Brock preparing Hens for crucial road matchup
Published: Monday, October 21, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 21, 2013 21:10
Coming off a bye week, the Delaware football team looks forward to the final stretch of five games, starting with a match-up at Rhode Island Saturday at 12 p.m. While the team had Monday off as usual, the Hens are still going to get ready for the game throughout the week.
Head coach Dave Brock said at his weekly press conference Monday that the previous practices have been strong.
“I thought we had a really, really good bye week,” Brock said. “We came in on Sunday and worked and had a good day and then the players had off on Monday and Tuesday. We had light but productive practices on Wednesday and Thursday. The players did really did a good job. We were able to look at some things as a coaching staff on Monday and Tuesday, evaluate maybe what we were doing well, maybe some things we weren’t doing so well, and what we wanted to either minimize or eliminate going forward.”
Although the team is dealing with various injuries and suspensions, Brock said, the team is healthy as it can be, and Tuesday’s practice will have every player that can play giving it their all.
Brock said his one concern is that there are a couple players in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game who have not seen much practice or game time, but college football is a training ground for all types of conditions.
“College football, at its core, is about player development, and we have to develop players over time and the only way you can do that is with practice and with competition,” he said. “In the back end, we’re playing a number of guys who even though they’re playing a lot, they’re very inexperienced players, they haven’t been in every situation, so the more they practice, the more they play, the better we anticipate that they’ll do.”
Delaware has been chosen as Rhode Island’s Homecoming Game, Brock said. Last weekend, the Rams failed to find the end zone against Richmond but converted four field goal attempts to emerge with a 12-10 victory.
Brock said he is not counting the Rhode Island game as a sure victory just yet, as Rams head coach Joe Trainer has made his team very resilient.
“I think those guys play very, very hard, they’re certainly buying into what Joe’s selling,” he said. “They played a tough, tough game against New Hampshire the previous week, it got out of hand at the end, they scored some late points, so it was a tough loss for them. To watch them come back and battle and play like they did, it was a terrific effort.”
Sophomore wide receiver Jerel Harrison echoed Brock’s sentiments and said he believes the Rams are a very tough team.
Overall, Harrison said, he and the rest of the team were glad for the bye because it gave them a chance to catch their breath before the final stretch.
“As a team, we’re more relaxed and ready,” Harrison said. “We see our goal, and we can achieve it, we just have to go 1-0 each week.”