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NEC preseason press conference

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I asked a question about getting scholarships up to the minimum to be a counter. Basically if there were any plans.


It annoys me that Stony Brook is playing FBS games but we're barred because we're capped at 40.

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There is not a QB controversy IMHO. They will both play a substantial role with various packages. Fordy needed to send a message that both players will play and not send the "loser" of the competeition into the tank. So this is the way you handle a delicate situation with two kids that really want to play and excel. Or, he is sending a very LOUD message to the incumbent: your not guranteed to be the starter if you do not impriove in camp!!! Danefan our resident QB could add more to this paragraph I am sure.


I am encouraged that Coach thinks all the O line needs to do is gel. I rest a little easier knowing that he believes in them.


I believe being picked 4th (a slap in the face with the success we have had) will be a very good motivator for our players when the games begin. They SHOULD have a chip on their shoulder after last season. If I am a coach I am drilling the lack of respect the NEC has shown them into their heads.

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Fordie has historically left the QB decision until last minute, which I believe he does to do as you said Ruler - keep the #2 in the game throughout camp.


I'm not a fan of that philosophy though, having lived through it myself. The QB needs to get his rhthym and the team needs a known leader and needs to get used to a QB's play calling and cadence rhythm. That is also the reason I do not like platooning at all.


IMO, the Spring is the time to determine your starter if there is any question.

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NEC Countdown to Kickoff - Inside the Albany Great Danes




UAlbany Great Danes – (2011 Poll Finish – 4th)

2010 Record: 6-5, 4-4

2010 NEC Finish: t-4th


There have been two constants through Albany’s tenure as a NEC member – Bob Ford and winning.


Albany had not suffered a losing conference record in any of its first 11 seasons as a NEC member. Just when it looked as if that streak was in serious jeopardy last year, redshirt freshmen Dillon Romain (Vernon, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) and Buddy Leathley (Manlius, NY, Fayetteville-Manlius), as well as a number of other youngsters, stepped up. Sitting at 1-4 in league play heading into November, the Great Danes closed the 2010 campaign on a three-game win streak to pull their conference record up to 4-4 and post a winning overall record for the fifth straight season.


As for Ford, the late-season surge ran his career win total to 247, the highest amongst all active NCAA FCS head coaches...


More at the link

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Well, the three-game streak was against some of the weaker teams in the league. I don't think picked 4th is as insulting as Bob Ford's interview and questions cut off in the links to the preseason press conference.Soundbite link


FWIW Albany is the highest-rated NEC team in Sagarins' starting ranking

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4th is low, but based on our inconsistent OLine play last year its not wholly undeserved. We're very unproven on the line and as Fordie said in the article - if you can't run the ball in the NEC you won't be playing in November.

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