UALBANY Football Week 6 Preview: UAlbany vs. Richmond

by Ryan McCarthy, BBM Staff Writer

Last week, the UAlbany Great Danes hoped to go over .500 for the first time this season. Unfortunately, RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks’ herculean rushing effort was spoiled when the Great Danes surrendered a 12-point advantage in the fourth quarter to lose to William and Mary, 25-22. UAlbany hopes to get back to .500 when they host Richmond on Saturday night.

Richmond, meanwhile, hopes to snap their three-game slide of their own. The Spiders (0-3 CAA, 2-4 overall) fell behind to Delaware before rallying in the fourth quarter, but they fell short, 43-28. The Spiders hope to break a three-game losing streak. 

So, which team will prevail on Saturday night? 

UAlbany Offense vs. Richmond Defense: After a successfully balancing their offense against St. Francis (Pa.), the Great Danes’ offense became one-dimensional for the majority of the game against William and Mary. RB Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks rushed for over 200 yards for the third time in his career, but the passing game was unable to find a rhythm. QB Vincent Testaverde threw for only 131 yards and no interceptions while throwing two interceptions. WR Dev Holmes hopes to get back on track after totaling only -1 yard on offense. Richmond surrenders an average of 161 rushing yards a game, so UAlbany's chances of getting the ground game going is good. But if the Great Danes want to get their passing game going again, they will have to be aware of Richmond’s front seven, especialy DL Maurice Jackson. The junior leads the Spiders with five sacks and 6.5 tackles for a loss. The Spiders also have forced six interceptions and three fumble recoveries.  DB Daniel Jones leads the Spiders with 43 total tackles to go with one interception.

UAlbany Defense vs. Richmond Offense: Last week, sophomore Joe Mancuso got the start at QB for the Spiders and had an extraordinary debut, setting a new school record by finishing with 570 total yards (489 yards passing and 71 yards rushing) and four total touchdowns. But in the effort, he also threw five interceptions, three in the fourth quarter during the Spiders’ comeback attempt. Nevertheless, Mancuso is a dual threat that the Great Danes need to pay special attention to. Speaking of the Great Danes defense, the front seven racked up four sacks on defense for 43 yards but couldn’t hold the lead in the fourth quarter, allowing William and Mary to score 15 unanswered points. Once again, the long ball came back to hurt the Great Danes, surrendering two plays over 40 yards against the Tribe. The Spiders have five scoring plays of over 30 yards this season.

Outlook: For the Great Danes to win, both sides of the ball will have to be on their game. For the offense, they will need to regain its balance and the offensive line has to be disciplined. For the defense, the front seven will need to apply pressure on Mancuso and the secondary must be diligent to prevent the long pass.

Game Time: 7pm.

Where to Watch: Livestream at (game tickets also available).

Where to Listen: ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team WTMM (UA Radio Feed).

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