ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany football team went head-to-head with one another in an intrasquad scrimmage Friday night at University Field, representing the Great Danes' final exam before opening the 2012 regular season next weekend against Colgate.
The Danes' defense stood out under the lights, recording six sacks with five of them for six or more yards lost, including junior Andrew Smith's throw-down for a loss of eight. Freshman Jon McGriff tallied a team-high two sacks, each for a loss of six. Also leading the defense, junior safety Tremaine Wilson logged a team-high four tackles, while classmate Prosper Mbongue-Muna and freshman JoJo McClary each had three. Wilson was also top-notch on special teams, lacing his way across the field on a 91-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Offensively, redshirt freshman Presley Beauvais impressed the stands, catching 11 passes for a total of 100 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown reception from freshman quarterback Ryan Smith. Smith also connected with junior wide receiver Jameel Gay for a 34-yard pass, as Smith completed 4-of-6 pass attempts in the scrimmage. Sophomore quarterback Will Fiacchi completed three passes, including one for 19 yards to sophomore Rhakeem Wiggins.
Next weekend, UAlbany opens the season at home for just the third time in the program's 14-years at the NCAA Division I FCS level, as well as the first time since 2005. The Great Danes will play host to Colgate University Saturday, Sept. 1 at 6:00 p.m. at University Field.