendous progress. We were happy to see Travis Hawkins step up and make the big plays on defense that needed to be made.”

Delaware’s quarterback trio of sophomore Trevor Sasek, junior Tim Donnelly, and redshirt freshman Justin Burns overcame eight quarterback sacks to put up solid numbers. Sasek, Delaware’s No 2 quarterback a year ago behind All-American Pat Devlin, completed 8 of 12 passes for 111 yards and a touchdown, Donnelly was 9 of 15 for 73 yards and a touchdown, and Burns completed 8 of 12 passes for 80 yards and a score. Sasek and Donnelly also rushed for touchdowns.

Junior Nihja White led the receiving corps with five catches for 76 yards, including a 12-yard scoring pass from Sasek and a game-high 46-yarder, while senior Bobby Russo caught six passes for 60 yards and hauled in a 17-yard scoring toss from Donnelley. Sophomore Brian Brown caught the other touchdown with a 20-yard reception from Burns.

Delaware running back David Hayes (credit: Mark Campbell)

Hawkins and junior linebacker Leon Jackson led a defense that collected eight sacks, had six other tackles for loss, broke up five passes, and returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

Hawkins, a first-year transfer cornerback from Maryland, collected five tackles, broke up three passes, and returned an interception 55 yards to close out the scoring. Jackson, who has moved over from fullback to linebacker this spring, had three sacks among his team-high seven tackles while senior linebackers Chris Campbell and Eddie Lugo each had six tackles and a sack, and junior linebacker Corey Olsen made six stops. Junior defensive end Quincy Barr had five stops, including a sack and a tackle for loss, and also broke up a pass.

In addition to Hawkins’ interception for a touchdown, All-CAA senior defensive end Michael Atunrase also picked off a pass and returned it 47 yards to open the scoring.

On special teams, senior kicker Mike Perry and sophomore kicker Sean Baner each booted 32-yard field goals.

Following the game, Keeler announced that senior offensive guard Gino Gradkowski, senior wide receiver Mark Schenauer, junior linebacker Paul Worrilow, and senior linebacker Andrew Harrison have been selected as team captains for the 2011 campaign.

Gradkowski earned first team All-CAA and a second team Phil Steele All-American honors a year ago while Worrilow was a third team All-CAA pick. Worrilow led the team in tackles in 2010 with 113 while Harrison was third with 90 stops. Schenauer ranked fourth on the team with 36 catches for 510 yards and three touchdowns. Worrilow, Harrison, and Schenauer are all former walk-ons.

Delaware will begin pre-season practices in early August in preparation for the 2011 season opener at Navy Sept. 3. The Blue Hens will return home the folllowing week to take on West Chester in the home opener on Sept. 10 at Delaware Stadium.

Tribe Football Wraps Up Spring with Green and Gold Game recap, including photo gallery

William and Mary’s Jarrell Cooper

The William and Mary football team concluded its spring practice season with the annual Green and Gold Game before more than 1,000 fans at Zable Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Players on both sides of the ball provided a number of highlights, as the offense found the end zone four times while the defense piled up six sacks.

Offensively, four quarterbacks saw action, as Raphael Ortiz led the group by completing 5-of-11 passes for 102yards with a touchdown. His 54-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Joey Brady as the second quarter clock expired proved to be the longest offensive play of the day. Michael Graham also threw a touchdown pass, a 13-yard strike to tight end Alex Gottlieb, to conclude the scrimmage.

A trio of Tribe running backs combined to rush for 141 yards and two touchdowns. Jarrell Cooper registered 66 yards (on 13 carries) and posted runs of 22 and 21 yards, while Darnell Laws rushed for 55 yards (on 17 carries) with a touchdown. Meltoya Jones also found the end zone on a 1-yard run.

William and Mary’s Terrell Wells

Middle linebacker Jack Trantin helped lead an impressive defensive showing and finished the afternoon with a sack and a forced fumble. Defensive lineman Nick Zaremba also came up big with a pair of sacks, while Samuel Johnson posted a sack and a tackle for a loss. Linebackers Dante Cook and Airek Green also added sacks, while Alex Goodman and Mike Reilly both posted 1.5 TFLs apiece.

Punter Tyler Bailey provided a highlight on special teams with an 82-yard punt early in the scrimmage.

At the completion of the game, the team announced the captains for the 2011 season (as derived from a team vote) with four players garnering the honor: running back Jonathan Grimes, defensive end Marcus Hyde, center James Pagliaro and linebacker Jake Trantin.

William and Mary’s Brent Caprio

Another major team award was announced Saturday, as Grimes was selected as the recipient of the John A. Stewart Winter Warrior Award, which is given annually to the player, or players, who best exemplify the qualities of dedication, effort and achievement that defined Stewart’s career at the College. Awardees are judged on their improvements both on the field and in the off-season training program.