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DSU's new football coach ready for his debut

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Delaware State Univ.
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Delaware State’s new football coach makes his debut Saturday night when Kenny Carter and the Hornets visit Liberty to open their 2016 season opener.

Carter is trying to turn around a team that went 2-10 last season. He likes what he’s seen from his squad in pre-season camp, but realizes the real test comes at game time.

“The things you think are strengths are either going to be accentuated and taken to an even higher level or the things you don’t do well are going to be exposed severely and then you are going to see where you are as a team and how you manage the things you don’t do well instead of the things you do well,” said Carter.

Carter adds that even though the team is rebuilding he is not interested moral victories.  He expects his team to win games.

That will be a tall order in the opener.  Liberty is ranked 14th nationally after going 9-5 a year ago and reaching the second round of the NCAA playoffs.  But Carter says Liberty offers the kind of challenge he wants his team to face right away.

“They’re fundamentally sound and they’ve got some explosive players on offense.  They’ve lost several players on defense, but they have some down linemen that are good players and are physical," said Carter. So, you want to go against the best opponent you can possibly go against because it gives you a better measuring stick of what you need to do.

DSU and Liberty kick-off at in Lynchburg, Virginia at 7 pm Saturday.