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Five Players to Watch - Delaware Blue Hens

Demon Deacon Digest looks at five Delaware players to watch Saturday when the Deacs take on the Fighting Blue Hens Saturday evening.

The Deacs controlled the line of scrimmage in the second half of an impressive win over Duke last week in Durham.

Now the Deacs believe they face another physical test, with FCS perennial power Delaware making the trip to Winston-Salem to face the Deacs.

The Blue Hens have claimed six national titles and reached the FCS National Championship Game in both 2007 and 2010.

Last week we took a look at five Blue Devils to watch. This week it’s five Blue Hens instead.

Thomas Jefferson - Redshirt sophomore Running Back - 6-foot-2, 210 pounds

Avoided instincts of placing Jefferson third on this list because he’s THAT important. The Blue Hen’s leading returning rusher from last season, on a team that gained 2,413 yards on the ground during the season.

Jefferson is actually only the second-leading rusher this season, at 97 yards per game with one touchdown, but leading rusher Wes Hills (106.5 yards per game this season) will miss with an elbow injury.  

Interesting notes on Jefferson in his official Delaware bio: He was born on Christmas Day in 1995. He’s a criminal justice major and wants to become a secret service agent.

Charles Bell - Junior Linebacker - 6-foot-1, 230 pounds

Bell is the Blue Hens leading returning tackler, with 96 total stops in 2015. He’s one of eight defensive starters returning for Delaware, and was a Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association selection.

Bell already has 2 TFLs this season, and leads the team with eight tackles through two games.

Connor Bozick - Redshirt Senior Offensive Line - 6-foot-5, 320 pounds

Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson mentioned Delaware’s size and physicality on the line multiple times during his Tuesday press conference. Bozick epitomizes those qualities.

In addition to size, Bozick brings talent and experience. He’s started 25 games for the Blue Hens, and was voted Preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association. Bozick is an All-American candidate, according to his official Delaware bio, and is just one of four returning offensive line starters.

Blaine Woodson - Redshirt Junior Defensive Line - 6-foot-2, 280 pounds

Woodson has started 24 career games for the Blue Hens, with 80 career tackles. He’s the current active career leader in sacks at Delaware with 11.5 and has two TFLs already this season.

Woodson is a “tough run-stopper who has outstanding speed for an interior lineman to track down quarterbacks,” according to the official Delaware Blue Hen website.

Anthony Jackson - Junior Linebacker - 6-foot-1, 220 pounds

Jackson is the second-leading tackler returning from last season with 53 stops. He already has two interceptions this season, as the Blue Hens have picked off six passes early.

His nickname is “Action” Jackson, and he started in all 11 Delaware games last season.

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