Captains Jalen Randolph, Ryan Torzsa Big Winners at Blue Hen Touchdown Club Senior Banquet
Photo Below: Jalen Randolph (left), Ryan Torzsa, and the Newark Elks Club's Valerie Huot
NEWARK, Del. -- University of Delaware football co-captains Jalen Randolph and Ryan Torzsa, who each excelled both on the field and in the classroom throughout their careers with the Blue Hens, were the big winners Sunday night at the annual Blue Hen Touchdown Club Award Banquet at UD’s Clayton Hall.
A large crowd was on hand to help honor the 14 seniors on the squad who concluded their careers as Blue Hens this fall. Delaware interim head coach Dennis Dottin-Carter and each of the team’s assistant coaches were 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 trainer and managers, were also recognized at the banquet as were members of the UD athletics support staff.
Special season and senior highlight videos produced by the UD Athletics Multimedia Department was also part of the program.
Randolph, a running back from Ridley Park, Pa. (Ridley High School), received the Outstanding Senior Offensive Player Award and the Taylor Memorial Award while Torzsa, a safety from Waxhaw, N.C. (Cuthbertson High School), was named the Outstanding Senior Defensive Player.
The Taylor Award, presented each year since 1948 and the oldest award bestowed upon a UD student-athlete, recognizes a senior member of the football team who made outstanding contributions to the program.
The duo shared the UD Captains Award as well as the Newark Elks Club Scholar-Athlete Award presented to the team’s top achieving scholar-athlete.
Other major award winners were Outstanding Senior Special Team Player Will Stephenson (Punter/Wakefield HS/Raleigh, N.C.); Outstanding Senior Lineman Connor Bozick (OL/DeMatha HS/Severn, Md.); Winnie Mayer Outstanding Senior End Ricky Emerson (WR/Red Lion Christian Academy/Bear, Del.); and Unsung Hero Blake Rankin (QB/Bloomsburg HS/Bloomsburg, Pa.).
Other seniors honored during the event were defensive back Mark Doe (Academy Park HS/Collingdale, Pa.); defensive back Simba Gwashavanhu (Gaithersburg HS/Gaithersburg, Md.); offensive lineman Will Lewis (Bishop Kenny/Jacksonville, Fla.); running back Eric Patton (St. Elizabeth HS/Wilmington, Del.); offensive lineman Peter Thistle (North Allegheny HS/Wexford, Pa.); defensive lineman Cedric Udegbe (Monteverde Academy/Minneola, Fla.); linebacker Tommy Wilmoth (Salesianum HS/Wilmington, Del.); and former player and student assistant coach Randall Schiccatano (Salesianum HS/Wilmington, Del.).
Randolph, who earned his degree in health behavior science last May and is currently enrolled in the MBA master’s program at Delaware, was a three-time CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic selection and had a 3.6 grade point average as an undergraduate.
A four-time Colonial Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll recipient and a CAA Chuck Boone Leadership Award nominee, was a four-year standout who ran for 611 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 and finished his career with 1,709 yards rushing (No. 25 all-time) and 26 total touchdowns.
Torzsa, who carries a 3.7 GPA as a finance major, was also a four-time CAA Academic Honor Roll honoree and earned CoSIDA District 2 All-Academic honors twice during his career.
He was a four-year regular and two-year starter in the Delaware defensive secondary and finished his career with 88 tackles, five interceptions, six pass breakups, one fumble recovery for a touchdown, and a blocked punt. He had 33 tackles and two interceptions in 2016.
Bozick was a two-time All-CAA selection who played in 46 career games and started each of his final 34 games over the last three seasons; Emerson, a walk-on, was a three-year team member who worked his way into the lineup and appeared in nine games and caught two passes in 2016; and Rankin served as the Hens’ backup quarterback over the last three seasons and played in seven career games, throwing for 180 yards and two touchdowns.
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