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August 9th, 2011, 05:51 PM
UAlbany Great Danes – (2011 Poll Finish – 4th)
2010 Record: 6-5, 4-4
2010 NEC Finish: t-4th

There have been two constants through Albany’s tenure as a NEC member – Bob Ford and winning.

Albany had not suffered a losing conference record in any of its first 11 seasons as a NEC member. Just when it looked as if that streak was in serious jeopardy last year, redshirt freshmen Dillon Romain (Vernon, NJ/Don Bosco Prep) and Buddy Leathley (Manlius, NY, Fayetteville-Manlius), as well as a number of other youngsters, stepped up. Sitting at 1-4 in league play heading into November, the Great Danes closed the 2010 campaign on a three-game win streak to pull their conference record up to 4-4 and post a winning overall record for the fifth straight season.

As for Ford, the late-season surge ran his career win total to 247, the highest amongst all active NCAA FCS head coaches.

"If you can't run the ball and can't stop the run, you will not be playing in December," the active NCAA FCS wins leader said during the NEC’s annual preseason teleconference.

"We have an opportunity to make a run at the title. This will be a better football team," said Ford.