NEWARK, Del. – After both earning All-CAA First Team accolades last fall, it was clear that both Troy Reeder and Nasir Adderley had earned the respect of their conference peers.

Entering their final season the Blue Hens, the duo has the respect nationally as well with both earning Second Team Preseason All-American honors from HERO Sports.

Reeder, a two-time captain from Hockessin, Del., guided the middle of the UD defense at inside linebacker and led the team with 89 stops rank in the top-10 in the CAA. He recorded 10 or more tackles three times in 2017 and had a career-high 17 stops in a road win at Maine late in the season. He also had seven tackles for loss and was in on two sacks.

 

Adderley, a native of Philadelphia, Pa., led a defensive secondary that ranked among the best in the CAA, ranking No. 2 in the league in passing efficiency defense and No. 3 in pass defense.

 

He was the team’s second leading tackler with 78 stops, including a team-high 42 solo tackles, and ranked No. 2 in the CAA with five interceptions. He had 10 or more tackles three times, including a career-high 14 vs. Maine. He also contributed four tackles for loss, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles, and was one of the team’s mainstays on special teams.

 

Adderley is one of only two returning players in the country who had over 75 tackles and five INTs last fall.

 

The Blue Hens return to camp in early August to prep for the season-opener against Rhode Island, set for August 30 at Delaware Stadium.