By Shawn Wood
For The Daily Item
BLOOMSBURG -- The blueprint for success for the Bloomsburg University football team has been in place for the past 20 years under legendary head coach Danny Hale.
Tonight, interim head coach Paul Darragh will make his debut in the annual Maroon and Gold spring football game at 7 p.m. at Danny Hale Field at Redman Stadium.
Darragh, the long-time assistant coach and defensive coordinator, takes over a team that went 10-2 last season and made the NCAA playoffs for the second time in the last three year.
"One thing that has been a common trait of Bloomsburg football has been the ability of our coaches and kids to get everyone to achieve at the highest level and then when you put all of that together with the team, you can get the team to achieve to at a higher level," Darragh said.
Hale compiled a 213-69-1 record in 20 season at Bloomsburg and made it to the 2000 NCAA Div. II title game.
"Coach Hale and I are very similar in that we are both pretty intense competitors," Darragh said. "He's a great man and a great coach. You know that the fire inside of him wants to succeed. I have the same competitive fire."
Last year, the Huskies set a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) single-season rushing record with 3,789 rushing yards.
"We have one of the most prolific rushing attacks," Darragh said. "Our offensive line is almost fully in tact, which is a big part of it. We need to develop at the wide receiver position. As a group, they've been performing very well in spring practice."
Leading the rushing attack is Harlon Hill award finalist Franklyn Quiteh.
The Pocono Mountain West graduate won the Division II rushing titles in both total yards and yards per game last year. He ran for a career-high 2,121 yards and averaged 176.75 yards per game along with a school record 7.4 yards per carry.