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Simba Gwashavanhu
Player Profile:
Simba Gwashavanhu 920198
Position: Defensive Back
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 205
Year: Redshirt Senior
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Md.
High School: Gaithersburg
Major: History & Sociology
Experience: 3 Letters

Fifth-year team member who was a part-time starter and a key part of the UD defensive secondary and special teams unit • played in 31 career games with 12 starts and registered 93 tackles (59 solo) • had 2.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss to go with four forced fumbles, two interceptions, and seven pass breakups • rallied to become a key player for the Delaware defensive unit after several injury-plagued seasons • athletic, hard-hitting safety with good size • was one of 10 seniors on the squad.

Had a solid senior season with the Blue Hens as he played in nine games and started the final three contests at safety • missed the Maine and William & Mary games at mid-season • key backup for beginning of season before moving into starting role late in the year • registered 38 tackles (24 solo) to rank sixth on the team • posted 25 tackles over the final three games, including a career-high nine in his college finale vs. Villanova and eight each against Albany and Richmond • had a sack for 14 yards vs. Albany • had three pass breakups on the season.

Played a key role in secondary and on special teams as a junior • backup strong safety behind Ray Jones, saw action in nickle defenses, and covered kicks on special teams • saw action in 10 games • did not play in season opener vs. Jacksonville • recorded 25 tackles, including 14 solo stops, and tied for team lead with two interceptions (ranked 12th in CAA at 0.2 per game) • also had two pass breakups and recovered a fumble • had career-high six tackles vs. Albany and added four against North Carolina • intercepted passes in consecutive games vs. New Hampshire and Towson at mid-season, becoming just second player since 2001 to accomplish feat • recovered a fumble vs. Lafayette • Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week vs. Albany • part of a
unit that ranked No. 5 in the Colonial Athletic Association and 24th in the NCAA in total defense (329.2) and was No. 3 in scoring defense (20.5/22nd in NCAA) • chosen to carry out the U.S. Flag vs. Towson.

After suffering through injuries his first two seasons, finally got on the field as a sophomore and made a strong impact for UD defense • following a strong spring, played in all 12 games and started contests vs. Sacred Heart, Elon, and New Hampshire • recorded 30 tackles, including 21 solo stops, and added three forced fumbles and five pass breakups • led team in forced fumbles and was third in pass breakups • had career-high five tackles each vs. James Madison and New Hampshire and had four in collegiate debut vs. Pitt to earn Blue Hen Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week honors • forced fumbles vs. Pitt, Delaware State, and Sacred Heart • helped unit rank No. 4 in the CAA in pass defense, allowing 197.2 yards per game.

Did not see action as a redshirt freshman due to an injury suffered in spring drills • switched over from wide receiver to safety in spring prior to the injury.

Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility • played wide receiver on scout team.

Standout wide receiver and defensive back at Gaithersburg High School for head coach Kreg Kephar • consensus All-State performer as a senior, earning first team Big School honors • earned second team All-Metro honors by the Washington Post as a senior • started at wide receiver in Maryland Crab Bowl Game.

Simbarashe "Simba" Gwashavanhu ("gwash-uh-vahn-who") • born Jan. 17, 1994 in Zimbabwe • also lived for a period of time in China • son of Wilbert and Ruth Gwashavanhu • one of five children • history and sociology major at Delaware.


Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
2016 9/3 38 (24) 1.0-14/1.5-14 0/1 0/3
2015 10/4 25 (14) 1-9/1-9 1/0 2/2
2014 12/3 30 (21) 0-0/0-0 0/3 0/5
Totals 31/12 93 (59)

Tackles: 9 vs. Villanova, 2016
Interceptions: 1 vs. New Hampshire, Towson, 2015


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