Hens to travel to No.6 Towson
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 21:10
With just four games remaining in the Delaware football team’s 2013 campaign, the Hens still have work to do if they hope to make the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
Speaking at his weekly press conference on Monday, head coach Dave Brock said the team still needs to be a little more steady throughout a game.
“We’ve got to be able to find a way to play a 60-minute game, not only well, but efficiently and cleanly,” Brock said. “We certainly need to do that going forward this Saturday night at Towson.”
Brock said the team is still having issues with players not having enough time to gain some in-game experience.
“We really have a strange dynamic here in that we have guys who have really played as much as they have practiced,” he said. “We usually have guys who have practiced more than they have played, but because of injuries and recent surgeries and all the other things that have gone on here in the past, you’re really playing with guys who have probably played as much as they’ve practiced, so the more they play, the better they’ll get.”
The Hens now look to face the Tigers, who grabbed a 48-32 victory at Richmond Saturday. Towson has a very strong offense, as junior running back Terrance West leads the nation in rushing with 1,412 yards rushing this season.
Brock said Towson has a strong belief in its offense, but the Hens will work to stop the run and achieve more on both offense and defense.
“Everybody on their roster, their coaches—everybody—they’ll be playing with great confidence, a great belief in their system, a great belief in what they’re doing and how they’re doing it, it gives you a little bit of a swagger, for lack of a better way of looking at it, they don’t lack for confidence,” he said. “I think the misconception a little bit is, because they are statistically so good offensively, that that’s what really drives the team, and the reality is that when you look at them, we look really at two statistics here, and try to determine who we want to handle. We look at stopping the run and running the ball.”
One player Brock spoke about was senior running back Julian Laing, who he said is flourishing both on and off the field. Laing has 298 rushing yards, the third-most on the team.
“He is working towards his degree,” he said. “Success will be valued when he has that degree and again I know he’ll finish his season strong for us and give us everything he’s got, but true success comes from success on the field and success socially, and then you get your degree.”
Laing said he is excited about the quality of the game Saturday night.
“Being a competitor and football player, you love challenges like these,” Laing said. “We have a great rivalry with Towson, ever since I’ve been here, it’s been a pretty good game, we’ve got a good match up, and it’s two good teams going at it. We’ve got the fight, we like to finish, we like to dominate the opponent, so I think it’ll be a great game.”
Another player Brock talked about was sophomore defensive lineman Josh Plummer. Brock said Plummer is maturing quickly and becoming a better student. Brock also said Plummer is a very funny comedian, as well as a talented singer, which Plummer proved by doing an acapella version of “My Girl” by The Temptations.
Plummer said he has confidence on the defense giving it his all this week in practice to prepare for the game.
“I feel like we’ll get in hard this week at practice, that’s going to bew the first thing,” Plummer said. “It’s about our process, it’s about working every single day, watching film, getting in, seeing tendencies from the [offensive] linemen, or whatever the case will be, like whether it’s our corners, or looking at receivers, or whatever the case may be. I feel that if everybody does their job, we’re going to be okay on defense, I feel like we’re going to be great.”