UD coach Brock assesses first season

By Don Voltz 8:00pm, November 25, 2013
VIDEO: Dave Brock's final weekly press conference
Delaware first year head football coach Dave Brock says the 2013 season was a disappointment...ending Saturday with a 35-34 loss to Villanova and three straight losses, keeping them from the FCS post-season.

Brock says a pattern developed the last three weeks....and not a good one, with the Blue Hens losing to William and Mary, Richmond and Villanova, the last two coming on defensive collapses.

Brock re-emphasized that college football is all about player development, and while he said many players developed well on offense, that wasn't the case on defense. He said the reason for that was so many of the defensive players had little to no experience playing at Delaware.

As a result, he says it's premature to find a particular area of blame for the defense's shortcomings, although he said he would evaluate everything and wouldn't be hesitant to make any change if necessary.

Brock said he takes the responsibility for the team not able to finish off games and he'll look to see why that was so difficult for this team.

As far as next year, Brock said he has a lot of solid building blocks on offense from quarterback Trent Hurley to wide receiver Michael Johnson to tight end Nick Boyle. On the other hand, he says there are a lot of areas where the roster is out of balance, citing running back, linebacker and the offensive line.

However, Brock says he doesn't want to call it a rebuilding year, saying there isn't anything that recruiting can't fix.

Brock said because of the roster issues, he'll have to take some transfers, although that isn't his preferred way of doing things. He says his goal is to get some great recruits, mostly from the Mid-Atlantic region, and develop them.

Overall, Brock said it was a disappointing year because the primary goal, to make it to the FCS playoffs, wasn't realized.

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