Kermit Blount didn’t exactly walk into an ideal situation at Delaware State. The team is mired in a series of three straight losing seasons, and has been picked to finish eighth out of 11 programs in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason poll.
But there were moments of glinting promise at Delaware State (3-8 last season, 2-6 in the MEAC) for Blount, who compiled a record of 91-87-3 over 16 seasons at Winston-Salem State — starting with Justin Wilson, the league’s preseason offensive player of the year.
The junior wideout is coming off a brilliant campaign that saw him lead the MEAC in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches — the first time that’s happened in conference history during the same year. Wilson averaged 85.2 yards per game with 15.9 yards per catch, finishing at No. 16 among all FCS players for receiving yards and notching the third-best mark in team history for yards in a season.
Senior running back Jaashawn Jones, also a MEAC preseason first-teamer, rushed for 724 yards and a quartet of scores in 2010. Junior tight end Ryan Langdon also found a home on the league’s second team. Lineman Darrell Brown and linebacker Brandon Harvey, both seniors, are expected to anchor the defense.
“I’m just trying to aim the program in the right direction and get it back on track,” Blount told The (Delaware) News Journal. “And I don’t think we’re too far off of being on track. … Just put the discipline back to where it has to be and make it a program the kids want to be attracted to.”
Blount is one of five new coaches in the MEAC, including North Carolina A&T’s Rod Broadway, Howard’s Gary Harrell, Savannah State’s Steve Davenport and North Carolina Central’s Henry Frazier. Delaware State begins the new season on Sept. 3 at Virginia Military Institute.