DSU receiving group young but promising

DOVER — The Delaware State University football team will begin its season missing its top two wide receivers from last year.

But coach Kenny Carter doesn’t think there will be a dropoff at wide receiver. He thinks the Hornets should be better than a year ago.

“Actually I think we improved ourselves at wide receiver with the guys that we signed,” Carter said. “Those guys have done nothing but make plays.”

The Hornets graduated Aris Scott, who led the receivers in touchdown last year with four and averaged 48.5 yards per game. They also are without Mason Rutherford, who led the team with 51.3 yards a game last year, and is out indefinitely with an injury.

That means sophomore Fatu Sua-Godinet is the top receiver now. Sua-Godinet broke out toward the end of last season and finished with 19 catches for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Hornets wide receiver Fatu Sua-Godinet broke out toward the end of last season and finished with 19 catches for 287 yards and a pair of touchdowns. (Photo courtesy of DSU Athletics)

Sua-Godinet is surrounded by guys who either didn’t play at all last year or played sparingly.

“It’s just different because of the fact that I’m already in a leadership role,” Sua-Godinet said. “We’ve got a lot of freshmen coming in and have to get them on the same page as us. Other than that it’s just the same thing, working hard to be the best team we can be.”

The No. 2 wide receiver is currently Taronn Selby, a local product out of St. Georges. The junior didn’t see much action the last two seasons — he caught just one pass last year for 22 yards — but Carter said he is ready to become a starter.

The other wideout back from last season is sophomore Jordan Hannah. Like Selby, Hannah caught only one pass in 2016 and saw action in eight games.

There will be plenty of freshmen sprinkled in with that group. Angelo Gonzalez is likely slated to be the fourth wide receiver while Michael Credle (Glasgow High), who broke the Blue-Gold senior all-star game reception record in June, could also see time.

Carter pointed out Gonzalez as a type of player DelState has been missing over the last few seasons.

“The kid doesn’t care where the ball is thrown,” Carter said. “His ball skills, his competitive nature, he’s special. He gives us something we’ve never had at that position. But he’s a freshman so you never know what’s going to happen with those guys.”

The Hornets also go three-deep at tight end, a position they started to focus on more last season.

Isaiah Williams will be the first-string tight end. He had 13 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns a year ago. He’s joined by freshman Tyreek Booker out of Newark High and freshman Tim Smith.

For DelState to improve on last year’s winless record, the receivers know they will have to step up.

“As a receiving core it’s just working on the little things,” Sua-Godinet said. “Making sure we’re getting in and out of our routes and working on our hands.

“We’re tired of the losing and are trying to change things. Everyone has a different mindset.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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