Albany Freshman Named CAA Defensive Rookie Of The Year
The University of Albany Great Danes 6 game Spring season may have ended two games early but four games were plenty for the CAA to recognize the talent on the UALBANY roster. Running back Karl Mofor, Linebacker Danny Damico and Defensive Lineman Jared Verse have all been named to the All-CAA Second Team. Verse capped off a special campaign during this "special season" by being named CAA Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Verse racked up 22 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, one quarterback hit, and one blocked field goal in four games its Spring. The 6'4 250 pound D-lineman received high praise from Albany head coach Greg Gattuso shared in a press release from the school:
"Jared is a great talent who really made tremendous progress this spring season, He led the CAA in tackles for loss and was second in sacks. Those are incredible numbers for any freshman playing in a top league like the CAA. Jared has just scratched the surface of his talent and knowledge of the game, and we are excited about the future of our defense."
The unconventional Spring season thanks to COVID-19's effect on college sports was very different and ultimately had to be cut short for the student athlete's safety but it certainly has me looking forward to the Great Dane's Fall campaign. The September 4th matchup against FCS powerhouse North Dakota State can't get here fast enough for me. The 2021 season will be full of massive challenges including FBS Syracuse in week three but this Albany team could be headed back to the FCS playoffs.
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