Monday, August 30, 2010

Di Lella at QB; Smith at TB, other Danes notes

University at Albany media guru Brian DePasquale has sent out the Great Danes first game notes for the season.

If you're wondering, the biggest question coming into the year was replacing the quarterback, and UAlbany has junior Dan Di Lella listed as the No. 1 QB.

Red-shirt sophomore Andrew Smith is listed as the No. 1 tailback.

Some interesting notes:
  • Di Lella's most yards passing in a game was 7 last season against Duquesne. UAlbany fans are hoping he breaks that on his first pass in 2010.
  • The Great Danes are 6-15 in night games since joining the FCS level. They open the season with two night games (Maine, Stephen F. Austin) and play Central Connecticut later in the year.
  • UAlbany has four starters returning on the offensive line.
  • Kicker Herb Glass needs just five field goals to move into second on the program's all-time list. Glass has 18 career field goals. Jason Fralicker (2006-07) has 28.
  • Ford has 241 victories (most among active FCS coaches) and is just nine wins - quite possible in 2010 - from 250 for his career.
  • The Great Danes open the season on the road for the 10th time in the last 12 seasons.
  • UAlbany actually leads the all-time series with Maine, 2-1. The Black Bears have made five NCAA FCS postseason appearances and are just outside the Top 25 at the beginning of the 2010 season.

We'll have our preview for the team in Thursday's edition of The Record. The team opens that night against Maine.

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