Messenger - Vol. 2, No. 2, Page 14 Winter 1993 On Campus A season to remember Quarterback Bill Vergantino says he hopes fans will remember the 1992 Blue Hen football team for its total team effort. Fellow co-captain and free safety Warren McIntire says he wants the squad known for sticking together through adversity. Coach Harold "Tubby" Raymond cites the team's selflessness. The 11-3 Fightin' Blue Hens football team, Yankee Conference champions who advanced to the Division I-AA national semifinals, was the winningest team since 1982 and the fourth winningest squad in the program's 100-season history. Raymond, Delaware '65M, makes no secret of his admiration for his Hens. "It's impossible to compare (Blue Hen) football teams because they all have different personalities," he says, "but this team has got to be one of the two or three best we've had." Vergantino, Delaware '93, a four-year starter who set 24 school records-more than any other U.D. player-says, "I'd like us to be remembered as a complete football team, a team that didn't have tons of All-Stars and All-Americans. It was a team that needed everyone to succeed." The coach echoes his quarterback's sentiments. "They all just fit in so nicely. Everybody did their jobs," says Raymond, who capped his 27th season by receiving the Scotty Whitelaw Award as the Division I-AA coach of the year and Kodak Region I coach of the year. The season climaxed with the Hens' nearly impeccable playoff wins over Samford University (56-21) and then No. 1 ranked Northeast Louisiana University (41-18) in the NCAA quarterfinals. The following week, the Hens bowed to eventual national champion Marshall University, 28-7. "Samford and Northeast Louisiana were exceptional games," says Raymond. "They represented some of the best football we've ever played, both offensively and defensively." "This team was really eager to be successful," says Vergantino, who quarterbacked big victories over the University of New Hampshire (42-22) and arch rival Villanova University (21-20). "The year before, we had just dabbled with it. We went to the playoffs and lost in double overtime." The team's backbone was its seniors, who in 1988 made up the first freshman class eligible to play varsity football in over 30 years. "They happened to be a very selfless group," Raymond says. "People like Andy Johnson played three different positions and never complained. I think he typifies the class." McIntire, Delaware '93, a consensus All-American free safety in 1991, rates the Hens' season a 10 on a 10-point scale, based on its ability to overcome adversity. "I want fans to remember this team for sticking together. When things were bad (a 21-20 loss to West Chester University in September and November's 29-21 loss to the University of Richmond), we didn't get too nervous. We were always coached to think this way: Bad things are going to happen; it's just how you come back from it," he says. Many of the Blue Hens received individual accolades. Junior defensive end Matt Morrill was named to the Kodak All-American team for his stellar season; sophomore offensive lineman Matt Smith was named to the GTE District II All-Academic football team; McIntire, linebacker Mark Hrubar and place kicker Steve Leo were all named to the ECAC/Budget Division I-AA All Star Team; and Hrubar, Morrill and McIntire were awarded All-Yankee first team honors. "It was a consummate team," says Vergantino, who himself was named the states outstanding athlete of the year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association. "Everyone pulled for each other. It was a great group of guys and I'm really going to miss 'em." -Bill Clark, Delaware '82.