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2008 Football Roster


Gene Delle Donne

Class: r-Jr.
Position: TE
Height: 6-5
Weight: 255 pounds
Previous School: Salesianum
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

2008: Saw action in all 12 games and earned three starts ... Had a total of two catches on the season ... His 225 snaps played led all tight ends ... Voted the most improved tight end in strength and conditioning and most improved overall during the spring ... Played a season-high 40 snaps against Troy ... Made his first career reception against Kentucky for four yards ... Caught one pass for two yards in win over FAU.

2007: Played in seven games as a tight end but did not have a reception ... Completed 3 of 7 passes for 35 yards in the Blue-White game ... Was moved to tight end at the end of fall camp ... Played in his first collegiate game at tight end against WKU ... Saw 13 snaps in the win over FIU, three against Virginia, and two in win over ASU.

2006: Transferred from Duke University during the summer after taking a redshirt year in 2005 ... Will be eligible in 2007 due to NCAA transfer rules ... Traveled with the team to Maryland and to the Motor City Bowl.

High School: Four-year letterman at Salesianum High School for Coach Bill Dinardo ... Listed as the top pro-style quarterback in Delaware and the 22nd-best in the nation by Rivals.com ... Scout.com rated Delle Donne the top signal-caller in Delaware and the 31st-best quarterback in the country ... Was a Prep Star magazine All-America selection ... Led Salesianum to a 9-2 record and a state semifinal berth his senior year ... Tabbed Delaware's Gatorade Player of the Year in 2004 ... Was a first team all-state pick and the conference player of the year as a senior after throwing for 1,590 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Threw for 1,697 yards and 16 touchdowns in nine games as a junior and earned second team all-state honors ... Was a two-year team captain ... Passed for 5,011 yards and 38 touchdowns during his prep career ... Was an all-state and all-conference choice in basketball ... Led Salesianum in scoring and rebounding during his sophomore and junior seasons, helping them to a state runner-up finish in 2004 ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Full Name: Eugene Anthony Delle Donne ... Parents: Ernest and Joan Delle Donne (father played basketball at Columbia University) ... Born: 1/14/87 ... Major: History.