University of Delaware’s Zach Kerr, Bobby Kennedy, Rob Jones, Eric Enderson Earn Phil Steele Football All-American Honors
NEWARK, Del. -- Three University of Delaware football standouts have earned NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-American honors by Phil Steele College Football.
The teams were selected by Josh Buchanan of JBScouting.com with input from various sources.
Senior defensive tackle Zach Kerr (Quince Orchard/Gaithersburg, Md.) earned first team honors, senior offensive guard Bobby Kennedy (Caravel/Newark, Del.) earned fourth team honors, senior punt returner Rob Jones (Armwood/Tampa, Fla.) was named fourth team All-American, and redshirt freshman punter Eric Enderson (Phoebus/Hampton, Va.) was named to the Freshman All-American second team.
Delaware recently completed it season under first-year head coach Dave Brock with a 7-5 overall mark and a 4-4 slate in CAA play, good for a tie for fifth place in the league standings. The Blue Hens received votes in every The Sports Network Top 25 poll during the season, climbing as high as 15th on Nov. 4.
Kerr, a second-year transfer from Maryland, proved to be one of the nation’s top interior defensive lineman once again this fall after also earning first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second straight year. A co-captain, Kerr recorded 57 tackles (28 solo), including 5.5 tackles for loss (29 yards), 3.5 sacks (24 yard), two pass breakups, and two forced fumbles. He ranked fourth among all CAA down linemen in tackles.
Jones, who returned to action this season after missing almost the entire 2012 campaign with an injury, led the CAA in punt return average as he had 14 returns for 169 yards and a 12.1 yard average, including a 62-yard return for a touchdown vs. Delaware State. His 12.1 average was the fourth best mark in UD history and would have ranked eighth in the NCAA this year if he had enough returns to qualify for the lead. Also a standout wide receiver, Jones caught 43 passes for 479 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.
Kennedy earned second team All-CAA honors for the second straight year after anchoring a Delaware offense that ranked among the top units in the conference. He started all 12 games at guard - extending his starting streak to 21 - and helped the Blue Hens rank No. 2 in the CAA in scoring (32.8 points per game), No. 3 in the CAA in passing offense (240.0 yards per game), passing efficiency (143.84), and sacks allowed (1.50), and No. 4 in rushing (177.0) and third down conversions (41.4 percent).
No player in the history of Delaware football had a better season punting than Enderson, a redshirt freshman who ranked among the nation’s top punters. After a slow start over the first three games, he was the model of consistency and led the CAA in punting average (45.0 per punt), punting yardage (2,701), and punts over 50 yards (22 - no other CAA player had more than 13), and ranked No. 2 in punts inside the opponent 20-yard line (20). His 45.0 yard average, which currently ranks No. 3 nationally, shattered the UD single season record of 42.8 set by Gene Vadas in 1991. Enderson was one of only three freshmen honored on the All-CAA squads and was the only rookie special teams player honored.