The Delaware Blue Hens will begin their football season tonight at LaValle stadium up in Long Island, New York. The Hens finished off 2022 with a 7-4 regular season record and a trip to the round of 16 of the FCS playoffs before losing to eventual National Champion South Dakota State. This season Delaware will look to get back to the playoffs but will have to do so with some new names.
Delaware heads into tonight’s matchup with a fair share of new faces on all sides of the ball. The Blue Hens will only return 2 starters defensively, a few more on offense and a completely brand new group of legs on Special Teams. The first test comes against the Stony Brook Sea Wolves, a team that has Delaware’s number at home in Long Island, winning two of the last three. The Sea Wolves are coming off a 2-9 season, the worst in the last 24 seasons.
The biggest question mark for the Delaware Blue Hens entering tonight’s matchup is the Quarterback position. Delaware native Nolan Henderson called it a career for the Hens after the conclusion of last season, after breaking numerous records during his tenure at Delaware. Will it be the Red Shirt Sophomore Ryan O’Conner, who we saw late in some games in relief of Nolan Henderson? Or will it be the transfer from Iowa Central Community College Zach Marker? Coach Carty says both will play and hasn’t named a starter ahead of the matchup.
Last season Delaware kicked off the season on the road in Annapolis with a 14-7 win over FBS Navy. This season it will be a short travel week with conference opponent Stony Brook. The Delaware Blue Hens will get the season started tonight at 7 pm on 94.7 WDSD-FM and streamed live on Flosports.
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