Dover, Del. (Aug. 26, 2019) --- Delaware State has high hopes for its group of wide receivers and tight ends entering the 2019 season.
“I’m very impressed with how our well our receivers performed during heading into the season, ” said first-year receivers coach Milo Austin, a former West Virginia standout pass catcher who joined the Hornets last spring after three seasons at Morehead State in Kentucky. “The group is really come together as get closer to the season. The guys are putting in extra practice time on the field and the film room, while holding each other to high standard.”
Topping the list of returning wide receivers is Trey Gross (jr.; 6-4, 210), who led the Hornets in receiving yards (480) and touchdown catches (4), while ranking second on the team with 31 receptions in 2018. Gross, who tied for eighth in the MEAC in TD receptions last season, had career-highs of nine catches and 162 yards, to go along with two touchdowns in the Hornets’ week four contest at Norfolk State a year ago.
“Trey is a big target who can go up and get the ball,” said Austin. “He has really grown into his role as a leader of the unit. We’re expecting big things from him this season.”
Kwannah Kollie (jr; 6-0, 200) is second on the Hornets’ 2019 returners with 17 receptions for 168 yards and one touchdown in last season. Kollie is also among the MEAC’s top kickoff returners, averaging better than 23 yards an attempt, including a 93-yard touchdown in 2018.
“Kwannah quietly goes about his business, is extremely coachable and a willing blocker in our run game,” Austin said. “He’s a legitimate big-play threat.”
Veterans Jordan Hannah (jr.; 5-6, 170) and Kareem Davis (sr.; 5-7, 180) are also expected to factor in the Hornets’ 2019 passing game, while Austin also cited the play of newcomers Charles Peeler (r-jr.; 5-8, 175), Bizzett Woodley (fr.; 6-5, 200) and Corahn Alleyne (fr.; 5-10, 180).
Alleyne, brother of former Hornet standout Brycen Alleyne, combined for 3,106 yards rushing and 63 touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons at Delaware Military Academy.
The Hornets are also deep at tight end, where Isiah Williams (sr.; 6-2, 255) and Myles Beverly (jr.; 6-4, 245) are the top performers. Williams, a 2019 Preseason All-MEAC Third Team selection, had 12 catches for 97 yards and a touchdown as a junior in 2018.
Beverly, sidelined by injuries last season, has drawn raves from the coaching staff for his pass catching and blocking abilities.
The Hornets kick off the 2019 season on the road at First State rival Delaware on Thur. (Aug. 29). Game time is 7:00 p.m. in Newark.
DSU’s home opener is Sep. 14 vs. Lincoln (Pa.). The Faith and Community Day contest kicks off at 2:00 p.m. The Hornets’ annual homecoming contest is the following Saturday (Sep. 21) at 2:00 p.m. against Howard.