Dover, Del. (Apr. 14, 2018) --- The Delaware State football team, under new head coach and former Hornet great Rod Milstead, closed out spring drills with the annual Red/White offense vs. defense scrimmage at Dover High School on Saturday.
The offense had the upper hand, led by running backs Brycen Alleyne (sr.) and Mike Waters (r-so.), each with two long touchdown runs. Waters missed the final eight games of the 2017 season after rushing for a DSU freshman record 820 yards, including a 224-yard performance, as a true freshman in 2016.
Each of the five quarterbacks on the roster took snaps in the scrimmage. Keenan Black (jr.), who started the Hornets’ last five games, including their two wins in 2017, was first under center. Black also competed for the defense at the safety in the intra-squad event.
Jack McDaniels (so.), the starter in the first six games last season, along with Nasir Boykins (r-fr.), Shayne Smith (r-so.) and River Walker (r-fr.) also saw action in the scrimmage.
Hornet receivers Trey Gross (so.) and Kwannah Kollie (so.) were targeted most by the QBs, with each turning in solid performances. Last season as true freshmen, Gross was tied for second in the MEAC with seven touchdown catches on 27 total receptions (428 yards), while Kollie averaged 20.1 yards on 16 grabs (321 yards).
On defense, lineman Jacob Jones (sr.) recorded a sack and the unit tallied three tackles for loss in the scrimmage.
“Overall, I was pleased with the effort on both sides of the ball in the scrimmage,” said Milstead, a first-time collegiate head coach. “It was a good opportunity to evaluate the players and coaches in game-type conditions. We’ll continue evaluations throughout the rest of spring and summer and look to add some pieces before preseason camp begins in August.”
The Hornets will open the 2018 season at FBS Buffalo on Sep. 1. The home opener is Oct. 6 against defending MEAC champion North Carolina A&T.