2021 FCS Season Preview: Albany

Courtesy Bill Zizkin/Albany Athletics

College Sports Journal Projection: 8th

Albany struggled to a 1-3 record in the spring, but that doesn’t really tell the story of what kind of team they have. Quarterback Jeff Undercuffler played through a bunch of injuries, and missed the final game of the spring. He should be back under center for the Great Danes to guide a strong offense.

The Great Danes were a playoff team in 2019 and won their first round game. Coach Greg Gattuso has built a solid team that can compete for playoff spots moving forward. But depth has shown to be an issue for Albany. Developing depth will be key for them moving forward.

Impact Players

QB Jeff Undercuffler would have won the Jerry Rice is most other years. But in 2019 he was in competition with now 49er quarterback Trey Lance. He will be healthy entering the season and should show as the best quarterback in the CAA as only a Sophomore.

RB Karl Mofor helps drive the Great Dane offense and opens the pass game for the rest of the offense. Mofor averaged 115 yards per game in the spring and ran for 1290 yards and 10 TDs in 2019. A repeat performance should put Albany in great shape.

LB Danny Damico had 109 tackles in 2019 and 34 in four games in the spring. He added an interception and forced a fumble as well. As a Freshman Damico had 81 tackles. The arrow is pointing up on this defensive leader.

Key Game: October 2 at Delaware

Worst Case: The offense continues to lose traction like it did in the spring, and the Great Danes struggle all season.

Best Case: The offense returns to its lofty 2019 heights, and the Great Danes secure a playoff spot and win a game in the playoffs.

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