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UAlbany Football: Keeping Tabs on Players Entering and Exiting the Transfer Portal

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Welcome to⁢ the UAlbany Football Roster Turnover

The UAlbany football program is gearing up for a season of change following their‌ historic 2023 season. The​ Great Danes had an impressive 11-4 record, ⁤secured‌ a share of the CAA regular-season​ title, ​and made⁢ it to the semifinals of the NCAA ‌FCS playoffs for the first time in school history.

As we look ahead to the ⁣2024 ⁣season, The‍ Daily Gazette will be ⁣keeping a ⁢close eye on ⁤the players who are transferring in ​and out of the UAlbany ‌program.

It’s important to note that​ the NCAA’s first transfer‍ portal window started‌ on Dec. ‌4 ⁢and runs through Jan.⁣ 2, with the second window running⁢ from April 16-30.

WHO’S OUT

Dec. ​20: Reese Poffenbarger, quarterback —‌ UAlbany’s all-time career leader ⁤in touchdown passes with ‌60. A third-team⁢ All-American who led FCS with ⁢36‍ touchdown⁤ passes this season and ​threw for a school-record 3,603 yards. (Committed to Miami on Jan.‍ 8)

Dec.‌ 19: Tyler Pastula, punter —⁤ Handled punting duties the ‌last ‌two years for the Great Danes after transferring from Delaware. Averaged 42.7 yards on 61 punts in 2023, including 16 punts downed inside the 20. (Committed​ to San Diego State on Dec. 30)

Dec. 18: Anton Juncaj, defensive end — ⁤A first-team FCS All-American, ⁢Juncaj led all FCS players and⁤ set a UAlbany single-season record with 15 sacks this ‍season. He ‌finished with ⁣21.5 tackles for loss. (Committed to Arkansas on Jan. 5)

Dec.⁤ 18: ⁣ Elijah⁢ Hills, defensive tackle — A⁤ standout ‍on the interior, the ‌New Jersey native recorded⁣ 31 tackles,⁣ nine tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He recovered ‍a‌ team-high three fumbles, ‍including a crucial recovery ⁢in UAlbany’s FCS quarterfinal⁣ win at Idaho. (Committed to Wisconsin on Jan. 9)

Dec. 11: Sammy Knipe,‍ linebacker — A sophomore from State⁢ College, ⁣Pennsylvania, Knipe did ⁢not appear for the Great Danes in ‌2023. He appeared in eight games‌ in 2022 and⁢ recorded ‌five tackles.

Dec. 5: Aedan McDermott, quarterback —‍ Stuck behind⁣ star signal-caller ⁤Reese Poffenbarger during his two years on campus,‍ the Guilford, Connecticut native never took a snap for the Great Danes.

WHO’S IN

Jan. 9: Aaron Steinfeldt, tight⁢ end, Indiana — 6-foot-5 tight end ‍appeared ⁢in 18 games ⁤for ⁣the Hoosiers over ⁣the⁣ past two seasons, catching seven passes‌ for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Jan. 8: Myles Burkett, quarterback, Wisconsin — Completed 4⁤ of ​5 ‍passes while appearing in two ⁣games of the Badgers in 2022. Didn’t see action in 2023. Wisconsin’s high school player of⁣ the year as a senior in‍ 2021.

Jan.⁤ 8: Ibrahim Sanogo, linebacker/defensive end, California ​University of ⁣Pennsylvania — 6-foot-2, ⁤235-pounder had 40‍ tackles, 14.5 tackles‌ for loss and eight sacks⁢ at the Division II level in 2023.

Jan. 8: Marcus ⁤Winfield, defensive end, Kent State — 6-foot-3, 250-pound pass rusher had four sacks ​over the last ⁢two‌ seasons for the Golden Flashes.

Jan. 8: Dasean Dixon,⁢ defensive tackle, East Stroudsburg — A ⁢270-pound interior lineman, Dixon excelled​ at the Division II level ‌for the Warriros with 59 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2023.

Jan. 5: Alex Jreige, running back, Old Dominion — 5-foot-9, ‌195-pound Virginia⁣ native didn’t play⁤ in his two seasons with the ‌Monarchs.

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Beckett Nielson
Beckett Nielson
Transitioning from a collegiate athlete to a sports journalist, Beckett O’Neal channels his passion for sports into engaging stories. A Boston College graduate, Beckett specializes in local sports coverage, from high school heroes to regional professional teams, providing in-depth analysis and an athlete's insight.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Disagree. It’s essential to closely monitor player movements in the transfer portal for UAlbany Football’s success and roster management.

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