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Our next game of the 2014 season will be on Saturday, November 1, at home against Rhode Island.  Our next meeting will be October 31, at the Bob Carpenter Center on the second floor.  The doors will open at 11:15.  We look forward to seeing everyone there. 


The outstanding players for the William and Mary game are the following players:

OFFENSE-- Jerel Harrison (Jr., WR, Richmond, Va../Varina HS)

Caught six passes for 90 yards and a touchdown vs. William & Mary...had two highlight reel receptions, including a one-handed 36-yarder in the second half and a 31-yard over-the-shoulder haul for a touchdown in the first half that tied the game at 7-7...team’s No. 3 receiver this season with 23 receptions for 233 yards and three touchdowns...won the award for the third time in his career and for the second time this season after also being honored for the James Madison game...history major at Delaware. 

DEFENSE--  David Mackall (Sr., LB, Baltimore, Md./Edmonson-Westside HS

Led the Delaware defensive effort as the Hens allowed 362 total yards, including just 121 in the first half...recorded a team and game-high 12 tackles, including five solo stops...also recorded a sack for eight yards and had a quarterback hurry...team’s leading tackler with 55 stops this season...won the award for the fourth time in his career and for the second time this season after also being honored vs. James Madison...criminal justice major at Delaware. 

SPECIAL TEAMS-- Larry Spears (Fr.r, LB, Henrico, Va./Varina HS)

Was a standout on coverage for the Blue Hens…UD held William & Mary to just 68 yards on four kickoff returns and just two yards on its lone punt return...recorded two tackles for the game...has seven total tackles on the season...won the award for the first time in his career....business management major. 

These players will be recognized at our meeting on November 1, as noted above.


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                                   A note from our historian Harold Heitmann

                                    on our upcoming game with Rhode Island

Delaware hosts the Rhode Island Rams on November 1st.  This will be the thirtieth meeting between the two universities.  The Blue Hens hold a commanding 21 wins to 8 losses in the series. 

Rhode Island started playing football in 1895.  They have had more lean years then good. Through 2013, 384 wins have been achieved while losing 543 with 43 ties. 

Legendary Ram basketball coach, Frank Kearney, also coached the football team from 1920-1940.  Ten of his teams finished with winning records.  He started the Ram mascot in 1929.  The school kept a live ram until 1960.  As a chemist, he invented the blue shade color that remains the schools color. 

For 25 years he coached the basketball team posting a 401-124 record.  His teams averaged 80 points a game in an era when basketball scores were low.  His 1946 team reached the NIT championship game but lost to Kentucky by one point.  He was elected into the basketball Hall of Fame in 1960.  The fast break was one of his inventive skills.  He also coached baseball and served as athletic director. 

The legendary coach, Hal Kopp, coached Rhody from 1950 through 1955.  He obtained the best winning percentage of any past or present Ram coach.  His teams won 28 games, lost 11 with 2 ties for a 70.7 percentage.  His teams were Yankee Conference Champions in 1952, 1953 and 1955.  The 1955 squad went to the Refrigerator Bowl, losing to Jacksonville State 12-10. Kopp was elected coach of the year for New England. 

Jack Gregory coached the team from 1970-1976 with a 22-33 record.  The 1973 squad became the first US college football team to play in Europe.  They played the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in the Turkey Bowl, in Frankfurt Germany, winning 34-6. 

Bob Griffin took over the coaching chores in 1976 and stayed in that position for 17 years.  His 1981, 1984 and 1985 teams won the Yankee Conference Championship.  The NCAA playoffs were reached all three of those years with the 1984 squad getting to the semi finals.  His pass happy offense posted many passing records.  Griffin was named New England coach of the year in 1984.

Ram football greats include Pat Abbruzzi.  He played under coach Hal Kopp and became the Rams all time leading rusher gaining 3389 years.  He went on the be the star rushing leader for the Montreal Alonetes in the Canadian Football League. 

Tom Earhardt played under Bob Griffin and was an all american quarterback.. He completed 673 passes in his career and 78 TD's.  He was the only Rhode Island player to have his number retired. 

Steve Furness was an all american defensive end.   He played 11 years in the NFL and was one of the Pittsburgh Steelers Iron Curtain.  He played in four Super Bowls.

Brian Foster was the schools all time leading receiver with 3944 years.

Go Hens



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





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Here is how you can become part of the tradition.



$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       



(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.



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