September 4, 2014


DOYLESTOWN (PA) – The Delaware Valley College football team, under new head coach Duke Greco, will open the 2014 season on Saturday, September 6 when the Aggies travel to Montclair State University for a non-conference game. Kickoff at Sprague Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

Delaware Valley and the Red Hawks have not met on the gridiron since the 2000 season opener when the host Aggies went for the two-point conversion and the win in overtime, but a pass was deflected away and they dropped a 14-13 decision. Ironically, the quarterback for Delaware Valley that afternoon was Greco, who was making his debut under center as a junior.

Greco went on to post solid numbers in his final two collegiate years and was an all-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) honoree in 2001. He then moved into the coaching ranks with his alma mater, including the last eight years as the offensive coordinator. Those eight years has seen the squad capture four MAC championships, make three trips to the NCAA Division III playoffs (second round each time) and win a pair of Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Atlantic Bowl titles.

Last year, Delaware Valley reached the postseason for the sixth consecutive year as the Aggies made an appearance in the ECAC Southeast Bowl. They finished the year with a 7-4 overall record, including a 6-3 mark in the MAC. The three conference setbacks were by a combined 13 points, including two contests that went to overtime.

Leading the group of returnees is three-year starter and three-time all-MAC quarterback Aaron Wilmer. Delaware Valley is 25-7 in the 32 games that Wilmer has been under center. Last year, Wilmer took the field in nine games and completed 153 of 269 passes for 2,113 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed 101 times for 366 yards and three trips to the end zone.

Wilmer's favorite target from last year is back in fellow senior Rasheed Bailey. Bailey posted career numbers in 2013 as he caught 51 passes for 977 yards and eight trips to the end zone, en route to first-team, all-MAC accolades.

Three other wideouts who saw significant time in 2013 return in senior Danny Lopez, junior Bobby Martarella and sophomore Tyler Bing. Lopez caught 10 passes for 138 yards while Martarella hauled in nine balls for 109 yards and three touchdowns. Bing had 10 grabs for 79 yards and also rushed 23 times for 97 yards and one touchdown.

Senior Max Stella was an all-conference pick at tight end last year as he caught 11 passes for 93 yards and one touchdown and also paved the way for the team's running game with his blocking.

Three-time all-conference and two-time all-region selection Kyle Schuberth has graduated after finishing as the school's second all-time leader in rushing yards (3,764), rushing touchdowns (45) and total touchdowns (46). Senior Chris Smallwood, who transferred in from Division II West Chester prior to last season, has the edge for the starting role. Last season, he carried the ball just 30 times, but netted 148 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 11 passes out of the backfield for 108 yards and one score.

Two starters are back up front for Delaware Valley in junior Josh Wallace and senior Rodney Linder. Wallace was a first-team all-MAC and all-ECAC selection last year as the 6-foot-4, 285-pounder started all 11 games at left guard. He is expected to move to left tackle this year. Linder (6-0, 285) started every contest at right guard for the second straight year in 2013.

Defensively, just one starter from last year is back in the secondary, but that returnee is first-team all-MAC and all-ECAC strong safety Danny Wynne. After posting just 22 tackles as a freshman in 2012, Wynne led the way with 112 tackles last year, including 68 solo stops. He also had three pass beaks, two forced fumbles, one interception and one blocked kick.

Junior Rashaad Lighty moved from linebacker to defensive end last year, but is back at his familiar position in '14. He notched 43 tackles and three sacks up front. Frank Law moved into a starting linebacker position at the tail end of his freshman season and he returns as well. Law had 37 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles for the year.

Senior Quinton Bryant is the lone returnee up front after the nose guard recorded 44 tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery a season ago.

Two-time all-conference placekicker Brandon Snyder is back for his senior campaign. Last year, he hit nine of 15 field goal attempts, including the game-winning, 25-yarder with no time remaining at Albright. Snyder was also 40-for-43 on extra-point attempts for 67 points.


The Red Hawks posted a 4-6 record in 2013, including a 3-4 mark in the always competitive New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). They ended the season strong with wins in three of their last four contests.

Last year, Delaware Valley and Montclair State had two common opponents in eventual NCAA qualifiers Rowan University and Lebanon Valley College. The Aggies opened the year by coming behind to defeat Rowan, 35-27, while they dropped a 34-31 overtime decision to Lebanon Valley. Meanwhile, the Red Hawks dropped decisions to both foes (15-14 in the season opener to Lebanon Valley and 48-14 to Rowan).

Montclair State was picked third behind national powers Rowan and Cortland State in the NJAC preseason coaches' poll. The '14 edition is an experienced unit beginning under center with junior quarterback Ryan Davies. Davies started all 10 games last year and completed 115 of 222 passes for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns.

Sophomore Malcolm Robinson and junior Clinton Coffey are the top returners at wide receiver. Robinson hauled in 11 passes for 405 yards and three touchdowns while Coffey had 26 grabs for 187 yards and two scores.

Running back Denzel Nieves is coming off a strong freshman campaign that saw him carry the ball 92 times for 585 yards (6.2 avg) and six trips to the end zone.

On the defensive side of the ball, the Red Hawks permitted just 21.2 points per game last year. Heading the returnees is senior cornerback All-American C.J. Conway. Conway was a second-team choice last year and a first-team preseason pick this season. He had 59 tackles, 15 pass breakups and one interception a season ago.

Another member of the Montclair State secondary, strong safety Bill Shimko is back after 46 tackles and one sack as a sophomore in 2013.