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Schedule

FOOTBALL
Sep 16 - FINAL
Cornell (High School Band Day)
14
Delaware
Delaware
41
FOOTBALL
Sep 30 - FINAL
James Madison (Hall of Fame Weekend)
20
Delaware
Delaware
10
FOOTBALL
Oct 7 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
24
Stony Brook
Stony Brook
20
FOOTBALL
Oct 14 - FINAL
Wm. & Mary (Parents & Family Weekend/Youth Cheer/Twirler Day)
0
Delaware
Delaware
17
FOOTBALL
Oct 21 - FINAL
Richmond (Homecoming)
35
Delaware
Delaware
42
FOOTBALL
Oct 28 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
17
Towson
Towson
18
FOOTBALL
Nov 4 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
31
Maine
Maine
17
FOOTBALL
Nov 11 - FINAL
UAlbany
UAlbany
3
Delaware
Delaware
22
FOOTBALL
Nov 18 - FINAL
Delaware
Delaware
7
Villanova
Villanova
28
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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

AT DELAWARE
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.

2016 SEASON (GAME BY GAME STATISTICS)
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.

2015 SEASON (GAME BY GAME STATISTICS)
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.

2014 SEASON
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.

2013 SEASON
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.

2012 SEASON
Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility • played wide receiver on scout team.

HIGH SCHOOL
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.

PERSONAL
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.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year G/S Tackles (Solo)
Sacks/TFL
FR/FF
Int./PD
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)
2-15/2.5-25
1/4
2/7

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

 

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