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Vinny Papale
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Vinny Papale 2236177
Position: Wide Receiver
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 210
Year: Senior
Hometown: Cherry Hill, N.J.
High School: Bishop Eustace
Major: Finance
Experience: 2 Letters

Fourth-year member of the squad as a senior • will add solid depth to the UD receiving corps and can also return punts • brings great versatility, production, and toughness to the lineup • honor student and a CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee.  

Played in all 11 games during the season and made his only start vs. Maine • caught 15 passed for a total of 178 yards over the course of the season • two best games came at opposite ends of the season, had two receptions for 37 yards in the opener vs. Delaware State, and four receptions for 70 yards in the season finale vs. Villanova • recorded a season long reception of 23 yards vs. Albany and Villanova • named CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee. 

Earned second letter as a sophomore wide receiver • started the first six games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury in Week 6 vs. William & Mary • caught three passes for 42 yards and returned three punts for 17 yards • caught two passes for 37 yards with a long reception of 26 yards vs. Maine and caught five-yard pass vs. Wake Forest • returned two punts for 10 yards in season opener vs. Delaware State • Blue Hen Touchdown Club Spring Co-Most Improved Player on Offense for spring drills • CoSIDA Academic All-American nominee • named to Colonial Athletic Association Academic All-Conference team.

Saw action as true freshman wide receiver but was limited due to injuries later in the season • one of just three true freshmen to see action on offense (WR Jamie Jarmon and TE Owen Tyler were the others) • saw action in five games as a wideout and punt returner • played vs. Lafayette, Villanova, William & Mary, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire • caught only pass of the year against Rhode Island, taking it for 28 yards • play was the fourth longest pass completion of the season for Delaware • also rushed for eight yards vs. Rhode Island • did not return a punt but had several fair catches • member of CAA Academic All-Conference team. 

Competed in football, lacrosse, and track & field at Bishop Eustace High School • three-year starter at wide receiver and two-year starter at defensive back for head coach Rob Cormier in football • team captain as a senior • led team to a share of the conference title in 2013 • three-time all-conference selection • earned first team all-conference honors at defensive back and second team honors at wide receiver in 2014 • second team All-South Jersey defensive back in 2014 • named to Super 100 Team by New Jersey Football Club Association • selected to represent New Jersey in the Aussie Bowl in Australia in 2014 • selected to play in the USA Football International Bowl vs. Canada in Arlington, Tex. and the Blue-Grey All-American Game in Tampa, Fla. • earned Mini Maxwell Award for excellence in academics, athletics, and community service • named to Touchdown Club of South Jersey All-Academic Team • as a senior played in just six games but caught 21 passes for 430 yards and six touchdowns, averaged 21.8 yards on 21 punt returns, and collected 20 tackles and three interceptions on defense • for his career, caught 64 passes for 985 yards (15.4 avg.) and 11 touchdowns, averaged 17.4 yards on 27 punt returns, averaged 25.0 yards on 15 kickoff returns, and registered 60 tackles and seven interceptions • lettered in indoor track as a sophomore in 2012 • three-year starter in lacrosse as an attackman and midfielder for Cormier • team won conference titles in 2013 and 2014 and advanced to the state quarterfinals in 2013 and semifinals in 2014 • set school single season scoring record as a junior • member of National Honor Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and Bishop Eustace Outreach.

Vincent Joseph “Vinny” Papale (“pa-pal-e”) • born Oct. 17, 1996 • honor student as a finance major at Delaware • enjoys surfing and video games in his spare time • aspires to become a Navy SEALas part of Bishop Eustace Outreach, took part in an eight-day service trip to New Orleans as part of ongoing Hurricane Katrina cleanup, served as a tutor with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Camden, N.J., and has worked with the homeless and developmentally and physically challenged citizens • son of Vince Papale and Janet Cantwell-Papale • has an older sister, Gabriella, who attends Syracuse University • father, Vince, ran track & field at Saint Joseph's (Pa.) University before earning a spot on the NFL Philadelphia Eagles (1976-78) as a special teams standout • his father's story inspired the Disney motion picture “Invincible” starring Mark Wahlberg • Vince currently works as a motivational speaker and author • mother was a member of the USA World Gymnastics Team and competed in diving at Penn State • she currently works in real estate.


Year G/S Receptions
2017 11/1 15 178 11.9 0 23
2016 6/6 3 42 14.0 0 26
2015 5/0 1 28 28.0 0 28
TOTALS 22/7 19 248 17.9 0 28

Receptions: 4 vs. Villanova, 2017
Receiving Yards: 70 vs. Villanova, 2017

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