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Football welcomes "Hometown Heroes" Saturday vs. Lafayette

UAlbany Sports Information   09-19-2019

ALBANY, N.Y. – The University at Albany football team hosts Lafayette on Saturday, Sept. 21 on Hometown Heroes Day, which will honor military members and first-responders, including firefighters, police officers and EMS. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Game Info

Saturday, Sept. 21, vs. Lafayette (3:30 p.m.)

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Leading the Pack

  • UAlbany is coming off a prolific offensive performance against Monmouth in which it compiled 511 yards of total offense. Juwan Green (15 catches, 245 yards, three TDs) and Jeff Undercuffler (398 yards passing, four TDs) set or tied several program records.
  • Karl Mofor (89.3 yards per game) and Alex James (79.3) have been a formidable backfield tandem for the Great Danes this season.
  • Levi Metheny leads the UAlbany defense with 32 tackles.
  • Eli Mencer has 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, three forced fumbles and two recovered fumbles — one of which went for a touchdown — through the first three games.
  • This marks the Great Danes’ final nonconference game of the season before CAA play begins Sept. 28 against William & Mary.

Scouting Lafayette

  • The Leopards are coming off a 56-40 loss to Sacred Heart in their home opener. They also fell to Monmouth, 24-21, in Week 2 and dropped their opener to William & Mary, 30-17.
  • Lafayette, led by freshman QB Keegan Shoemaker, averages 307 yards per game passing. Shoemaker also is the Leopards’ leading rusher with 109 yards.
  • Lafayette was picked to finish sixth in the seven-team Patriot League’s preseason poll.

Broken records

Senior wide receiver Juwan Green and redshirt freshman QB Jeff Undercuffler earned several mentions in the record book with their performances in this past Saturday’s 38-35 loss to Monmouth in overtime.

  • Green’s 15 catches established a new program record. The previous record was 13, set by Andy Shein against Brockport in 1994.
  • Green’s 245 yards are the second most in a single game behind Chris Phillis’ 251 against Robert Morris in 2000.
  • Green is one of five Great Danes to have three TD catches in a game.
  • Undercuffler’s 398 yards passing tie Joe Savino for the program record. Savino had set the mark in 1997 against Southern Connecticut State.
  • Undercuffler set the record for both attempts (53) and completions (31). The previous records (49, 28) were set by Will Fiacchi against Richmond in 2014.

Hometown Heroes

This marks the seventh consecutive year the Great Danes have honored military members and recognized the family of Army Lt. Col. Todd J. Clark, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy in Albany who was killed in action in Afghanistan. This season, the program also will show its appreciation for our community’s police, firefighters and paramedics. Fans were able to honor both military members and first responders with a decal on the back of a student-athlete’s helmet to be worn during the game. Greg Gattuso, UAlbany’s head coach, has a personal connection to the law enforcement community, having worked as a police officer in Bethel Park, Pa., after graduating from Penn State.

Dynamic defense

UAlbany’s defense already has forced eight turnovers (five fumble recoveries, three interceptions) and scored twice over the first three games. In the opener at Central Michigan, Eli Mencer had a strip sack, fumble return for touchdown, and against Bryant, Jarren Williams hauled in a deflected pass and ran 63 yards for a Pick 6. UAlbany already has forced seven fumbles.

Holding the line

UAlbany’s offensive line has done an outstanding job protecting redshirt freshman quarterback Jeff Undercuffler, who has been sacked just twice over the first three games.

Go for it!

UAlbany has converted five of its seven fourth-down attempts this season.

Schedule strength

Once again, the Great Danes play a formidable schedule. The nonconference slate includes an FBS opponent (Central Michigan) and Monmouth, picked to finish second in the Big South Preseason Poll. CAA opponents Towson (No. 5), Maine (12), and Delaware (No. 20) are ranked in the STATS Top 25 poll. Stony Brook and William & Mary both are receiving votes.

Notables

  • Lafayette is one of two teams on the 2019 schedule that UAlbany never has faced. The other was Central Michigan.
  • UAlbany’s Juwan Green has five touchdown receptions this season, the most in the CAA and tied for second most in all of the FCS.

Next

UAlbany opens CAA play next Saturday, Sept. 28, against William & Mary in the annual Pink Game in support of the Real Men Wear Pink campaign. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Casey Stadium. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE.

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