DOVER, Del — With only one win on their record to close out their 2015 regular season, “rough” is an understatement in describing the Delaware State University Football program last season.
Second year head coach Kenny Carter has been busy in the off-season making the team look virtually unrecognizable from last year.
With less than 20 returning players, Carter will have close to 50 new faces join the Hornets family from recruits to walk-ons.
One face that you might recognize is now sophomore quarterback Kobie Lain who lead the Hornets to their only win last season as a true freshmen. In that closing game against Howard, Lain completed 14 out of 27 passes for 181 yards, threw for two touchdowns and rushed for 52 yards.
The development of Kobi Lain is a crucial puzzle-piece to picture that Carter wants to paint in 2016. To avoid a young quarterback making mistakes in a big position, Carter has junior QB Daniel Epperson challenging him.
But make no mistake, this is no quarterback competition.
” Dan is fantastic,” Carter said. “We are really really happy with Dan. Dan is pushing Kobi and both will play. We’ll play both quarterbacks.”
Before the spring game on Sat. April 10, Carter is considering implementing a two-quarterback system for the upcoming season.
Epperson started for two years at a junior college and has the football maturity that some may argue an underclassmen does not.
” Right now coming out of spring practice, that’s exactly what’s it’s going to be because they’ve both earned the right to play,” Carter said.
Before bringing his talents to DSU, Epperson passed for 2,767 yards, 27 touchdowns and 6 interception in his time at San Bernardino Junior College.
You can get a better look at both Lain an Epperson at the DSU Spring Game on Saturday, April 10th at Alumni Stadium in Dover at 2 p.m.