DSU’s Obado growing into QB position

 

DOVER — Kenny Carter and his staff threw a lot of things at Esayah Obado this preseason camp.

Esayah  Obado

Esayah
Obado

And with Delaware State’s final scrimmage on Saturday, Carter was excited to see his projected starter has retained a lot of the staff’s coaching.

“He’s getting better everyday,” Carter said. “We have to put him in situations to continue to pressure him. How our defense operates creates a lot of drama for him. Down the road, that’s going to clean up his play because he would have seen everything.”

Obado’s scrimmage was highlighted by a touchdown pass and his play in third-and-long situations.

The two-hour practice wasn’t a traditional scrimmage. It was designed to mimic possible game situations.

The best one for Obado was when the first-string offense had four reps on a third-and-eight. He completed four passes and got the first down three times.

The one time he did not pick up the first down was a seven-yard completion to Lake Forest High product Morris Frasier.

“That was a good situation for us,” Carter said of the third-and-longs. “We had some guys making some good plays for us. It’s great to see receivers making their breaks and coming open to make the catches.”

Obado’s touchdown was to freshman Brycen Alleyne during a red zone drill.

The redshirt junior was named the No. 1 quarterback by Carter after his performance in the Spring Game. So far, Obado has held onto that spot.

Obado said he was most pleased with the pace that the offense moved at on Saturday as they are trying to learn the new up-tempo offense in Carter’s first season.

“He always talks about how we can’t move slow in practice,” Obado said. “When we got out here, we were always snapping the ball with like 24 seconds on the play clock. I think that’s the thing we most improved on.”

Obado’s favorite target was Nagee Jackson — a former running back who is transitioning to tight end and will also play fullback on occasions.

Jackson caught five passes including two receptions that went for more than 25 yards thanks to his long runs after the catch.

“Nagee is a physical, big guy with running back feet,” Obado said. “He can definitely win those battles with the linebackers and he has reliable hands.

Running backs Jamaal Jackson and Dae-Hon Cheung each had a 50-yard touchdown run when the Hornets lined up to run plays from midfield.

The one negative for the offense was five turnovers, including two interceptions thrown by Obado. Mark Flakes and Gary Melton Jr. grabbed interceptions for the defense while Will Burton recovered a fumble and returned it for a score.

Carter chose to look at the turnovers as a positive for how well the defense played.

“You never want to turn the ball over but it’s part of our plan to win defensively,” he said.

Nick Nelson had a pair of sacks for the defense.

Overall, Carter thinks his team is in a good place.

“We threw the ball and caught the ball a lot better today,” Carter said. “It’s where we need to be going into the first week of school.”

 

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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