RICHMOND, Va. -- Led by four first team selections, the University of Delaware football squad was well represented on the All-Colonial Athletic Association football teams announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.

Delaware, which recently completed an outstanding season under first-year head coach Danny Rocco, had 11 players recognized overall, including redshirt freshman linebacker Colby Reeder, who was selected as the CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year.

The Blue Hens registered a 7-4 overall record during the 2017 campaign, the most wins for Delaware since the 2013 season.

Delaware also went 5-3 in league play to finish tied for fourth overall in the 12-team league. The five league wins was Delaware’s best mark since 2011 and its fourth place finish was the highest since the 2010 team tied for the top spot in the league standings and moved on to the NCAA national championship game.

Earning first team notice for the Blue Hens were senior center Brody Kern, senior defensive tackle Bilal Nichols, junior linebacker Troy Reeder, and junior safety Nasir Adderley.

Kern and Nichols both earned All-CAA honors for the third time in their careers while Reeder and Adderley were repeat selections to the team from 2016.

Named to the second team for Delaware were junior tight end Charles Scarff, senior offensive tackle Jake Trump, junior kicker Frank Raggo, and senior defensive tackles Blaine Woodson.

Third team picks representing Delaware were junior running back Kani Kane and junior punter Nick Pritchard. Woodson was also honored on the All-CAA team for the third time after earning second team honors in both 2015 and 2016.

Colby Reeder becomes the eighth Delaware player to earn conference Rookie of the Year honors and the third in the last four seasons, joining Woodson in 2014 and running back Thomas Jefferson in 2015. Reeder is the fourth Blue Hen to be recognized on the defensive side of the ball.

A native of nearby Hockessin, Del. (Salesianum School), Reeder started all 11 games at outside linebacker and recorded 49 tackles in 2017, the seventh highest total on the team. He led the team with eight tackles for loss and also had two sacks, two interceptions, two pass breakups, and two fumble recoveries. He was also one of the team’s top special teams contributors.

Kern, a co-captain from York, Pa. (West York HS), also earned second team honors in 2016 and third team honors in 2017. He was a four-year standout at center who starter each of his final 39 career games for the Blue Hens. He was the anchor for an offensive line that helped Delaware rank No. 2 in the CAA in fewest sacks allowed (20) and rushing offense (192.5 yards per game).

Nichols, a co-captain from Newark, Del. (Hodgson HS), also earned All-CAA honors in 2015 (third team) and 2016 (second team). He ranked fourth on the team and was first among down linemen with 56 tackles (24 solo) this season. He also recorded 5.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups, and one interception, and paced a unit that ranked No. 3 in the CAA in scoring defense (16.8 points per game) and total defense (305.5 yards per game).

Reeder, a co-captain from Hockessin, Del. (Salesianum HS) and a second team pick in 2016, guided the middle of the UD defense at inside linebacker and led the team with 89 stops (34 solo) to rank No. 10 in the CAA. A three-time CAA Defensive Player of the Week in his two-year career, Reeder 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. (Great Valley HS) and a third team selection in 2016, 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.

Among the second team selections, Scarff (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Catholic) caught 12 passes for 71 yards and ranked second on the team with three touchdown receptions; Trump (Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was a three-year starter at tackle; Raggo (Randolph/Randolph, N.J.) connected on all 28 PATs to extend his three-year streak to 64 straight, was 11 of 15 field goals (making seven of his final nine attempts), and booted two fields goals over 50 yards, including a school-record 55-yarder vs. James Madison; and Woodson (Stroudsburg/ Stroudsburg, Pa.) was No. 5 on the team with 55 tackles and also added three sacks and an interception while starting each of his final 44 games at Delaware.

Among the third team selections, first-year walk-on and transfer Kane (Sussex Tech/Bridgeville, Del.) was Delaware’s leading rusher and ranked No. 4 in the CAA with 594 yards on 142 carries (4.2 avg.) and seven touchdowns; and first-year transfer Pritchard (New Egypt/New Egypt, N.J.) averaged 40.7 yards (No. 4 in the CAA) on 60 punts, had 11 go for 50 or more yards, did not have a kick blocked all season, and tied a UD single season record by having 25 punts land inside the opponent 20-yard line.

Regular season champion and No. 1 ranked James Madison led the way with 15 all-conference selections but Delaware was second and tied with Stony Brook with 11 players honored.

Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta was named Offensive Player of the Year; James Madison linebacker Andrew Ankrah was selected as Defensive Player of the Year; James Madison kick returner John Miller was named Special Teams Player of the Year; Elon quarterback Davis Cheek was named Offensive Rookie of the Year; and first-year Elon head coach Curt Cignetti earned the nod as Coach of the Year.

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