July 13, 2016

Albright - Football Announces Captains for 2016 Season

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READING, Pa. -- Seniors Jonni Cassano, Rich Kuhn and JaVaughn Patterson and junior John McKeever have been named captains for the 2016 football season announced Albright head coach John Marzka.

The captains are selected by a team vote and the selected players must be involved in the football leadership council. The leadership council is comprised of players that have met certain guidelines and also includes an academic achievement component.

Cassano returns to anchor the offensive line after earning All-America honors last season. Cassano, who has played both center and guard during his career, was named an honorable mention All-American last season by D3football.com. He also earned First Team All-Middle Atlantic Conference and Second Team All-East Region honors and was named a preseason All-American in the Lindy's preseason football publication.

Kuhn returns as one of the top defensive linemen in the MAC after earning his second consecutive Second Team All-MAC honor last season. Kuhn finished the 2015 season with 44 tackles and ranked second on the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. Additionally, he was third on the team with 5.5 sacks and recovered a fumble.

Patterson returns as a starting cornerback after earning Second Team All-MAC honors following the 2015 season. He recorded 51 tackles last season and tied for second on the team with three interceptions. He also had 3.0 tackles for loss, eight passes defended and forced three fumbles. He returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown in the Lions 30-26 victory at Stevenson last year.

McKeever returns to his starting tackle position after being named First Team All-MAC last year. He helped the Lions average a conference-leading 35.2 points per game and 142.6 yards rushing per contest.

Albright finished the 2015 season with a 10-2 overall record and won the MAC championship. The Lions defeated Norwich 49-0 in the opening round of the NCAA playoffs before losing to eventual national champion Mount Union in the second round of the playoffs.

The Lions open the 2016 season on the road at Salisbury on Sept. 2. Albright edged the Sea Gulls 24-23 last season in Shirk Stadium to open the 2015 campaign.