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Albany, N.Y. - University at Albany head coach Bob Ford leads the school's football program into its 37th varsity campaign when preseason camp begins on Monday, August 10. The Great Danes will conduct their first practice, from 2:30-4:30 p.m., on the Western Avenue practice fields, adjacent to where the New York Giants hold training camp. UAlbany opens its 2009 schedule at perennial national power Georgia Southern on Saturday, September 5. Kickoff is 6:00 p.m. Eastern.



Finally! :lol:

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Twitter update from practice yesterday:


"At our first practice. Things are lookng good. This hot day will help us get ready for gameday."



Good pic 72. Boys looking sharp in those yellow shorts. I'm going to have to pick me up a pair.

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The beat writer is busy...it's Saratoga season!

Too true to be funny any more


At least the Troy Record has a small photo gallery of practice


The TU hasn't changed. It would rather print fiction, than cover the capital district university's sport teams.

Today a fake interview with a horse, a couple of weeks ago a front page article and quotes from a LCC assistant basketball coach that every team is afraid to play them and they would play on mars if they had too despite evidence that they have numerous options and just don't like any of them.


Obviously Mark S would rather do Saratoga than any Albany team as he doesn't have to interview the horses and the horses can't read his negative articles.

I would be surprised if we even saw an article from Mark S for the first game or any article relating to football unless Barksdale gets cut from the Jets. Then he will take a break from the horses to write an article.

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by the way, the UA website has a nice read on Tim Bush



Definitely. The UA site is 1 million times better than it was even last year. Kudos to them. Now lets see how the season goes. Live stats, streaming video of away games, etc....?

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Tomorrow is Media Day. Wyland's radio show on Fox 980 is scheduled to have two UA coaches on, at 11:15 and 11:45.


Bill Banagan was on today. I didn't catch all of it, but he's happy to have as many experienced players as he does on defense. There will be seven guys rotating in the d-line, Sparano will be one of the starters, last year's all-conference Delaney will actually be coming off the bench. Good to have Nicomini back as well.


They've broken down film from GSU's last three games last year, know they're going to be running the spread, empty backfields, etc. so our experience will help. GSU only has two O-linemen back and he's heard of academic issues with some of the WRs.

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Mike Simpson on at 11:45, he's starting his 25th season on the Danes' coaching staff. The biggest differences over that time are the better athletes and better administrative support. Now we can beat out other schools for the top guys. Where the first scholarship guys were all redshirted, now they're so good we only redshirt them if we need to.


We play a lot of guys so graduation doesn't hurt as much, everybody's got some playing experience. Last year's defense was our best ever, but it should be just as good this year. We should be more balanced blitzing this year, coming from all over the field.


The secondary is more athletic than ever.


Because of changing offenses in college football, we'll be playing a 3-5 more often, but still focusing on stopping the run first. We'll also be blitzing more than ever (the guys love to blitz).


Chris Simpson is moving to inside linebacker.


Trevor Anderson is nursing an ankle injury.


GSU will be a big challenge, mostly out of a single-back set.

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