Saturday, November 27, 2021

UAlbany football hoping return home vs. Villanova can get 0-5 squad back on positive track

ALBANY — It may sound funny to say, his team is sitting 0-3 in a CAA football game and 0-5 on aggregate, but UAlbany defensive end Jared Versse was completely straight-up when he expressed his feelings over the Great Danes’ prospects. discussed on Last six matches of the season.

“If we all put 60 minutes together,” said the verse, “I don’t think anyone can stop us.”

Given the five games Ulbani has played so far, it’s not too much of a stretch to see Verse’s point of view. It has been a rough and disappointing start to the season by any estimation, but the schedule as a whole has been brutal and, at least in three conference losses to the Great Danes, the team has been playing once or twice every time. One-possession defeat in victory.

UAlbany’s four FCS opponents so far are either ranking or gaining votes in national elections, and have suffered only one defeat among them.

Of course, this tough trend will continue for at least another week, with another ranked rival on tap in the form of Villanova (2-0 CAA, 4-1 overall) – No. 5 in the coaches’ poll and No. 6 in the media. Poll – Tom and Mary arrives at Casey Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., a week removed from handing James Madison his first CAA loss in nearly three years.

“All of these games are decided by a couple plays,” said senior running back Karl Mofor. “Just by having some good luck and the environment by our side, some good energy can always help.”

In a season filled with gut-punch losses, UAlbany is going through perhaps its toughest yet.

Last Saturday at William & Mary’s, the team traveled to Williamsburg, Virginia, with many players staying home due to COVID-19 protocols and according to head coach Greg Gattuso, with usual starter Jeff Underkuffler unavailable at quarterback freshman Joy. Introduced the carino – though redshirt sophistication traveled and dressed for playing on the shore.

Still, Mobile Carino provided a spark at the quarterback and Mofor topped 100 rushing yards for the first time in the entire season, as UAlbany held a 21-3 halftime lead, only to see it all third. The quarter got swept up in a flurry of mistakes. William & Mary resumed four straight touchdowns before halting a Ulbani comeback attempt in a 31–24 victory.

“It’s a game model,” Gattuso said. “I think that’s what everybody has to feel. I love going through this process, and [Carino] played very well His next chance, I hope he plays well again.

Carino, who passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns en route to CAA Rookie of the Week Honors, suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the game before the Great Dane’s late rally fueled him. He is expected to play this week, but it is Underkuffler who plans to return to his starting role.

Gattuso accepted plans to use both quarterbacks, with Carino expected to have an expanded role based on “game flow”.

“If Jeff is out, I won’t kick him out,” Gattuso said, “and if he struggles, I’ll have no problem going to Joey.”

Carino’s performance against William & Mary and Underkuffler’s struggles since his 41-touchdown 2019 season brings to the fore the dreaded specter of quarterback controversy, which Gattuso has nothing to talk about.

“I don’t like any controversy,” Gattuso said. “I mostly like best guy to play snap. But, at the end of the day, he’s not the Queen of England. It’s no different than playing perfect guard. [Undercuffler] He needs to perform to keep up his job, and I think he will. I trust Jeff.”

No matter who’s taking the snap, however, the Great Danes are delighted to have a long-awaited home game, which will turn up the team’s energy with three road games and the last being played in their 16-14 at Casey Stadium. The week since has turned into a bye. Damage to Rhode Island on September 11.

“I’m trying to find out if I’ve ever faced a situation like this before,” Gattuso said. “I can’t put my finger on that. We’re all losers and tired, and home games get you to rebuild.”

“At home, it’s always good to be in your comfort zone,” Mofor said. “After a tough month, I think we need a home crowd and some momentum in our side.”

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