Position: Running Back
Height /Weight: 5-9 / 190
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
High School: Howell HS
Major: Accounting & Finance
At Delaware: Former walk-on who has developed into a productive and exciting running back for the Blue Hens…third-year member of the team who enters the fall as the No. 2 running back in a rotation that will include 2010 All-American and CAA Rookie of the Year Andrew Pierce as well as Walter Davis and Malcolm Yowk…has played in 23 career games with seven starts and rushed 193 times for 937 yards (4.8 avg.) and eight touchdowns…needs just 63 yards to become the 54th player in UD history to reach 1,000 yards for a career…impressive athlete with great speed and elusiveness…shifty runner with ability to patiently wait for the hole to develop and then bust through…also productive in catching passes out of the backfield…enjoyed another outstanding spring and was named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Offensive Player for the second time in his career…rushed 15 times for a game-high 51 yards and caught a pass in the spring game.
2010 Season: Enjoyed an outstanding second season in the backfield for the Blue Hens...earned second letter in as many years...played in 12 of the 15 games...missed time midway though the season with an ankle injury...ranked second on the team in rushing, carrying the ball 92 times for 528 yards and six touchdowns...had a season high 107 yards on 15 carries against Massachusetts, including a career-long 61-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter to give Delaware a 38-21 lead...carried 12 times for 82 yards against Richmond, including a 40-yard scamper with two minutes left which sealed the victory...had 12 carries for 74 yards and a score vs. Lehigh in the NCAA playoffs...rushed for 181 yards and three touchdowns in four post-season games…scored a touchdown in the national title game loss to Eastern Washington…went 12-3 and advanced to the FCS national title game under head coach K.C. Keeler.
2009 Season: Established himself as team’s top running back during pre-season camp…played in all 11 games for the Blue Hens…started the first seven games of the year before missing some time due to an injury…led team in rushing with 101 carries for 409 yards (4.0 avg.) and two touchdowns…became first freshman to lead team in rushing since former All-American Omar Cuff in 2004…had 57 yards rushing and one touchdown in first career start vs. West Chester in collegiate debut…led the team in rushing on six separate occasions with five games over 50 yards…was named CAA Rookie of the Week and Blue Hen Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week when he became the only Blue Hen to eclipse 100 yards rushing in a game for the season vs. Maine (106 yards with one touchdown)…dual threat who led all running backs with 91 yards receiving on 12 receptions…caught five passes for 49 yards vs. Maine…one of eight Blue Hens to record 10 or more receptions on the year…team went 6-5 for Keeler…selected as Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Offensive Player by coaching staff following spring drills.
2008 Season: Did not see game action and retained freshman eligibility...made traveling squad late in the season but did not see game action...was standout on scout teams in practice sessions.
High School: Played football and ran track and field at Howell High School...two-year letterwinner in football for head coach Cory Davis...played running back, defensive back, and returned kicks in football...led team to the state championship as a senior in 2007...holds school's single game record for rushing with 289 yards and four touchdowns...ran for 1,065 yards as a senior...earned all-division and third team all-conference honors as a senior...played in conference all-star game...four-year letterwinner in track and field as a sprinter...two-year captain...state finalist in the 400 meters both indoors and outdoors...holds school records in the indoor and outdoor 200 and 400 meter dash events...competed at the prestigious Penn Relays...National Honor Society...Peer Mentor.
Personal: David Hayes...born Nov. 12, 1989...son of David and Celeste Hayes...has a younger brother and sister...brother, Will, is a freshman defensive back at NCAA Division I FBS Temple in Philadelphia...accounting and financing major at Delaware...would like to attend law school after graduation...has worked as a retail sales associate during the summer...enjoys going to the beach in his spare time...started playing football at the age of five.
Career Offensive Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Rushing Yards: 107 yards vs. Massachusetts, 2010
Career-High Receiving Yards: 49 yards vs. Maine, 2009