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                                                              Special Announcement

Our annual banquet to honor our seniors will be held on Friday, January 31, at the Executive Banquet and Conference Center in the Pencader Corporate Center on Rt. 896 south of Newark, Delaware.  A social hour begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m.

The cost for those who paid club dues by the last luncheon in November is $10.  For others, the cost is $75.  Please send your name and meal choice ( Chicken or Salmon) and payment for each person attending to Amy Fad, Banquet Chairperson, 439 Valley Road, West Grove, PA 19390 by January 8.

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University of Delaware Places Nine Standouts on All-Colonial Athletic Association Football All-Star Squads; Jones, Kerr Earn First Team Honors

Jones, a senior from Tampa, Fla. (Armwood HS), was selected as the CAA’s top punt returner while Kerr, a senior from Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS), was a first team pick at defensive line. Kerr also earned second team All-CAA honors last season as a junior. 

Delaware had seven other players recognized as senior running back Andrew Pierce, junior wide receiver Michael Johnson, junior tight end Nick Boyle, senior offensive guard Bobby Kennedy, junior linebacker Pat Callaway, and redshirt freshman punter Eric Enderson were all second team picks and senior center Brandon Heath was selected to the third team. 

Jones, who returned to action this season after missing almost the entire 2012 campaign with an injury, led the CAA in punt return average as he had 14 returns for 169 yards and a 12.1 yard average, including a 62-yard return for a touchdown vs. Delaware State. His 12.1 average was the fourth best mark in UD history and would have ranked eighth in the NCAA this year if he had enough returns to qualify for the lead. Also a standout wide receiver, Jones caught 43 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns in 2013. 


Kerr, a second-year transfer from Maryland, proved to be one of the league’s top interior defensive lineman once again this fall. A co-captain, Kerr recorded 57 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 tackles for loss (29 yards), 3.5 sacks (24 yard), two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He ranked fourth among all CAA down linemen in tackles. 


Pierce (Cumberland Regional HS/Bridgeton, N.J.), a two-year UD co-captain, capped one of the finest careers by any runner in UD or CAA history this fall as he led the Blue Hens in rushing with 822 yards on 183 carries and scored 10 touchdowns. He also caught 24 passes for 261 yards and a score. He finished his career with a school-record 930 carries and ranked No. 2 in rushing yardage with 4,459 yards, good for No. 8 all-time in CAA history. He also ranked third all-time at Delaware with both a 94.9-yard per game rushing average and 44 rushing touchdowns and also caught 103 career passes. 


Johnson (Gainesville HS/Gainesville HS) proved to be one of the league’s most dynamic players, whether it be catching passes, running the ball, or returning kickoffs. He ranked second only to Towson’s West in all-purpose yardage, piling up 1,800 yards for an average of 150.0 per game. He led the Blue Hens in receiving with 60 catches for 1,035 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 159 yards and two scores, and returned 20 kickoffs for an average of 20.9 yards per return. He had six plays go for 60 yards or more during the season and led all CAA receivers with nine touchdowns while ranking third in yardage and seventh in receptions. 


Boyle (High Point Regional HS/Wantage, N.J.) had a breakout year for the Blue Hens as a junior as he ranked third on the team in receiving with 42 catches for 474 yards and seven touchdowns. He led all CAA tight ends in receiving yards and touchdowns and ranked second only to Maine’s first team selection Justin Perillo in receptions. Boyle’s seven touchdowns ranked No. 2 nationally among all NCAA FCS tight ends. In addition, his receptions and receiving yards were the most by a UD tight end since All-American and former NFL player Ben Patrick caught 60 passes for 639 yards in 2006. 


Kennedy (Caravel Academy/Newark, Del.) earned second team All-CAA honors for the second straight year after anchoring a Delaware offense that ranked among the top units in the conference. He started all 12 games at guard - extending his starting streak to 21 - and helped the Blue Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA in passing offense (240.0 yards per game), passing efficiency (143.84), and sacks allowed (1.50), and No. 4 in rushing (177.0) and third down conversions (41.4 percent). 


Callaway (Martin Luther King HS/Lithonia, Ga.) also had a breakout year as he replaced All-American Paul Worrilow at middle linebacker and was a steady force throughout the year. He recorded a team-high 120 tackles (53 solo) to average 10.0 per game and rank No. 2 in the CAA and No. 18 in the NCAA. He had 10 or more tackles five times with a career-high 18 vs. William & Mary and also added five tackles for loss, one sack, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. 


No player in the history of Delaware football had a better season punting than Enderson (Phoebus HS/Hampton, Va.), a redshirt freshman who ranked among the nation’s top punters. After a slow start over the first three games, he was the model of consistency and led the CAA in punting average (45.0 per punt), punting yardage (2,701), and punts over 50 yards (22 - no other CAA player had more than 13), and ranked No. 2 in punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (20). His 45.0 yard average, which currently ranks No. 3 nationally, shattered the UD single season record of 42.8 set by Gene Vadas in 1991. Enderson was one of only three freshmen honored on the All-CAA squads and was the only rookie special teams player honored. 


Heath (Henderson HS/West Chester, Pa.) was among the CAA’s top centers as a third-year starter. He started all 12 games for the Hens and finished his career having played in 48 games with 37 starts, including 34 consecutive games as part of the opening lineup. One of three seniors on the unit, he helped the Blue Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA in passing offense (240.0 yards per game), passing efficiency (143.84), and sacks allowed (1.50), and No. 4 in rushing (177.0) and third down conversions (41.4 percent). 

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The club recognizes the following players for outstanding performance against Villanova

Offensive player

Michael Johnson (Jr., WR, Gainesville, Fla.)

Wins award for the third time this season…caught 8 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns…caught 12-yarder from Trent Hurley to open scoring on Hens' first drive and then added a 22-yarder with 5:16 left in the third quarter that put the Hens up 28-12…ended season with team-best 60 catches for 1,035 yards and 9 TDs to go with a 17.2 average per catch….went over 100 career receptions vs. Villanova…also returned 2 kickoffs for 35 yards vs. Villanova. 

Defensive player

Travis Hawkins (Sr., CB, Rockville, Md. / Quince Orchard HS)

Wins the award for the second time this season…matched a season and career-high with 11 total tackles to lead the team…had nine solo stops, including a tackle for loss for three yards…intercepted his team-high fourth pass of the season with 13:05 left in the third quarter to set up a  Delaware touchdown…also blocked a Villanova extra point attempt. 


Special Teams player


Eric Enderson (Fr.r, P,  Hampton, Va. / Phoebus HS)

Wins the award for the third time this season…continued his outstanding punting as he kicked seven times for 341 yards and a 48.7 average…had a long of 68 yards…also had three kicks land inside the Villanova 20-yard line…finished season with a school-record average of 45.0 yards per punt to rank No. 3 in the nation. 

 

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                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                                 on our upcoming game with

                                                            

As we begin our 2014 season, we will post information about our opposing team in this spot. 

Go Hens

 

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The Blue Hen Touchdown (BHTD) Club is seeking companies and/or individuals to become our partners/sponsors. The BHTD Club  has been in existence  for over 50 years, and currently has over 200 members that  are dedicated to fulfilling a mission of  promoting and supporting the University of Delaware Football Program.   We do this by honoring the outstanding offensive, defensive and special teams player of the week (as selected by the coaches) with awards at luncheons attended by players, their families and members of the coaching staff. Annually the Club hosts a banquet to honor the graduating Senior players, at which special awards are given for various categories. All Senior players are recognized with an award for their contribution to the Team during their career. Funding for these activities, such as awards, luncheons and dinners for football players, coaches and other guests comes from the membership dues and contributions. The Blue Hen Touchdown Club has also been able to make other contributions, and while the players, coaches and the University value the Clubs efforts we want to make a greater impact on the Program by funding a football scholarship. Your partnership/sponsorship with help defray current expenses mentioned above and will enable us to progress toward this goal.

 

For Sponsorship information contact

 

Cathy Matthews Matthews@udel.edu

 Bruce Finnicum BFinnicum@AdvancedOfficeEnv.com

Tom Crescenzo crescenzot@gmail.com

or David Denny landddenny@comcast.net

 

 

 

www.bluehentdclub.com

Facebook Page is Blue Hen Touchdown Club

Here is how you can become part of the tradition.

 

GOLD PARTNER

(limited to 11 for 2012)

$750 or more per year

  

Benefits include:

 

  • Your Company/Individual name listed on a banner with other Gold Partners to be displayed at luncheons and the banquet
  • You  will be a featured guest  at  a  luncheon with time to talk  about your Company
  • You will be featured on the BHTD Club Facebook Page the week of your assigned luncheon
  • You will receive 4 complimentary BHTD Club lunch tickets
  • You will be listed on our web site as a Gold Partner
  • You will receive a full page ad in the Banquet program
  • You will be given 2  tickets to the Annual Senior Banquet       

 

BLUE SPONSOR

(unlimited number)

$375-$749 per year

Benefits include:

 

  • Your name listed on our web page
  • You will receive a half page ad in the banquet program
  • You will receive 2 complimentary lunches
  • Your name will be listed on a sponsor sheet as a handout at luncheons

 

We hope you will join us in our mission as we reach toward making a greater contribution to the University of Delaware Football Program.

 

 

For more information on the Blue Hen Touchdown Club,

it’s events and activities,

Check out our website and friend us on our Facebook page

 

www.bluehentdclub.com

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Name of Sponsoring Company:

 

Address:

Phone:

Email address:

Website address:

 

Amount of Sponsorship:

 

Date:

 

Please make all checks payable to the Blue Hen Touchdown club and note sponsorship in the notes area.

 

Thank you!

 

Blue Hen Touchdown Club

PO Box 4645

Newark, DE 19715

 

 

 

 

For more information on the Blue Hen Touchdown Club,

it’s events and activities,

Check out our website and friend us on our Facebook page

 

www.bluehentdclub.com

Facebook Page is Blue Hen Touchdown Club

 

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