By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Delaware Blue Hens are working through their first set of spring workouts under new head coach Dave Brock.
Brock is taking over for K.C. Keeler who was let go in January after eleven seasons at the helm.
“I think anytime there’s change, there is an adjustment period,” Brock tells KYW Newsradio. “Everybody is getting use to everybody, we’re trying to figure out what we can do best and what our players can do best and obviously they’re getting a feel for our coaching style and philosophy and how we want certain things done.”
Brock inherits a Blue Hens team that went 5-6 in 2012 and has 28 players back who have some starting experience.
“I think right now what we’re trying to do is identify playmakers on both sides of the ball,” Brock says. “Philosophically, I think about players not necessarily plays. So I’m trying to identify who are going to be the players who, for us, can affect the game the most. On offense, who needs to touch the ball the most? Who needs to touch the ball the second-most? What particular skill sets do we have? How physical are we? How fast are we? What are our strengths? Maybe sometimes the most important thing you can find out in these situations is maybe what you don’t do well, and you can stay away from it.
“And then defensively, we’re trying to coach an attitude,” Brock adds. “We’re trying to coach a culture of aggressiveness of getting after the quarterback, of being very, very aggressive in that area of the game. And special teams, we’re going to be really, really aggressive and we’re trying to get the players to understand that all of our best players will play special teams first and everything else second. The kids have done a great job buying in.”
Delaware will play its annual spring game on May 4th. Prior to that, they will hold a scrimmage on Saturday, Apr. 20 at Milford High School.
The Blue Hens open the 2013 season on Thursday night, August 29th, when they host Jacksonville.
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