Saturday, October 31, 2009

Union edges RPI

The Dutchman's Shoes return to Schenectady as Union College had just enough to defeat RPI 20-15 at Frank Bailey Field on Saturday.

The Engineers had won the past three matchups in this rivalry.

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Danes fall on the road

This is no trick, but the University at Albany football team fell on the road to Central Connecticut State 31-29, their first Northeast Conference loss in three years.

The loss makes it tough for the Great Danes to win their third consecutive league title as the Blue Devils will have to lose in their final games.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

CCSU's Wanket injured

From our sister paper in New Britain, the New Britain Herald, Central Connecticut quarterback senior Hunter Wanket injured his collarbone and will likely be out for the rest of the season.

Matt Straub has the story here.

Wanket Injured

The Blue Devils like to use both Wanket and fellow senior Aubrey Norris, but it looks like Norris will be the only quarterback available when UAlbany plays Central Connecticut tomorrow afternoon.

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

The dirt on the Danes with David McCarty

I decided to check in with senior running back David McCarty because he's listed as questionable for Saturday's big road game against Central Connecticut State.

McCarty, the school's all-time leading rusher, has suffered a laundry list of injuries this season, but is considering himself a go for the game.

DM: "We just have to win the game and if that means me staying out or playing, either or, for the benefit of the team I just want to win another (championship) and be on my merry way."

Do you have to be out there in this important game?

DM: "I'm more than confident they can do it by themselves. We have a lot of threats down field with receivers, Vinny (Esposito) can throw the ball wherever he wants to and I'm very glad that I have a running back like (Justin) Gannon behind me, so they're more than capable to do it."

What happened on the play you hurt yourself on against Monmouth?

DM: "My toe got stuck in the turf and two guys came down on top of it. It's just one of those things that happens a lot in football. Then, when I came down, I just came down awkwardly on my wrist. That's unfortunate, but something that you have to overcome with football, it's a physical sport."

McCarty gave a lot of credit to assistant athletic trainer Joe Tegnander.

DM: "I give him all the credit in the world. He's a great guy who knows his stuff. He's been with me for my wrist, my ankle, my hamstring, my hip. He's been there for anything, so I have to give all the credit to him.

What is the worst of the injuries that you've suffered this year?

DM: "Everything is just a nagging injury, which makes it so I can't play. It's not so excruciating that I need surgery or something else, it's just an injury that doesn't hurt, but when you need to run on it or you need to make a cut on it, it hurts. Like a hip pointer, if I just sat in bed, it wouldn't hurt me, but if I had to make a cut or had to make a run, it would kill."

McCarty was then asked about his alma mater, La Salle Institute losing in the first round of the Section II Class AA sectionals to Guilderland.

"When I read that on the way back from Monmouth, I couldn't believe it. I was very surprised, but Coach (Al) Rapp is one of those people who knows that any team can be beaten on any given day. It's not always the best team that wins."

How frustrating has it been to have your senior season be slowed by these injuries?

DM: "It's been injury after injury. I can never seem to keep a good rhythm. It takes a lot out of your moral because you can't practice and one thing that I believe in is you practice the way you play and if you're not practicing, you're not going to be able to play that well on Saturday. It's really demoralizing because you're always having to worry about something when you should be worrying about the next opponent."

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McCarty: "I'll play"

Just got back from the University at Albany and senior running back David McCarty said he will play Saturday after suffering both a sprained right wrist and right ankle on the same play last weekend against Monmouth.

"I'll definitely play," said McCarty after Thursday's practice, the only practice he's participated in this week. "How much depends on how I feel and how the coaches feel."

I'll have more from McCarty and on the Great Danes big game against Central Connecticut State later this evening.

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SI: Siena in at No. 20

While the Siena Saints missed out on the Top 25 poll for the first week, Sports Illustrated recognized the two-time defending MAAC Champions as the No. 20 team in their first Power Rankings.

Siena is after No. 19 Dayton and before No. 21 Mississippi State.

Fran McCaffery's club, which was picked to win a third consecutive conference crown on Tuesday, starts the season ahead of such team as Georgia Tech and former Siena coach Paul Hewitt, Louisville, Florida and UCLA (oh, and ahead of Syracuse, which didn't make the top 32).

You can read the article here.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Danes picked third

The University at Albany was chosen to finish third at the America East Media Day in Hartford, Conn., site of the conference's men's and women's tournaments for the first time.

That's a pretty good projection for a team with a lot of unknowns.

One thing the Great Danes do know is junior guard Tim Ambrose, who selected to the all-conference first team along with Boston University's John Holland and Corey Lowe, Vermont's Marqus Blakely, Stony Brook's Muhammaed El-Amin and Hartford's Joe Zeglinski.

Boston University was the top choice, receiving eight of nine first place votes and undoubtedly UAlbany coach Will Brown's vote because he pretty much always votes for the Terriers to finish first.

Boston U. has a new coach in Patrick Chambers and so the expectations are still high.

Vermont was chosen to finish second and UAlbany third.

No surprise that defending champion Binghamton was picked last and word is they are not attending media day, obviously to not have to answer questions about their offseason that was full of turmoil.

Here's the entire list.

1. Boston U. (8)
2. Vermont (1)
3. UAlbany
4. Stony Brook
5. New Hampshire
T6. Hartford
8. Maine
9. Binghamton

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

MAAC Preseason Teams

Here are the men's preseason MAAC teams.

Third Team
Greg Logins, Canisius
Frank Turner, Canisius
Darryl Crawford, Manhatan
Novar Gadson, Rider
Mike Ringgold, Rider

Second Team
Greg Nero, Fairfield
Jamal Barney, Loyola
Wesley Jenkins, Saint Peter's
Alex Franklin, Siena
Ryan Rossiter, Siena

First Team
Bilal Benn, Niagara
Tyrone Lewis, Niagara
Ryan Thompson, Rider
Ronald Moore, Siena
Edwin Ubiles, Siena

MAAC Preseason Player of the Year
Ryan Thompson, Rider

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MAAC Men's Poll

The MAAC men's poll is now being released.

10. Marist
9. Iona
8. Manhattan
7. Canisius
T5. Saint Peter's
T5. Loyola
4. Fairfield
3. Rider
2. Niagara
1. Siena

This is the third year in a row that Siena has been selected the No. 1 team in the preseason.

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Siena women ranked No. 8

Gina Castelli and her Siena Saints were ranked No. 8 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason poll at the ESPN Zone in New York City.

"I think one of the reasons we were picked eighth is because we have a lot of unknowns," said Castelli, who is entering her 20th season as head coach.

Senior Allie Lindemann was selected to the preseason third team.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

UAlbany football receiving Top 25 votes

The University at Albany football team is receiving votes in both the FCS Coaches' and The Sports Network's Top 25 pools.

The Great Danes (5-0, 6-2) are No. 32 if you string out the teams in The Sports Network's poll.

UAlbany would have a better chance at being ranked if Georgia Southern (4-4) and UMass (4-3), the two teams that beat the Great Danes had better records and if Maine (3-4), who was ranked when they played at University Field, wasn't having a disappointing season.

(USA Today)

Either way, UAlbany has another shot to make a statement when they play their toughest conference opponent, Central Connecticut State (4-0, 6-1), on the road this Saturday at 12 p.m.

Remember, the Great Danes have won 18 straight Northeast Conference games.

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

Purple & Gold Scrimmage

Tim Ambrose led the Purple team with 20 points and Mike Johnson scored 17 to lead the Gold team in the University at Albany's intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday afternoon.

It was interesting for me seeing a lot of new players playing for the first time.

I was impressed with freshmen Gavin Glanton and Derrek Tartt and I think a lot of the others have some promise.

The team will scrimmage tomorrow, but without Johnson who was suspended by coach Will Brown for both scrimmages and the first two games of the season for an incident over the summer.

I was also impressed with junior Louis Barraza, who is finally healthy and made three 3-pointers in the second half.

I was a little shocked with how thin senior Will Harris looked.

Harris was the Great Danes player who was hit with the flu and has lost 10-12 pounds.

Brown says he is leaner and Harris said he feels faster.

"I definitely feel lighter," said Harris, who also sported a headband, after the scrimmage.

Some of the big plays from the final 30 minutes of the scrimmage (I was late coming from a RPI football game).....
  • Senior Scotty McRae had a nice dunk over junior college transfer Fran Urli on a pass from Ambrose.
  • Harris blocked Barraza on a 3-pointer and went coast-to-coast for a lay-in

The play of the scrimmage was definitely when Johnson lost freshman Mike Black with a killer crossover and then spotted up and canned a jumper.

That brought oooh's from the crowd and a smile from Black.

"I told him I made him dance a little bit," Johnson said. "Just a little friendly fire."

Here are some more comments from Brown after the scrimmage.

"I thought we did some good things. We have a lot of guys that can put the ball in the basket and do some different things, which is nice to see, but again the real test is tomorrow, when we scrimmage."

"The two guys that have been playing the best out of all of our new guys leading into this afternoon were Derrek Tartt and Fran Urli. Those guys have been playing the best and Blake Metcalf has been rock-solid for us and other guys have shown consistent flashes. Gavin Glanton gets better every time he steps on the floor and he plays so darn hard."

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Ubiles feeling better

LOUDONVILLE - Edwin Ubiles came around the corner off the ARC at Siena wearing a heating pad over his left shoulder.

The 6-foot-6 senior has been dealing with a sore shoulder for a few weeks, but it is feeling quite better.

Friday was the third day in a row Ubiles has practiced after missing the first few days, but he has been limited a little.

"I'm just trying to take it easy so I won't re-injure it and be out for even longer," Ubiles said. "It feels pretty good when I'm playing. It doesn't really bother me when as much."

Ubiles is still getting treatment on the shoulder and easing his way back into play so he will be ready for the season opener, which is three weeks from today.

"It's a little frustrating," said Ubiles, who added shoulder gets a little sore after practicing. "Of course, I want to be able to go out there at full strength, but injuries happens sometimes, so right now I just have to deal with it, keep going in the training room and hopefully it will be 100 percent soon."

Ubiles is still psyched for this, his senior season to begin.

"I couldn't wait for this time all summer," Ubiles said. "I'm just happy that it's here and I'm just looking forward to that first game and looking forward to doing what we need to do during the season."

With the MAAC Media Day on Tuesday, Ubiles could be named preseason player of the year, but he's not too concerned about it.

"I'm pretty sure a lot of us want it, but that's something that comes along with being a team player and not really thinking about yourself and that happens on its own," said Ubiles

Some other observations from Friday's practice.
  • Veteran assistant Mitch Buonaguro is running practice because Fran McCaffery is recovering from a minor surgery. "I'm gonna enjoy this," Buonaguro said to me about running practice. Buonguro was a coach at Fairfield from 1985-91 and has coached in more than 1,000 career games. McCaffery is expected back on Monday.

  • Assistant coach Andrew Francis spent a lot of time before practice with freshman Davis Martens working on low post moves. Martens isn't allowed to play for the first 12 games, but once he's in, it looks like he'll be able to make an impact.

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Lewis appears in SI

Albany native Dion Lewis, who was named The Record's 2006 Football Offensive Player of the Year for his accomplishments in leading the Albany Academy football team to the Carrier Dome during his junior season, appears in the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

Lewis is second in the country in rushing with 918 yards as a freshman for the Pitt Panthers.


Lewis, who spent two years at Blair Academy (NJ), was listed at 5-foot-7 and weighed just 170 pounds, but rushed for 1,368 yards and 22 touchdowns as the Cadets went 12-1.

Lewis, who is now listed on the Pitt web site as 5-8, 195 lbs., was also named a mid-season all-american by SI.

Here's the link to the story.

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UAlbany hoops on TV

The Great Danes will appear on the tube nine times in the Capital District during the 2009-10 season.

Here are the games.

Nov. 9 (Mon.) at Syracuse (ESPNU) 9 p.m.
Dec. 30 (Wed.) at North Carolina (ESPNU), 7 p.m.
Jan. 3 (Sun.) vs. Yale (TW3), 4 p.m.
Jan. 10 (Sun.) vs. Vermont (TW3), 4 p.m.
Jan. 24 (Sun.) at Stony Brook (AE-TV/MSG+), 12 p.m.
Jan. 27 (Wed.) vs. Hartford, 7 p.m.
Feb. 6 (Sat.) vs. Boston U.^, 7 p.m.
Feb. 9 (Tue.) vs. New Hampshire (TW3), 7 p.m.
Feb. 19 (Fri.) vs. Stony Brook (AE-TV/MSG+), 7 p.m.

The women's game against Vermont on Feb. 6 (4:30 p.m.) will be broadcast as a doubleheader with the men's for the annual Big Purple Growl game.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Purple & Gold Scrimmage

The University at Albany men's basketball team is having an intrasquad scrimmage at SEFCU Arena on Saturday, Oct. 24. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. and admission is free for both the general public and students.

Here is the rest of the release from the school.

Albany, N.Y. – The annual Purple and Gold men’s basketball intrasquad scrimmage will be held at the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena on Saturday, Oct. 24. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. Admission is free for both the general public and students.

The festivities include an introduction of head coach Will Brown and his coaching staff and members of the 17-player team. UAlbany’s dance team, cheerleaders and Damien the Dane, the school’s mascot, will make appearances. Music will be provided by DJ Don Juan.

At halftime of the scrimmage, there will be a half-court shot contest for $5,000, the opportunity to win an iPod, the SEFCU Money Machine contest, where a lucky fan can win up to $500, the Northwoods Inn Drawing for a ski package, and performances by two campus dance groups.

UAlbany opens its season on Monday, Nov. 9 against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome, as part of the 2K Sports Classic, benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer. The opener will be televised on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. The Great Danes will also be hosting the 2K Sports Classic sub-regional on Nov. 20-22 at SEFCU Arena. Robert Morris, a 2009 NCAA Tournament participant, Detroit and Alcorn State will travel to the Capital Region for the three-day event.

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

UAlbany holds on

The Great Danes held on against a very game Bryant squad 20-17 today at University Field.

Big games for quarterback Vinny Esposito, Tim Bush and Hoosick Falls native Jason Poore.

The win gives UAlbany their 17th consecutive Northeast Conference victory, a conference record.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Moore out of first practice

Senior point guard Ronald Moore will sit out this evening's first practice, still bothered by an eye injury.

Moore's right eye was poked earlier in the week and he said he should be ready to go by Monday.

"They want me to take it easy," said Moore at the team's media day on Friday. "I feel as though I'm ready to come back, but there's nothing wrong with missing a few days before I get back out there."

Some other notes from Media Day
  • In his introduction of the team, Siena coach Fran McCaffery said this is the most talented team in Siena history. I think the word he used was "clearly." I'm not the man to argue but those are strong words for a program that has just won a game in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
  • McCaffery did add that losing Kenny Hasbrouck, the team's best player and best defensive player isn't good, even if the this team has more overall talent.
  • McCaffery said the team will embrace its honor to be ranked in the Top 25 in some publications, something his players agreed with. "We don't want to shy away from it, we're proud of it and we're going to work as hard as possible to stay ranked," Moore said.
  • McCaffery had high words for sophomore Kyle Downey, saying that he could be someone first off the bench to replace guards. "He's a shot maker. He's in great shape. He trimmed down and I think feels really good about his game now and I think he's ready to take that next step."
  • McCaffery also said that Steven Priestley and O.D. Anosike have to play to give Alex Franklin and Ryan Rossiter a spell in the frontcourt. Once Davis Martens becomes available after 12 games, that will give the team more frontcourt depth.

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Media Practice and jammed fingers

So at least I jammed the pinky on my right hand, which is my non-writing hand.

Kudos to University at Albany men's basketball coach Will Brown and the rest of his staff and the school for hosting a little event today that saw 15 media members go through a simulated practice, one day before the real team practices for the first time in 2009.

Brown said he took the idea from Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who has done it for the past couple of years.

It was really a great look into something we don't really see all that often.

Brown usually has his team locked down like Fort Knox - we can talk to them, but we can't watch practice, so this was even more helpful.

This was the first time I had the opportunity to go into the team's new locker room, which is top-notch for sure.

I was pretty shocked with how in-depth the scout was for the team we were looking at - Villanova - and how many calls the players have to memorize. Let's put it this way it was enough calls to make your head spin.

The scout that we watched was pretty long and very detailed.

Brown said the team would normally watch that scout three times before a game, two days before then the day before and then before the game on game day, usually during a meal.

I was also super impressed by the work that assistant coach Chad O'Donnell does.

Brown said that to prepare for their season opener, Nov. 9 at Syracuse, O'Donnell will watch all 14 of Syracuse's non-conference games from last year, their games in the 2009 NCAA Tournament and then Iowa State games from 2007-08 because that's where transfer Wesley Johnson is from.

Here's some other notes from Coach Brown on his team for the 2009-10 season.

  • Brown said two players had been under the weather and I have to assume the one with Swine Flu is the one Brown is referring to when he says that a player lost 15 pounds and "he's going to struggle the next couple of days" or the first few days of practice. Brown went on to say "he'll practice tomorrow, how effective he'll be is another story"
  • Brown did a quick roundup of what he thinks of the league and he said Boston University is in the top tier, Albany in his mind is in the top of tier two and then wouldn't get into any other team specifically.
  • Brown feels the point guard position will be stronger and those players will know what is expected from them. He expects the turnovers to go down and that Mike Johnson and Mike Black will start as the primary point guards, but Derek Tartt and Ralph Watts can also play there. Brown also said that he will have Tim Ambrose ready to play the point for the Syracuse game because of the 2-3 zone they're expecting to see.
  • Red-Shirt freshman Logan Aronholt has been cleared to do everything since Oct. 1 and he's out on the floor. Brown says he has the talent to have been an all-rookie guy. Brown also said he saw Aronholt go down the middle of the lane and dunk in a workout recently. "I haven't seen that explosiveness from him since we recruited him."
  • With a large roster of young players, the idea of red-shirting players is one that Brown wants to figure out. He said Thursday he will red-shirt John Puk and he'd love to find one or two more before the season begins.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

The dirt on the Danes with Rich Duff

I had a chance to talk with Saratoga Springs native Rich Duff on Thursday. Duff and the rest of the UAlbany defense haven't allowed a touchdown in 10 quarters or more than 12 hours of game action.

What has been clicking defensively for the last two or three games?

RD: We have eight senior starters on our defense, so we’re all pretty experienced. Our front seven are playing really well. We’re obviously stopping the run. The first couple games teams were running the ball all over us, but the past three games, they haven’t really done much since the Maine game, the second half of the Maine game. We’re playing well right now.

Was the second half against Maine a turning point for the defense?

RD: At the end of the first half, we had a goal line stand and we’ve had four goal line stands since then. We’ve been pretty jacked up since then.

What’s Homecoming week like and how is it different from any other game?

RD: I guess. It depends on who we’re playing. We’re pretty excited to play Duquesne because they gave us a tough match last year. Last year, we played Saint Francis (Pa.) and not to downplay them, they’re improved this year, but last year, we weren’t that excited. This year, we’re pretty excited because Duquesne gave us trouble last year. They threw the ball for like 350 yards on us and that’s one of main focuses this week, to not let that happen again.”

With Duquesne do you have to take the pass or run away first?

RD: Our goal is always to take the run away first and force them to pass, make them one dimensional. They’re one tight end (senior Sean Bunevich) isn't playing this week and he’s the one that tore us apart last year and they have a transfer from Michigan State (wide receiver Dave Williams) and our main focus is to stop him.

Is this a defensive team of playmakers?

RD: Our four linebackers, I think are really good. Our d-line is doing really well and our secondary has been getting some picks lately. We’re forcing a lot of turnovers since the Maine game and making a lot of plays.

In the preseason did you have a sense that this would be a good defense?

RD: With eight starters starting on defense, we thought we were going to be pretty experienced and ready to go. We’ve all been there before and had a lot of game-type situations.”

(UAlbany Athletics)

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two UAlbany athletes have Swine Flu (updated)

According the Albany Student Press, two UAlbany student-athletes have the Swine Flu or the H1N1 virus.

The student paper is reporting a football player and a basketball player have come down with the virus and the university has taken steps to clean the area where they would have been.

The two students have been sent back to their places of residence.

“The university knows about it. They have taken the precautions to not have them on campus one way or another,” said UAlbany Sports Infortmation Director Brian DePasquale. “They are being treated and also steps were taken within our athletic department to to clean those areas where they may have been so that others do not get in contact with the virus.”

Update: UAlbany football coach Bob Ford said the player suspected to have H1N1 from his team has not been confirmed to have the disease.

The player is a transfer who has not played this season and would not be playing in Saturday's Homecoming game against Duquesne.

Sports Information Director Brian DePasquale said that both student-athletes would be away from the campus until at least Monday before they could even possible return to practice.

He then said that they must be fever free for 24 hours before they can return to the practice field.

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

The dirt on the Danes with Kevin Richards

I caught up with senior center Kevin Richards on Thursday.

Richards, a Clifton Park native, was chosen as a second team All-Northeast Conference selection for the past two seasons and is the only starter from last season on the offensive line back in 2009.

First I want to say, hopefully, this blog entry doesn't cost Richards.

As Sports Information Director Brian DePasquale told me, the offensive line has this policy: if you get interviewed, you have to buy bagels for the rest of the lineman.

With that aside, here's what Kevin, who got married this past July, and I discussed on the upcoming game at Saint Francis on Saturday.

Talk about getting ready for another conference game.

KR: It might seem more meaningful, but we have to approach it just like it was a non-conference game because when we play our non-conference games, they say we're playing up. With the conference this year, there's a lot more parity. Saint Francis, on film, has looked so much better than they have in years past, so we really have to attack it the same way and I think we have so far.

This is your first 1 p.m. game of the year. How does that make preparation different?

KR: I think a lot of time with the night games and the 4 o'clock kickoffs, there's a lot of sitting around, just waiting to get to the field. Hopefully, we'll wake up at the same time and we'll just do everything a lot quicker. If anything, maybe that will get us going a little quicker, we've had some late starts the last couple games, so hopefully in the first half we'll get something going.

Does being on the road change anything?

KR: I think at this level it's really the team that matters. The home field advantage isn't necessarily anything. When people come out to our games, it's great. At the Maine game, we had 5,000 people there and that was a great day and something that I think contributed to the win. Coach Ford says all the time, we'll play anyone, anywhere, it doesn't really matter.

You're the elder statesman on this offensive line.

KR: Yeah (laughing). I'm pretty old. (Richards turns 23 on Oct. 29)

The offensive line lost a few guys from last year. How do you feel like the unit is coming along?

KR: I think it's come along well. We have a lot of young guys and a lot of first-year starters and only a couple guys last year had some playing time, but we all work together, it's one unit and we have to try to pick it up. We have some tight end help, Chris Kenneally is the senior on that side, so he helps those guys a lot and then we have (David) McCarty running behind us. That makes us look a lot better. The young guys realize that if they just play as hard as they possibly can, then he'll make them look good.

It's starting to get cold. Is there anything weather-wise that you'll do to prepare?

KR: Watching the film of us against Saint Francis from last year, it was a torrential downpour. It was like a monsoon out there. We'll play anywhere, any weather, it doesn't matter. Two years ago, we had an epic against Stony Brook, where there was lighting and it was a five-hour game, so that stuff doesn't really faze us.

Are you waiting for that big breakout running game?

KR: With these young guys, we're knocking on the door. It's going to come, it's just a matter of getting it. Now that we're in conference, it has to come sooner than later.

(UAlbany Athletics)
Here is another note from practice.
  • Coach Bob Ford said that sophomore guard Kyle O'Keefe is dealing with some shoulder issues and that they'd have a better idea of where he was at practice today

If you think the players are taking Saint Francis lightly (UAlbany has never lost in 10 meetings), they certainly aren't acting like it.

  • “They’re definitely a better team than they were last year,” said sophomore Eddie Delaney. “I think they’re average o-lineman has put on 15 pounds since last year.”
  • “They don’t look lost out there, they look in good shape, they look physical, they look like no Saint Francis team I’ve ever seen," senior Justin Brancaccio said. "They look like they’re up there with the top teams in our conference.”

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RPI's Hermann not practicing

I stopped up at RPI football practice today to do something on wide receiver Patrick McCarthy which will run on Saturday.

While I was there, freshman quarterback Mike Hermann was in shorts and a long sleeve fleece with a baseball cap on - no pads.

Hermann has been named Liberty League Rookie of the Week three times in a row and has thrown for 559 yards and four touchdown and also rushed for 205 yards and five touchdowns for the Engineers (3-0).

Coach Joe King actually started fellow freshman Tanner Boucher in the season opener against Endicott, but Boucher hadn't played until the final series against WPI last Saturday.

I know Coach King and his staff are comfortable with Boucher playing, but missing Hermann would make Saturday's game against Rochester (0-3) even a little more interesting.

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