Caravel lineman Curtis Linton says he spent many Saturdays as a kid coming to Delaware Stadium, but it’s about to become enemy territory.
Linton will enroll at the University of New Hampshire, and join a football program that has made the past 13 NCAA FCS (I-AA) Football Tournaments.
First things first, he will play for the Blue Team in Saturday’s DFRC Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game at 6pm. He says he’s excited to play on Tubby Raymond Field.
“Growing up, always coming to the games, it would be a dream to play at U-D, but I hope it’s at home, U-D home.”
Despite going to school right down Route 896 from Delaware, it was New Hampshire’s Sean McDonnell’s staff that caught the attention of Curtis, who said he likes the feel of the smaller Durham, New Hampshire campus, where he plans to study engineering.
“He said he saw my athleticism and the kind of kid that I am. For me, it’s just the family atmosphere, and everything they have going on just reminds me of Caravel. That’s why it was the place for me.”
Curtis will become the second Delaware product on the New Hampshire roster, William Penn’s Elijah Lewis just wrapped up his freshman season.
“Just knowing that someone would be there about my same age from the same place did help me in making my decision.”
As for what the Wildcats are getting from Linton, they’re getting an energetic personality, but don’t let that fool you when he puts the pads on his body.
“My run blocking is my best attribute. I can get nasty and get down on people, or I can move and get out in space and get a hat on a hat (block), but still be able to pass block.”
Curtis’ energy is infectious off the field. Part of the DFRC Blue-Gold program is connecting participants in the game with “buddies” with “Intellectual disABILITIES”.
In Linton’s case it’s Kayla Kosmalski, whose mother calls Curtis “the best buddy ever!”
The two have gone bowling, to Caravel softball games, out to the park, and for frozen yogurt, and Curtis said he loves being around Kayla.
“She thought me how to be a kid again and have fun.”
Tickets for the always-fun DFRC Blue-Gold Kickoff Classic will be available at the Delaware Stadium gates, pre-game festivities begin at 5pm Saturday night.