Local college notebook: DSU Red-White scrimmage Saturday at Dover High

Rod Milstead

Delaware State University football fans will have their first chance to see the squad under first-year coach Rod Milstead today.

The Hornets will close their spring camp with their annual Red-White scrimmage. The offense vs. defense scrimmage kicks off at 2 p.m. and will be played at Dover High this year.

Delaware State is coming off a 2-10 regular season in 2017. The Hornets hired Milstead, an alum and former NFL offensive lineman, to replace Kenny Carter earlier this year.

As it has been the last few seasons, the quarterback job is up for grabs. Three players have shared snaps during spring drills.

Keenan Black has the most experience and will have junior eligibility next year. He started the final five games of the 2017 season and finished with 13 touchdowns.

Jack McDaniels also started games last year as a true freshman. He will be a sophomore in the fall and is coming off a season where he passed for 1,139 yards and three touchdowns.

Nasir Boykins, who redshirted in 2017 as a freshman, is also in the mix.

Delaware State is welcoming back Mike Waters from injury. Waters, a junior running back, missed the last eight games of his sophomore season after setting a school record for most rushing yards by a freshman in 2016.

The Hornets also finalized their nonconference schedule.

They will play two Mid-American Conference opponents. DelState opens at Buffalo on Sept. 1 and travels to Western Michigan Sept. 15.

The Hornets have another road game in week two at Saint Francis, Pa. of the Northeastern Conference. Their only home game in the nonconference is the season finale against Virginia University of Lynchburg, Nov. 17.

Delaware State plays its first four games on the road before hosting North Carolina A&T on Oct. 6 for its home opener.

DSU seeking Hall of Fame nominations

Delaware State University is seeking nominations for its 2018 Athletics Hall-of-Fame class. Former DSU student-athletes who graduated or completed their eligibility prior to 2013 after completing at least two years of participation in one or more sports are eligible for consideration. Hall of Fame nominations are also being accepted for former Delaware State University coaches and administrators, as well as supporters of the university’s athletics program.

The 2018 DSU Athletics Hall-of-Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony is set for Nov. 16 in Dover. The new members will also be recognized at halftime of the Hornets’ football home finale against Virginia University of Lynchburg the following day.

Nominations for the 2018 hall-of-fame class will be accepted until June 1, 2018.

The DSU Athletics Hall-of-Fame was established in 1985. Since then, some 300 former athletes, coaches and administrators have been inducted.

Proceeds from the banquet provide assistance to Delaware State University athletics.

For more information, call the DSU Athletics Media Relations Department at (302) 857-6068.


• The University of Delaware’s Downstate Day is on tap today from 2-4 p.m. at Caesar Rodney High. UD student-athletes and coaches from various sports will be on hand with fun skills sessions slated for youngsters and a fan zone set up.

• Delaware’s baseball program unveiled its banner for winning the 2017 CAA championship before Friday’s home game.

• Former Polytech standout Juwan Gray is transferring from the University of San Diego men’s basketball program. Gray will need to sit out a season but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

• Wesley College football player Blake Roberts was named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society.

A nursing major and multiple-time Dean’s List at Wesley, Roberts carries a 3.32 grade-point average. An offensive lineman, he started in 24 career games.

• Delaware State sophomore bowler Alexis Neuer has been listed by the National Tenpin Coaches Association an All-America honorable mention, Last month, she became the first Hornet to capture the MEAC’s Bowler of the Year award. the national singles championship tournament as a freshman in 2017.
Neuer ranks 21st in the country with an overall average of 204.12.

• Former Wesley College women’s lacrosse player Laura (MacDougall) Jennings was inducted into the Northern California chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame.

At the time of graduation, Jennings was Wesley’s all-time points, goals and caused turnover leader. She currently ranks second in career goals (145), fourth in points (160) and eighth in caused turnovers (53).

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