Delaware travels to Richmond Saturday for CAA clash

Matt Leon
October 03, 2018 - 8:49 pm
Delaware senior wide receiver Joe Walker

Mark Campbell/University of Delaware Athletics


RICHMOND, Va. (KYW Newsradio) — The University of Delaware football team returns from a bye this week to visit the Richmond Spiders in a Colonial Athletic Association battle.

Delaware is 2-2 (0-1 CAA) and last played on Sept. 22 when the Blue Hens lost to No. 1 North Dakota State, 38-10 out in Fargo. Head coach Danny Rocco said the week off came at a good time.

"Obviously coming off the defeat up at North Dakota State, (the bye) gave us a chance to take a step back and kind of regroup, circle the wagons and move forward," he said. "We got a lot done. I think our players are excited to get back out and compete, get back into CAA play. Really think this should be a really exciting game down here at Richmond this weekend."

Richmond is 2-3 on the season (0-2 CAA). The Spiders have struggled as of late, losing their last two games to CAA opponents Stony Brook and James Madison by a combined score of 99-20.

"I see them as a talented team," Rocco said. "It's a talented team that right now is just not playing real well. Same thing can be said about my team. I've got a very talented team. We've yet to play our best ball, that's for sure. Both teams, I think, are looking for that formula to put it all together. That's something that we certainly need to do here on Saturday."

This one will have extra meaning for Rocco, as it will be his first game coaching in Richmond since leaving the Spiders to take over the Blue Hens two years ago.

"I've been on that home sideline there a number of times having been the head coach there for five seasons," he said. "So it'll be very unique. It's a very unique experience and it's an emotional time for a coach to go back and coach against his old team, his old players in an environment (where) he's got a lot of relationships. 

"My family, my wife and I have a lot of friends in the community, a lot of supporters and friends at the university. But when it comes right down to it, the focus is and always will be on the student-athletes and the preparation and the process that goes into the preparation."

Last year, Delaware beat Richmond in Newark in double overtime, 42-35.

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