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 one of the top No. 2 running backs in the Colonial Athletic Association • perfect compliment to All-American junior Andrew Pierce in UD backfield • three-year letterwinner and one of the team's most seasoned veterans with 33 games under his belt • for his career, has carried the ball 279 times for 1,131 yards (4.0 avg.) and eight touchdowns • 1,131 career yards ranks No. 46 all-time at Delaware • has also caught 20 passes for 108 yards • has 1,322 career all-purpose yards • exciting runner who is Delaware's top big-play threat in the backfield • 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 • rushed for 48 yards and caught a pass for three yards in 2012 Delaware Blue-White Spring Game.
2011 Season: Once again proved to be an outstanding runner and backup in UD backfield • saw action in 10 games as No. 2 running back behind All-American Andrew Pierce • ranked second on the team in rushing • carried the ball 86 times for 393 yards and 4.6 average • had season-high 66 yards on 20 carries vs. Old Dominion • recorded eight carries for 61 yards vs. Navy, 54 yards on 10 carries vs. Villanova, and 51 yards vs. West Chester • also had season-long run for 21 yards vs. Navy • caught seven passes for 20 yards • returned five kicks for 83 yards for a 16.6 yard average • named the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Most Improved Offensive Player for spring drills for the second time in his career • rushed 15 times for a game-high 51 yards and caught a pass in the spring game • team went 7-4 under head coach K.C. Keeler.
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 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 • team went 4-8 under Keeler.
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 sophomore 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 the summer • started playing football at the age of five.
Career Statistics at Delaware
Career-High Rushing Yards: 107 yards vs. Massachusetts, 2010
Career-High Receiving Yards: 49 yards vs. Maine, 2009