The University of Albany Great Danes football team is predicted to come in fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association by HERO sports. The Great Danes are coming off potentially the best season in program history making it to the second round of the FCS playoffs where they fell to Montana St on the Bobcats home field in Bozman, Montana.

In a press release from the University of Albany the CAA preseason ranking was released:

Six teams in the CAA won at least six games in 2019, while eight went at least .500 in conference play.  Additionally, eight teams won between three and five games on their CAA schedules.  The CAA sent three teams, UAlbany, James Madison, and Villanova, to the FCS Playoffs last season.

UAlbany finished 2019 with a 6-2 CAA record, good for second place in the regular-season behind James Madison.  It was UAlbany's highest CAA finish since joining the conference in 2013.

2020 HERO Sports Preseason CAA Rankings

RankSchool2019 Record
1.James Madison14-2 (8-0)
2.Villanova9-4 (5-3)
3.Delaware5-7 (3-5)
4.UAlbany9-5 (6-2)
5.New Hampshire6-5 (5-3)
6.Elon5-6 (4-4)
7.Richmond5-7 (4-4)
8.Towson7-5 (4-4)
9.Stony Brook5-7 (2-6)
10.William & Mary5-7 (3-5)
11.Maine6-6 (4-4)
12.Rhode Island2-10 (0-8)

The Great Danes also had three players make the HERO Sports CAA All-Conference team.

HERO Sports Preseason All-CAA Offense

Daniel SmithQBSr.Villanova
Karl MoforRBSr.UAlbany
Percy Agyei-ObeseRBSr.James Madison
Will KnightRBSo.Delaware
Changa HodgeWRSr.Villanova
Jaaron HayekWRSo.Villanova
LJ WesneskiTESr.UAlbany
Liam FornadelOLSr.James Madison
Paul GrattanOLSr.Villanova
Kyle NunezOLJr.Stony Brook
Liam DobsonOLSr.Maine
Matt MasciaOLSr.New Hampshire
Ethan RatkePKSr.James Madison
Shane SimpsonAPSr.Towson

HERO Sports Preseason All-CAA Defense

Kobie TurnerDLJr.Richmond
Mike GreeneDLSr.James Madison
Malik FisherDLSr.Villanova
Sam KamaraDLSr.Stony Brook
Forrest RhyneLBSr.Villanova
DeShawn StevensLBSr.Maine
Levi MethenyLBSr.UAlbany
Tyler DresslerLBSr.Richmond
Kendrick WhiteheadDBJr.Delaware
JaQuan AmosDBSr.Villanova
Evan HornDBSr.New Hampshire
Cole ColemanDBJr.Elon
Nate FondacaroPJr.Villanova
D'Angelo AmosRSSr.James Madison

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