Albany, N.Y. - On a foggy morning in the Capital Region, UAlbany's offense peeked through the mist and showed a cleaner and crisper attack from the previous week in the team's second intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday, Aug. 20 at University Field.
"The offensive line had a pretty good day and we ran the ball well," said UAlbany coach Bob Ford, who had two of his top four tailbacks sitting out the scrimmage with minor ailments. "It was exciting to see, but we had too many penalties. The good news is we have two weeks to narrow things down and fine-tune."
The Great Danes, who accounted for 435 total yards, including 179 rushing, picked up points on two early possessions. Senior quarterback Dan Di Lella found Kevin Chillis with a 20-yard touchdown pass over the top of the defense, before Herb Glass ended another sequence with a field goal. Di Lella hit on 6 of 8 attempts for 80 yards and added another 29 on the ground.
In the green zone portion of the scrimmage, Buddy Leathley threw a 20-yard scoring pass to Ryan Kirchner. The sophomore quarterback hit on 10-of-19 through the air for 68 yards. Omar Osbourne, a redshirt freshman, added a 3-yard TD run. A third-string tailback, Osbourne led all rushers with 53 yards on 10 carries.
"We applied what we learned in week one to week two," offered Di Lella, who shared time with Leathley behind center last season. "The offensive line got after it. I feel comfortable because you are supposed to be as a fifth-year quarterback. You trust the people around you and then you do your part."
The defensive unit, dominate in last week's first scrimmage, did have its moments. Linebacker Kyle Jordan intercepted a Leathley pass and returned it 27 yards to the 13-yard line. Tom Bradley, a sophomore defensive end, accounted for 2.5 sacks, while freshman defensive tackle Mike Smith recovered a fumble.
As UAlbany polishes up its personnel at the preseason's halfway mark, the 2011 opener against Colgate on Sept. 3 is two weeks away.
Paw Prints: UAlbany's offense featured all five quarterbacks, spread the football to 14 receivers and used 12 players as runners during the preseason's second scrimmage ... Dillon Romain, the 2010 Northeast Conference Offensive Rookie of the Year, ran nine times for 31 yards ... defensive tackle Zach Gallo had a productive day with 10 tackles, including seven unassisted and one sack ...wide receiver Kevin Chillis had four receptions for 34 yards, while tight end Nate Papso caught two passes, including a 20-yard completion ... Josh Blaauboer, a true freshman, hauled in a 55-yard pass, the scrimmage's longest play, from reserve quarterback Jake Meek ... inside linebacker Jon Morgan made four solo tackles and recorded an interception in a green-zone situation.