By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The 13th-ranked Delaware Blue Hens will look to stay undefeated on Saturday as they host Bucknell out of the Patriot League.
So far the Blue Hens have relatively easy wins over West Chester and Delaware State to their credit, but K.C. Keeler says they aren’t yet a finished product.
“Well, we have a long way to go, that’s what I’ve learned,” Keeler tells KYW Newsradio. “I think our quarterback’s (sophomore Trent Hurley) played pretty well for his first two games. I think we have pretty good skill players on the perimeter. Unfortunately, we just lost our top two in Nihja White with a slight knee injury, we’ll probably get him back next week, and Rob Jones with a broken foot. He might be out for the year.”
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Keeler says it is tough when you lose two high quality seniors like White and Jones, but he thinks they have guys ready to step in and play at a high level.
“(Redshirt freshman) Jerel Harrison stepped up last week, had three catches, one for a big first down and two for touchdowns.
“We are as deep as any team in the country at wide receiver. I think we can go six or seven deep and still have pretty good quality players out there.”
Bucknell comes into this game fresh off a season opening 19-17 win over Marist and Keeler is looking forward to the match-up.
“We know that this is a team that’s going to be a little more comparable to us, so it’s going to be a better test, so we’ll see where we are.”
Keeler says there are a lot of personal connections for him with this Bucknell staff.
“I think (Bucknell head coach) Joe Susan is a terrific football coach. He coached me here at Delaware, he was my freshman coach. He’s been a friend for a long time, assistant head coach at Rutgers. Bryan Bossard, their offensive coordinator, is one of my former coaches. He was my wide receivers coach here. So they are very well coached. Very disciplined.”
Delaware and Bucknell will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
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