On Friday evening, four former athletes and one athletic administrator will be enshrined into the UAlbany Athletic Hall of Fame, as part of 2009 Homecoming & Family Weekend festivities. The inductees and their sports: Bob Conklin ‘84, baseball; Tovah Atwell (Lisky) ‘00, field hockey; J.T. Herfurth ‘00, football; Janna Johnston ‘99, track & field; and Jack Koelmel, head athletic trainer for 32 years. In addition to Saturday's football game, UAlbany faces Boston University in an America East Conference women's soccer contest on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Duquesne (2-3, NEC 1-1) is in its second season as a NEC member. The Dukes ended a three-game skid with a 34-20 conference win over crosstown-rival Robert Morris on Oct. 3. Connor Dixon, a Michigan State transfer, and Kevin Rombach, a first-team all-league selection, have seen equal time at quarterback. Dixon has passed for 592 yards and four touchdowns. Rombach, who has 30 career TD passes, has thrown for 509 yards and three scores.
Flanker Dave Williams is making an immediate impact in his first year with the program after transferring from Michigan State. He has 29 receptions for 385 yards and three TDs. Running back Larry McCoy is one of the top freshmen in the conference and is tied for 17th nationally in rushing at 97.8 yards per game.
Duquesne employs a 4-3 defensive scheme. Nathan Totino earned first-team All-NEC honors from his middle linebacker position. Totino, who had 13 tackles against Robert Morris, has made 251 career stops. Strong safety Willie Milhouse, is tied for third among the Division I FCS leaders with four interceptions.
UAlbany (3-2, NEC 2-0) played superb defense for the second straight game by limiting Saint Francis, Pa. to 255 total yards and forcing three turnovers. Outside linebacker Rich Duff had a team-high nine tackles and helped stuff a fourth-down quarterback sneak in the second quarter that was a key play in deciding the outcome.
Senior tailback David McCarty rushed for a season-high 170 yards and two touchdowns in last Saturday's 27-6 victory. His efforts helped the Great Danes record their 15th consecutive victory against conference opponents, the nation's longest FCS streak. Justin Gannon added 135 all-purpose yards, including a career-high 72 on the ground.