After a bounce-back season that included the program’s first-ever FCS playoff win, members of the UAlbany football program continue to garner recognition this week.
Junior running back Karl Mofor, senior wide receiver Juwan Green and redshirt senior defensive lineman Eli Mencer each were recognized Monday as members of this year’s HERO Sports FCS All-America teams, while both Green and Mencer later earned Associated Press All-America selections. Green was a first-team selection after a season in which he had 1,386 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns, while Mencer was a second-team pick after collecting 14.5 sacks and forcing five fumbles.
Green and Mencer were also selected as first-team All-ECAC selections, while redshirt freshman Jeff Undercuffler was a second-team All-ECAC pick.
Additionally, Undercuffler was named the ECAC FCS Rookie of the Year after a campaign in which he set single-season program records with 41 passing touchdowns and 3,543 passing yards. Undercuffler, a first-team HERO Sports Freshman All-America selection, set a single-game program record with six touchdown passes in the Great Danes’ postseason win against Central Connecticut.
Previously, Undercuffler finished as the runner-up for this year’s STATS FCS Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the top freshman player at the FCS level.
GREAT DANES SIGN 11
The UAlbany football program announced Wednesday that 11 players had officially signed with the program during the December signing period.
That group includes Guilderland High School’s Bradley Igweike, a 5-foot-9 defensive back.
“Bradley impressed us in our summer camp with his speed and competitiveness.,” UAlbany head coach Greg Gattuso said in a press release issued through the school’s athletic department. “He is a quick player who will be slotting in as a field corner. We believe he will be an impact player after he spends a year learning the corner position.”
In all, UAlbany’s early signing class includes players from five states and one player from Austria.
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Joey Carino, quarterback, 5-11, 190, Archbishop Stepinac (Somers, N.Y.)
Tyson Foster, offensive lineman, 6-1, 280, Aquinas Institute (Rochester, N.Y.)
Scott Houseman, offensive lineman, 6-3, 315, Lackawanna College (Jacob’s Creek, Pa.)
Ben Howe-Jones, defensive back, 6-1, 195, General McLane (Edinboro, Pa.)
Bradley Igweike, defensive back, 5-9, 165, Guilderland (Guilderland)
Will Marotta, offensive lineman, 6-4, 265, Perkiomen Valley (Collegeville, Pa.)
Jack Mattola, defensive lineman, 6-3, 215, Northern Valley Regional at Demarest (Closter, N.J.)
Jackson Parker, wide receiver, 6-2, 180, Cheshire Academy (Chesire, Conn.)
Max Plank, defensive lineman, 6-4, 240, Wyoming Seminary Upper School (Vienna, Austria)
Max Schipani, defensive back, 6-3, 185, Seton-La Salle (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Maxwell Schumann, offensive lineman, 6-3, 330, College of Dupage (West Chicago, Ill.)
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