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2018 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football
FCS Playoffs First Round, L 6–20 vs. James Madison
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
Ranking
STATSNo. 21
FCS CoachesNo. 23
2018 record7–5 (5–3 CAA)
Head coachDanny Rocco (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorMatt Simon (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorChris Cosh (2nd season)
Home stadiumDelaware Stadium
(Capacity: 22,000)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 CAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
No. 4 Maine $^   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 James Madison ^   6 2         9 4  
No. 16 Stony Brook ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 20 Towson ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 24 Delaware ^   5 3         7 5  
No. 19 Elon ^   4 3         6 5  
Rhode Island   4 4         6 5  
William & Mary   3 4         4 6  
New Hampshire   3 5         4 7  
Villanova   2 6         5 6  
Richmond   2 6         4 7  
Albany   1 7         3 8  
† – Conference champion
^ – FCS playoff participant
Rankings from STATS FCS Poll

The 2018 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2018 NCAA Division I FCS football season. They were led by second-year head coach Danny Rocco and played their home games at Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. They are members of the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 7–5, 5–3 in CAA play to finish in a three-way tie for third place. They received an at-large bid to the FCS Playoffs, where they lost in the first round to James Madison.

Previous seasonEdit

The Fightin' Blue Hens finished the 2017 season 7–4, 5–3 in CAA play to finish in a tie for fourth place.

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Year Alma mater
Danny Rocco Head Coach 2nd Wake Forest (1984)
Matt Simon Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs 2nd Eastern New Mexico (1976)
Chris Cosh Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Backs 2nd Virginia Tech (1984)
Erik Campbell Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers 2nd Michigan (1988)
Bill Polin Recruiting Coordinator/Offensive Line 2nd Colby (2000)
Manny Rojas Inside Linebackers/co-Special Teams Coordinator 2nd Liberty (2007)
Clint Sintim Outside Linebackers/co-Special Teams Coordinator 2nd Virginia (2009)
Alex Wood Quarterbacks 1st Iowa (1978)
Kevin Reihner Offensive Assistant/Tight Ends 1st Stanford (2015)
Levern Belin Defensive Line 2nd Wake Forest (1991)
Nick Rapone Cornerbacks 8th Virginia Tech (1978)
Greg Meyer Recruiting Assistant/Offensive Quality Control 1st Buffalo State (2009)
Jalen Kindle Defensive Assistant 1st Delaware (2017)
Chris Stewart Strength & Conditioning 2nd Western Carolina (1998)
Carl Kotz Director of Football Operations 2nd Clemson (2003)
Felicia Bergman Director of Football Advising 2nd Colorado State (2009)
Tony Palmieri Video Coordinator 2nd North Florida (2009)
Jude Moser Administrative Assistant 9th

PreseasonEdit

CAA PollEdit

In the CAA preseason poll released on July 24, 2018, the Fightin' Blue Hens were predicted to finish in third place.[1]

Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 James Madison 241 (21)
2 New Hampshire 206 (2)
3 Delaware 182
4 Stony Brook 169
5 Elon 168 (1)
6 Villanova 164
7 Richmond 127
8 Maine 81
9 Albany 78
10 Towson 74
11 William & Mary 55
12 Rhode Island 39

Preseason All-CAA TeamEdit

The Fightin' Blue Hens had five players selected to the preseason all-CAA team.[1]

Offense

Kani Kane – RB

Charles Scarff – TE

Mario Farinella – OL

Defense

Tony Reeder – LB

Nasir Adderley – S

Award watch listsEdit

Award Player Position Year
Buck Buchanan Award[2] Nasir Adderley S SR
Buck Buchanan Award[3] Troy Reeder LB R-SR

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.Rhode IslandNo. 15CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveL 19–2117,945
September 83:30 p.m.Lafayette*
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
MASNW 37–012,781
September 153:30 p.m.Cornell*
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
BHAAW 27–1014,511
September 222:00 p.m.at No. 1 North Dakota State*ESPN+L 10–3818,883
October 63:00 p.m.at RichmondNBCS WAW 43–288,217
October 133:30 p.m.No. 5 Elon
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
NBCS PHILW 28–1619,209
October 203:30 p.m.at New HampshireNo. 24CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveW 38–1411,992
October 273:30 p.m.No. 10 TowsondaggerNo. 21
  • Delaware Stadium
  • Newark, DE
FCS/FSGOW 40–3614,593
November 33:30 p.m.at AlbanyNo. 13UAlbany Live Events[4]W 21–163,182
November 101:00 p.m.at No. 12 Stony BrookNo. 11CBSI Digital/CBS SportsLiveL 3–176,667
November 1712:00 p.m.VillanovaNo. 17
NBCS PHILL 21–4218,752
November 243:00 p.m.at No. 6 James Madison*No. 21ESPN3L 6–207,297
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from STATS Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time

[5]

Regular seasonEdit

Rhode IslandEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Rams 0 7 14 0 21
No. 15 Blue Hens 0 10 3 6 19




Overall record Last meeting Result
22–9 2015 L 0–20

This marks the first time Delaware opens with a conference game since 2007 (49–31 win at William & Mary).

LafayetteEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Leopards 0 0 0 0 0
Blue Hens 14 7 7 9 37




Overall record Last meeting Result
20–7 2016 W 19–9

CornellEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Big Red 3 0 0 7 10
Blue Hens 7 7 0 13 27




Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2017 W 41–14

at North Dakota StateEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Hens 0 0 0 10 10
No. 1 Bison 28 7 3 0 38




Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at RichmondEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Blue Hens 19 14 10 0 43
Spiders 7 3 6 12 28




Overall record Last meeting Result
21–11 2017 W 42–35

ElonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 5 Phoenix 7 3 6 0 16
Blue Hens 0 7 7 14 28




Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2015 W 14–10

at New HampshireEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 24 Blue Hens 10 7 14 7 38
Wildcats 0 7 0 7 14




Overall record Last meeting Result
21–12 2015 W 31–14

TowsonEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Tigers 5 13 10 8 36
No. 21 Blue Hens 0 6 21 13 40




Overall record Last meeting Result
11–8 2017 L 17–18

at AlbanyEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 13 Blue Hens 0 12 3 6 21
Great Danes 0 3 7 6 16




Overall record Last meeting Result
5–2 2017 W 22–3

at Stony BrookEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 11 Blue Hens 0 0 0 3 3
No. 12 Seawolves 0 3 7 7 17




Overall record Last meeting Result
1–1 2017 W 24–20

VillanovaEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 14 7 7 14 42
No. 17 Blue Hens 7 0 14 0 21




Overall record Last meeting Result
21–29–1 2017 L 7–28

FCS PlayoffsEdit

at James Madison–First RoundEdit

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Blue Hens 0 3 3 0 6
No. 6 Dukes 3 9 8 0 20




Overall record Last meeting Result
14–11 2017 L 10–20

Ranking movementsEdit

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

 

STATS FCS 15 RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 21 13 11 17 21

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Coaches 16 RV RV RV RV RV RV 25 21 16 12 18 23

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Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 60 Nasir Adderley S Los Angeles Chargers

ReferencesEdit

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