UAlbany Football Ready to Roll
Monday was Media Day at UAlbany Football and I was lucky enough to be invited to broadcast The Drive with Charlie & Dan from 3p to 7p from Tom & Mary Casey Stadium, so I did. It was fun to catch up and spend some face time with old friends, even though it seems like our society is going backwards in seeing faces. Athletic Director Mark Benson and Deputy Athletic Director Vic Cegles came on and talked about the upcoming season and the excitement of having fans back in the stands. Then Head Coach Greg Gattuso hung out on the The Drive for almost an hour and reflected on the challenges the Great Danes faced last year and how they are preparing for a very tough schedule this season.
UAlbany's star players Karl Mofor, Jeff Undercuffler and Jared Verse all came by and spoke about how enthusiastic they were to see and hang out with their teammates again. Mofor talked about how he will graduate with a Graduate certificate in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness in December. Karl hopes for an NFL opportunity as well. I have all of the confidence in the world we will see Mr. Mofor in an NFL uniform next year.
UAlbany Football returns for the fall of 2021 after going 1-3 in a shortened spring season. The team opens its season on September 4th against North Dakota State in Fargo before returning home the following week on September 11th to host CAA rival Rhode Island in the team's "Hometown Heros Game". Home opponents for the Great Danes this year include Rhode Island, Vilanova (10/16), Maine (10/23), New Hampshire (11/6), and Morgan State (11/13). Tickets can be purchased by visiting UAlbanySports.com.
UAlbany was predicted to finish eighth in the CAA Preseason Coaches' Poll. Senior running back Karl Mofor was named to the CAA Preseason All-Conference Team, with quarterback Jeff Undercuffler, defensive lineman Jared Verse, and linebacker Danny Damico earning Preseason Honorable Mention honors.
In addition, Mofor was also named a STATS FCS Preseason All-American and was named to the Walter Payton Award Watch list. The running back led the CAA in the spring 2021 season averaging 115.0 yards per game. He earned Second Team All-CAA honors, and was named a Stats FCS FCS Second Team All-American. Mofor's last full season, in 2019, saw him rush for 1,290 yards and 10 touchdowns.
I want to thank Mark Benson and Vic Cegles, Coach Gattuso, Coaches Davis and Bernard, players Karl Mofor, Jeff Undercuffler and Jared Verse for coming on The Drive with Charlie & Dan. I especially want to thank John Reilly, Jr., Laura Remia-Borthwick and Taylor O'Connor for setting me up with everything for the broadcast in addition to all of the information and pictures I could ask for. You guys are the best.