Football set to host Richmond in annual "Pink Game"
ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team will be looking to improve to 3-0 at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium this season when it hosts Richmond in a Colonial Athletic Association game at 7 Saturday night.
As part of the program’s annual “Pink Game” in support of the American Cancer Society, UAlbany student-athletes will be wearing the names of men and women affected by cancer on their jerseys. The names were submitted by fans in support of loved ones.
UAlbany already has home victories this season over Morgan State and St. Francis (Pa.). The Great Danes have won three straight at home dating back to last year’s 15-0 win over New Hampshire in the season finale.
Richmond is 5-0 in the all-time series, but each of the past two games has been decided in multiple overtimes, with UAlbany falling 41-38 in double OT last season and 36-30 in triple OT in 2016. The past three meetings, including a 38-31 Richmond victory in 2015, all have been decided by a touchdown or less. The Spiders also have been nationally ranked in the past three meetings – No. 6 in 2015 and 2016 as well as No. 14 last season
Both teams are seeking their first league wins of the season. UAlbany is coming off a 25-22 loss at William & Mary, while Richmond fell to Delaware, 43-28.
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NEWS AND NOTES
Redshirt junior tailback Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks is coming off his third career 200-yard game. He posted 221 against William & Mary, the second-highest total of his career. Amazingly, that’s well short of his career high – a school-record 298-yard performance against New Hampshire in 2016.
Ibitokun-Hanks and sophomore Karl Mofor give the Great Danes a formidable one-two punch in the backfield. Through the first five games, both backs are averaging more than five yards per carry – Mofor at 6.2 and Ibitokun-Hanks at 5.7.
Both Mofor and Ibitokun-Hanks nearly eclipsed 100 yards against St. Francis (Pa.). Each finished with 92. Ibitokun-Hanks scored his first TD of the season, and Mofor’s total was boosted by a 74-yard run.
Century mark for Reeves
Junior wide receiver Jerah Reeves has had the first two 100-yard performances of his career in each of his past two games.
Against William & Mary, Reeves caught six passes for 111 yards, including a 40-yard reception.
A week earlier against St. Francis (Pa.), Reeves hauled in six passes for 104 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown.
Reeves, from Williamsport, Pa., is the Great Danes’ second-leading receiver with 22 catches for 340 yards and two touchdowns. He’s averaging 68 yards receiving per game.
Metheny in the middle
Redshirt sophomore linebacker Levi Metheny, a first-year starter, leads the Great Danes with 41 tackles (20 solo).
Metheny also recorded his first career interception at William & Mary.
Metheny totaled 23 tackles last season while playing mostly special teams and serving as a reserve at linebacker. This season, he’s replacing Nate Hatalsky, who had 122 tackles last season, tying for the 12th most in program history.
The Great Danes have a youthful linebacking corps: Redshirt freshman Danny Damico has started the past three games at outside linebacker, Metheny has started all five games in the middle, and Isaiah Watson has seen significant playing time (including one start) at the other outside position.
Damico is second on the team with 39 tackles (18 solo).
The 6-foot-1, 294-pound White transferred from Penn State prior to his redshirt junior season.
Lang has been an impact player as part of the defensive line rotation. He also leads the team with three QB hurries and has a forced fumble.
UAlbany has 12 sacks for the season, with 11 coming in its past three games – including four this past week at William & Mary.