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  1. Big week..........GOOD LUCK BRIAN!

     

    • September 1: 4 PM ET deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to 75 players.
    • September 5: 4 PM ET deadline for teams to reduce their rosters to 53 players.
    • September 6: Players released the day prior can be claimed on waivers until 12 PM ET. Once Noon hits, those players are free agents and practice squads can start being formed.
  2. Gattuso Names Crook As Starting Quarterback

     

    ALBANY, N.Y. -- University at Albany head football coach Greg Gattuso announced Friday afternoon that redshirt sophomore DJ Crook will be the Great Danes’ starting quarterback for their season opener at Buffalo on Sept. 5.

    “He’s not afraid of contact. He’s kind of built like a linebacker out there and he’s got a good arm,” said Gattuso of Crook. “Right now he’s just trying to absorb the offense. He can run and move to get out of trouble and has the arm strength to make the throws we need him to make.”

    Crook, a 6-1, 215 pound native of West Barnstable, Mass., transferred to UAlbany last spring from Penn State. He served as the Nittany Lions’ backup quarterback as a redshirt freshman in 2014. Playing in two games, Crook completed 6-of-9 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown in Penn State’s win over Massachusetts. In UAlbany’s 2015 Spring Game, Crook completed 6-of-8 attempts, totaling 38 passing yards.

    Gattuso also noted that freshman Neven Sussman will back up Crook, while redshirt junior Dan Harding, and freshman Will Brunson add depth to a solid regime.

    “The difference between DJ and Neven really is just experience,” added Gattuso. “We fully expect to play Neven at times during the year and get him game experience.”

    Sussman, a 6-3 true freshman from Sandy Spring, Md., totaled 1,565 passing yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Sherwood High School.

    Graduating from Carolina Forest High School in South Carolina a semester early, Brunson spent the spring season with the Great Danes, while Harding came to UAlbany in 2014 after stints at the University of Akron and Sierra College.

    Will Brunson is going to be a really good quarterback in time and Dan Harding has really played well this year. We feel pretty good about our whole quarterback situation,” said Gattuso.

    Marking the program’s first clash against an FBS opponent, UAlbany’s opener at Buffalo will kick off at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN3

  3. Sophomore Field Hockey Standout Anna Bottino Selected to U-21 USA Junior National Team

     

     

    LANCASTER, PA. – With a lengthy try-out process behind her, University at Albany sophomore midfielder Anna Bottino was named to the 2015-16 Under-21 USA Junior National Squad earlier this week. Bottino was one of 21 to make the team.

    “It’s an honor to be competing and training with some of the best field hockey players in the country, and to be coached by such knowledgeable individuals,” said Bottino. I want to thank my coaches, teammates and family for all of their support.”

    Bottino’s journey with Team USA began last fall, earning a spot on the U-19 Junior National squad in January. She embarked on a foreign tour to Belgium in April, after a series of exhibition games.

    Following her performance in the U-19 ranks, Bottino was invited to the Young Women’s National Championships High Performance Tournament in June. She practiced with the New England regional squad in the spring to earn a spot in the by-invitation-only tournament.

    In the week following the High Performance Tournament, Bottino took part in the junior national tryout at the USA Field Hockey complex, Spooky Nook. After being called back for a second try-out, the 18 year-old joined the ranks of some of the top collegiate field hockey players in the country on the U-21 Junior National Team.

    After the 2015 UAlbany field hockey season, Bottino will partake in her first official training camp with the team in November to prepare for a series of games against Great Britain in January. The training sessions and exhibition contests will help coaches decide who will make the Pan American Games team, consisting of 18 players and two alternates. The 2016 Pan Am Junior Championship takes place March 29-April 10 in Trinidad & Tobago.

    Bottino is the defending America East Rookie of the Year. The Great Danes kick off their 2015 season the last weekend of August, with a pair of games in Ohio at Miami (Ohio) and Ohio State.

  4. More from Nike..............

     

    Huarache 5 Lacrosse Cleat Debuts at The Ride

     

    Jeremy Thomson next discussed the inspiration and personal significance of the new cleat, which nods to the Thompson brothers' legacy.

    "Black represents the difficult times and obstacles I’ve had. The blue of the Swoosh represents water. For me, water is one of the most powerful things in the world because it’s always going to find its way through [even through difficulty]."

    Additionally, Jeremy revealed the meaning behind the shoe's T logo, designed for Thompson Brothers Lacrosse. “Inside of the T is our braid, which is a symbol of our family and our people."

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