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Del Val's dynamic duo

Aaron Wilmer, left, and Rasheed Bailey had plenty to smile about after Delaware Valley's 52-42 win vs. Lycoming.
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Delaware Valley's starting quarterback and top wide receiver have taken markedly different paths to get to where they are.

In high school, one drew attention from Division I and II schools; the other barely drew Division III looks. In college, one started right away; the other steadily worked his way up the depth chart.

Different roads, same destination. Aaron Wilmer and Rasheed Bailey, both now in their senior years, are balling out. And the undefeated Aggies are rolling.

Wilmer, a 5-10, 195-pound dual-threat quarterback, and Bailey, a 6-2, 205-pound athletic receiver, are both in the middle of career seasons.

Wilmer, a former MAC Rookie of the Year, ranks in top 10 nationally in passing efficiency, points responsible for, total offense, passing touchdowns and passing yards per game. Bailey leads the nation in receiving yards (903), ranks second in receiving yards per game and receiving touchdowns, and in the top 20 in scoring and all-purpose yards.

Delaware Valley is 5-0, including 4-0 in the MAC after its 52-42 win against Lycoming this past Saturday, and is one of just four teams in the country to be averaging at least 50 points per game (50.2).

And Wilmer and Bailey have been right at the center of the success. But it didn't always seem destined to be so.

Both players are from the Philadelphia area -- Wilmer played at George Washington High School, Bailey at Roxborough High School. But it was Wilmer that received Division I college offers, albeit as a position player, not a quarterback.

Bailey played defensive end and tight end, but was largely off the college radar.

"Aaron was a pretty accomplished high school player. He was heavily recruited everywhere," first-year Delaware Valley head coach Duke Greco said. "And 'Sheed was more of a diamond in the rough."

Wilmer, who was one year ahead of Bailey, ultimately accepted a scholarship offer from Division II West Chester to play quarterback. But after redshirting in 2010, he decided to transfer to Delaware Valley.

Wilmer immediately stepped into a starting role for then-offensive coordinator Greco, who compared his penchant for extending plays outside of the pocket to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. Bailey caught only five passes, but the team reached the NCAA playoffs.

Over the next two seasons, Delaware Valley went a combined 15-7 -- good, but not near the streak the four consecutive MAC titles from 2008-2011.

The Aggies have won all five games of their games this season by double digits, including their four conference wins by an average of 19.7 points.

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Andrew Lovell

Andrew Lovell is an associate news editor for ESPN.com and a former sports staff writer/editor for the New Britain Herald (Conn.). He has contributed freelance work to ESPN Rise and has been a regular contributor to D3football.com since 2007. Andrew has also written for a number of daily newspapers in New York, including the Poughkeepsie Journal, Ithaca Journal and Auburn Citizen. He graduated from Ithaca College in 2008 with B.A. in Sport Media and a minor in writing. A native of Hyde Park, N.Y., Andrew currently resides in New Britain. 

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