Former George Washington QB Wilmer excels

Aaron Wilmer, a former standout at George Washington High School, is now the starting quarterback for Delaware Valley College and has his team off to a 7-0 start. —PHOTO/DELAWARE VALLEY COLLEGE

Delaware Valley College has one of the best football teams in Division III. The Aggies are ranked 10th in the American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches’ Poll. A big reason for the high ranking has been the play of Aaron Wilmer, the Aggies quarterback.

Wilmer, a George Washington High product, has played some terrific football this season. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound freshman, has guided the Aggies to a 7-0 record overall and a 4-0 mark in the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC). In last week’s 14-6 victory against Wilkes University, Wilmer completed 12-of-24 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. He also had six carries for 41 yards.

The former Public League standout has completed 85-of-144 passes for 1,266 yards, 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions this season. Wilmer has a strong arm and quick feet, and knows how to make big plays.

“We have a great team,” Wilmer said. “My teammates have really helped me. I just try to do whatever I can to help the team win. We’ve been playing some good football this season. We want to keep it up. It’s nice to be ranked nationally, too. Our school is getting some good recognition.”

Wilmer knows a little something about playing on winning teams. He led George Washington to a league championship and a city championship as a junior. In his senior year, he helped the Eagles win a league crown and play for the city title before losing to La Salle. GW has been one of the most prolific schools in the city.

“We have a lot of guys playing college football,” Wilmer said. “Sharrif Floyd is playing for Florida. It was great playing with him in high school. I know Daquan Cooper and Brandon Chudnoff are playing for Temple. Clinton Granger is at Temple, too. Coach (Ron) Cohen does a great job with the program. The school has been very successful.

“The experience has really helped me at Delaware Valley College. We have a good program here as well. They’ve won a lot of games over the years. We’re doing well this year.”

Delaware Valley College is located in Doylestown (Bucks County). Wilmer’s family usually comes to every game.

“I get a lot of support from my family,” Wilmer said. “We live in Northeast Philly. They look forward to coming out to the games. It’s not too far from the school. So, they make it out to just about every game. We have a great atmosphere at Delaware Valley College. The fans really come out to the games. They even travel to some of our away games. It’s a great place for me.”

Wilmer will attempt to keep the Aggies’ undefeated record intact when they go on the road to play Albright College on Saturday, October 15.

“Every week is a challenge,” he said. “We have some good teams in the MAC. We do a good job of preparing for each game. That’s been a big help to us.”  

 

Contact staff writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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