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YoUDee is now in the tenth round of the Capital One Mascot Challenge, battling the Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University.

YoUDee needs your vote

YoUDee takes on Scarlet Knight in Capital One Mascot Challenge


12:43 p.m., Nov. 5, 2012--YoUDee, the University of Delaware’s national champion mascot, defeated Bucky the Badger of the University of Wisconsin in the most recent round of the Capital One Mascot Challenge.

YoUDee is now 5-4 in the challenge and in eighth place in the standings, and enters the 10th round against the Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University.

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After 12 weeks of voting, the top eight mascots with the best head-to-head records will compete in a bracket-style, single-elimination competition to determine the overall winner.

Fans can vote at the Capital One Bowl website, and are encouraged to use the contest’s Facebook and Twitter access to remind friends to cast their ballots.

“The new standings have been posted and YoUDee needs your support to move on to the next round of the Capital One Mascot Challenge,” said Sharon Harris of the Office of Communications and Marketing, who directs the mascot program. “We encourage Blue Hens around the world to continue casting their ballots so the University can be represented in the finals.”

In addition to YoUDee, the challenge features All-America team mascots Wilma T. Wildcat of the University of Arizona, Testudo of the University of Maryland, Cam the Ram of Colorado State University, Truman the Tiger of the University of Missouri, Ms. Wuf of North Carolina State University, the Scarlet Knight of Rutgers University and Sebastian the Ibis of the University of Miami.

Also vying for the national title are Cosmo of Brigham Young University, Raider Red of Texas Tech University, Sparty of Michigan State University, Mike the Tiger of Louisiana State University, Wolfie Jr. of the University of Nevada, Bucky Badger of the University of Wisconsin, the Duck of the University of Oregon and Cocky of the University of South Carolina.

YoUDee is the defending national mascot champion, having won the top prize at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Cheerleading and Dance National Championships held in January at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.

After being selected by Capital One, members of the YoUDee mascot team traveled to Los Angeles to participate in the preparation of promotional materials for the challenge. The Capital One Mascot Challenge site now features humorous videos of the mascots.

The Capital One National Mascot of the Year will be announced at the Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1, 2013, and will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to help fund its school’s mascot program. Each of the 2012 Capital One All-America team members will also receive $5,000 for their university mascot program.

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