October 8, 2015

Wilkes Football vs. Albright Preview

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Wilkes University travels to Reading to take on Albright College on October 10th coming off of a 27-7 loss at home against Widener last Saturday, while the Lions stand at 4-0 on the year and 3-0 in MAC play after defeating Misericordia 41-13 in Dallas last weekend.

Colonels coach Trey Brown (Colorado ‘93) enters his second year at the helm of the program in 2015. Brown comes to Wilkes after four years serving as the quarterbacks and special teams’ coordinator at Muhlenberg. In his role with the Mules, Brown was responsible for coaching the quarterbacks, wide receivers, and special teams as well as the installation of the pass game. Prior to his time at Muhlenberg, Brown spent four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University. The Mountain Hawk offense scored 30 or more points 15 times during his tenure and led the Patriot League in scoring in 2006, when its quarterback was named to the All-Patriot League first team. Brown coordinated an offense that averaged 32.3 points in league games in 2008 and 27.3 points in 2009. Lehigh scored more than 80 percent of the time it reached the Red Zone both seasons, including a Patriot League-best 87.9-percent efficiency in 2008.

John Marzka (Allegheny ‘91) is in his ninth season as the head coach of the Lions. Prior to being named to Albright’s top position, Marzka served as an assistant at Allegheny College, Offensive Coordinator at Fordham University, and Associate Head Coach at Thiel College. Marzka was named Albright’s head coach in 2007, and has led the program to a 59-30 record and seven post-season bowl appearances, in addition to being named the Nike NCAA Division III Coach of the Year in 2009. Marzka also led the Lions to the MAC Championship in 2008.

This will be the 39th meeting between the two schools as Albright holds a 22-16 advantage in the series. The Lions posted a 36-35 victory in Edwardsville last season.

The Colonels their bye week following this weekend’s game, and return home to face Lebanon Valley on Saturday October 24th at 1:00 p.m. This will be the 44th meeting between the two schools, with Wilkes holding a 23-20 advantage in the series. LVC has taken the last four games in the series with Wilkes last winning in 2010 in overtime 35-28 in Annville, Pa. The Flying Dutchmen defeated the Colonels 46-0 at home last season.

  • Wilkes is ninth in the MAC in scoring offense (15.2), fourth in total offense (362.8), eighth in rushing offense (93.2) and second in passing offense (269.6).
  • Ryan Dailey threw for his fifth straight 220+ yard game finishing 24-for-42 for 235 yards against Widener last week.
  • Dailey’ currently stands with 3,524 career yards and only 263 yards away from Rob Johnson ‘10 (3,787) for sixth on the list. Dailey ranks second in the MAC in passing yards per-game with 269 while standing second in attempts (229) and completions (141). His seven touchdown passes rank second in the league, while his 61.6 completion percentage ranks second.
  • PJ Incremona leads the Colonels ground attack standing ninth in the league with an average of 64.8 yards per game. William Deemer, the team’s top receiver, ranks second the league with 31 receptions, and is fifth in the MAC with an average of 61.8 yards per game. Aaron Coyne has scored four touchdowns ranking second in the MAC for all receivers.
  • Wilkes is seventh in the MAC in scoring defense (29.2), eighth in total defense (411.4), sixth in rushing defense (166.6) and ninth in passing defense (244.8).
  • The Colonel defense kept the team in the game until the end in Week 5. Although the final was 27-7, the score was 13-7 going into the fourth quarter, with the lone Wilkes score coming off of an interception returned for a touchdown by linebacker Jordan Stiles.
  • Linebacker Tanner Stengel leads the league with 12.4 tackles per game and ranks third with 7.5 tackles for loss. Jared Powell and Isaiah Robinson pace the secondary, as Powell has 27 tackles, six pass breakups, and one interception, and Robinson has 28 stops, 2.5 for loss, two breakups, and one interception.
  • Albright leads the MAC in scoring offense (31), ninth in total offense (288), sixth in rushing offense (119.8) and sixth in passing offense (168.3).
  • The ground game is led by Brian Wickkiser, who ranks twelfth in the MAC with 50 yards per game and four touchdowns.
  • Quarterback Mike Knight ranks fourth in the conference averaging 168.3 yards passing per game, while ranking sixth in attempts (122), fourth in completions (73), and fifth in total yards (673). Knight ranks fourth in touchdown passes (five), His primary target has been Malik Jackson, who is sixth in the league with 26 catches and is seventeenth with 191 yards, while averaging 47.8 yards per game, good for thirteenth in the league.

  • Albright is third in the MAC in scoring defense (14), fourth in total defense (310.8), fifth in rushing defense (134.8) and fifth in passing defense (176.5).
  • Kevin Mason has paced the defense, as he is tops on the team with 30 total tackles including 18 solo stops. He also has claimed one tackle for loss on the season.