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Diante Cherry
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Diante Cherry 1685737
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 190
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: McCaskey
Major: Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters

Fifth-year senior who is the Blue Hens' top returning receiver • three-year starter • team's active career leader in receiving with 92 receptions for 908 yards (10.0 avg.) and four touchdowns • has played in 31 career games with 19 starts • also a threat out of the backfield as a runner and passer and can return punts • slot receiver with quick moves who is one of the fastest and most elusive runners on the team • needs 8 receptions to become 19th player in UD history to reach the 100-catch plateau • needs 92 yards receiving to become the 29th UD player with 1,000 yards • has completed all three of his career pass attempts for 58 yards and two touchdowns. 

Led team in receiving for the second straight year • caught 27 passes for 331 yards (12.3 average) and three touchdowns • caught a pass in every game except Towson • had season-highs of six receptions and 92 yards vs. James Madison • caught a touchdown pass from in each of the first three games of the season, including a 25-yard scoring catch from Joe Walker vs. Delaware State, a 35-yard scoring pass from Walker vs. Lafayette, and a six-yarder from Blake Rankin against Wake Forest • caught five passes for 56 yards vs. Richmond and caught four passes for 63 yards vs. Lafayette • was 2 for 2 for 36 yards and a touchdown as a passer, including a 21-yard scoring strike to running back Jalen Randolph vs. Towson and a 15-yard pass to Walker the following week against Albany • served with Jalen Kindle as game captains vs. Maine • caught four passes for 35 yards and a touchdown in Blue-White Spring game in May.

Team's leading receiver as a sophomore • second-year starter who played in nine games with eight starts, missing the North Carolina and William & Mary games with an injury • caught 30 passes for a team-high 294 yards and a 9.8 yard per catch average • accounted for 36 percent of the team's completions and 40 percent of the passing yardage • also rushed six times for 29 yards and returned five punts for 15 yards (3.0 avg./9th in CAA) • threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to running back Jalen Randolph off a fake in the season-opener vs. Jacksonville • reached career-highs with eight receptions for 78 yards vs. Villanova • had five catches for 68 yards vs. Jacksonville, including a 43-yard reception from Blake Rankin that was the team's longest pass play of the season • had four catches each vs. Albany and Elon down the stretch • Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week vs. Jacksonville • served as game captain vs. New Hampshire • named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Offensive Player for spring drills • threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Randolph and caught a pass for nine yards in Blue-White spring game in May.

Key member of Delaware receiving corps as a redshirt freshman • saw first career action after missing freshman year with an injury • played in all 12 games with five starts and caught 35 passes for 283 yards (8.1 avg.) and one touchdown • ranked No. 3 on team in receptions • also carried once for three yards vs. Pitt and returned two kickoffs for 23 yards (15 yards vs. James Madison and eight yards vs. Rhode Island) • caught season-high seven passes each vs. Sacred Heart and Rhode Island • had season-high 59 yards vs. Rhode Island, which included his first career touchdown reception • caught a pass in every game except Elon.

Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility • missed entire season with injury suffered in pre-season drills.

Played at McCaskey High School for head coach Robert Monzon and assistant coach Niquan Lee (former UD fullback) • first team All-State selection in 2011 • was named area Athlete of the Year in 2012 • two-time first team All-Lancaster Lebanon League and the league's Wide Receiver of the Year as a junior • selected to play in Pennsylvania East-West All-Star Game • school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yardage at McCaskey High School • versatile player who caught 38 passes for 748 yards and seven touchdowns, rushed for 316 yards and four touchdowns, and threw for 581 yards and six touchdowns as a senior • also an outstanding basketball player at McCaskey • basketball teammate of recent UD basketball swingman Devonne Pinkard.

Diante (“dee-ahn-tay”) Marquis Cherry • born Sept. 12, 1994 • son of Kyona and Kendrick Bowman • sociology major at Delaware.


Year G/S Receptions
2016 10/6 27 331 12.3  3  35
2015 9/8 30 294 9.8 0 43
2014 12/5 35 283
1 23
TOTALS 31/19 92 908 9.9 4 43


Year G/S Rush Attempts Yards
TD Long
2016 10/6 1 1 1.0 0 1
2015 9/8 6 33 4.8 0 19
2014 12/5 1 3
0 3
TOTALS 31/19 8 37
0 19


Year KOR Yards Avg. (Long)
PR Yards Avg. (Long)
2015 - - - 5 15 3.0 (12)
2014 2 23 11.5 (15)
- - -
TOTALS 2 23 11.5 (15)
5 15 3.0 (12)

Receptions: 8 vs. Villanova, 2015; 7 vs. Sacred Heart; Rhode Island, 2014

Receiving Yards: 92 vs. James Madison, 2016; 78 vs. Villanova, 2015

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