Albany, N.Y. - After more than 100 plays of offense during an intrasquad scrimmage under the lights at University Field on Friday, Aug. 26, UAlbany put a wrap on the third and final week of preseason camp. All of the two-a-day practices and meetings are complete, as the team begins game preparations tomorrow for the opener at Colgate on Sept. 3rd.
"We really need to focus and eliminate some of the small mistakes," said UAlbany coach Bob Ford, who started the program at the club level in 1970. I thought Buddy (Leathley) and Danny (Di Lella) did some positive things tonight. Our defense is okay and (defensive end) Eddie Delaney really grabs your attention. I was impressed with our kicking game. Both Herb Glass and Paul Layton are doing a great job."
The scrimmage started with Buddy Leathley's 54-yard completion to redshirt freshman Cole King on the first play. Leathley, a sophomore quarterback, completed 5 of 10 passes for 105 yards overall. Dan Di Lella, a starter in the opening six games under center last year, also was 5-of-10 through the air for 43 yards. He connected on a 2-yard scoring pass and reached the end zone on a 3-yard scamper in green-zone situations. Herb Glass made field goals of 46 and 26 yards to end a pair of two-minute offense sequences.
Meanwhile, one defender quietly has risen on the depth chart and has found his comfort level. Duane Harper stuffed the stat sheet from his cornerback position with six tackles, including four unassisted and a sack, in the final preseason tune-up. Once a tailback in the UAlbany attack, he moved over to defense in the fall of 2009.
"That's the best decision I ever made and I have no regrets," Harper stated. "I probably should have come here to play defense in the first place. These are game situations for me, to show the coaches what I can do. This is my last chance as a senior."
Harper had just six tackles in nine games played last season, but he has been a valued special teams performer on the kickoff and punt return squads.
"He's feeling more comfortable," UAlbany secondary coach Drew Christ offered. "Duane's a great athlete who is finally healthy. This is the first time that he has gone through a whole spring and camp without injury. He has been one of our most consistent defensive backs."
Paw Prints: All-Northeast Conference defensive end Eddie Delaney finished with six tackles, including 2.5 sacks, after missing last week's second scrimmage ... Jon Morgan, an inside linebacker, had a team-high eight tackles ... Omar Osbourne, a redshirt freshman tailback, had eight carries for 27 rushing yards, plus caught four passes for 28 more ... quarterback Jake Meek and tailback Presley Beauvais each had 45 yards on the ground as members of the third-team offense ... outside linebacker Prosper Mbongue-Muna recorded an interception and defensive tackle Matt Mecca recovered a fumble ... Colgate coach Dick Biddle is in his 16th season ... Biddle, who has a 120-55 career record, has led the Raider program to six Patriot League championships and six NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearances ... Colgate tailback Nick Eachus is a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, as the nation's top FCS player ... Eachus rushed for 1,871 yards as a junior ... Fox Sports 980 (WOFX-AM) is the primary radio station for UAlbany football ... the season opener at Colgate on Sept. 3rd will air on WGY Radio, using both 810 AM and 103.1 FM, due to a scheduling conflict.