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UAlbany football to honor Military in season finale

UAlbany Sports Information   11-16-2017

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team concludes its 2017 season Saturday on Military Appreciation Day at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium.

The Great Danes kickoff at 1 p.m. against New Hampshire on a day when the program will celebrate 14 seniors and also honor those who serve.

UAlbany student-athletes will be wearing the names of active and retired military members on the backs of their jerseys, a tradition started four years ago by Great Danes head coach Greg Gattuso.

Active and retired military members also will receive free admission with valid identification, thanks to the “Danes Salute: Buy a Vet a Ticket” program led by UAlbany Athletics and SEFCU.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Senior send off: UAlbany will be honoring 14 seniors prior to Saturday’s game.

  • Jerod Diggs: Played one season at UAlbany after transferring from Marshall and Lackawanna Community College. Has 30 catches for 476 yards and a touchdown.
  • Ryan Gilroy: Appeared in five games as a blocking tight end in 2016 after arriving from New Mexico Military Institute. 
  • Brad Harris: Has 82 career catches for 1,126 yards and six touchdowns.
  • Nate Hatalsky: CAA-best 113 tackles this season. Set UAlbany's Division I record with 21 tackles this season against Rhode Island, then nearly replicated it with 19 against Delaware.
  • Malachi Hoskins: Great Danes’ career sacks leader (Division I era) with 19.5. Has 199 career tackles.
  • Anthony Manzo-Lewis: Has 53 career receptions for 612 yards and four touchdowns. 
  • Marcel Ngachie: Has 78 career tackles and 2.5 sacks.
  • Nnamdi Nwaigwe: Has appeared in all 10 games this season, mostly on special teams. 
  • Jamal Robinson: Has five interceptions and 220 tackles in 44 career games. Never has missed a game in his career.
  • Kendall Rodgers Jr.: In two seasons after transferring from Golden West College, has rushed for 321 yards on 100 carries.
  • DeSharnte Thompson: Has 84 tackles in 17 career games.
  • DaeSean Timmons: Has 100 career tackles, including 8.5 tackles for a loss, in 40 games. Also has forced four fumbles. 
  • Tim Wade: Has played in 33 career games. Started every game this season at right tackle.
  • Damian Young: Has one interception and 18 career tackles playing mostly on special teams. 

Strength of schedule: This will be the Great Danes’ fifth game against a Top 25 opponent this season. UAlbany also played its opener at Old Dominion, a BCS school.

  • Another opponent, Monmouth, was unranked when the Great Danes won 28-14 in Week 3, but the Hawks are now first among teams receiving votes in the STATS poll and No. 22 in the Coaches’ poll. UAlbany is the only team to have beaten Monmouth (9-1) this season.
  • Delaware is receiving votes in both polls. The Blue Hens, in fact, are second behind Monmouth in teams receiving votes in the STATS poll.
  • UAlbany beat No. 7/8 Villanova, 19-20, on Sept. 23 for the program’s first-ever victory over a Top 10 team. 

Scouting New Hampshire: New Hampshire could strengthen its position for an FCS playoff bid with a victory Saturday. It would be the Wildcats’ 14th consecutive tournament appearance. 

  • New Hampshire’s defense has improved greatly in the second half of the season, allowing just 15 points per game over the past four outings. For the season, the unit is allowing 19.5 points per game — sixth in the CAA behind the Great Danes, who are fifth at 17.9. 
  • New Hampshire is fourth in scoring offense (26.0 points per game), and the Wildcats average almost 400 yards (399.8) per game. 
  • Junior QB Trevor Knight is second in the league with 271.8 passing yards per game and 23 touchdowns. 

 

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