UD lineman honored for the spirit of giving
ORLANDO – During the holiday season, when giving and compassion are celebrated, Blue Hens senior defensive lineman Siddiq Haynes was named Thursday as the 2010 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team captain, a community service award determined by voters on ESPN.com. The award is sponsored by Allstate Insurance Co. and the American Football Coaches Association.
Haynes, who was unable to attend the ceremony as he was back in Newark preparing for Friday night’s FCS quarterfinal vs. New Hampshire, is the first team captain recognized in the 19-year history of the team. He is a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and an anchor of a defense that leads the country in scoring defense at 12.3 points per game.
Although he couldn’t be there, Haynes prepared an acceptance speech that was played during the broadcast.
“When others guys see that you put in that extra effort beyond the field, they want to be a part of it as well. It’s something we don’t have to do as part of our scholarship, but we want to help out because it’s good to give back to the community.”
Haynes, who began his career at Delaware as a walk-on, has contributed to a variety of organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Newark, A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children, New Castle Youth Football and the Special Olympics of Delaware. He also has been active in his hometown of Durham, N.C.
He and other members of the Good Works Team will be invited to New Orleans to participate in a special community service project prior to the 2011 Sugar Bowl. They will work in the Lower Ninth Ward, an area hit hard by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Blue Hens up to No. 9 in women’s basketball mid-major poll
BOSTON – The University of Delaware moved up one spot in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Women’s Basketball Poll, taking over the No. 9 spot in the latest rankings, released Tuesday. The Blue Hens are off to a 6-1 start.
UD is one of three Colonial Athletic Association teams in the top 10, joined by Old Dominion (No. 6) and James Madison (No. 10). Drexel is in at 20th, while Hofstra, UNC Wilmington and Virginia Commonwealth were all among the other teams receiving votes. Delaware, which began the year at No. 24, has moved up each week.
Green Bay is in the top spot, picking up 30 of 31 first-place votes. The rest of the top five includes Bowling Green, Florida Gulf Coast, Princeton (which has dealt Delaware its lone defeat) and Gonzaga.
Delaware is 15th in the country in field-goal percentage, 16th in rebounding margin, 16th in blocked shots and 21st in fouls per game.
The Hens face their biggest test yet when they return to the court on Sunday, Dec. 19, at the Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pa., against Penn State. Tipoff is at 2 p.m.