Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
The dirt on the Danes with Jason Poore
On Friday, I had a chance to speak with Hoosick Falls native and junior wide receiver Jason Poore.
Poore caught 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown in 2008. At 6-foot-6, 210-pounds Poore can be a big target, especially around the end zone.
To start our conversation I asked Jason what a typical day of preseason consists of.
JP: We wake up around 7:15 (am). You get treatment if you need it and then we have a meeting around 8. We go over some plays, get taped and dressed and head out to the field around 8:50. We practice from 9-11. We head back in, shower and go eat around 11:30. We're back at 1:15 (pm) for a meeting with our positions. We tape and dress again and then practice from 3-5. At 5:30 or 6, we got and eat again and then have a team meeting at 6:30 before another meeting with our individual positions. That lasts until about 10 and then we have until 11 before we have to go to sleep.
I asked Jason what the players do in their spare time in between practices.
JP: Sometimes we'll get 45 minutes to an hour, where we'll hang out in the locker room and watch TV (Sports Center or movies on HBO said Poore, who said players will often catch up on sleep at that time).
I asked Jason how does preseason camp differ for a veteran like him compared to a freshman.
JP: The first week is more learning the plays over and over. Since I'm coming back for my fourth year, the plays are kind of the same. Now, we're in meetings where we watch film of that day's practice and are correcting mistakes so we don't make the same errors over and over.
I asked Jason how two-a-day practices compare to practice once the school year begins.
JP: It's easier because you don't have to worry about doing homework once you get done because after practice, you're always tired, but I think during the school year, it's a little easier because there's less practice and we have more free time.
I asked Jason about the upcoming season, the first game and thoughts about a three-peat.
JP: We've been thinking about this (the first game) since last year. It's a great opportunity to showcase what we have and put our name out there on a bigger scale. Everybody's thinking about taking it one game at a time and just trying to get the three-peat. That's what we're aiming for, nothing less than that.
Finally, I asked Jason what he did this summer. He worked with the grounds crew helping prepare the field for the New York Giants training camp.
JP: It was good experience. I got to learn how much work actually goes in to keeping the field ready and stuff I didn't even know that they did and how many times they have to paint the field. I was taken back by how much they actually do.
Poore said he would work from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. then go lift until 4:30 and then run on the track until 6.
Thanks to Jason for giving me a few minutes of his time and hopefully this was something worthwhile and informative.
Again, I'll be trying to catch up with a local UAlbany player each week. Next time I'll be discussing the first game of the season.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
The few...the proud...the UAlbany All-American
I'm hoping to get over to Great Danes football practice tomorrow.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Coughlin speaks to Danes gridders
The Giants are finishing their 2009 Training Camp at UAlbany, while the Great Danes are in the second week of workouts for their 2009 season.
Coughlin tried to impart some of his wisdom on UAlbany as they go for their third consecutive Northeast Conference crown.
"The number one thing is the mission...the mission. If every guy is on the same page, if every guy believes in what we're doing and if every guy hangs in there together and fights their way through the tough times...and you're going to have them...you can accomplish that and be very proud of the group that you have."
I am hoping that we will have a new feature coming to the blog as the UAlbany football season begins.
Remember, the Great Danes begin the season at Georgia Southern in only 17 days.
I will be heading to Georgia in three days, but it is for purely non-work activities before the Fall season heats up.
Also, look for a feature on senior running back David McCarty in Thursday's print edition of The Record.
Continue coming to this blog for all news regarding UAlbany football and the upcoming 2009 season.
MAAC Tournament to stay in Albany??
Albany, which will host the tournament in 2010 and drew a record 50,820 during last year's tournament is one potential site.
Siena College's home arena in downtown Albany also held the previous record high of 50,620.
The Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport, Conn. is another. The 2006 MAAC Tournament was held in Bridgeport as it be again in 2011.
The other two spots are the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. and the MassMutal Center in Springfield, Mass.
The bids will be examined in late October and awarded in December.
This year's Citizens Bank MAAC Championships will be held March 4-8.
Saints schedule released
Fri. Nov. 13 at Tennessee State Nashville, Tenn. TBA
Tue. Nov. 17 NORTHEASTERN HOME TBA
Sat. Nov. 21 at Temple! Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
Tue. Nov. 24 DELAWARE! HOME 7 p.m.
Fri. Nov. 27 vs. St. John’s! Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
Sat. Nov. 28 vs. Brown! Philadelphia, Pa. TBA
Wed. Dec. 2 at Georgia Tech Atlanta, Ga. TBA
Sat. Dec. 5 UALBANY+ HOME 8 p.m.
Sat. Dec. 12 at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 8:05 p.m.
Tue. Dec. 29 SAINT JOSEPH’S HOME 7 p.m.
Sat. Jan. 2 MOUNT ST. MARY’S HOME 8 p.m.
Fri./Sat Feb. 19/20 at ESPNU BracketBusters TBA TBA
All times are Eastern
All home games in BOLD CAPS and played at Times Union Center, Albany, N.Y.
+ Doubleheader with Siena women
! Philly Hoop Group Classic (Games in Philadelphia played at The Palestra)
Monday, August 17, 2009
Johnson suspended two games
The team imposed suspension comes after Johnson was cited for harassment and resisting arrest after an illegal Fourth of July fireworks show on the University's campus.
"We have high expectations for student-athletes in our program," said Brown on Monday. "I talk to my guys all the time about making smart choices and making the right decision. Unfortunately, Mike used some bad judgement and made a poor decision and was in direct violation of team policy."
Brown said that Johnson is in good standing with the University, set to graduate in the Spring and that he only received community service from the courts.
"I'm a big believer in second chances and I think Mike really has learned his lesson," Brown said. "But, I need to send a message to every kid in our program, kids that we're recruiting, that you come to the University at Albany, you're going to work hard to get a degree, become a better basketball player and do the right thing."
Brown said that he felt there needed to be punishment because of the negative light cast on the University, the team and Mike, himself.
"Again, a lot of people look at it as Fourth of July fireworks, but to me, it's bigger than that," Brown said. "It's about decision-making and Mike not doing the right thing at the right time.
Johnson will miss the opener against Syracuse (Nov. 10) and then UAlbany's home opener against Morgan State (Nov. 13).
"He's remorseful and he's looking forward to getting back with his teammates, working hard and having a good senior year," Brown added.
Brown also said that Johnson is not a shoo-in to be the starter at point guard for the Great Danes, who will have newcomers Derrek Tartt, Mike Black and Ralph Watts, who Brown said reminds him of Brian Lillis in that he can play a variety of positions.
Brown added that what was a weakness in 2008-09 at the point, he feels will be "much improved."
Monday, August 10, 2009