VIDEO:Keeler says team played hard but losing not acceptable

By Don Voltz 3:28pm, November 5, 2012
Delaware football coach K.C. Keeler says his first thought on Saturday's overtime loss to Towson was how proud he was of his team for battling right to the end against one of the best teams in the CAA.

A re-evaluation of his thoughts on the game told him while he was pleased with how hard they played, they had a chance to win and it's not OK to accept losing at Delaware .

Keeler says the team has been in position to win the last two weeks, against Towson and Old Dominion, but just hasn't made the plays when they needed to.

However, the last two weeks have told Keeler, that in spite of all the injuries the team has had, they are capable of beating anyone, in spite of their 5-4 record.

Keeler says he's not naming any names, but last Saturday's game may have cost them another couple of linebackers due to injury...and as a result, they'll be taking only 21 or 22 defensive players to Richmond, compared with a normal 27 or 28 players on a normal road trip.

He still doesn't know if Andrew Pierce will be available at running back...if not, senior Leon Williams will be prepared to step in as a backup to Julian Laing at running back and to also pitch in at linebacker.

Keeler says Richmond has been impressive this year, with a 6-3 record, 4-2 in the conference, after going 0-8 in league play a year ago. He says the Spiders offensive line has given up just one sack all year along.

Keeler says he feels his team can still play at a high level, in spite of their injuries. And even though there will be no post-season for a second straight year...and 4 of the last 5 years, he says the seniors on this team will be playing for their legacy...meaning if they can pull off a 7-4 record with all the injuries they've had, it will be a great accomplishment.

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