"Disappointing year" says UD's Keeler

By Don Voltz 3:12pm, November 19, 2012 - Updated 3:14pm, November 19, 2012
In what might be considered an understatement, Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler called the just completed football season a disappointing year.

Keeler noted that in every loss, the Blue Hens were tied or within 7 points by the start of the 4th quarter...but in each case, the opponent either blew them out or Delaware couldn't come up with the big play they needed to win.

Delaware had a stretch of three games where they lost to ODU by 5 points, Towson by 7 in overtime and to Richmond by 6.

However, they also fell apart in the 4th quarter against New Hampshire and Villanova with their only conference wins coming against 1-7 William and Mary and 0-8 Rhode Island.

Keeler said he feels confident they'll rebound next year since 21 players will be coming back who started games this year...but he said it won't just happen, they need to do a lot of hard work.

Keeler said they'll still be young next year having played a large number of freshmen and sophomores this year due to injuries.

Keeler wouldn't comment on the staff and any possible changes...he was specifically asked about whether offensive coordinator Jim Hofher would be back and he said he was evaluating the staff and wouldn't make any announcements right away.

He did acknowledge the offense needed to be more creative, but also gave his quarterback, Trent Hurley, support. Hurley threw 10 touchdown passes but was intercepted 14 times.

Hurley was frequently under extreme pressure and the Blue Hens offensive line gave up a league-high 30 sacks on the season.

Keeler says an automatic rebound by his team next year isn't a given, but he believes with hard work, they can have a good season next year.

This year's team finished 5-6, the 3rd losing season under Keeler and second in the last 5 years. They also missed the playoffs for the 4th time in 5 years.

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