College football preview: Widener University Pride

Matt Leon
August 22, 2018 - 11:56 am
Junior quarterback Sean McGaughey threw for 1,734 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Division III Widener University

Widener University Athletics

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Division III Widener University football team has enjoyed a lot of success under head coach Mike Kelly, and they should be a team to be reckoned with once again in 2018.

The Pride are coming off a 7-4 (7-2 in the Middle Atlantic Conference) season and Kelly is thrilled about the group he will get to coach this season.

"We've got really good young men here," Kelly said. "They're doing everything that they need to do in terms of in the classroom and what they did this winter spring and summer. We're starting to come together now."

Kelly broke down some of the strengths he sees on offense.

"Athletically in our receiving corps I really like what I'm seeing," he said. "We've got a quarterback (Sean McGaughey) that has 11 starts under his belt, and he's really starting to come into form in his junior year now. The offensive line, as long as we keep them healthy and keep them intact out there playing, I'm impressed with how they're progressing also."

On defense, Widener has a couple of outstanding playmakers leading the way in senior defensive lineman Vince Char and senior defensive back Jordan Powell. Char led the MAC last season with 24 tackles for loss and 14 1/2 sacks. Six of those sacks came in one game. Powell set an NCAA Division III record last season with six defensive touchdowns.

"They'll truly be impact players," Kelly says. "Then if people want to go away from them I think we've got answers away from them also."

Widener will open the 2018 season at home on Thursday, Aug. 30, hosting Rowan. Kelly thinks it's a great way to start the campaign.

"I think the Rowan-Widener game is really pretty special," he says. "Because we're only 45 minutes apart from each other, if that. We get tremendous crowds for it. They are always going to be a quality program, I think what (Rowan head coach) Jay Accorsi does there is terrific. It's a good challenge, it sets us up and it gives us a little bit of a barometer of how we're going to be able to compete in the Middle Atlantic Conference."

That Widener-Rowan game will kick off on the Aug. 30 at 7:37 p.m.

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