Coach Carter: Hornets are ‘right on course’

Hornet running back Alex Tittle bursts through the line for a gain in the team’s scrimmage Saturday. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

Delaware State University football coach Kenny Carter says the Hornets are “right on course” following the team’s second preseason scrimmage at Alumni Stadium on Saturday morning.

The 100-play offensive vs. defense scrimmage focused on various game situations, including short yardage, long field, red zone, third down and overtime.

“I’m most pleased with the physicality and intensity on both sides of the ball,” said Carter, in his third year as head coach of the Hornets. “There were some good battles at the point of attack today, with both the offensive and defensive lines making their share of impressive plays.”

Freshman Jack McDaniels and sophomore Keenan Black shared the quarterback duties during second scrimmage. The pair had an equal number of plays with the first and second string offensive units.

Carter indicates he’ll likely wait until the week of the season opener at Delaware on Aug. 31 before announcing his starting quarterback.

“Jack and Keenan are both good athletes and becoming more comfortable in our system each day,” Carter said. “Each has a skill set that fits our system. The competition has been healthy for both players, along with the rest of the offense.”

Quarterback Jack McDaniels drops back and checks downfield for an open receiver in Saturday’s scrimmage.. (Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

The running back trio of Brycen Alleyne, Mike Waters and Nyfease West handled the bulk of the carries during the scrimmage. Each had big yardage plays, by the run or pass, in the scrimmage.

Quarterback Keenan Black looks to pass Saturday. ( Special To The Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh)

“I’m excited about the potential for our running game this season,” Carter said. “Each of those backs possess big play ability and our young offensive line has made good progress throughout camp. The ability is there, in the backfield and along the line. It’s now a matter of staying focused and continuing to improve our execution.”

The Hornet defense was most effective against the pass, while also forcing a couple of turnovers in the scrimmage. The defensive front seven was singled out by the Hornet head coach for its play during preseason camp.

“The front line and linebackers are the most physical we’ve had since I arrived.” Carter said. “Guys like Ulises De Los Santos, (Towson transfer) Caleb Hebron and Damon Atwater-Stephens up front, along with linebackers Malik Harris and Brian Cavicante have set the tone for the aggressive play of our defense this preseason.”

After the 2017 opener at Delaware, the Hornets will visit Hampton (Friday, Sept. 8) and West Virginia (Saturday, Sept. 16) before playing their first home game on Saturday, Sept. 23 against Norfolk State.

DSU schedule

Aug. 31 at Delaware, 7 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Hampton, 7 p.m.

Sept. 16 at West Virginia, Noon

Sept. 23 Norfolk St., 2 p.m.

Oct. 7 at NC A&T, 1 p.m.

Oct. 14 Howard, 2 p.m.

Oct. 21 SC State, 2 p.m.

Oct. 28 at NC Central, 2 p.m.

Nov. 4 at Savannah St., 5 p.m.

Nov. 11 Morgan St., 2 p.m.

Nov. 18 at Florida St., TBA

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