Football season is right within striking distance with this Friday's home opener versus the Albany Great Danes. The Great Danes are an FCS opponent that are picked to finish 11th in the Colonial Athletic Association this season. Despite the low expectations for Albany, there are always some players that standout and opposing fans should watch for.
DJ Crook: Quarterback
- 6-2, 220 lbs.
- Red-shirt Junior
- Former backup QB for Penn State
What to watch for: I'm really hoping we pick off a few of his throws considering he isn't the greatest of QB's.
Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks: Running Back
- 5-9, 199 lbs.
- 609 rushing yards for 2 TD's last season
Ibitokun-Hanks will most likely be taking starting running back duties for the Great Danes. After starting four games last season, he only brought in 609 rushing yards but at a strong 5.9 yards per carry. What's most interesting is his best game came against the Bulls last season where he rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown.
What to watch for: If Buffalo can prevent what happened last time, it's a nice sign of improvement for a defense that struggled against the running game.
Rayshan Clark: Cornerback
- 6-1, 194 lbs.
- Red-shirt Senior
- 2nd on the team last year in tackles
What to watch for: This will be the first game in a long time where the Bulls will not have the now departed Joe Licata. Completing passes that are in Clark's coverage will be a good indicator for games to come whether it is Tyree Jackson or Grant Rohach making those passes.
Take everything here with a grain of salt because Albany is still an FCS opponent. But, also keep in mind that red flags can easily be drawn from poor performances over an FCS squad, so it might be useful to pay attention to these areas.