Name: Darius Wade
Hometown: Middletown, Delaware
High School: Middletown
2016 Stats: Wade did not appear much in 2016, with graduate transfer Patrick Towles starting all 13 games. Wade did have a few appearances in relief when games were out of hand with pretty mixed results. He finished the season 9/19 for 100 yards with one interception, so attempting to glean any real information about how he might do in the future seems pointless.
Projections: By most indications, Wade is going to be the starter unless redshirt freshman Anthony Brown manages to polish up his game over the summer. He has looked really good all spring, capped off by the Jay McGillis Spring Game where he finished 16-for-27 for 194 yards, and by all accounts displayed great control over Scot Loeffler and Steve Addazio’s new offense. The offense will still rely heavily on the run game with Davon Jones and Jon Hilliman, so I would expect a more accurate version of Towles (50.5% completion for 1730 yards, 12 TD’s, and 7 interceptions last year).
Over/Under: 15 touchdowns, 55% completion.
How’d He Get Here: The 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year for Delaware, Wade chose Boston College over Delaware, Syracuse, NC State, Nebraska, and Temple. He also had interest from a few SEC schools, namely Georgia and South Carolina. You can read more here!
Here’s his senior year highlights.
Quotables from ‘Daz:
"I thought they both had a pretty consistent spring. Like everything else, certain days, certain guys perform a little bit better, but I thought they've all done a good job. I thought Darius moved the ball up and down the field pretty well. But you can see the ability to throw the ball with these guys is pretty good and both of them had a really great spring and have been very, very productive. I was excited to see those guys making some plays."
"We're going to put the ball down the field, and both of those guys can that ball down the field. They've thrown it well all spring. I think a couple of those deep fade balls, we kind of threw them out of bounds a little bit, which really all spring we've been pretty good with that. Those guys (Wade and Brown) are both accurate, accurate throwers. We've got to keep working and keep dishing the ball around and keep balancing it out. But I thought there was a lot going on the field in terms of styles of throws and runs. Pretty good." - Addazio after the spring game.
Follow him on twitter: @Therealdwade4 (as opposed to that other, fake D-Wade who plays shooty-hoops or some sport we’ve never heard of)