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                                                University at Albany
                                             2008 UAlbany Football
                                                    Northeast Conference Football Champion, 2002, 2003 & 2007
                                                                              level on Oct. 25th and leads all active Division I FCS coaches ...
    UAlbany Great Danes (5-3, NEC 4-0) vs.                                    ... UAlbany has a 25-11 record in homecoming games following last
      Monmouth Hawks (5-3, NEC 4-0)                                           Saturday's 27-3 victory over Saint Francis, Pa. ....
                                                                              ... the Great Danes have won 10 straight and 14 of their last 15 contests
                                                                              against Northeast Conference opponents ...
            GAME #9: Saturday, November 1, 2008
                                                                              ... UAlbany's defense allowed 145 total yards, the third lowest figure
            University Field (5,000 / Natural Grass)                          by an opponent since Nov. 4, 2006 ...
                Albany, N.Y., 1:00 p.m. Eastern                               ... TB David McCarty has rushed for 100 or more yards in 13 of his last
                                                                              14 starts after a 122-yard effort vs. Saint Francis ...
TELEVISION COVERAGE
None                                                                          ABOUT MONMOUTH: The Hawks, who have won or shared five
RADIO COVERAGE                                                                Northeast Conference titles in their history, are tied for first place in the
Fox Sports 980 (WOFX-AM) will again air the entire University at Albany       league standings following a 30-20 victory over Central Connecticut
football schedule. Rodger Wyland, the sports director at WNYT-TV              State on Oct. 25. Head coach Kevin Callahan has an experienced
(NewsChannel 13), serves as the WOFX Radio play-by-play an-                   squad that features seven fifth-year senior starters. RB David Sinisi
nouncer with Jon Phelps working as the color analyst.                         is the nation's top rusher (161.9 ypg) and second-leading scorer (12.8
                                                                              ppg). Sinisi, an all-conference runner on two occasions, is a Walter
UALBANY vs. MONMOUTH                                                          Payton Award candidate. He ran for 194 yards and four TDs last
The Great Danes and Monmouth are meeting for the 11th time on the             Saturday and tied an NEC record for career scoring with 300 points.
gridiron. UAlbany has won the six of the previous 10 contests, including      Sinisi, who rushed for a career-best 247 yards against Saint Francis
a 21-3 triumph at Kessler Field on Nov. 10, 2007.                             earlier this season, is the program's all-time leader with 3,233 yards.
                                                                              QB Brett Burke earned first-team All-NEC recognition in his first year
LAST WEEK                                                                     as a starter last season. He recently became the fourth MU quarterback
The Great Danes defeated Northeast Conference-rival Saint Francis,            to surpass 3,000 career passing yards (3,194). He has connected on
Pa., 27-3, on Oct. 25 before a Homecoming crowd of 5,284 at University        63.6 percent of his attempts this year for 1,112 yards and eight
Field. QB Vinny Esposito threw two-first quarter touchdowns                   touchdowns. TE John Nalbone (6-4, 260), a three-time All-NEC
passes, including a 58-yard scoring strike to WR Tim Bush. TB David           standout, is the favorite receiver with 32 catches for 294 yards and
McCarty rushed for 122 yards. He scored on a 22-yard reception in             three scores. LT Nick LoCastro (6-6, 295) and RG Shawn Wright
the opening period and added a 1-yard run in the final quarter. The grass     (6-2, 275) block for the nation's 12th-ranked rushing attack at 208.6
field deteriorated in a driving rain that intensified throughout the second   yards per game. Both players were all-league selections. The Hawks
half. UAlbany's defense held St. Francis to 145 total yards, the lowest       own a five-game win streak due in large part to a defensive unit that
figure by an opponent in nearly two years, and 68 on the ground.
                                                                                             2008 UAlbany Football Schedule
ABOUT UALBANY: The Great Danes won their third Northeast
Conference championship in 2007 by becoming the fifth team in league              Aug. 30    (Sat.) at #5 Massachusetts                   28-16, L
history to go undefeated in conference play. UAlbany (8-4, NEC 6-0)               Sept. 13   (Sat.) at Hofstra (OT)                       22-16, W
made their fifth appearance in the postseason, losing to No. 24 Dayton,           Sept. 20   (Sat.) at #10 New Hampshire                  32-24, L
42-21, in the second annual Gridiron Classic.                                     Sept. 27   (Sat.) at #17 Delaware                       38-7, L
      Head coach Bob Ford, who has 11 starters returning from last                Oct. 4     (Sat.) at Duquesne*                          33-23, W
year's squad, is in his 40th season as a collegiate head coach. The               Oct. 11    (Sat.) Central Conn. State*                  24-22, W
Great Danes are led on offense by tailback David McCarty, who                     Oct. 18    (Sat.) at Sacred Heart*                      26-21, W
rushed for 1,503 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore. Quar-
                                                                                  Oct. 25    (Sat.) St. Francis, Pa.*                     27-3, W
terback Vinny Esposito passed for 1,810 yards and 12 TDs. Offen-
sive tackle Raphael Nguti (6-7, 330) and center Kevin Richards (6-                Nov. 1     (Sat.) Monmouth*                             1:00
2, 270) are all-conference linemen.                                               Nov. 8     (Sat.) at Robert Morris*                     1:00
      Tom Pandolf, a first-team All-NEC defensive tackle, leads a unit            Nov. 15    (Sat.) Wagner*                               1:00
that ranked 17th among the NCAA scoring leaders. Justin Brancaccio                           *Northeast Conference Opponent
(63 tackles) moved into the starting lineup at inside linebacker last year.
UAlbany's secondary returns intact. Dave West, an all-league safety,                             ATHLETIC MEDIA RELATIONS
made 60 tackles and had two interceptions.                                                              Brian DePasquale,
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is first in rushing yards allowed and second in scoring defense. DT           3. Central Connecticut State (1), 4. Wagner, 5. Duquesne, 6. Robert
Kevin Walsh (6-3, 270) and DE David Kennedy (6-0, 265) anchor the             Morris, 7. Sacred Heart, 8. St. Francis, Pa. ( ) - first-place votes
defensive line. Walsh, a second-team All-NEC choice, has 27 tackles
and 4.0 sacks. Kennedy leads the team with 4.5 sacks. CB Ayo Falae,           NEC TITLES: The Great Danes captured their third Northeast Confer-
another all-league performer, is a starter for the third consecutive          ence title with a 49-14 victory at Central Connecticut State. TB David
season. He has 38 tackles and five pass break-ups, plus is averaging          McCarty set the program's Division I FCS record with 247 rushing yards
25.0 yards per kickoff return. CB Ken Amsel is first on the squad in          and two touchdowns. UAlbany won the title outright in 2002 with a 19-
interceptions (3) and PBUs (7). FS Jose Gumbs, who has a team-                7 victory over Monmouth. TB Gary Jones rushed for 103 yards and QB
best 47 tackles, became a starter following an impressive spring. He          Ryan Roeder scored on a 59-yard run in the second quarter. The Great
did not play last year as a freshman. WR Nick Romeo is 16th nationally        Danes went on to defeat No. 21 Duquesne, 24-0, in the ECAC Football
in punt returns with a 16.1 average. PK Fred Weingart has 185 career          Classic. UAlbany shared the NEC crown with Monmouth in 2003. TB
points, including 27 of 44 field goals and 104 of 110 point-after attempts.   Gary Jones ran for 195 yards and three TDs in a 27-7 win against Robert
                                                                              Morris in his team's final conference game of the season.
HEAD COACH: Monmouth's Kevin Callahan is in his 16th season as
head coach. He has a 94-65 record. Callahan has guided the MU                 2008 NEC STANDINGS: Monmouth and UAlbany are tied for first place
program to five Northeast Conference championships. He has been               in the conference standings. Sacred Heart moved into third place after
named NEC coach of the year three times. The Hawks captured the               a 29-17 victory over Duquesne. NEC Standings: T1. Albany (5-3, NEC
2004 mid-major national championship and placed second in the final           4-0), T1. Monmouth (5-3, 4-0), 3. Sacred Heart (7-1, 3-1), T4. Central
2006 Sports Network poll. Callahan served as Colgate's defensive              Connecticut State (5-3, 2-2), T4. Robert Morris (3-5, 2-2), 6. Wagner (3-
coordinator from 1984-91 prior to starting up the Monmouth program.           5, 1-3), 7. Duquesne (2-5, 1-4), 8. Saint Francis, Pa. (0-8, 0-5).
He worked on Bob Ford's UAlbany coaching staff from 1977-79.
                                                                              BATTLE OF NEC UNBEATENS: The Great Danes will meet a
THE SERIES: UAlbany and Monmouth are meeting for the 11th time on             Northeast Conference opponent where both teams are undefeated in
the gridiron. The Great Danes have won six of the previous 10 contests,       league play for the fourth time. UAlbany and Monmouth also hooked up
including a 21-3 decision at Kessler Field last year. TB David McCarty        as unbeatens in league play. The Hawks won that 2003 clash.
rushed for 167 yards and scored on a 67-yard jaunt in the fourth quarter
                                                                              UAlbany in Unbeaten League Showdowns
to seal the outcome. ILB Justin Brancaccio tackled RB David Sinsi in the
                                                                              Oct. 30, 1999:  Robert Morris (5-0) 30, Albany (4-1) 20
end zone for a safety to break a 3-3 deadlock in the third quarter. WR
                                                                              Oct. 20, 2001:  Sacred heart (9-0) 32, Albany (3-1) 17
Mike Wall blocked a punt to set up a 40-yard field goal. TB Justin Gannon
                                                                              Oct. 18, 2003:  Monmouth (4-0) 10, Albany (3-1) 7
gave his team a 14-3 lead with 6:02 remaining by scoring on an 87-yard
screen pass. Monmouth won its fourth straight in the series with a 19-
                                                                              CONFERENCE CONSISTENCY: UAlbany has won four or more
0 win that clinched the 2006 NEC title. QB Brian Boland completed 17
                                                                              conference games in all 10 seasons as a Northeast Conference
of 18 passes for 218 yards and two touchdowns. In 2005, PK Fred
                                                                              member following last Saturday's 27-3 win against Saint Francis. The
Weingart booted a 26-yard field goal as time expired in a 16-13 triumph.
                                                                              Great Danes have captured three NEC titles (2002, 2003 & 2007).
In 2004, PK Steve Andriola drilled a 23-yard field goal on the last play
in a thrilling 25-24 contest. UAlbany's Chris Lynch had given his team
                                                                              UNBEATEN OPPONENTS: The Great Danes battled an undefeated
a 24-22 advantage on a 33-yard field goal with 7:45 remaining.
                                                                              team in the second half of the season for the sixth time as a Division
All-Time Series Record                                                        I FCS program on Oct. 18. UAlbany upended Sacred Heart, 26-21, at
Sept. 19, 1998:  Albany 31, Monmouth 28 (University Field)                    Campus Field. The Great Danes had lost four of the previous five
Sept. 11, 1999:  Albany 24, Monmouth 16 (Kessler Field)                       matchups with unbeaten teams since 1999.
Nov. 4, 2000:    Albany 37, Monmouth 10 (University Field)
                                                                              UAlbany vs. Undefeated Teams (since 1999)
Nov. 3, 2001:    Albany 19, Monmouth 10 (Kessler Field)
                                                                              Oct. 21, 2000:  Sacred Heart (7-0) 35, Albany 28, OT
Nov. 16, 2002:   Albany 19, Monmouth 7 (University Field)
                                                                              Nov. 10, 2000:  Robert Morris (9-0) 43, Albany 34
Oct. 18, 2003:   Monmouth 10, Albany 7 (Kessler Field)
                                                                              Oct. 20, 2001:  Sacred Heart (6-0) 32, Albany 17
Oct. 16, 2004:   Monmouth 25, Albany 24 (University Field)
                                                                              Nov. 23, 2002:  Albany 24, Duquesne (11-1) 0
Nov. 12, 2005:   Monmouth 16, Albany 13 (Kessler Field)
                                                                              Oct. 18, 2003:  Monmouth (7-0) 10, Albany 7
Nov. 11, 2006:   Monmouth 19, Albany 0 (University Field)
                                                                              Oct. 18, 2008:  Albany 26, Sacred Heart (6-1) 21
Nov. 10, 2007:   Albany 21, Monmouth 3 (Kessler Field)
                                                                              LONG & WINDING ROAD: The Great Danes played their eighth
FORD BUILT: UAlbany's Bob Ford is first among active NCAA
                                                                              consecutive road game, dating back to November 2007, against
Division I FCS coaches with 230 career victories. Ford, the architect
                                                                              Duquesne on Oct. 4. UAlbany combined to travel 4,504 miles during this
of the UAlbany program, has a 221-143 career record in his 36th varsity
                                                                              stretch, including a round trip of 958 miles to Pittsburgh, Pa.
season as head coach at the school. Under his direction, the Great
Danes have moved from the club level in 1970 to its present NCAA
                                                                              OPPONENTS IN POLLS: UAlbany's non-conference schedule fea-
Division I FCS status. Ford, who has a 230-165-1 career record at the
                                                                              tured three consensus top-20 Division I FCS programs. New Hampshire
collegiate level, earned his 200th UAlbany win in a 20-17 victory against
                                                                              is currently No. 8 in the FCS Coaches' poll and No. 9 in the Sports Network
Robert Morris in 2005. More than 100 of Bob Ford's assistant coaches
                                                                              rankings. Massachusetts (FCS #15 and SN #15) is also ranked.
are currently working in the professional, college and high school ranks.
                                                                              Delaware fell out of the national polls three weeks ago.
Dave Campo, a former UAlbany graduate assistant in 1973, is the
defensive backs coach of the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. Tony Wise, a
                                                                              RANKED TEAMS: UAlbany met a ranked opponent for the fifteenth
former NFL assistant, is on the University of Pittsburgh staff. Dave
                                                                              time in a 38-7 loss to No. 17 Delaware on Sept. 27. The Great Danes
Clawson was recently named Tennessee's offensive coordinator.
                                                                              also lost to Massachusetts (#5) and New Hampshire (#10) this season.
Ford assistants who are Division I FCS head coaches include Al Bagnoli
                                                                              Dayton (#24) defeated UAlbany in the Gridiron Classic to end the 2007
(Pennsylvania), Jack Siedlecki (Yale), Dave Cohen (Hofstra), Pete
                                                                              season. In 2006, UAlbany defeated a pair of FCS top-25 programs with
Lembo (Elon), Kevin Callahan (Monmouth), Walt Hameline (Wagner) and
                                                                              victories against Delaware (#11) and Central Connecticut State (#23).
Chuck Priore (Stony Brook).
                                                                              Hofstra (#24) and Massachusetts (#25) were opponents in 2005.
NORTHEAST POLL: UAlbany was established as the preseason                      UAlbany vs. Ranked Division I FCS Teams
favorite to capture this year's Northeast Conference title. The Great         Nov. 18, 2000:  #12 Hofstra 55, Albany 28
Danes received five first-place votes. Monmouth earned two first-             Sept. 7, 2002:  #1 Montana 45, Albany 7
place votes, while Central Connecticut State had one. Duquesne is an          Nov. 23, 2002:  Albany 24, #21 Duquesne 0 (ECAC Championship)
NEC member for the first time. NEC Poll: 1. Albany (5), 2. Monmouth (2),      Sept. 6, 2003:  #6 Northeastern 51, Albany 0
Oct. 2, 2004:        #21 Lehigh 44, Albany 14                                 2000, Robert Morris (10-0, NEC 8-0)
Sept. 10, 2005:      #24 Hofstra 36, Albany 7                                 2001, Sacred Heart (11-0, NEC 8-0)
Sept. 17, 2005:      #25 Massachusetts 40, Albany 0                           2007, Albany (8-4, NEC 6-0)
Sept. 16, 2006:      Albany 17, #11 Delaware 10
Sept. 23, 2006:      Albany 19, #23 Central Connecticut State 14              CAUSING TURNOVERS: UAlbany forced five or more turnovers for
Sept. 15, 2007:      #19 Hofstra 28, Albany 13                                the seventh time as a FCS Division I program. The Great Danes had three
Sept. 22, 2007:      #2 Montana 35, Albany 14                                 interceptions and recovered two fumbles against Duquesne.
Dec. 1, 2007:        #24 Dayton 42, Albany 21 (Gridiron Classic)
                                                                              Single-Game Turnovers Caused (since 1999)
Aug. 30, 2008:       #5 Massachusetts 28, Albany 16
                                                                              6 vs. Towson, 9-1-01 (3 fumbles, 3 interceptions)
Sept. 20, 2008:      #10 New Hampshire 32, Albany 24
                                                                              6 vs. Stony Brook, 10-2-99 (4 fumbles, 2 interceptions)
Sept. 27, 2008:      #17 Delaware 38, Albany 7
                                                                              5 vs. Central Conn., 9-4-99 (5 interceptions)
                                                                              5 vs. Wagner, 9-22-01 (2 fumbles, 3 interceptions)
THE SCHEDULE: The Great Danes will play a seven-game Northeast
                                                                              5 vs. St. Francis, Pa., 10-9-04 (1 fumble, 4 interceptions)
Conference slate and meet non-league opponents Massachusetts,
                                                                              5 vs. Central Conn, 11-17-07 (3 fumbles, 2 interceptions)
Hofstra, New Hampshire and Delaware. UAlbany and Colonial Athletic
                                                                              5 vs. Duquesne, 10-4-08 (2 fumbles, 3 interceptions)
Association member UMass will battle in the season opener on Aug. 30.
The Minutemen and New Hampshire were in the NCAA field last year.
                                                                              IN SERVICE: Tailback David McCarty, who plans to join the U.S.
Delaware, the Lambert Cup winner, reached the FCS national title game.
                                                                              Marine Corps following graduation, recorded the third-best single-
                                                                              season rushing total in team history with 1,503 yards and 13 touch-
NORTHEAST CONFERENCE: UAlbany became an associate mem-
                                                                              downs as a sophomore. McCarty, who was named the NEC offensive
ber of the Northeast Conference in 1999. The NEC's current football-
                                                                              player of the week four times, ran for 100-plus yards against eight
playing membership includes Central Connecticut State, Monmouth,
                                                                              teams, including a career-high 247 against Central Connectcut State.
Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, St. Francis, Pa., and Wagner. Duquesne
becomes the eighth football-playing member in 2008. Football has been         UAlbany's Single-Season Rushing Leaders
sponsored by the NEC as a conference sport since 1996. The Great              1,524, Gary Jones (2003, 211 carries)
Danes have won three NEC titles, including last year's championship.          1,509, Gary Jones (2002, 231 carries)
                                                                              1,503, David McCarty (2007, 219 carries)
PROGRAM HISTORY: UAlbany began its 36th varsity season                        1,140, David McCarty (2008, 240 carries)
against Massachusetts on Aug. 30. UAlbany football started at the club
                                                                              UAlbany's Single-Game Rushing Leaders
level in 1970, before moving to Division III and varsity status three years
                                                                              286, Tom DeBlois vs. Springfield, 11-15-75 (36 carries)
later. The Great Danes competed at the Division II level from 1995-98,
                                                                              247, David McCarty vs. Central Conn. State, 11-17-07 (19 carries)
and won two Eastern Football Conference titles in that period. Division
                                                                              242, Gary Jones vs. Stony Brook, 10-25-03 (27 carries)
I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) play arrived in 1999 with
                                                                              235, Orin Griffin vs. Brockport, 9-27-75 (11 carries)
membership in the Northeast Conference.
                                                                              UAlbany's Career Rushing Leaders
SEVEN WINS: UAlbany has reached the seven-win mark in nine of                 1. 3,033, Gary Jones, 2002-03 (442 carries)
the last 12 seasons. The Great Danes, who have won seven games                2. 2,958, Greg Garrett, 1996-99 (634 carries)
six times as a FCS Division I program, own a 86-45 record during that         3. 2,680, Tom DeBlois, 1973-76 (439 carries)
period. UAlbany has registered seven-plus victories 16 times in the           4. 2,641, David McCarty, 2006- (460 carries)
program's history. UAlbany has at least four NEC wins in all nine years       5. 2,612, Peter Pedro, 1986-89 (480 carries)
as a conference member. The Great Danes equaled the program's
                                                                              Career 100-Yard Rushing Games
single-season FCS record with eight victories in 2007.
                                                                              1. 17, Gary Jones, 2002-03
UAlbany's Record (since 1996) -- 1996: 7-3 (NCAA Division II                  2. 15, David McCarty, 2006-
Independent); 1997: 11-1 (Eastern Football Conference Champions);             3. 10, Pat Ryder, 1986-89
1998: 10-1 (Eastern Football Conference Champions).                           t4. 9, Tom DeBlois, 1973-76
       1999: 7-2, NEC 6-1 (First NCAA Division I FCS Season); 2000:           t4. 9, Brian Manigault, 1998-01
5-6, NEC 5-3; 2001: 7-3, NEC 5-2; 2002: 8-4, NEC 6-1 (Northeast
                                                                              Single-Season 100-Yard Rushing Games
Conference and ECAC Champions).
                                                                              1. 9, Gary Jones, 2002
       2003: 7-4, NEC 6-1 (Northeast Conference Co-Champions);
                                                                              t2. 8, Gary Jones, 2003
2004: 4-7, NEC 4-3; 2005: 5-6, NEC 4-3; 2006: 7-4, NEC 5-2; 2007: 8-
                                                                              t2. 8, David McCarty, 2007
4, NEC 6-0 (Northeast Conference Champions).
                                                                              STREAKING: UAlbany captain David McCarty rushed for 130 yards
OVERTIME GAMES: The Great Danes recorded the program's first-
                                                                              and one touchdown against New Hampshire on Sept. 20. McCarty
ever overtime victory in a 22-16 decision against Hofstra on Sept. 13.
                                                                              extended his school record consecutive 100-yard game streak to nine
TB David McCarty's 7-yard touchdown run decided the outcome.
                                                                              in a row. McCarty's streak came to end at Delaware on Sept. 27.
UAlbany suffered setbacks in its previous two OT decisions. Marvin
Royal's 17-yard run was the difference in Sacred Heart's 35-28 triumph        McCarty's Streak of 100-Yard Rushing Games
in 2000. QB Ira Vandever reached the end zone on a 20-yard scamper            170 vs. St. Francis, Pa., 10-20-07 (15 carries)
in Drake's 49-42 double-overtime victory in 2002.                             125 vs. Wagner, 10-27-07 (23 carries)
                                                                              167 vs. Robert Morris, 11-3-07 (27 carries)
UAlbany's Overtime History
                                                                              167 vs. Monmouth, 11-10-07 (28 carries)
Oct. 21, 2000:   Sacred Heart 35, Albany 28 (OT)
                                                                              247 vs. Central Conn. State, 11-17-07 (19 carries)
Oct. 12, 2002:   Drake 49, Albany 42 (2OT)
                                                                              134 vs. Dayton, 12-1-07 (16 carries)
Sept. 13, 2008:  Albany 22, Hofstra 16 (OT)
                                                                              125 vs. Massachusetts, 8-30-08 (24 carries)
                                                                              178 vs. Hofstra, 9-13-08 (27 carries)
THE UNDEFEATED: UAlbany became the fifth team in Northeast
                                                                              130 vs. New Hampshire, 9-20-08 (39 carries)
Conference history to go unbeaten in league play. Sacred Heart last
accomplished the feat in 2001 and posted an 11-0 record. Robert Morris
                                                                              NATIONAL LEADER: UAlbany's Bob Ford ranks third among active
went undefeated in 1997, 1999 and 2000.
                                                                              Division I FBS and FCS head coaches in career victories with 230. Penn
NEC's Unbeaten Teams in Conference Play                                       State's Joe Paterno (381) and Florida State's Bobby Bowden (379) are
1997, Robert Morris (8-3, NEC 4-0)                                            first and second on the list.
1999, Robert Morris (8-2, NEC 7-0)
Career Victories by Active Division I FBS / FCS Coaches                     time this season in a 38-7 loss at Delaware on Sept. 27 ... UAlbany
381, Joe Paterno, Penn State (43rd Season, 381-125-3)                       suffered its worst loss margin Sept. 17, 2005 and was held to 150
379, Bobby Bowden, Florida State (43rd Season, 379-120-4)                   yards, its lowest total since Nov. 4, 2006 ... the Great Danes played
230, Bob Ford, Albany (40th Season, 230-165-1)                              before 22,196, the second-largest crowd in the program's history ...
                                                                            UAlbany recorded its first-ever overtime win in a 22-16 triumph at
Bob Ford's Milestone Wins (Overall)
                                                                            Hofstra on Sept. 13 ... UAlbany halted a streak of nine straight losses
#50     at Cortland      Oct. 28, 1978               41-31
                                                                            to the Pride ... the Great Danes blocked three kicks in a game for the
#100    at Rensselaer    Oct. 3, 1987                30-17
                                                                            first time since Sept. 30, 2000 ... UAlbany met No. 5 Massachusetts,
#150    vs. Merrimack    Oct. 4, 1997                42-3
                                                                            the third-highest ranked opponent in the program's FCS history, in the
#200    at Wagner        Nov. 11, 2003               28-7
                                                                            season opener ... UAlbany is the lone NCAA Division I FBS or FCS
#225    at Central Conn. Nov. 17, 2007               49-14
                                                                            program to not have a scheduled home game in August or September
                                                                            ... Nebraska is the opposite of the Great Danes with five consecutive
GOOD WORKS: WR Daniel Bocanegra was named to the 2008
                                                                            home dates until playing its first road game at Texas A&M on Oct. 11 ...
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team on Oct. 1. The 22 college football
                                                                            UAlbany tied the program's FCS record with its eighth win last year ...
players awarded this honor nationally were recognized for their off-
                                                                            the Great Danes also posted an 8-4 record in 2002 ... UAlbany be-
the-field achievements. The two 11-member teams, one comprised of
                                                                            came the fifth team in conference history to go undefeated in confer-
players competing in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (I-A) and a
                                                                            ence play ... UAlbany went undefeated in the months of October and
combined team representing the NCAA Football Championship Subdi-
                                                                            November for the first time since 1998 ... UAlbany played in December
vision (I-AA), Divisions II, III and the NAIA, honor players that embody
                                                                            for the first time in the program's history ... the Great Danes have a 51-
the true spirit of “teamwork” and “giving back” through selfless
                                                                            16 all-time record against NEC opposition ... UAlbany is 12-27 in non-
contributions and commendable acts of kindness. Athletic ability and
                                                                            conference action as a Division I FCS program ... the Great Danes
on-the-field achievements are not part of the selection criteria.
                                                                            have a 5-8 record in Division I FCS games decided by three points or
                                                                            less ... Montana (#2) was the second-highest ranked opponent in
ALL-STUDY: The Great Danes have eleven returning players who
                                                                            UAlbany's FCS history ... the Grizzlies moved to No. 1 in both the
made the 2007-08 Northeast Conference Fall Academic Honor Roll. ILB
                                                                            Sports Network and FCS Coaches national polls following their win
Chris Simpson, WR Daniel Bocanegra and TE Dan Archer were
                                                                            over UAlbany in Sept. 2007 ...
among those to earn academic recognition.
                                                                            OFFENSIVE NOTES: TB David McCarty ran for 122 yards and
UALBANY CAPTAINS: Offensive guard Nik Schultz, outside
                                                                            scored two touchdowns against Saint Francis ... McCarty has reached
linebacker Dave Nicomini, tailback David McCarty and inside line-
                                                                            the century mark in 13 of his last 14 starts ... the junior rushed for 200-
backer Justin Brancaccio are serving as team captains.
                                                                            plus yards for the third time in his career at Sacred Heart on Oct. 18
                                                                            with 207 yards on 32 carries ... McCarty, who has three times earned
TWO SPORTS: UAlbany's Jean Juste and Dave West are among
                                                                            the NEC offensive player of the week award, rushed for 230 yards,
several football players participating in a second sport. Juste, a junior
                                                                            tying the fifth-best single-game mark in school history, against
cornerback, won the 2008 America East Conference outdoor 110-
                                                                            Duquesne on Oct. 4 ... he accounted for a career-high 270 all-pur-
meter hurdles championship and two indoor hurdles titles. West has
                                                                            pose yards in that same contest ... McCarty ranks fifth nationally in
been an all-conference center fielder in baseball. S Garrett Askew
                                                                            rushing at 142.5 yards per game and is third in all-purpose yards
(track) and CB Daniel Avery (track) are also two-sport athletes.
                                                                            (180.1 ypg) ... the UA tailback ran for 130 yards on 39 carries, break-
                                                                            ing the school's single-game rushing attempts record, at New Hamp-
UALBANY IN THE NFL: Defensive back Rashad Barksdale was
                                                                            shire on Sept. 20 ... Gary Jones (Duquesne, 2002) and Tom DeBlois
taken in the sixth round of the 2007 National Football League Draft by
                                                                            (Springfield, 1975) shared the previous mark with 36 carries ... McCarty
the Philadelphia Eagles. Barksdale became the second UAlbany football
                                                                            was named a College Sporting News National All-Star on Sept. 15
player to be chosen in the draft. Barksdale was later claimed off
                                                                            after running for 178 yards vs. Hofstra ... McCarty has moved into
waivers on Sept. 2, 2007 by the Kansas City Chiefs and placed on their
                                                                            ninth on the all-time scoring list with 150 points ... he is tied for seventh
53-man, opening-day roster. Barksdale, who became the first to play
                                                                            in career rushing touchdowns (19) and tied for sixth in career TDs
from UAlbany in an NFL regular-season game on Oct. 7 against
                                                                            (25) ... McCarty has scored at least one touchdown in 16 straight
Jacksonville, is now on the New York Giants' practice squad. DE Andre
                                                                            contests ... McCarty has climbed to fourth in career rushing yards
Coleman was signed to the San Diego Chargers' practice squad for
                                                                            (2,641) and third in career all-purpose yards (3,212) on the school's
the second consecutive year on Aug. 31, 2008.
                                                                            charts ... McCarty is just the fourth player to surpass the 3,000-mark
                                                                            ... McCarty owns the fourth-best single-season total with 1,140 rush-
MY DAD IS THE COACH: DE Tony Sparano and C Andy Sparano
                                                                            ing yards in 2008 ... QB Vinny Esposito passed for 134 yards and
are now fans of the National Football League's Miami Dolphins. Their
                                                                            two first-quarter TDs against Saint Francis ... he threw for 184 yards
father, Tony, was named Miami's head coach on Jan. 16, 2008. Tony
                                                                            and had a career-best 65 on the ground at Sacred Heart on Oct. 18 ...
Sparano has previously been an assistant with Dallas, Jacksonville,
                                                                            Esposito rushed for a pair of scores, including an 18-yard option run
Washington and Cleveland. He served as New Haven's head coach
                                                                            in the fourth quarter ... Esposito passed for 254 yards, the third-
(1994-98) and Boston University's offensive coordinator (1989-93).
                                                                            highest total of his career, against Central Conn. State on Oct. 11 ... the
                                                                            junior tied a UAlbany mark in an NEC game with 17 completions ...
PAW PRINTS: The Great Danes, who are receiving votes in this
                                                                            Esposito became the first UA quarterback to account for four touch-
week's Sports Network Top-25 national poll, improved to 25-11 all-time
                                                                            downs in a game since Oct. 2, 1999 at Duquesne ... Esposito tossed
in Homecoming games after defeating Saint Francis, 27-3, on Oct. 25
                                                                            a career-high three scoring passes to tie a program record against
... UAlbany has won 10 in a row in league play and 14 of its last 15 ...
                                                                            NEC opposition ... Esposito passed for a career-best 283 yards at
head coach Bob Ford recorded his 230th career win at the collegiate
                                                                            New Hampshire on Sept. 20 ... Esposito, who accounted for 305 total
level ... UAlbany went undefeated in the month of October for the
                                                                            yards at New Hampshire, is No. 4 in career passing yards with 3,098
second straight year ... the Great Danes rolled up a season-high 504
                                                                            ... the UAlbany QB is No. 5 in career total offense with 3,353 yards ...
total yards, including 320 on the ground, in knocking Sacred Heart
                                                                            WR Tim Bush grabbed a 58-yard scoring pass, the longest reception
from the unbeaten ranks on Oct. 18 ... UAlbany controlled 19:48 on the
                                                                            of his career, in the first quarter last week ... Bush hauled in six
clock in the second half ... Albany's five scoring drives were 75 or
                                                                            passes for 109 yards at New Hampshire on Sept. 20 ... Bush is the
more yards ... the Great Danes registered their 50th NEC win since
                                                                            first receiver since Nov. 5, 2005 to reach the century mark in receiving
joining the conference ... UAlbany ended a string of five straight
                                                                            yards ... Bush has moved into a tie for 16th in career receptions (52)
losses in home openers in a 24-22 win over Central Conn. State on
                                                                            on the program's all-time list ... WR Jason Poore had his best day as
Oct. 11 ... the Great Danes forced five or more turnovers (3 intercep-
                                                                            a collegian with four catches for 47 yards and his first career touch-
tions, 2 fumbles) for the seventh time as a Division I FCS program
                                                                            down, an 11-yard reception in the second quarter, against Central
against Duquesne ... UAlbany fell to a national top-20 team for the third
Conn. State on Oct. 11 ... WR Daniel Bocanegra, the starting quarter-        148, ILB Justin Brancaccio (2006- )
back in 2006, had a season-best 65 receiving yards at New Hamp-              144, S Dave West (2005- )
shire ... Bocanegra, who attended the same high school as New                140, DT Tom Pandolf (2004- )
England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady, had two catches for 62              136, FS Dave Casale (2005- )
yards at Sacred Heart ... TB Colin Simmons scored his first touch-
down as a collegian on a 2-yard run in the first quarter against             TOP CROWDS: A crowd of 22,196 watched UAlbany play against
Duquesne ... TB Justin Gannon has totaled 80-plus all-purpose yards          No. 17 Delaware, the second-largest in team annals. UAlbany played
three times this season ... Gannon's 45-yard touchdown burst in the          before the largest crowd in its football history against No. 2 Montana
first quarter against Saint Francis was the longest run of his career ...    in 2007. More than 23,000 were in attendance at Washington-Grizzly
                                                                             Stadium. UAlbany met UMass before 15,112 fans in this year's opener.
DEFENSIVE NOTES: UAlbany limited Saint Francis to 145 total yards,
                                                                             UAlbany's Top Football Attendance Marks
the lowest figure by an opponent since Nov. 4, 2006 ... the Great
                                                                             23,097 vs. Montana, 9-22-07
Danes held Sacred Heart, the NEC's top offense, to 298 yards the
                                                                             22,196 vs. Delaware, 9-27-08
previous week ... SHU was averaging 34.5 points and 393.5 yards
                                                                             22,016 vs. Delaware, 9-16-06
coming into the contest ... ILB Mark Peretore tied a season-best
                                                                             19,511 vs. Montana, 9-7-02
with eight tackles, including 1.5 for losses, against Saint Francis ...
                                                                             15,112 vs. Massachusetts, 8-30-08
Peretore, who picked off his first career pass at Delaware, was
                                                                             14,000 vs. Central Florida, 11-8-80
sidelined after fracturing his thumb in the preseason ... Peretore leads
all active UA defenders with 151 career tackles ... DT Tom Pandolf
                                                                             SECOND-HALF RALLY: UAlbany came from behind after trailing at
recorded a career-best 10 tackles vs. Central Conn. State, plus added
                                                                             halftime in a Northeast Conference contest for the fifth time since joining
one sack, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery ... Pandolf, a
                                                                             the league in a 26-21 victory at Sacred Heart on Oct. 18. TB David
first-team All-NEC selection, has 140 career tackles, including 26.0
                                                                             McCarty's 2-yard scoring run put his team ahead in the third quarter.
hits for a loss ... DE Mike Kelly made four solo tackles and had one
sack vs. Saint Francis ... ILB Justin Brancaccio, the NEC defensive          Halftime Comebacks vs. NEC Opponents
player of the week on Oct. 13, had a team-high 11 tackles, including         Sept. 29, 2001: Albany 28, Stony Brook 18
six unassisted, vs. Central Conn. State ... the junior broke up a two-       Sept. 21, 2003: Albany 38, Sacred Heart 17
point conversion pass with 55 seconds remaining ... Brancaccio,              Oct. 30, 2004:  Albany 35, Wagner 27
who has 148 career tackles, made a career-high 15 tackles vs. Hofstra        Oct. 10, 2007:  Albany 21, Monmouth 3
on Sept. 13 ... the UA linebacker had the most tackles by a Great Dane       Oct. 18, 2008:  Albany 26, Sacred Heart 21
since Colin Disch made 15 hits against Delaware on Sept. 16, 2006 ...
Brancaccio, who has piled up double-figure tackles four times as a           BIG YARDS: The Great Danes piled up a season-high 504 total yards
collegian, is tied for 40th nationally at 9.0 tackles per game ... FS Dave   against Sacred Heart on Oct. 18. UAlbany reached the 500-mark in total
Casale picked off his fifth career pass and made six tackles at Sa-          offense for the eighth time as a Division I FCS program. The Great Danes
cred Heart ... Casale has reached the 100-career tackle plateau (136)        rushed for 300-plus yards (320) for the 25th time at the FCS level.
... Casale was named the NEC and ECAC Defensive Player of the
                                                                             UAlbany's Best FCS Total Offense Games
Week on Sept. 15 after making a career-high 13 tackles and blocking
                                                                             600 vs. Drake, Oct. 12, 2002
a 34-yard field goal attempt with nine seconds left in regulation at
                                                                             591 vs, Wagner, Nov. 1, 2003
Hofstra ... CB L.B. McCloskey and S Dave West recorded their
                                                                             543 vs. Canisius, Oct. 19, 2002
fourth and third career interceptions, respectively, against Duquesne
                                                                             538 vs. Stony Brook, Oct. 25, 2003
... DE Eddie Delaney, making his third start as a collegian, had a
                                                                             535 vs. St. Francis, Pa, Oct. 23, 1999
career-best nine tackles and broke up one pass vs. Saint Francis ...
                                                                             524 vs. Sacred Heart, Oct. 13, 2007
Delaney was chosen NEC Rookie of the Week for his performance
                                                                             523 vs. St. Francis, Pa., Oct. 9, 2004
against Sacred Heart on Oct. 18 ... Delaney has combined for 18
                                                                             504 vs. Sacred Heart, Oct. 18, 2008
tackles and three PBUs over his last three games ... DT Trevor Ander-
son tied a career-high with six tackles against Central Conn. ... OLB
                                                                             KICK RETURN: UAlbany's Justin Gannon established the program's
Rich Duff made a career-best 10 tackles (6 solo) at Delaware ... ILB
                                                                             Division I FCS record for kickoff return yards with 183 against
Marc Wargo, who was named the NEC Rookie of the Week on Oct. 6,
                                                                             Delaware. Gannon accounted for a career-best 205 all-purpose yards.
made four tackles vs. Central Conn. State ... OLB Dave Nicomini is
29th on the career tackles list with 169 ... Nicomini had knee surgery       UAlbany's FCS Single-Game Kick Return Yards
after being injured during 2008 spring practice and has not played this      183, Justin Gannon vs. Delaware, 9-27-08
season ... P Chris Lynch has kicked 50-plus yard punts 29 times as           155, Ryan MacLean vs. Robert Morris, 11-10-01
a collegian ... Lynch tied the fourth-longest punt in UA annals with a       127, Ryan MacLean vs. Robert Morris, 11-11-00
70-yarder in the fourth quarter against Saint Francis ... the senior
eclipsed Dave Hardy's career punt yardage total that was established         TOTAL OFFENSE: UAlbany's Vinny Esposito accounted for 305
from 1979-82 ... Lynch, who is 35th nationally in punting with a 40.6        total yards, the third-highest mark at the FCS level by a Great Dane, in
average, has 7,982 yards in 210 punting attempts ... Lynch made his          a non-league game at New Hampshire on Sept. 20. Esposito passed
first field goal, a 19-yarder against Central Conn. State in the first       for a career-high 283 yards and one TD and scored on an 11-yard run.
quarter, since the final game of the 2004 campaign when he was a
                                                                             Top Single-Game Total Offense FCS Marks
true freshman ... CB Daniel Avery and ILB Nick Krajacic recorded
                                                                             323, Michael Oliva vs. St. Francis, Pa., 10-2-99 (235 pass, 88 rush)
their first career interceptions last week ... Raphael Nguti, a 6-foot-
                                                                             322, Ryan Roeder vs. Drake, 10-12-02 (292 pass, 30 rush)
7, 330-pound offensive tackle, blocked a first-quarter PAT and an
                                                                             305, Vinny Esposito vs. New Hampshire, 9-20-08 (283 pass, 22 rush)
overtime field goal attempt at Hofstra ... Nguti was named the NEC
Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance ... PK Herb
                                                                             PRESEASON ALL-NEC TEAM: The Northeast Conference recently
Glass booted a 47-yard field goal at New Hampshire on Sept. 20,
                                                                             announced its 2008 preseason all-conference football team. UAlbany
tying the third-longest kick in school annals ...
                                                                             had six players voted to the squad by the conference’s head coaches.
                                                                                 David McCarty, who was named to the Sports Network FCS All-
130-TACKLE CLUB: Five active UAlbany defenders have more than
                                                                             America team, ran for 1,503 yards, the third-highest single-season
130 career tackles. ILB Mark Peretore leads this group with 151. ILB
                                                                             total in program history. The junior tailback ranked 10th among the
Justin Brancaccio (11) and DT Tom Pandolf (10) made double-
                                                                             nation’s rushing leaders at 125.3 yards per game.
figure tackles in a victory against Central Connecticut State on Oct. 11.
                                                                                 Raphael Nguti, a 6-foot-7, 330-pound left tackle, and Kevin
Active UAlbany Players - 130+ Career Tackles                                 Richards, a 6-foot-2, 270-pound center, were also voted to the
151, ILB Mark Peretore (2004- )                                              league’s preseason team. Nguti, a first-team All-NEC lineman, has
made 33 career appearances and may have an opportunity to play at             It’s always going to be people who are willing to take the name off the
the next level with his size. Richards anchored a line that helped the        back of their jersey and pay the price and sacrifice for the good of the
offense average 208.6 rushing yards and 362.5 total yards per game.           team. Because in the long run, individuals play the game and teams win
    Defensive tackle Tom Pandolf was one of five UAlbany players              championships."
who were named to last season’s all-conference first team. He ac-
counted for 37 tackles, three sacks and 6.5 hits for a loss. Justin           HALL OF FAME: Five former athletes were enshrined into UAlbany's
Brancaccio, a junior inside linebacker, was second on the UAlbany             Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 24. The 25th annual HOF Dinner
defense in tackles with 63 and added two forced fumbles and one               and Induction Ceremony will be held at SEFCU Arena. The new
fumble recovery. Dave West, a senior safety, made 60 tackles, in-             inductees and their sports: Tom Alexander '98, lacrosse; Andre
cluding 44 unassisted, and had five pass break-ups and two inter-             Duncan '98, basketball; Afrim Nezaj '82, soccer; Kelly Paolino Cirilla
ceptions. West earned second-team All-NEC recognition last season.            '99, basketball; and Liz Peck '97, field hockey.

MAKE NO MISTAKE: In 2007, UAlbany tied for 10th nationally in                 ATHLETIC SUCCESS: UAlbany has captured 30 conference cham-
turnover margin (+1.25 per game). The Great Danes had no turnovers            pionships, including 27 America East titles and three Northeast football
in five games last season. UAlbany and San Diego led all NCAA Division        crowns, since upgrading to the NCAA Division I level in 1999. The Great
I FCS programs with 10 turnovers lost.                                        Danes have had 13 teams qualify for NCAA postseason play. Baseball,
                                                                              softball, men's lacrosse, women's volleyball and men's basketball
GRIDIRON CLASSIC: The Northeast Conference (NEC) and Pioneer                  advanced to the NCAAs in 2006-07. Softball and men's lacrosse
Football League (PFL) champions are meeting for the third straight            became the first teams to record Division I tournament victories.
year in the Gridiron Classic, an exempted postseason football game.
The NEC champion will host this year's event on Saturday, December
6. The NEC began sponsoring football at the I-AA level in 1996, and
has since increased its membership from five to eight institutions.
Monmouth captured the 2006 NEC championship and hosted San Di-
ego in the inaugural Gridiron Classic. UAlbany won the NEC title in
2007 and traveled to Pioneer champion Dayton. The Pioneer Football
League is one of three Division I football-only sport conferences. The
PFL is about to begin its 16th season and features nine members:
Butler, Campbell, Dayton, Davidson, Drake, Jacksonville, Morehead
State, San Diego and Valparaiso.

ONE-POINTERS: The Great Danes are 12-7 all-time in one-point
decisions following a 24-23 last-second win over Stony Brook on Oct.
6, 2007. UAlbany edged Lehigh, 17-16, in the 2006 season opener.
Recent One-Point UAlbany Football Games
Oct. 6, 2007:        UAlbany 24, Stony Brook 23
Sept. 2, 2006:       UAlbany 17, Lehigh 16
Sept. 24, 2005:      Central Connecticut State 14, UAlbany 13
Oct. 16, 2004:       Monmouth 25, UAlbany 24
Sept. 18, 1999:      Rowan 38, UAlbany 37
Nov. 21, 1998:       UAlbany 25, American International 24

GIANTS CAMP: The NFL's New York Giants have made the University                                        Player Pronunciation Guide
at Albany its summer training camp home since 1996. UAlbany has                                        Garrett Askew.......................................as-cue
played host to the longest stint of any Giants' training camp behind Pace                              Ocieka Bakou....................oh-seek-ah, ba-coo
University (1975-87). The Super Bowl XLII champions will return to                                     Anthony Bazzoffi...............................ba-zof-ee
campus for a record-setting 14th summer in 2009.                                                       Frank Blasinsky.........................blah-sin-skee
                                                                                                       Daniel Bocanegra.................boke-ah-nay-gra
MARA-TISCH FIELD: The University at Albany dedicated the school's                                      Justin Brancaccio..............brawn-kah-she-oh
football practice field in honor of Wellington T. Mara and Preston Robert                              Dave Casale.........................................kah-sal
Tisch, the late co-owners of the New York Giants of the National                                       Dan Cuozzo.........................................coo-zoe
Football League, on Aug. 16, 2007. Mara and Tisch were instrumental                                    Raymond Dorcely.........................door-sa-lee
in making UAlbany home to the Giants' summer training camp in 1996.                                    Vinny Esposito........................es-poe-zee-toe
                                                                                                       Kyle Hussey........................................hus-sea
COUGHLIN SPEAKS: New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin                                               Jean Juste...................................................just
spoke to the University at Albany football team following the Great                                    Chris Kenneally.............................ka-knee-lee
Danes’ morning practice on Wednesday, Aug. 13. Coughlin, who                                           Ryan Kirchner....................................kurch-nur
coached the Giants to last year’s Super Bowl championship, addressed                                   Nick Krajacic.................................kra-jay-sick
the squad for the second consecutive year.                                                             Jon Leible...............................................lie-bell
      "General (Ray) Odierno was here again the other day," Coughlin                                   L.B. McCloskey.........................mick-clus-key
said. "He came to visit our team. He walked into this group right here                                 Jordan Migliore...............................mill-yore-ee
and said, ‘guys, I know that at the end of the second week, you have                                   Wil Moushey......................................moo-she
been banging into each other and you’re tired and sore. It’s tough to think                            Raphael Nguti.................................en-gue-tee
about the soldiers in Iraq that are performing in 125-degree tempera-                                  Dave Nicomini....................nick-oh-mee-knee
tures with over 100 pounds of equipment on for five to six hours at a                                  Tom Pandolf.....................................pan-dolph
time. Sometimes when you are able to do that, and focus on other things,                               Mark Peretore...........................pair-ah-tor-ee
and realize there are other ways for which you should go ahead and                                     Andy Sparano............................spa-ron-know
evaluate your personal values, you sort of find that you don’t have a                                  Tony Sparano............................spa-ron-know
whole lot to complain about."                                                                          Coach Casullo................................ka-sue-low
      Just remember that as hard as it is for us right now and I’m trying                              Coach Civitello...........................siv-ah-tell-low
to get this done with our team and we’re not there yet either, there’s                                 Coach Mion...........................................my-on
always going to be team first. It’s always going to be team above self.
       2008 SEASON BOXSCORES                                         GAME 3
                                                                     #10 NEW HAMPSHIRE 32, UALBANY 24
                                                                     September 20 @ Cowell Stadium, 12:00 p.m.
GAME 1
#5 MASSACHUSETTS 28, UALBANY 16                                      Albany (1-2)        10          7      7       0      —     24
August 30 @ McGuirk Alumni Stadium, 6:05 p.m.                        New Hampshire (3-0) 7           7     15       3      —     32

Albany (0-1)            9      0      7       0      —     16        NH   - Sicko 65 pass from Toman (Manning kick)        13:39, 1st
Massachusetts (1-0)     0     14      7       7      —     28        UA   - Glass 47 FG                                    11:40, 1st
                                                                     UA   - McCarty 19 run (Glass kick)                    5:13, 1st
UA - McCarty 52 pass from Esposito (Glass kick)      12:07, 1st      UA   - Esposito 11 run (Glass kick)                   10:40, 2nd
UA - Safety, fumbled punt out of end zone            6:48, 1st       NH   - Kackert 19 pass from Toman (Manning kick)      0:03, 2nd
UM - Jorgensen 2 pass from Cohen (Cuko kick)         11:39, 2nd      NH   - Sicko 24 pass from Toman (Manning kick)        13:04, 3rd
UM - Nelson 2 pass from Cohen (Cuko kick)            6:38, 2nd       NH   - Safety, punt snap went through end zone        10:45, 3rd
UM - Nelson 64 run (Cuko kick)                       14:01, 3rd      UA   - Kenneally 19 pass from Esposito (Glass kick)   6:16, 3rd
UA - McCarty 24 run (Glass kick)                     0:07, 3rd       NH   - Boyle 24 pass from Toman (pass failed)         3:37, 3rd
UM - Horne 17 pass from Cohen (Cuko kick)            11:12, 4th      NH   - Manning 45 FG                                  14:56, 4th

INDIVIDUAL LEADERS                                                   INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 24-125, Simmons 8-41, Esposito 8-          RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 39-130, Esposito 6-22, Simmons 2-
11, Gannon 3-4. Massachusetts: Nelson 20-171, Coen 3-20,             2, Gannon 2-2, West 1-(minus 4), Lynch 1-(minus-10). New
Davis 7-19, White 3-7, Zardas 2-2.                                   Hampshire: Kackert 16-106, Simpson 13-64, Mangieri 2-11,
PASSING - Albany: Esposito 30-16-2, 172. Massachusetts:              Jellison 1-7, Toman 6-(minus-22).
Coen 20-10-0, 92.                                                    PASSING - Albany: Esposito 31-21-0, 283. New Hampshire:
RECEIVING - Albany: Bush 5-21, McCarty 4-72, Miles 2-48,             Toman 33-21-2, 255.
Smith 2-18, Kenneally 1-7, Poore 1-5, Bocanegra 1-1. Massachu-       RECEIVING - Albany: Bush 6-109, Smith 4-38, Bocanegra 3-65,
setts: Horne 4-27, Nelson 2-12, Jorgensen 1-7, Talley 1-20,          McCarty 3-18, Kenneally 2-28, Poore 2-20, Archer 1-5. New
Zardas 1-16.                                                         Hampshire: Boyle 7-79, Sicko 5-104, Kackert 4-53, O'Brien 4-11,
ATTENDANCE - 15,112 (Partly Cloudy, 78 degrees).                     Jellison 1-8.
                                                                     ATTENDANCE - 7,215 (Sunny, 65 degrees).
GAME 2
UALBANY 22, HOFSTRA 16 (OT)                                          GAME 4
September 13 @ Shuart Stadium, 7:07 p.m.                             #17 DELAWARE 38, UALBANY 7
                                                                     September 27 @ Delaware Stadium, 6:00 p.m.
Albany (1-1)    7       0      9      0       6      —     22
Hofstra (0-2)   6       3      0      7       0      —     16        Albany (1-3)             0      7      0        0     —      7
                                                                     Delaware (2-2)           7      7     10       14     —     38
HU - Weaver 13 pass from Christopher (kick blocked)10:28, 1st
UA - Esposito 1 run (Glass kick)                   1:04, 1st         DE   Smith 1 run (Striefsky kick)
                                                                          -                                              7:06, 1st
HU - Hanly 25 FG                                   1:24, 2nd         UA   McCarty 1 run (Glass kick)
                                                                          -                                              14:21, 2nd
UA - Safety, quarterback fumbled snap in end zone 6:18, 3rd          DE   Grant 60 interception return (Striefsky kick)
                                                                          -                                              8:42, 2nd
UA - Esposito 1 run (Glass kick)                   2:12, 3rd         DE   Johnston 20 pass from Schoenhoft (Striefsky kick)
                                                                          -
HU - Jackolski 3 run (Hanly kick)                  10:34, 4th                                                            10:45, 3rd
UA - McCarty 7 run (no kick)                       OT                DE - Striefsky 43 FG                                5:24, 3rd
                                                                     DE - Smith 3 run (Striefsky kick)                   14:53, 4th
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS                                                   DE - Butler 4 run (Striefsky kick)                  8:19, 4th
RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 27-178, Simmons 8-25, Gannon 3-
3, Esposito 6-3. Hofstra: Benjamin 19-69, Christopher 19-44,         INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Jackolski 8-19.                                                      RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 22-47, Esposito 8-9, Simmons 2-1.
PASSING - Albany: Esposito 22-10-0, 102. Hofstra: Christopher        Delaware: Michaud 10-65, Smith 17-59, Jabbie 10-38, Ritacco 2-
38-27-0, 272.                                                        31, Schoenhoft 4-16, Butler 5-11, Duncan 2-7.
RECEIVING - Albany: Bush 6-58, Bocanegra 1-17, Lullen 1-10,          PASSING - Albany: Esposito 20-10-1, 99, Blasinsky 2-1-0, 3.
Archer 1-10, McCarty 1-7. Hofstra: Nelson 9-85, Weaver 7-70,         Delaware: Schoenhoft 16-10-1, 166, Ritacco 1-1-0, 15.
Lewis 3-51, Riley 3-27, Benjamin 3-22, Jackolski 1-13, Brownlee 1-   RECEIVING - Albany: Bush 3-17, Miles 2-31, McCarty 2-15,
4.                                                                   Lullen 2-14, Smith 1-14, Archer 1-2. Delaware: Love 4-98,
ATTENDANCE - 5,111 (Cloudy, 71 degrees).                             Michaud 3-14, Duncan 1-20, Johnston 1-20, Butler 1-15, Agnone 1-
                                                                     14.
                                                                     ATTENDANCE - 22,196 (Cloudy, 73 degrees, Light Rain).
GAME 5                                                             GAME 7
UALBANY 33, DUQUESNE 23                                            UALBANY 26, SACRED HEART 21
October 4 @ Rooney Field, 1:00 p.m.                                October 18 @ Campus Field, 1:02 p.m.

Albany (2-3)             7     13       0      13    —     33      Albany (4-3)            7      3      7       9     —       26
Duquesne (2-2)           7     10       0       6    —     23      Sacred Heart (6-1)      0     14      0       7     —       21

DU   - Williams 20 run (Troyan kick)                 9:59, 1st     UA   - Esposito 1 run (Glass kick)                  3:08, 1st
UA   - Simmons 2 run (Glass kick)                    2:35, 1st     SH   - Jones 2 run (Schroeder kick)                 14:31, 2nd
UA   - Esposito 2 run (Glass kick)                   11:39, 2nd    UA   - Glass 22 FG                                  9:14, 2nd
DU   - Carter 42 pass from Dixon (Troyan kick)       10:12, 2nd    SH   - Kemp 8 pass from Fink (Schroeder kick)       4:39, 2nd
DU   - Troyan 20 FG                                  4:09, 2nd     UA   - McCarty 2 run (Glass kick)                   9:52, 3rd
UA   - McCarty 24 pass from Esposito (kick failed)   0:58, 2nd     UA   - Glass 34 FG                                  14:55, 4th
UA   - Bush 5 pass from Esposito (kick failed)       8:15, 4th     UA   - Esposito 18 run (pass failed)                10:18, 4th
UA   - Petersen 2 pass from Esposito (Glass kick)    3:54, 4th     SH   - Tedesco 19 pass from Fink (Schroeder kick)   4:40, 4th
DU   - Bunevich 41 pass from Dixon (pass failed)     2:35, 4th
                                                                   INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS                                                 RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 32-207, Esposito 8-65, Simmons 6-
RUSHING - Albany: McCarty 37-230, Simmons 7-18, Gannon 7-          34, Gannon 5-16. Sacred Heart: Jones 16-46, Friedman 1-6, Fink
13, Esposito 7-13. Duquesne: Williams 17-65, Hough 4-6, Dixon      1-1.
8-(minus 17).                                                      PASSING - Albany: Esposito 25-17-2, 184. Sacred Heart: Fink
PASSING - Albany: Esposito 18-10-0, 38. Duquesne: Dixon 46-        34-25-1, 247.
21-3, 338.                                                         RECEIVING - Albany: Bush 5-47, McCarty 3-31, Poore 3-24,
RECEIVING - Albany: McCarty 3-40, Archer 2-17, Smtih 2-6,          Bocanegra 2-62, Lullen 2-9, Smith 1-9, Petersen 1-2. Sacred
Bush 1-5, Petersen 1-2. Duquesne: Bunevich 8-163, Carter 6-98,     Heart: Tedesco 8-101, Jones 7-70, Patterson 3-28, Coles 3-25,
Roberson 4-51, Roorback 2-22, Rasky 1-4.                           Kemp 3-14, Stripe 1-9.
ATTENDANCE - 1,682 (Partly Cloudy, 55 degrees).                    ATTENDANCE - 3,369 (Sunny, 56 degrees).

GAME 6                                                             GAME 8
UALBANY 24, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE 22                           UALBANY 27, SAINT FRANCIS, PA. 3
October 11 @ University Field, 1:07 p.m.                           October 25 @ University Field, 4:07 p.m.

Central Conn. (4-2)      6      3       0      13    —     22      Saint Francis (0-8)     0      3      0       0     —        3
Albany (3-3)             7     10       7       0    —     24      Albany (5-3)           21      0      0       6     —       27

CC   - Izzo 24 FG                                    10:29, 1st    UA - McCarty 22 pass from Esposito (Glass kick)     9:49,   1st
UA   - Esposito 1 run (Lynch kick)                   6:44, 1st     UA - Gannon 45 run (Glass kick)                     7:32,   1st
CC   - Izzo 36 FG                                    0:30, 1st     UA - Bush 58 pass from Esposito (Glass kick)        0:30,   1st
UA   - Lynch 19 FG                                   9:32, 2nd     SF - Campbell 34 FG                                 9:22,   2nd
CC   - Izzo 26 FG                                    3:45, 2nd     UA - McCarty 1 run (run failed)                     7:53,   4th
UA   - Poore 11 pass from Esposito (Lynch kick)      0:03, 2nd
UA   - McCarty 72 pass from Esposito (Lynch kick)    2:06, 3rd     INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
CC   - Mallory 6 run (Izzo kick)                     10:52, 4th    RUSHING - Saint Francis: Yearwood 13-31, Williams 9-19, Sipe
CC   - Rossnagle 14 pass from Wanket (pass failed)   0:55, 4th     16-18. Albany: McCarty 31-122, Gannon 2-48, Simmons 7-6,
                                                                   Esposito 6-2.
INDIVIDUAL LEADERS                                                 PASSING - Saint Francis: Sipe 23-9-2, 77. Albany: Esposito 11-
RUSHING - Central Conn. State: Mallory 26-109, Richardson 5-       7-1, 134.
20, Wanket 6-17, Norris 6-11, Vargas 1-3. Albany: McCarty          RECEIVING - Saint Francis: Zarnich 3-40, Winston 2-19, Colmer
28-101, Gannon 2-28, Simmons 4-16, Esposito 6-(minus 6).           2-12, Yearwood 1-6, Williams 1-0. Albany: Bush 3-81, Bocanegra
PASSING - Central Conn. State: Wanket 24-16-0, 198, Norris 3-      1-22, McCarty 1-22, Petersen 1-5, Poore 1-4.
2-0, 11. Albany: Esposito 26-17-2, 254.                            ATTENDANCE - 5,284 (Cloudy, Rain, Windy, 62 degrees).
RECEIVING - Central Conn. State: Colagiovanni 5-71, Paul 4-49,
Mallory 4-18, Roberts 3-35, Rossnagle 1-14, Gomes 1-8. Albany:
Bush 6-63, Poore 4-47, McCarty 3-96, Petersen 2-16, Lullen 1-20,
Smith 1-12.
ATTENDANCE - 2,436 (Sunny, 62 degrees).
    DIVISION I FCS SINGLE-GAME HIGHS                                      UALBANY VS. VARSITY OPPONENTS
           TEAM -- 1999-Present                                          OPPONENT           W    L    LAST MEETING
Rushing Yards.........................468 vs. Wagner '03                 Albright            0    2   1976 (28-7, L)
Passing Yards................319 vs. Robert Morris '99                   Alfred              7    5   1994 (20-19, L)
Total Yards..................................600 vs. Drake '02           American Int'l      3    0   1998 (25-24, W)
First Downs.....30 vs. Canisius '02 & Fordham '07                        Brockport          14    4   1994 (25-13, L)
Rush Yards Allowed....minus-51 vs.Robert Morris '06                      Brooklyn            1    0   1979 (56-0, W)
Low Pass Yds. Allowed............21 vs. Wagner '06                       Brown               0    2   2004 (35-7, L)
Low Total Yds. Allowed....74 vs. Central Conn. '03                       Buffalo             7    4   1988 (28-20, W)
Few First Downs Allowed......................................            Canisius            2    0   2002 (44-14, W)
6 vs. Monmouth '02 & Central Conn. '03                                   Central Conn.      10    3   2008 (24-22, W)
Turnovers Forced...................................................      Central Florida     1    0   1980 (28-17, W)
6 vs. Towson '01 & Stony Brook '99                                       Colgate             0    1   2007 (13-11, L)
Points (Game)........................64 vs. St. Peter's '03              Cortland            8   10   1994 (30-29, L)
Points (Half).....................37 (1st) vs. Canisius '02              Cornell             0    1   2006 (23-21, L)
Points (Quarter)..........26 (2nd) vs. St. Peter's '03                   Curry               2    0   1974 (50-23, W)
Victory Margin...........55 (64-9) vs. St. Peter's '03                   C.W. Post           1    2   1998 (24-16, L)
Loss Margin...........51 (51-0) vs. Northeastern '03                     Dayton              0    2   2007 (42-21, L)
                                                                         Delaware            1    1   2008 (38-7, L)
           INDIVIDUAL -- 1999-Present                                    Drake               0    1   2002 (49-42, L)
Rushing Yards.........................................................   Duquesne            2    0   2008 (33-23, W)
247, David McCarty vs. Central Conn. State '07                           Florida Atlantic    0    1   2001 (27-9, L)
Rushing Touchdowns.............................................          Florida Int'l       0    1   2002 (35-26, L)
4, Gary Jones vs. Wagner '03                                             Fordham             4    4   2007 (23-20, W)
Touchdowns Scored.............................................           Gannon              1    0   1996 (40-29, W)
4, Gary Jones vs. Wagner '03                                             Hampden-Sydney      1    0   1977 (51-45, W)
Passing Yards.........................................................   Hobart              1    0   1979 (10-0, W)
292, Ryan Roeder vs. Drake '02                                           Hofstra             3   11   2008 (22-16, W)
Touchdown Passes...................3, By Six Players                     Ithaca              5   14   1994 (22-11, L)
Receiving Yards......................................................    King's (Pa.)        2    0   1996 (49-21, W)
251, Chris Phillis vs. Robert Morris '00                                 Lehigh              1    1   2006 (17-16, W)
Receptions.............10, Chris Phillis vs. Hofstra '00                 Maine               1    1   2005 (31-7, L)
All-Purpose Yards..282, Gary Jones vs. Drake '02                         Marist              3    0   1984 (43-0, W)
Touchdown Receptions...........2, By Five Players                        Massachusetts       0    2   2008 (28-16, L)
Tackles....................18, Josh Bazan vs. Drake '02                  Mass.-Lowell        3    0   1999 (40-0, W)
and 18, Colin Disch vs. Central Conn. State '05                          Mass. Maritime      1    0   1974 (75-6, W)
                                                                         Mercyhurst          1    0   1996 (20-10, W)
                  SCHOOL RECORDS                                         Merrimack           2    0   1998 (24-6, W)
                       TEAM                                              Monmouth            6    4   2007 (21-3, W)
Rushing Yards.............................540 vs. Curry '73              Montana             0    2   2007 (35-14, L)
Passing Yards....398 vs. Southern Conn. State '97                        New Hampshire       0    1   2008 (32-24, L)
Total Yards..................635 vs. Salisbury State '92                 New Haven           1    2   1986 (45-28, L)
Most Rush Yds. Allowed....437 by Springfield '90                         New York Tech       1    0   1981 (41-7, W)
Most Pass Yds. Allowed.......444 vs. Cortland '78                        Niagara             1    0   1973 (75-9, W)
Most Total Yds. Allowed......................................            Nichols             1    1   1974 (32-8, W)
619 by Cortland '78 and                                                  Northeastern        0    2   2003 (51-0, L)
619 by Southern Conn. State '97                                          Norwich            14    6   1994 (45-20, W)
Points (Game)................75 vs. Mass. Maritime '74                   Pace                4    1   1998 (17-0, W)
Points (Half)..........47 (2nd) vs. Mass. Maritime 74                    Plattsburgh         6    0   1978 (32-7, W)
Points (Quarter)............38 (1st) vs. C.W. Post '97                   Plymouth State      1    0   1985 (33-21, W)
Points (by Opponent)..................65 by Hofstra '90                  R.I.T.              5    0   1977 (13-3, W)
Victory Margin....69 (75-6) vs. Mass. Maritime '74                       Rensselaer          7    1   1996 (17-7, W)
Loss Margin....................58 (65-7) vs. Hofstra '90                 Robert Morris       5    4   2007 (45-17, W)
                                                                         Rowan               0    2   2000 (31-3, L)
                         INDIVIDUAL                                      Sacred Heart        9    2   2008 (26-21, W)
Rushing Yards.........................................................   Salisbury State     4    0   1994 (44-20, W)
286, Tom DeBlois vs. Springfield '75                                     Siena               1    0   1973 (71-8, W)
Passing Yards.........................................................   Southern Conn.      9    6   1998 (24-14, W)
398, Joe Savino vs. Southern Conn. State '97                             Springfield         4   10   1994 (24-13, L)
Receiving Yards......................................................    St. Francis, Pa.   10    0   2008 (27-3, W)
251, Chris Phillis vs. Robert Morris '00                                 St. John's          2    0   2001 (31-6, W)
Total Yards.........................................................     St. Lawrence        6    5   1997 (49-0, W)
404, Joe Savino vs. Southern Conn. State '97                             St. Peter's         1    0   2003 (64-9, W)
All-Purpose Yards...................................................     Stonehill           2    0   1998 (52-0, W)
282, Gary Jones vs. Drake '02                                            Stony Brook        10    4   2007 (24-23, W)
Most Touchdowns Scored......................................             New Jersey          0    2   1996 (38-18, L)
5, Tom DeBlois vs. Springfield '75                                       Towson              2    1   2003 (35-16, L)
Most Touchdown Passes......4, By Three Players                           Union               4    9   1997 (54-0, W)
Most TD Receptions...............3, By Three Players                     U.S. Mer. Marine    0    1   1978 (14-8, L)
Most Passes Caught................................................       Wagner             10    1   2007 (24-10, W)
13, Andy Shein vs. Brockport '94                                         W. Connecticut      6    1   1993 (50-6, W)
Interceptions............................3, By Eight Players             Widener             0    1   1977 (33-15, L)
Tackles........................24, Don Mion vs. Alfred '74               William Paterson    1    1   1994 (41-25, L)
                                                                             Bold print indicates 2008 opponents
  ALBANY
U ALB ANY CAREER/SEASON BESTS
#7 Vinny Esposito - Career/2008 Season Highs
                                                                                THE LAST TIME...
Most Yds Passing         283 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
2008 Most Yds Pass       283 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
                                                                      INTERCEPTION FOR TOUCHDOWN
Most Comp                21 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                Albany: Trevor DuPont, 25 yards vs. St. Francis, Pa.,
2008 Most Comp           21 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                        DeGol Field, 10-20-07
Most Attempts            40 at Montana (9-22-07)                      Opp.:   Tyrone Grant of Delaware, 60 yards at
2008 Most Attempts       31 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
Longest Completion       87 to Gannon vs. Monmouth (11-10-07)                 Delaware Stadium, 9-27-08
2008 Longest Comp        72 to McCarty vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)
Most Yds Rush            65 at Sacred Heart (10-18-08)                KICKOFF RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN
Longest Rush             22 vs. Hofstra (9-15-07)
2008 Most Yds Rush       65 at Sacred Heart (10-18-08)
                                                                      Albany: Mike Wall, 77 yards vs. St. Francis, Pa.,
                                                                              University Field, 10-21-06
#3 David McCarty - Career/2008 Season Highs                           Opp.:   Kareem Huggins of Hofstra, 98 yards at
Most Rush Yds            247 at Central Conn. State (11-17-07)                University Field, 9-15-07
2008 Most Rush Yds       230 at Duquesne (10-4-08)
Most Attempts            39 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
2008 Most Attempts       39 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                FUMBLE RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN
Longest Rush             67 at Monmouth (11-10-07)                    Albany: George Williams, 37 yards vs. Central Conn.
2008 Longest Rush        51 at Duquesne (10-4-08)                             State, Arute Field, 11-17-07
100-Yard Games           15, last vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)
                                                                      Opp.:   Cory Giddings of Stony Brook,
#20 Colin Simmons - Career/2008 Season Highs                                  34 yards at LaValle Stadium, 10-7-06
Most Rush Yds            65 at Fordham (9-8-07)
2008 Most Rush Yds       41 at Massachusetts (8-30-08)                PUNT RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN
Most Attempts            13 at Fordham (9-8-07) and
                         13 at St. Francis, Pa. (10-20-07)            Albany: Troy Rhett, 54 yards vs. Stonehill,
2008 Most Attempts       8 at Massachusetts (8-30-08)                         University Field, 10-31-98
                         8 at Hofstra (9-13-08)                       Opp.:   Arel Gordon of Maine, 57 yards at
Longest Rush             23 at Delaware (9-16-06)
2008 Longest Rush        15 vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)
                                                                              Fitzpatrick Stadium, 10-1-05
100-Yard Games           0
                                                                      BLOCKED PUNT - RETURN FOR TOUCHDOWN
#26 Justin Gannon - Career/2008 Season Highs                          Albany: Jelani Dandles, 25 yards vs. St. John's,
Most Rush Yds            62 vs. Sacred Heart (10-13-07)
2008 Most Rush Yds       48 vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)
                                                                              DaSilva Memorial Field, 10-13-00
Most Attempts            13 vs. Sacred Heart (10-13-07)               Opp.:   Michael Scott of Sacred Heart, 38 yards at
2008 Most Attempts       7 at Duquesne (10-4-08)                              Campus Field, 10-21-00
Longest Rush             45 vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)
2008 Longest Rush        45 vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)
100-Yard Games           0                                            100-YARD RUSHING GAME
                                                                      Albany: David McCarty, 122 yards vs. St. Francis, Pa.,
#11 Daniel Bocanegra - Career/2008 Season Highs                               University Field, 10-25-08
Most Yards Receiving     92 at Colgate (9-1-07)                       Opp.:   James Mallory of Central Conn., 109 yards
2008 Most Rec Yds        65 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
Most Receptions          6 at Colgate (9-1-07)                                at University Field, 10-11-08
2008 Most Receptions     3 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
Longest Reception        46 at Montana (9-22-07)                      200-YARD RUSHING GAME
2008 Longest Rec         41 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
                                                                      Albany: David McCarty, 207 yards at Sacred Heart,
#1 Tim Bush - Career/2008 Season Highs                                        Campus Field, 10-18-08
Most Yards Receiving     109 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)               Opp.:   Conte Cuttino of Stony Brook, 204 yards at
2008 Most Rec Yds        109 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                       University Field, 10-6-07
Most Receptions          6 at Hofstra (9-13-08), at New Hampshire
                         (9-20-08), vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)
2008 Most Receptions     6 at Hofstra (9-13-08), at New Hampshire     100-YARD RECEIVING GAME
                         (9-20-08), vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)      Albany: Tim Bush, 109 yards vs. New Hampshire,
Longest Reception        58 vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)                   Cowell Stadium, 9-20-08
2008 Longest Rec         58 vs. St. Francis, Pa. (10-25-08)
                                                                      Opp.:   Steve Tedesco of Sacred Heart, 101 yards
#17 Jason Smith - Career/2008 Season Highs                                    at Campus Field, 10-18-08
Most Yards Receiving     56 vs. Sacred Heart (10-13-07)
2008 Most Rec Yds        38 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                200-YARD PASSING GAME
Most Receptions          4 vs. Hofstra (9-15-07)
                         4 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                 Albany: Vinny Esposito, 254 yards vs. Central Conn.
2008 Most Receptions     4 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)                         State, University Field, 10-11-08
Longest Reception        44 vs. Sacred Heart (10-13-07)               Opp.:   Dale Fink of Sacred Heart, 247 yards at
2008 Longest Rec         16 at New Hampshire (9-20-08)
                                                                              Campus Field, 10-18-08
#82 Marcus Miles - Career/2008 Season Highs
Most Yards Receiving     48 at Massachusetts (8-30-08)                300-YARD PASSING GAME
Most Receptions          4 vs. Fordham (9-8-07)                       Albany: Joe Savino, 314 yards vs. American
2008 Most Receptions     2 at Massachusetts (8-30-08)
                         2 at Delaware (9-27-08)
                                                                              International, Miller Field, 11-22-97
Longest Reception        43 at Massachusetts (8-30-08)                Opp.:   Connor Dixon of Duquesne, 338 yards at
                                                                              Rooney Field, 10-4-08
#85 Jason Poore - Career/2008 Season Highs
Most Yards Receiving     47 vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)
Most Receptions          4 vs. Central Conn. (10-11-08)
       2008 Scoring Drives
       UAlbany Longest Scoring Drives
              Time of Possession:     7:38 at New Hampshire (2nd Qtr., 16 plays, 73 yards, Touchdown)
              Yardage:                85 yards at Sacred Heart (1st Qtr., 12 plays, 5:14 TOP, Touchdown)
              Plays:                  16 plays at Delaware (2nd Qtr., 73 yards, 7:38 TOP, Touchdown)
                                      16 plays at Sacred Heart (4th Qtr., 75 yards, 6:38 TOP, Field Goal)

       Opponent Longest Scoring Drives
             Time of Possession:       7:03 at Massachusetts (2nd Qtr., 14 plays, 73 yards, Touchdown)
             Yardage:                  81 yards at Sacred Heart (4th Qtr., 12 plays, 5:30 TOP, Touchdown)
             Plays:                    14 plays at Massachusetts (2nd Qtr., 79 yards, 7:09 TOP, Touchdown)
             Plays:                    14 plays at Hofstra (4th Qtr., 73 yards, 6:38 TOP, Touchdown)
             Plays:                    14 plays at Duquesne (2nd Qtr., 77 yards, 5:06 TOP, Field Goal)
             Plays:                    14 plays vs. St. Francis, Pa. (2nd Qtr., 55 yards, 6:08 TOP, Field Goal)

       UAlbany Longest Scoring Drives                                           Opponent Longest Scoring Drives
       Quarter                 No.    Run                  Pass         FG      Quarter                No.      Run                Pass    FG
       First Quarter           10      6                    3            1      First Quarter           6        2                   2      2
       Second Quarter           7      3                    2            2      Second Quarter          9        1                   5      3
       Third Quarter            5      3                    2            0      Third Quarter           6        1                   3      2
       Fourth Quarter           5      2                    2            1      Fourth Quarter          9        4                   4      1
       Overtime                 1      1                    0            0      Overtime                0        0                   0      0
       TOTAL                   28     15                    9            4      TOTAL                  30        8                  14      8

2008 UAlbany Scoring Drives                                                     3
                                                                                3
                                                                                     UNH
                                                                                     UNH
                                                                                            24 yd. pass - Toman to Sicko
                                                                                            24 yd. pass - Toman to Boyle
                                                                                                                                    1
                                                                                                                                    7
                                                                                                                                          24
                                                                                                                                          60
                                                                                                                                                0:07
                                                                                                                                                2:31
- Total Scoring Drives: 28                                                      4    UNH    45 yd. FG - Manning                     5     13    1:52
Other Scores: 2 safety                                                          1    DEL    1 yd. run - Smith                       6     60    2:51
                                                                                3    DEL    20 yd. pass - Schoenhoft to Johnston    6     70    3:13
Qtr.      Opp.    Scoring Play                          Plays   Yards    TOP    3    DEL    43 yd. FG - Striefsky                   8     32    3:41
1         MASS    52 yd. pass - Esposito to McCarty        8     80      2:53   3    DEL    3 yd. run - Smith                       9     60    3:49
3         MASS    24 yd. run - McCarty                     8     55      3:10   4    DEL    4 yd. run - Butler                      8     71    4:08
1         HOF     1 yd. run - Esposito                   10      84      2:59   1    DUQ    20 yd. run - Williams                  11     69    5:01
3         HOF     1 yd. run - Esposito                   11      50      4:06   2    DUQ    42 yd. pass - Dixon to Carter           5     62    1:17
O         HOF     7 yd. run - McCarty                      4     25      0:00   2    DUQ    20 yd. FG - Troyan                     14     77    5:06
1         UNH     47 yd. FG - Glass                        5     44      1:52   4    DUQ    41 yd. pass - Dixon to Bunevich         5     71    1:13
1         UNH     19 yd. run - McCarty                   12      81      4:54   1    CCSU   24 yd. FG - Izzo                        7     44    4:31
2         UNH     11 yd. run - Esposito                  10      84      4:53   1    CCSU   36 yd. FG - Izzo                       12     47    6:24
3         UNH     19 yd. pass - Esposito to Kenneally      7     77      2:27   2    CCSU   26 yd. FG - Izzo                       12     57    5:47
2         DEL     1 yd. run - McCarty                    16      73      7:38   4    CCSU   6 yd. run - Mallory                     6     43    3:22
1         DUQ     2 yd. run - Simmons                      6     65      2:03   4    CCSU   14 yd. pass - Wanket to Rossnagle      10     80    3:50
2         DUQ     2 yd. run - Esposito                     5     19      1:43   2    SHU    2 yd. run - Jones                       9     77    3:28
2         DUQ     24 yd. pass - Esposito to McCarty        9     55      3:03   2    SHU    8 yd. pass - Fink to Kemp               8     73    4:30
4         DUQ     5 yd. pass - Esposito to Bush            9     40      3:41   4    SHU    19 yd. pass - Fink to Tedesco          12     81    5:30
4         DUQ     2 yd. pass - Esposito to Petersen        8     31      3:59   2    SFPA   34 yd. FG - Campbell                   14     55    6:08
1         CCSU    1 yd. run - Esposito                   10      61      3:45
2         CCSU    19 yd. FG - Lynch                      15      58      5:48
2         CCSU    11 yd. pass - Esposito to Poore          5     43      0:26
3         CCSU    72 yd. pass - Esposito to McCarty        3     64      1:18
1         SHU     1 yd. run - Esposito                   12      85      5:14
2         SHU     22 yd. FG - Glass                      10      80      5:07
3         SHU     2 yd. run - McCarty                    14      80      5:08
4         SHU     34 yd. FG - Glass                      16      75      6:38
4         SHU     18 yd. run - Esposito                    8     80      3:22
1         SFPA    22 yd. pass - Esposito to McCarty        8     61      3:31
1         SFPA    45 yd. run - Gannon                      5     62      1:25
1         SFPA    58 yd. pass - Esposito to Bush           1     58      0:09
4         SFPA    1 yd. run - McCarty                      2      9      0:37


2008 Opponent Scoring Drives
- Total Scoring Drives: 30
Other Scores: 1 interception, 1 safety

Qtr.      Opp.    Scoring Play                        Plays     Yards    TOP
2         MASS    2 yd. pass - Coen to Jorgensen       14        79      7:03
2         MASS    2 yd. pass - Coen to Nelson           7        35      2:50
3         MASS    64 yd. run - Nelson                   2        70      0:59
4         MASS    17 yd. pass - Coen to Horne           9        65      3:55
1         HOF     13 yd. pass - Christopher to Weaver   9        59      4:32
3         HOF     25 yd. FG - Hanly                    10        52      5:19
4         HOF     3 yd. run - Jackolski                14        73      6:38
1         UNH     65 yd. pass - Toman to Sicko          2        72      0:27
2         UNH     19 yd. pass - Toman to Kackert        7        68      0:43
                      UALBANY vs. MONMOUTH DEPTH CHART
  ALBANY
U ALB ANY OFFENSE                                     MONMOUTH DEFENSE
Pos.   No.        Player (Ht., Wt., Cl.)              Pos.   No.        Player (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
TE     89         DAN ARCHER (6-3, 235, Sr.)          DE     73         DAVID KENNEDY (6-0, 265, Sr.)
       25         Chris Kenneally (6-0, 235, Jr.)            75         Jeremy Baltimore (6-3, 225, Fr.)
LT     74         RAPHAEL NGUTI (6-7, 330, Sr.)       DT     97         KEVIN WALSH (6-3, 270, Sr.)
       61         Chaz Mitchell (6-4, 250, R-Fr.)            91         Dave Ogden (6-2, 240, So.)
LG     78         ANDREW STEVENS (6-4, 275, So.)      DE     93         GARRETT CULLOO (6-2, 230, So.)
       64         Vince Gonzales (6-4, 275, So.)             53         Troy Butler (6-0, 220, Sr.)
C      75         KEVIN RICHARDS (6-2, 270, Jr.)      OLB    56         T.J. CEREZO (6-2, 240, Sr.)
       62         Andy Sparano (6-0, 265, So.)               92         Brian Brikowski (6-4, 230, So.)
RG     72         NIK SCHULTZ (6-2, 285, Sr.)         ILB    57         JOE CELLA (6-1, 220, Jr.)
       66         Matt Faughnan (6-3, 275, So.)              52         Nick Bonturi (6-3, 230, Fr.)
RT     76         JON LEIBLE (6-5, 285, Sr.)          ILB    59         CHRIS MASTRANGELO (6-0, 215, So.)
       71         Keith Peifer (6-4, 280, R-Fr.)             58         Jeff Brady (6-2, 230, Jr.)
WR      1         TIM BUSH (5-9, 178, Sr.)            OLB    99         JOE VALENTI (6-2, 205, So.)
       17         Jason Smith (6-2, 184, Fr.)                51         Jon Rogers (6-1, 215, Fr.)
WR     85         JASON POORE (6-6, 205, So.)         CB      1         AYO FALAE (6-0, 200, Sr.)
       87         John Lullen (6-2, 185, R-Fr.)               3         Joe Arneth (6-0, 190, Jr.)
QB      7         VINNY ESPOSITO (6-1, 210, Jr.)      CB      7         KEN AMSEL (5-10, 185, Jr.)
        9         Frank Blasinsky (6-1, 190, Jr.)             4         Marcus Shell (6-0, 200, Sr.)
FB     46         JUSTIN PETERSEN (6-0, 225, Fr.)     FS     28         JOSE GUMBS (5-11, 195, So.)
       25         Chris Kenneally (6-0, 235, Jr.)            10         Shaquan Virgil (6-0, 210, So.)
TB      3         DAVID McCARTY (6-0, 207, Jr.)       SS     33         JON STOLARZ (6-1, 195, Jr.)
       20         Colin Simmons (5-8, 188, Jr.)              12         Kendall Haley (6-0, 190, So.)
       26         Justin Gannon (5-6, 175, Jr.)
                                                      MONMOUTH OFFENSE
  ALBANY
U ALB ANY DEFENSE                                     Pos.   No.        Player (Ht., Wt., Cl.)
Pos.   No.        Player (Ht., Wt., Cl.)              RT     74         KEVIN STERLING (6-4, 285, Sr.)
DE     96         EDDIE DELANEY (6-6, 235, R-Fr.)            72         Nick Bibbo (6-4, 280, Jr.)
       56         Marc Wargo (6-2, 230, R-Fr.)        RG     55         SHAWN WRIGHT (6-2, 265, Jr.)
DT     94         TOM PANDOLF (6-0, 260, Sr.)                79         Dino Molina (6-3, 300, Fr.)
       91         Trevor Anderson (6-2, 280, So.)     C      63         ANDREW MUSICK (6-2, 280, Sr.)
DE     90         MIKE KELLY (6-2, 235, So.)                 67         Jim Sullivan (6-3, 280, So.)
       99         Wil Moushey (6-4, 235, R-Fr.)       LG     76         JOE HURLEY (6-4, 320, Jr.)
OLB    28         EMERSON KINSEY (6-0, 215, Jr.)             71         Derek Rosinski (6-6, 300, Jr.)
       30         Chris Blais (6-0, 202, So.)         LT     77         NICK LoCASTRO (6-6, 295, Sr.)
ILB    54         JUSTIN BRANCACCIO (6-0, 230, Jr.)          64         Joe Stodolak III (6-4, 300, Sr.)
       51         Chris Simpson (6-0, 225, Jr.)       TE     16         JOHN NALBONE (6-4, 260, Sr.)
ILB    24         MARK PERETORE (6-1, 225, Sr.)              48         Ricky Burd (6-3, 200, So.)
       51         Chris Simpson (6-0, 225, Jr.)       FL     31         CHRIS KILEY (5-10, 175, Sr.)
OLB    50         RICH DUFF (6-1, 210, Jr.)                  19         Nick Romeo (6-0, 185, Jr.)
       58         Jake Ciccarello (5-11, 195, Fr.)    SE     44         TROY YUDIN (6-1, 180, So.)
CB     18         ROSS BERTRAND (5-11, 180, So.)             87         Steve Dowens (6-1, 190, Sr.)
       19         Daniel Avery (5-9, 165, R-Fr.)      QB     11         BRETT BURKE (5-11, 185, Sr.)
S      22         DAVE WEST (5-10, 205, Sr.)                  2         Andrew Mandeville (5-8, 180, Jr.)
       38         Garrett Askew (6-1, 210, So.)       FB      5         MARION EASLEY (6-1, 230, Sr.)
FS     31         DAVE CASALE (6-2, 210, Jr.)                32         Mike D'Urso (5-7, 190, Jr.)
       22         Dave West (5-10, 205, Sr.)          RB     30         DAVID SINISI (5-9, 200, Sr.)
CB      2         JEAN JUSTE (5-10, 185, Jr.)                34         Bobby Giles (5-10, 180, Jr.)
        5         L.B. McCloskey (6-2, 200, Sr.)
                                                      MONMOUTH SPECIALISTS
  ALBANY
U ALB ANY SPECIALISTS                                 KO           35   FRED WEINGART
KO           13   HERB GLASS                          FG/PAT       35   FRED WEINGART
FG/PAT       13   HERB GLASS                          PUNTER        9   JACK DANIELS
PUNTER        4   CHRIS LYNCH                         HOLDER       11   BRETT BURKE
HOLDER        4   CHRIS LYNCH                         SNAPPER      91   DAVE OGDEN
SNAPPER      90   MIKE KELLY                          KOR           1   AYO FALAE, 6 MICHEL AVENT
KOR          20   COLIN SIMMONS, 26 JUSTIN GANNON     PR           19   NICK ROMEO
PR           26   JUSTIN GANNON
2008 UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY FOOTBALL ROSTER
 1 Tim Bush........................WR, 5-9, 178, Sr.    40 Chris Bright.................ILB, 5-10, 200, So.        77 Jordan Migliore..............OT, 6-6, 295, Fr.
   Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Springs)               East Meadow, N.Y. (East Meadow)                            Closter, N.J. (Northern Valley Regional)
 2 Jean Juste....................CB, 5-10, 185, Jr.     41 Alfred Pryor.............OLB, 6-0, 195, R-Fr.           78 Andrew Stevens..........OG, 6-4, 275, So.
   Hempstead, N.Y. (Uniondale)                             Bronx, N.Y. (Evander Childs)                               Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota)
 3 David McCarty.................TB, 6-0, 207, Jr.      42 Chris Bouchard.................S, 6-2, 195, Fr.         79 Anthony Bazzoffi............OT, 6-2, 350, Fr.
   Gansevoort, N.Y. (LaSalle Institute)                    Troy, N.Y. (Catholic Central)                              Albany, N.Y. (LaSalle Institute)
 4 Chris Lynch.................P/PK, 6-3, 215, Sr.      43 Raymond Dorcely...OLB, 6-0, 190, R-Fr.                  80 Luke Weaver.............WR, 6-4, 205, R-Fr.
   Lindenhurst, N.Y. (Lindenhurst)                         Spring Valley, N.Y. (Spring Valley)                        Loudonville, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Acad.)
 5 L.B. McCloskey...............CB, 6-2, 200, Sr.       44 Nick Crockett................CB, 5-10, 170, Fr.         81 Griff Courtney............DE, 6-2, 230, R-Fr.
   Gloversville, N.Y. (Gloversville)                       Loganville, Ga. (Grayson)                                  Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard)
 6 Chris Van Zelfden......OLB, 6-0, 210, So.            45 Ryan McCloskey............WR, 6-0, 180, Fr.             82 Marcus Miles..................TE, 6-3, 245, Jr.
   Marietta, Ga. (George Walton)                           Gloversville, N.Y. (Gloversville)                          Watertown, N.Y. (Watertown)
 7 Vinny Esposito...............QB, 6-1, 210, Jr.       46 Justin Petersen..............FB, 6-0, 225, Fr.          83 Denny Wilhelm...........TE, 6-4, 215, R-Fr.
   Demarest, N.J. (Northern Valley Regional)               Palmerton, Pa. (Palmerton Area)                            Glens Falls, N.Y. (Glens Falls)
 8 Devin Wooten.................WR, 6-1, 187, Jr.       47 Ben Carl............................FB, 6-1, 201, Fr.   84 John Cunningham..........TE, 6-2, 240, Fr.
   Saddle Brook, N.J. (Kimball Union Academy)              Syracuse, N.Y. (Solvay)                                    Broad Channel, N.Y. (St. Francis Prep)
 9 Frank Blasinsky..............QB, 6-1, 190, Jr.       48 Quendel Ellison..............TB, 5-9, 204, Fr.          85 Jason Poore..................WR, 6-6, 205, So.
   North Royalton, Ohio (Parma Padua)                      Auburn, N.Y. (Trinity-Pawling)                             North Hoosick, N.Y. (Hoosick Falls Central)
10 Andrew Smith................QB, 6-2, 225, Fr.        49 Paul Booker.....................TE, 6-4, 220, Fr.       86 Bryon King......................WR, 5-8, 160, Fr.
   Schenectady, N.Y. (Guilderland)                         Schenectady, N.Y. (Guilderland)                            Logan Township, N.J. (Kingsway Regional)
11 Daniel Bocanegra..........WR, 6-1, 195, Sr.          50 Rich Duff........................OLB, 6-1, 210, Jr.     87 John Lullen...............WR, 6-2, 185, R-Fr.
   Daly City, Calif. (Junipero Serra)                      Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Springs)                  Wesley Chapel, Fla. (Tampa Gaither)
12 Dan Di Lella................QB, 6-5, 225, R-Fr.      51 Chris Simpson..............ILB, 6-0, 225, Jr.           88 Adam St. Nicholas........WR, 6-1, 185, Jr.
   Neshanic Station, N.J. (Somerville)                     Victor, N.Y. (Victor Central)                              Bohemia, N.Y. (Connetquot)
13 Herb Glass................PK, 5-11, 180, R-Fr.       52 Jon Morgan..................OLB, 6-2, 200, Fr.          89 Dan Archer.......................TE, 6-3, 235, Sr.
   Miller Place, N.Y. (Miller Place)                       Copiague, N.Y. (Copiague)                                  Yonkers, N.Y. (Archbishop Stepanic)
14 Ryan Kirchner.................WR, 6-2, 175, Fr.      53 Nick Krajacic...................ILB, 6-0, 225, Jr.      90 Mike Kelly........................DE, 6-2, 235, So.
   Rumson, N.J. (Rumson-Fair Haven)                        Farmington, N.Y. (Victor Central)                          West Long Branch, N.J. (Red Bank Catholic)
16 Mike Tracy..................QB, 6-2, 200, R-Fr.      54 Justin Brancaccio..........ILB, 6-0, 230, Jr.           91 Trevor Anderson..........DT, 6-2, 280, So.
   East Meadow, N.Y. (East Meadow)                         Rockaway, N.J. (Morris Knolls)                             Warnersville, N.Y. (Cobleskill-Richmondville)
17 Jason Smith...................WR, 6-2, 184, Jr.      55 Kyle O’Keefe..........C/OG, 6-3, 270, R-Fr.             92 Bennett Marquis.............DE, 6-4, 238, Fr.
   Bronx, N.Y. (Lehman)                                    Wappingers Falls, N.Y. (Roy C. Ketcham)                    Orchard Park, N.Y. (St. Francis)
18 Ross Bertrand..............CB, 5-11, 180, So.        56 Marc Wargo...............ILB, 6-2, 230, R-Fr.           93 Kyle Hussey................DE, 6-3, 240, R-Fr.
   Stamford, Conn. (Stamford)                              East Windsor, N.J. (Hightstown)                            Albany, N.Y. (Guilderland)
19 Daniel Avery...............CB, 5-9, 165, R-Fr.       57 Chris Wilk.......................ILB, 6-2, 230, Fr.     94 Tom Pandolf....................DT, 6-0, 260, Sr.
   Cooper City, Fla. (Miramar Everglades)                  Philadelphia, Pa. (Archbishop Ryan)                        Holbrook, N.Y. (Sachem)
20 Colin Simmons...............TB, 5-8, 188, Jr.        58 Jake Ciccarello...........OLB, 5-11, 195, Fr.           95 Zach Gallo...................DT, 6-0, 255, R-Fr.
   Manlius, N.Y. (Fayetteville-Manlius)                    Altamonte Springs, Fla. (Winter Springs)                   Sayville, N.Y. (Sayville)
21 Dave Nicomini...............OLB, 6-3, 230, Sr.       59 Dave Plungas.................ILB, 6-2, 230, Fr.         96 Eddie Delaney.............DE, 6-6, 235, R-Fr.
   Newton, N.J. (Kittatinny Regional)                      Concord Twp., Ohio (Mentor Lake Catholic)                  Holtsville, N.Y. (Sachem East)
22 Dave West........................S, 5-10, 205, Sr.   60 Marc Holloway..............OLB, 6-1, 185, Fr.           97 Tony Sparano.................DE, 5-11, 253, Jr.
   Toms River, N.J. (Toms River North)                     Rochester, N.Y. (East)                                     Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine)
23 Nick Hutcherson............WR, 5-9, 165, Fr.         61 Chaz Mitchell.............OT, 6-4, 250, R-Fr.           99 Wil Moushey...............DE, 6-4, 235, R-Fr.
   Columbia, Md. (Mount St. Joseph)                        Rochester, N.Y. (East)                                     Glenshaw, Pa. (Shaler)
24 Mark Peretore...............ILB, 6-1, 225, Sr.       62 Andy Sparano..................C, 6-0, 265, So.          13 (P) Alfred Pleasure...OLB, 5-10, 201, So.
   Apalachin, N.Y. (Vestal)                                Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine)                             Albany, N.Y. (Albany)
25 Chris Kenneally...............FB, 6-0, 235, Jr.      63 Michael Longo................DT, 6-2, 260, Fr.          34 (P) Joe Lovallo......OLB, 5-11, 185, R-Fr.
   Harrington Park, N.J. (Northern Valley Reg.)            Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinnett)                      Port Chester, N.Y. (Port Chester)
26 Justin Gannon................TB, 5-6, 175, Jr.       64 Vince Gonzales.............OG, 6-4, 275, So.            42 (G)Dan Cuozzo..........WR, 6-0, 200, R-Fr.
   Sussex, N.J. (Vernon Township)                          Ballston Spa, N.Y. (Ballston Spa)                          Somerville, N.J. (Somerville)
27 Jeff Benway..............FS, 5-11, 195, R-Fr.        65 Ocieka Bakou..................DT, 6-1, 248, Fr.         65 (G) Eldred Richards.......OG, 6-2, 270, Fr.
   Queensbury, N.Y. (Queensbury)                           Rochester, N.Y. (Pittsford Sutherland)                     Plainsboro, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro)
28 Emerson Kinsey..........OLB, 6-1, 215, Jr.           66 Matt Faughnan...............OG, 6-3, 275, So.
   Syracuse, N.Y. (Henninger)                              Binghamton, N.Y. (Chenango Forks)
29 Erasto Nova...................CB, 5-10, 165, Jr.     67 Andy Fendler.....................C, 6-2, 285, Fr.          UALBANY COACHING STAFF
   Albany, N.Y. (Albany)                                   Morris Plains, N.J. (Parsippany Hills)                     Bob Ford.................................Head Coach
30 Chris Blais...................OLB, 6-0, 202, So.     68 Sean Kenny....................PK, 5-11, 190, Fr.           Mike Simpson.....Defensive Coordinator
   Troy, N.Y. (LaSalle Institute)                          Ghent, N.Y. (Chatham Central)                              Ryan McCarthy.....Offensive Coordinator
31 Dave Casale.....................FS, 6-2, 210, Jr.    69 Joe Andrews..................DE, 6-2, 270, Fr.             Drew Christ...................Defensive Backs
   Troy, N.Y. (Troy)                                       Johnson City, N.Y. (Maine-Endwell)                         Bill Banagan........................Defensive Line
32 George Williams............S, 5-10, 190, So.         70 Justin Anderson............OG, 6-5, 265, Fr.               Don Mion..............................Cornerbacks
   Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway)                           Clifton Park, N.Y. (Shenendehowa)                          Mike Morita........................Offensive Line
34 Duane Harper...........TB, 5-11, 190, R-Fr.          71 Keith Peifer................OT, 6-4, 280, R-Fr.            Samson Brown.......Outside Linebackers
   Brooklyn, N.Y. (Samuel J. Tilden)                       Lewisberry, Pa. (Red Land)                                 Eric Evans.........................Wide Receivers
35 Dean Mercuris...............ILB, 6-2, 245, Fr.       72 Nik Schultz......................OG, 6-2, 285, Sr.         Jamie Casullo...................Running Backs
   Staten Island, N.Y. (St. Peter's)                       Ballston Spa, N.Y. (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake)             Mike Civitello............................Tight Ends
36 Justin Hassan..............S, 6-1, 195, R-Fr.        73 Guy Robichaud................OT, 6-5, 290, Fr.             Captain(s): David McCarty, Dave
   Staten Island, N.Y. (Brooklyn Technical)                Rensselaer, N.Y. (LaSalle Institute)                       Nicomini, Justin Brancaccio, Nik Schultz
37 Kareem Cooper........CB, 5-9, 185, R-Fr.             74 Raphael Nguti..................OT, 6-7, 330, Sr.
   Staten Island, N.Y. (Curtis)                            Rochester, N.Y. (Brighton)
38 Garrett Askew.................S, 6-1, 210, So.       75 Kevin Richards..................C, 6-2, 270, Jr.
   Newark, N.J. (Hudson Catholic)                          Clifton Park, N.Y. (Shenendehowa)
39 Steele Nugent.................FB, 6-1, 215, Fr.      76 Jon Leible........................OT, 6-5, 285, Sr.
   Ocean City, N.J. (Ocean City)                           Commack, N.Y. (Commack)
                                           offense. Frank Blasinsky, who saw
    Season Preview                         time behind center the last two years, is
                                           second on the depth chart.
    UAlbany won its third Northeast            "Vinny is an accurate thrower who
Conference title in 2007 by becoming       puts the ball in the right position," Ford
the fifth team in league history to go     explains. "He's relaxed and confident
undefeated in conference play. The         and his teammates believe in him."
Great Danes will have to work even             The Great Danes can build around
harder to repeat with a challenging        three all-conference offensive linemen,
non-league schedule and the addition       but will have to replace both guards.
of Duquesne as an NEC member.              Raphael Nguti (6-7, 330) earned first-
    "We have greater team depth and a      team All-NEC recognition at right
stable of quality athletes," offers head   tackle. Nguti's tremendous size will
coach Bob Ford, who enters his 40th        provide him an opportunity to continue
season at the collegiate level with a      his career following graduation.
225-162-1 career record. "But at the       Center Kevin Richards (6-2, 270) was
same time, we have more question           named to the all-league second team.
marks than we've had in recent times       Nik Schultz (6-2, 285), one of four
heading into fall camp."                   team captains, should start at left guard
    Ford has 48 letterwinners, including   after playing in 25 games as a colle-          QB Vinny Esposito accounted for 1,946
12 starters, returning from a squad that   gian, while Jon Leible (6-5, 285) will
                                                                                          total yards in his first year as a starter.
finished with an 8-4 record. The Great     work at right guard.                         Brancaccio (6-0, 220) moved into the
Danes have produced seven or more              UAlbany's starting receivers were        starting lineup and tied for second on
wins six times as a FCS program.           seniors, but the rotation allowed for        the team with 63 tackles, including 6.5
    "We will be a decent football team     several players to be involved. Daniel       for losses, last season. "Justin has
on defense," Ford says. "The lineback-     Bocanegra, a converted quarterback,          been a bright light," Ford offers. "He is
ers and defensive backs are solid.         hauled in 26 passes for 316 yards.           big, strong and fast, and has continued
(Dave) Nicomini's injury hurts us          Bocanegra has also been the team's           to mature into the position."
greatly. We lost some excellent players    primary punt returner. Tim Bush had              Mark Peretore, a fifth-year senior,
on the defensive line."                    17 receptions for 225 yards and two          has also been a starter during his
    Ford continues, "Our running attack    TDs. In addition, the Great Danes have       career. He has made 45-plus tackles
is pretty good behind a scrappy group      two improving tight ends in Dan              in each of the last two seasons. Chris
of offensive linemen. We need more         Archer (7 catches) and Marcus Miles          Simpson (14 tackles) will also see
productivity in the passing game and       (10 catches) who have the ability to         playing time in his junior year.
consistent play from our receivers."       both block and become factors in the             Emerson Kinsey (6-1, 215) worked
    The Great Danes will open with four    passing attack.                              at one of the outside linebacker spots,
consecutive Colonial Athletic Confer-                                                   where he totaled 29 tackles, 3.5 sacks
ence opponents, including national         DEFENSE: The Great Danes                     and two fumble recoveries. He has the
runner-up Delaware and NCAA                featured a talented senior class last        skills to become an all-conference
quarterfinalist Massachusetts in           year on the defensive line. The unit         performer. Dave Nicomini (6-3, 230)
preparation for the NEC schedule.          helped the defense rank 17th among           can float between the linebacker and
                                           the NCAA scoring leaders. In fact, all       safety positions. He was second on the
OFFENSE: Tailback David McCarty            three starters were members of the all-      squad with 63 tackles last season.
leads an offensive unit that ranked 20th   conference first or second teams.            Nicomini's status will be determined
nationally in rushing at nearly 209            The good news centers around             later following knee surgery. Rich Duff
yards per game. McCarty, who was           defensive tackle Tom Pandolf (6-0,           (22 tackles) and Raymond Dorcely will
named to the Sports Network All-           260), a first-team All-NEC standout.         be ready pending his availability.
America squad, ran for 1,503 yards, the    Pandolf had his most productive                  UAlbany's secondary returns intact.
third-highest single-season total in       campaign with 37 tackles and 3.0             Dave Casale had 56 tackles and two
team history. McCarty grinded out          sacks. Sophomore Trevor Anderson             interceptions in his first year at free
eight 100-yard efforts, including a        (6-2, 280) also emerged as the season        safety. Cornerbacks L.B. McCloskey
career-best 247 yards in a champion-       progressed and finished with 28              (38 tackles, 3 INTs) and Jean Juste
ship-clinching win against Central         tackles, including seven for a loss.         (34 tackles, 4 PBUs) were sound in
Connecticut State. Justin Gannon and           "Tom (Pandolf) has good quickness        their expanded roles. Dave West and
Colin Simmons, a pair of juniors,          combined with an intuitive sense for         cornerback Ross Bertrand were
rushed for 250-plus yards last season.     the game," Ford states. "He has the          greatly improved. West, a second-team
    "David (McCarty) has great balance     ability to stay on his feet and under-       All-NEC safety, had 60 tackles, five
and a competitive spirit," Ford states.    stands his role."                            pass deflections and two interceptions.
"He probably has added nearly 20               Mike Kelly (6-2, 235) and Tony           Bertrand totaled 31 tackles and three
pounds and has increased strength."        Sparano (5-11, 253), who had 10              PBUs as a true freshman.
    Quarterback Vinny Esposito, like       tackles apiece, are the projected
McCarty, made the most of his first        starters at the defensive end positions.     KICKING GAME: Punter Chris
season as a starter. He recorded the       Eddie Delaney (6-6, 235) showed              Lynch set the program's single-season
second-best single-season passing          promise as a scout team member.              record by averaging 40.5 yards last
total in school annals with 1,810 yards.       At inside linebacker, UAlbany's all-     year. Lynch, who handled placements
He threw 12 scoring passes and             time tackles leader Colin Disch is now       as freshman, and Herb Glass are
accounted for 1,946 yards in total         a professional in Germany. Justin            candidates for the place-kicking duties.

								
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