Brandon Vanenburg | November 15, 2021
On Senior Day the University at Albany Great Danes got their second straight win in a blowout against the Morgan State Bears 41-14. The game, which featured a thunderstorm delay at halftime, was never in doubt as the Great Danes had a dominant first half, outscoring the Bears 34-0.
Before the game, twelve Great Danes were honored for Senior Day. On the offensive side, the team recognized linemen Critt Johnson and Jahkele Bascome, running backs Karl Mofor, Caylin Parker, and Joshua Garvin, quarterback Braeden Zenelovic, tight end LJ Wesneski, and wideout Mohamed Jabbie. On the defensive side, lineman Ibn Foster and defensive back Tyler Carswell were honored. Rounding out the group were kicker Dylan Burns and long snapper Tristan Sokach-Minnick.
Head Coach Greg Gattuso spoke on the departing senior group. "These 12 gentlemen have been incredible for our program, and I'm proud to call them all Great Danes,” said Gattsuo. “They absolutely deserve recognition for their accomplishments. As their head coach, I truly appreciate their hard work and dedication to this football team."
The Great Danes defense was outstanding once again, shutting out Morgan State in the first half and limiting the Bears to a dismal 2/17 on third and fourth down. Star defensive lineman Jared Verse had two sacks and drew an intentional grounding, and Mazon Walker had four tackles and two sacks as well.
The UAlbany offense unit was also excellent as they played their best of the season. Quarterback Jeff Undercuffler was on point all day, going 17-31 for 328 yards and two touchdowns. Star running, in his last game at Casey Stadium had 90 yards rushing and three touchdowns.
Mofor expressed gratitude for his UAlbany experience following the win. “I’m going to miss the brotherhood... It's really a family here,” said Mofor. “Everybody here cares for you and I’ll just miss the daily conversations and laughs, arguments in the locker room, just everything about that, and being with my brothers."
Gattuso talked about Mofor as well. “I am going to miss everything about him,” he said. “First off he's been an incredibly good teammate, leader, and football player. He is probably, I know this is a big statement, but the easiest guy I ever had to coach. He does what you ask him to do, there is never me in this,” he said. “It's a different mentality with a man like Karl; he is a throwback to the team first guys, and I love that about him, so I will miss him in every possible way."
It was a massive win for UAlbany and they are finishing strong during what has been a frustrating season. The Great Danes look to end their season on a high note when they play their final game of the season against Stony Brook.