By Matt Leon
NEWARK, Del. (CBS) — The Delaware Blue Hens are 3-0 as they head on the road to open CAA play Saturday, paying William and Mary a visit.
The Blue Hens latest win was a 19-3 victory over Bucknell in Newark last weekend. That one was a grind and Delaware head coach K.C. Keeler thinks his team will be better for having gone through it.
“It was good to see our kids respond in a tight game and you have to feel good about going into the CAA that we got one of those games under our belt, because guess what … every week is going to be like this now playing in CAA competition.”
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William and Mary comes into this game a very uncharacteristic 0-3, but Keeler says that record is deceiving.
“This is a team that is points away from being 3-0 (the three losses are by a total of seven points). (Tribe head coach) Jimmye Laycock does such a great job, I’m sure he has those kids focused and they are a little bit like a wounded animal now. Boy they are going to be coming out fighting and clawing. So our kids are smart enough to know, being in this conference as long as a lot of our veterans have been in, that this is going to be very a tough competition.”
As for what he expects from William and Mary in this one.
“They’re going to try and run the ball at us. Jimmye Layock is notorious for charting himself during a game and he likes to stay 50/50. But this is a team that he has, I think he wants to establish the run first. That’s what we have to do, we have to stop their run game.”
The Blue Hens are holding opponents to just over 116 yards a game on the ground so far this season.
Delaware and William and Mary kick-off at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday night.
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