May 21, 2014

Albright Football Brings New-Look Squad to Montreal for International Exhibition

A WOLnews Photo from the 2013 game against Wilkes
With 19 of 22 starters graduating, the Albright College football team will be full of new faces this upcoming season. The Lion coaching staff will get a look at the next generation on Sunday, as the Red and White play an international exhibition against Vanier College in Montreal.

When: Sunday, May 25
Where: Concordia University- Loyola Campus (Montreal)
Start Time: 1:00 p.m.

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Under NCAA rules, teams are allowed to travel outside the United States to play a spring season game once every three years. They are also allowed an additional 10 padded practices in preparation for that contest. The Lions will be leaving Thursday for a four-day trip to Montreal that will include a visit to Fort Ticonderoga, two days of practice, and an exhibition game on Sunday.

The team will be staying on the campus of Concordia University-Loyola, where Sunday's game against Vanier College will be held.


Albright also faced Vanier College on the campus of Concordia in May, 2011. The Lions took a 35-1 decision, with the lone opposition point coming on a team safety under Canadian football rules. TJ Luddy was 10-for-14 with 132 yards passing and a TD, while Uriah Brickhouse, Zach Groff and Marty Reinhardt each rushed for one touchdown. JT Harding led the defense with five total tackles.


The Lions have promising young players at every position on offense, but little experience. One of only two returning starters has switched positions, as fullback Josh Macleod moves to tight end. Sophomore Ryan Wade takes over at quarterback, with Luddy departing after four seasons under center; sophomore Patrick Wise is also expected to see time at QB this weekend. Sophomore running back Dwayne Randall had a promising fall season cut short due to a knee injury, with Brian Wickkiser and several others competing for time in the backfield.

Left tackle Jake O'Brien is the only returning starter at offensive line, but several freshmen were climbing the depth charts last fall. Freshman wide receiver Vinny Williams was a regular part of the offense as a rookie, catching 26 passes for 366 yards and a pair of touchdowns.


While 10 starters graduated, Albright does have some veteran experience on the defensive side of the ball. Captain Mark Capetola will return for a redshirt-senior season after earning All-MAC honors and leading the conference in tackles for loss in 2012. Safety Joe Magosin will also be back this fall, and has totaled two interceptions and three forced fumbles over the last two seasons.

Two-time All-MAC cornerback Chris Stephens suffered an injury at the end of the regular season, and is working back towards his senior year. Another rising senior cornerback, Darian Meador, spent the spring with the Albright lacrosse team, winning his second ECAC championship of the year. Mike Walsh (4.0 career TFLs), Jamal Hayden and nose tackle Quashon Mayes bring two seasons of varsity game experience to the front seven and junior Ethan Martin played all 11 games in 2013 at linebacker, making two starts.


Kicker Daniel Sobolewski earned All-American honors from both and BSN last fall as a sophomore, and returns to lead the Lions' special teams units. The punter job is open for next year, although Sobolewski could be used as an option in that role as well.


Vanier is hosting this exhibition as part of their four-day spring training camp. The Cheetahs are a member of RSEQ Division 1 Football's Southwest Division, and are coming off a 7-4 season that ended in the first round of the playoffs with a 51-45 loss to Garneau Élans in 4OT. They have won their league's "Bol D'or" championship eight times since 1978, including titles in 2006, 2007, 2010 and 2012.


Quarterback Hugo Richard completed 145-of-272 passes last fall for Vanier, totaling 2207 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also led the team in rushing with 452 yards and nine TDs on 79 carries. Richard's top receiving targets were Etienne Moisan (24 catches, 490 yards, 5 TDs) and Alexandre Savard (37 catches, 482 yards, 5 TDs).


Lloyd Bureau led the Vanier defense with 70 total tackles in 2013, including 35 unassisted. François Hamel intercepted four passes, while Brian Harelimana added three picks for the Cheetahs.


Simon Trépanier-Deschênes averaged 45.4 yards on kickoffs and 39.3 yards per punt attempt, while converting on 4-of-10 field goals.

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