Ex-Middletown, Boston College QB Wade joining Blue Hens

  • Hens: 'A win is a win'

    Hens: ‘A win is a win’

  • Hens ran into 'buzzsaw' against Tribe

    Hens ran into ‘buzzsaw’ against Tribe

  • Kargo sizes up UD win over Elon

    Kargo sizes up UD win over Elon

  • Ex-Sals standout Cathers transfers to Delaware

    Ex-Sals standout Cathers transfers to Delaware

  • Enabosi sets Delaware record for consecutive double doubles

    Enabosi sets Delaware record for consecutive double doubles

  • UD's Ingelsby: 'A lot of momentum heading into Christmas'

    UD’s Ingelsby: ‘A lot of momentum heading into Christmas’

  • Middletown's Whitehead signs letter of intent with University of Delaware

    Middletown’s Whitehead signs letter of intent with University of Delaware

  • Brey and protege share emotional night

    Brey and protege share emotional night

  • UD coach Ingelsby on upcoming Notre Dame game

    UD coach Ingelsby on upcoming Notre Dame game

  • Middletown's Kedrick Whitehead eyes title game, UD career

    Middletown’s Kedrick Whitehead eyes title game, UD career

  • UD's Ingelsby: 'Yale fun to watch'

    UD’s Ingelsby: ‘Yale fun to watch’

  • Danny Rocco discusses FCS tourney snub

    Danny Rocco discusses FCS tourney snub

  • UD's Rocco: 'I expected more'

    UD’s Rocco: ‘I expected more’

  • UD's Ingelsby: 'Great night for sports in the state'

    UD’s Ingelsby: ‘Great night for sports in the state’

  • UD's Mosley: Wesley 'one of hardest playing teams' Hens will face

    UD’s Mosley: Wesley ‘one of hardest playing teams’ Hens will face

  • Wesley coach: 'Some people might be surprised by what they saw'

    Wesley coach: ‘Some people might be surprised by what they saw’

  • Wesley's Cameron: 'It was a good challenge'

    Wesley’s Cameron: ‘It was a good challenge’

  • Hens: 'We have a chip on our shoulder'

    Hens: ‘We have a chip on our shoulder’

  • Adair praises Hens after win in home opener

    Adair praises Hens after win in home opener

  • Delaware-Villanova: Need-to-knows

    Delaware-Villanova: Need-to-knows

  • Roberts relishes Villanova matchup

    Roberts relishes Villanova matchup

  • Hens play first home game under Adair

    Hens play first home game under Adair

  • UD's Rocco: Offense best "when it mattered most"

    UD’s Rocco: Offense best “when it mattered most”

  • Hens discuss win over Richmond in opener

    Hens discuss win over Richmond in opener

Quarterback Darius Wade’s name had often been mentioned in recent years as a possible antidote to the University of Delaware’s passing-attack ills.

But the Middletown High graduate remained at Boston College, where he started six football games over the last four years.

The Blue Hens still have question marks at quarterback and Wade still has eligibility.

And on Saturday, Wade announced he’s coming to Delaware on Instagram.

BLUE HENS:Raymond receives fond farewell

HIGH SCHOOLS:Sanford holds off Sals

“The University of Delaware was my first offer sophomore year [in high school],” Wade later told The News Journal. “I knew more offers were to come but I knew this was a great situation where, if things don’t work out well at the [FBS] level, I have no problem coming back home and finishing out my career here.

“I tried to give BC every opportunity I could because I love my teammates and Boston was a great city.”

He’d announced two days after Boston College’s 27-20 loss to Iowa in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl that he’d use his final season of eligibility elsewhere

“I felt like I wasn’t given the best opportunity to succeed there,” Wade concluded. 

Wade said he’d told UD coach Danny Rocco Friday he’d likely be coming to Delaware and then made it official Saturday during his actual visit.

The 6-foot, 215-pound lefty completed 95 passes in 171 attempts (55.5 percent) for 1,091 yards with five touchdowns and five interceptions in 26 games at Boston College.

He suffered a season-ending broken ankle in the third game of his second season, 2015, when he was the starter. That year did not count against his eligibility.

Wade then started the final three games this season after an injury to Anthony Brown. He had his best career performance in the Eagles’ regular-season finale, a 42-14 win over Syracuse, completing 16 of 20 passes for a career-best 248 yards and a touchdown.

He’d considered making the move to Delaware earlier but always knew there were opportunities to play more at Boston College and enjoyed the challenge of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“It still didn’t work out the way I would have liked,” Wade said, “but I finally got a chance at the end of the year to show some people what I can do, and now I move on to what I consider a better situation.”

His career rushing statistics at BC were just 74 yards on 55 carries with one touchdown and a long gain of 17 yards.

Wade actually graduated in three years from Boston College with a degree in marketing and entrepreneurship and has been pursuing a master’s in leadership and administration. Some of those credits transfer, Wade said, to Delaware’s international business graduate program.

At Middletown, Wade was a four-year starter and sparked the Cavaliers to four Division I title games, winning as a sophomore and junior. He was a two-time first-team All-State pick and threw for 7,778 career yards, including 2,735 and 35 touchdowns as a senior.

Delaware has been last among the 12 Colonial Athletic Association teams each of the past three years in passing offense – 124.5 yards per game in 2017, 97.2 in 2016 and 67.1 in 2015. All were among the worst nationally in FCS, including 117th out of 123 in 2017.

Third-year starting quarterback Joe Walker was replaced as the starter by Appalachian State transfer J.P. Caruso for Delaware’s last six games during a 7-4 season last fall. Walker then became a hybrid quarterback/running back/wide receiver who gave the offense an explosive element and appeared to be a possible future building block.

Caruso and Walker will be seniors in 2018. Other quarterbacks include Pat Kehoe, who’ll be a junior, and Nolan Henderson, the 2016 state offensive player of the year at Smyrna High who red-shirted as a freshman last fall.

Wade will join that crew.  

“There are a lot of good pieces around,” Wade said of Delaware’s offensive personnel, “and I’m someone who loves to compete.”

Contact Kevin Tresolini at [email protected] Follow on Twitter @kevintresolini.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source