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Football seeks third straight win Saturday at W&M

UAlbany Sports Information   10-03-2018

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team will be trying for its third straight win Saturday when it returns to Colonial Athletic Association play at William & Mary. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

The Great Danes, who bounced back from an 0-2 start with home victories over Morgan State and St. Francis (Pa.), are coming off their bye week as they prepare to face the Tribe for the first time.

William & Mary, meanwhile, has dropped three straight games, though it has played one of the toughest schedules in the Football Championship Subdivision. The Tribe's past three opponents have been Virginia Tech, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, and two STATS Top 25 teams in No. 2 James Madison and No. 21 Colgate.

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NEWS AND NOTES

Welcome Holmes

Freshman wide receiver Dev Holmes won his third CAA Rookie of the Week Award on Sept. 24 after catching seven passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns against St. Francis (Pa.) 

He now leads the nation with 146.8 receiving yards per game.

Holmes also is averaging 7.0 receptions per game, which his 10th best nationally and No. 1 in the CAA. And his four touchdowns are third-most in the league.

Holmes has 587 receiving yards through four games and has three 100-yard games.

Testaverde Shines

First-year starting quarterback Vincent Testaverde has thrown for 300 yards in each of his past two starts, totaling 310 against Morgan State and 331 against St. Francis (Pa.). The latter tied for the sixth-highest single-game total in program history.

The son of longtime NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde, Vincent is averaging 283.0 passing yards per game, third-most in the CAA.

Dynamic duo

Karl Mofor and Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks give the Great Danes a formidable one-two punch in the backfield. Through the first three games, both backs are averaging more than four yards per carry – Mofor at 6.6 and Ibitokun-Hanks at 4.4.

Both Mofor, a sophomore, and Ibitokun-Hanks, a redshirt junior, 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.

Stark on the mark

Senior placekicker Ethan Stark has made all five of his field-goal tries this season, all of them coming in the past two games.

Stark’s 51-yard field goal against Morgan State was the third longest in program history and just two yards shy of UAlbany’s all-time record.

Stark also has made all nine of his point-after attempts.

Serving as UAlbany’s primary punter for the first time this season, Stark is averaging 35.8 yards per kick, with a long of 45. He’s also placed five punts inside the 20-yard line.

Looking ahead

The Great Danes return home for two games at Tom & Mary Casey Stadium after this week, hosting Richmond on Oct. 13 and Towson on Oct. 20.

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