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Delaware senior Andrew Pierce (center) is flanked by award presenter Chip Taylor (left) and head coach Dave Brock (right)
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University of Delaware Football Seniors Honored at Annual Blue Hen Touchdown Club Banquet

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 02/01/2014
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NEWARK, Del -- University of Delaware football co-captains Andrew Pierce and Zach Kerr were the big winners Friday night as the seniors on the 2013 Blue Hen squad were honored at the annual Blue Hen Touchdown Club Awards Dinner at the Executive Banquet Center.

Pierce, a running back from Bridgeton, N.J. (Cumberland Regional High School) and Kerr, a defensive tackle from Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS), each earned three awards during the festive evening.

A large crowd was on hand to help honor the 18 seniors on the squad who teamed up to help lead the Blue Hens to a 7-5 record and a national Top 25 ranking during the 2013 campaign. Delaware head coach Dave Brock, who closed out his first season at the helm of the Blue Hens, was on hand to present the awards and to personally recognize each senior for his contributions to the program.

Family members of the seniors, as well as the senior student athletic trainers, managers, and operations assistants were also recognized at the banquet as were members of the UD athletics support staff.  

Pierce was named the Outstanding Senior on Offense and received the Captain’s Award and the Baker Taylor Award while Kerr was the recipient of the Outstanding Senior on Defense, Outstanding Senior Lineman, and Captains Awards. Kerr, an All-American, was not able to attend the ceremony as he is currently in Florida preparing for the National Football League Scouting Combined to be held later in February in Indianapolis.

Pierce, a health behavior science major and a two-time team captain, capped an outstanding career in 2013 when he rushed for 822 yards and 10 touchdowns and earned All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the fourth time. A two-time All-American, Pierce led the team in rushing all four years and finished his career with a school record 930 carries for 4,459 yards (No. 2 all-time at Delaware) and 44 touchdowns.

Kerr, a sociology major, enjoyed an outstanding season this past fall as he earned first team All-CAA honors and was named a second team All-American by The Sports Network and a third team All-American by Beyond Sports Network. In addition to being selected to take part in the NFL Scouting Combine, he played in the East-West Shrine Game earlier in January. He recorded 57 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, and 3.5 sacks in 2013.

In addition to Pierce and Kerr, eight other Blue Hen seniors were honored with specific awards. Cornerback Travis Hawkins (Quince Orchard/Rockville, Md.) shared the Outstanding Senior on Defense Award with Kerr; offensive guard Bobby Kennedy (Caravel/Newark, Del.) and center Brandon Heath (Henderson/West Chester, Pa.) shared the Outstanding Senior Lineman Award with Kerr; kicker Sean Baner (William Tennent/Southampton, Pa.) was named the Outstanding Senior Special Teams Player; wide receiver and punt returner Rob Jones (Ashwood/Tampa, Flan.) earned the Winnie Mayer Outstanding Senior End Award; running back Julian Laing (Timber Creek/Sicklerville, N.J.) and quarterback Trevor Sasek (Spring-Ford/Limerick, Pa.) were co-winners of the Unsung Hero Award; and wide receiver Mike Milburn (Demetra/Bowie, Md./at center in photo above) was honored with the Newark Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award as the senior with the highest cumulative grade point average.

Hawkins, a criminal justice major, was a three-year starter at cornerback and kick returner and was an All-CARA selection in 2011. As a senior in 2013, he ranked fifth on the team with 66 tackles, led the squad with four interceptions, and broke up four other passes. He also averaged 27.4 yards on nine kickoff returns and returned the opening kickoff vs. William & Mary 97 yards for a touchdown.

Baner, an operations management major, was a four-year regular on kickoffs and a three-year standout on placements. A 2011 All-CAA selection, he converted 43 of 48 extra point attempts and 6 of 11 field goal attempts in 2013. He kicked 39 career field goals to rank No. 2 all-time at Delaware and his 10 career field goals of 40 or more yards is a school record.

Kennedy, a criminal justice major, was a five-year team member who played in 29 career games and started the final 21 contests. He was a two-time All-CAA selection and helped Delaware rank among the CAA leaders in scoring offense and passing offense in 2013.

Heath, a history major, was a three-year starter who played in 48 career games and started the final 34 contests. He was a two-time All-CAA selection and helped Delaware rank among the CAA leaders in scoring offense and passing offense in 2013.

Jones, a history major, was a five-year letterwinner who earned first team All-CAA honors as a punt returner in 2013. He averaged 12.1 yards per return in 2013, including a touchdown return vs. Delaware State, and caught 43 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns. He caught 125 career passes for 1,558 yards and 13 touchdowns, ranking in the all-time Top 15 all-time at Delaware.

Sasek, a criminal justice major, was a part-time starter and a key backup throughout his career. He earned CAA Player of the Week honors this past season when he threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns in a 32-31 comeback win over national runner-up Towson. He threw for 1,089 yards and five touchdowns in 20 career games with five starts.

Laing, a history and Black American Studies major, was Delaware’s No. 2 running back the last two season behind Pierce after transfering from Lackawanna (Pa.) Junior College. He ranked No. 2 on the team in rushing in 2013 with 363 yards and three touchdowns and finished his career with 820 yards and six touchdowns.

Milburn, a communications major, posted the highest cumulative grade point average among all UD seniors with a 3.3 mark. He was a three-time Academic All-American nominee, a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete of the Year semifinalist in 2013, and a four-time member of the CAA Academic Honor Roll. He caught 33 career passes for 445 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

Others seniors who were honored Friday night were tight ends Malcolm Bush (Hackensack/Englewood, N.J.) and Sam Feleccia (La Salle/Ambler, Pa.), wide receiver Joe Furlong (Audubon/Audubon, N.J.), long snapper Eddie Herr (Elkton/Elton, Md.),  offensive tackle Erle Ladson (Cardinal Hayes/Bronx, N.Y.), and defensive linemen Alex Pihakis (Canon-McMillan/Bridgeville, Pa.), Irv Titre (Dwyer/Riviera Beach, Flan.), and Troy Catalano (Glen Ridge/Glen Ridge, N.J.).

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