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2012 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2012 record5–6 (2–6 CAA)
Head coachK. C. Keeler (11th season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Hofher (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorNick Rapone (7th season)
Home stadiumDelaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 CAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
#6 Old Dominion ^   7 1         11 2  
#18 Richmond §   6 2         8 3  
#13 New Hampshire §^   6 2         8 4  
#15 Villanova §^   6 2         8 4  
#17 Towson §   6 2         7 4  
#19 James Madison   5 3         7 4  
Maine   4 4         5 6  
Delaware   2 6         5 6  
William & Mary   1 7         2 9  
Rhode Island   0 8         0 11  
Georgia State   0 0         1 10  
§ – Conference co-champions
^ – FCS playoff participant
  • Georgia State's official conference record was 0-0, and it did not occupy a spot in the overall standings. Old Dominion was ineligible for the conference championship because of its announced departure for Conference USA in 2013; under CAA bylaws, a departing school is ineligible for conference championships.
    As of January 7, 2013 • Rankings from The Sports Network FCS Poll

The 2012 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by 11th-year head coach K. C. Keeler and played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They were a member of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 5–6, 2–6 in CAA play to finish in eighth place. Following the season, the school fired Keeler.[1]

Previous seasonEdit

In 2011, Delaware came into the season ranked No. 5 in both The Sports Network Poll and The Coaches Poll.[2][3] After losing the season-opener to Navy of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and beating Division II team West Chester, the Blue Hens went 3−3 against Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams over the next six games of the season. They finished the year with three straight conference wins and a final record of 7−4. With only six Division I wins, they were not invited to the FCS playoffs after the regular season. Delaware was ranked No. 17 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 20 in The Coaches Poll.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Delaware head coach K. C. Keeler was in his eleventh year as the Blue Hens' head coach for the 2012 season. During his previous ten years with Delaware, he led the Fightin' Blue Hens to an overall record of 81 wins and 46 losses (81–46) and the 2003 national championship.[4]

Delaware promoted Andy Marino from his role as a graduate assistant to tight ends and offensive tackles coach on July 26, 2012.[5] Marino took the place of David Boler, who left to become the wide receivers coach for Rhode Island.[6] Kirk Ciarrocca was rehired as running backs coach after being an assistant coach for Rutgers and Richmond for four seasons. He was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Delaware from 2002 to 2007.

Name Position Seasons at
Delaware
Alma Mater
K. C. Keeler Head coach 11 Delaware (1980)
Jim Hofher Offensive coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Cornell (1979)
Nick Rapone Defensive coordinator, Safeties 7 Virginia Tech (1979)
Brian Ginn Passing game coordinator, Receivers 13 Delaware (2000)
Gregg Perry Run game coordinator, Recruiting coordinator, Offensive line 30 Delaware (1977)
Kirk Ciarrocca Running backs 7 Temple (1990)
Phil Petitte Defensive line 7 Glassboro State (1971)
Brad Sherrod Linebackers 3 Duke (1994)
Henry Baker Cornerbacks, Special teams 2 Maryland (2003)
Andy Marino Tight ends, Offensive tackles 3 Lycoming (1982)
John Smith Head athletic trainer 12 Penn State (1988)

TransfersEdit

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Trent Hurley transferred from Bowling Green and redshirt freshman guard Sam Collura transferred to Delaware from Pittsburgh.[7] Three former Maryland players transferred to Delaware: junior defensive tackle Zach Kerr, junior linebacker David Mackall, and redshirt sophomore defensive back Mario Rowson.[8] Redshirt sophomore defensive end Andrew Opoku from Connecticut transferred to Delaware.[8] Redshirt junior tight end Malcolm Bush transferred from Rutgers in August.[9]

Opening depth chartEdit

Defensive Starters
[11]


FS
Ricky Tunstall
Craig Brodsky


WLB MLB SLB
Leon Jackson Paul Worrilow Jeff Williams
Kyle Gayle Patrick Callaway Mike Hirt
SS
Tim Breaker
Jake Giusti
CB
Travis Hawkins
Mario Rowson


DE DT DT DE
Ethan Clark Zach Kerr Irv Titre Laith Wallschleger
Andrew Opoku Karon Gibson Logan Shultz Derrick Saulsberry
CB
Marcus Burley
Derek Coleman
Offensive Starters
[12]
WR
Rob Jones
Stephen Clark
WR
Michael Johnson
Mike Milburn
LT LG C RG RT
Erle Ladson J. D. Dzurko Brandon Heath Nick Cattolico Ben Curtis
Matt Becker Will Lewis Jake Geiser Christian Marchena Connor Bozick
TE
Nick Boyle
Ryan Cobb
WR
Nihja White
Jerel Harrison
QB
Trent Hurley
Tim Donnelly
RB
Andrew Pierce
David Hayes
Special Teams
PK Sean Baner
PK Garrett Greenway
P Rauley Zaragoza
P Sean Baner
KR Travis Hawkins
PR Rob Jones
LS Eddie Herr
H Tim Donnelly


ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:30 PM[[{{{school}}}|West Chester]]*No. 15W 41–2118,823
September 83:30 PMDelaware State*No. 15
NBCSNW 38–1416,898
September 153:30 PMBucknell*No. 13
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 19–318,118
September 227:00 PMat William & MaryNo. 12CSNW 51–2110,601
September 2912:00 PMat No. 20 New HampshireNo. 8L 14–347,058
October 63:30 PMMaineNo. 16
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
CSNL 3–2621,506
October 203:30 PMRhode IslanddaggerNo. 25
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
W 47–2418,672
October 2712:00 PMat No. 6 Old DominionNo. 20NBCSNL 26–3120,068
November 312:00 PMNo. 19 TowsonNo. 23
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
NBCSNL 27–34 OT16,252
November 103:30 PMat No. 20 RichmondL 17–238,700
November 173:30 PMNo. 16 Villanova
CSNL 10–4119,523

Game summariesEdit

West ChesterEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
West Chester 0 7 7 7 21
#15 Delaware 14 10 0 17 41
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 7:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:57
  • Game attendance: 18,823
  • Game weather: Clear, warm
  • Referee: Henry Winberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[14]
46–6–2 2011 W 28–17

Delaware StateEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Delaware State 0 7 7 0 14
#15 Delaware 7 21 3 7 38
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:03
  • Game attendance: 16,898
  • Game weather: Thunderstorms (50 minute delay at halftime)
  • Referee: Henry Winberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[18]
3–0 2011 W 45–0

BucknellEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Bucknell 0 3 0 0 3
#13 Delaware 3 3 10 3 19
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:31
  • Game attendance: 18,118
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Charles Lamertina
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[20]
22–11 1985 W 31–7

William & MaryEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#12 Delaware 10 17 21 3 51
William & Mary 0 7 7 7 21
  • Location: Williamsburg, Virginia
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:24
  • Game attendance: 10,601
  • Game weather: Rain (80 minute delay for lightning)
  • Referee: J. Winter
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[23]
21–15 2011 W 21–0

New HampshireEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#8 Delaware 7 0 0 7 14
#20 New Hampshire 0 0 14 20 34
  • Location: Durham, New Hampshire
  • Game start: 12:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:38
  • Game attendance: 7,058
  • Game weather: Overcast, damp
  • Referee: Bill Gosselin
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[25]
20–10 2010 W 16–3

MaineEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Maine 7 9 7 3 26
#16 Delaware 3 0 0 0 3
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:46
  • Game attendance: 21,506
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Jeff Gray
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[28]
23–8 2011 L 17–31

Rhode IslandEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Rhode Island 7 0 3 14 24
#25 Delaware 12 14 7 14 47
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 18,672
  • Game weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Bill Broadhurst
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[30]
19–8 2011 L 34–38

Old DominionEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#20 Delaware 7 10 3 6 26
#6 Old Dominion 7 14 7 3 31
  • Location: Norfolk, Virginia
  • Game start: 12:09 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 20,068
  • Game weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Tony Marcella
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[33]
1–0 2011 W 27–17

TowsonEdit

by Quarter1234

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Total
#19 Towson 7 7 6 7

<td>7</td>

34
#23 Delaware 0 10 7 10

<td>0</td>

27
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 12:06 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:31
  • Game attendance: 16,252
  • Game weather: Overcast, cold
  • Referee: Paul Zukis
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[36]
9–4 2011 W 35–30

RichmondEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Delaware 0 7 0 10 17
#20 Richmond 10 7 3 3 23
  • Location: Richmond, Virginia
  • Game start: 3:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 8,700
  • Game weather: Clear, sunny
  • Referee: Jack Winter
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[38]
20–8 2011 W 24–10

VillanovaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#16 Villanova 7 7 3 24 41
Delaware 7 3 0 0 10
  • Location: Newark, Delaware
  • Game start: 3:37 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 19,523
  • Game weather: Clear, cool
  • Referee: Henry Wimberg
Overall Record Last Meeting Result[41]
21–23–1 2011 W 26–16

Ranking movementsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

Sports Network 15 15 13 12 8 16 24 25 20 23 RV RV RV NR NR NR

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Coaches 14 15 14 12 8 15 22 22 16 20 RV RV NR NR NR NR

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