UALBANY Football Week 9 Previews: UAlbany @ Delaware

by Ryan McCarthy, BBM Staff Writer

UAlbany hopes to snap a four-game losing streak this Saturday afternoon against another top CAA team in the Delaware Blue Hens. Delaware (4-1 CAA, 6-2 overall) is in a four-way tie for first place in the CAA and is riding a four-game winning streak. Last week’s win over Towson also propelled them to #13 in the STATS Top 25 Poll and #16 in the Coaches Poll.

How do both teams match up?

UAlbany Offense vs. Delaware Defense: To say that the Great Danes offense got to a slow start against Maine is an understatement as they netted only seven net yards. Making matters worse, Vincent Testaverde went down with an ankle injury early in the second quarter. By the time that the offense got going, the game was well in hand. Backup Wil Brunson entered the game and then exited in the fourth quarter after suffering a head injury. If neither are able to go, true freshman Jeff Undercuffler could make his first collegiate start. Undercuffler had a steady debut in his first collegiate action against Maine. Whoever gets the start for the Great Danes have a tough task ahead of them because they will be facing one of the most talented linebacking corps in the CAA. Two of the three linebackers, Troy Reeder and Charles Bell, were all-CAA last season and continue to be team leaders in defense. Reeder leads the team in total tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks. The Blue Hens also lead the CAA in interceptions with 12; DB Nasir Adderley has three and the third of the linebacking triumvirate, Ray Jones, has two. Delaware’s scoring defense is second in the CAA allowing 20.4 points per game.

Delaware Offense vs. UAlbany Defense: The Blue Hens offense ranks in the top five in the CAA in total offense with an average of 326 yards per game and 28 total offensive touchdowns. QB Pat Kehoe leads the team with 1,664 passing yards and 17 touchdowns compared to only five interceptions. His primary target has been WR Vinny Papale (if you’re wondering why the name sounds familiar, watch the movie “Invincible”), who has 514 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He’s one of three receivers on the team with over twenty receptions (WR Joe Walker and TE Charles Scarff are the others). The other half of the Blue Hens’ balanced offense is RB Kani Kane, who is fifth in the CAA with 513 rushing yards and leads the CAA with eight rushing touchdowns. The reason for their success on offense has been their offensive line: it has only allowed 13 sacks in nine games this season, tied for second in the CAA. The Blue Hens will face a Great Danes defense that also boasts a solid corps of linebackers; Levi Metheny is in the top three in CAA with 73 total tackles to go with two interceptions and true freshman Danny Damico has 54 total tackles.

Outlook: Delaware has more experience than UAlbany on both sides of the ball, but never underestimate the fight in the Great Danes. Their chances at an upset can improve if their offense doesn’t get overwhelmed by the Blue Hens’ front seven and their defense can keep Delaware’s offense off-balance. But if UAlbany lets the game get away from them early, it might be another long day for the Great Danes.

Game Time: 3:30pm.

Where to Watch: (gameday tickets also available).

Where to Listen: 104.5 ESPN Radio WTMM (UA feed); WDSD (UD feed).

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