ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The sounds of fall rang out at the University at Albany on Tuesday as the Great Danes kicked off spring practice.
Head coach Greg Gattuso is back at the helm for a third year. He said it’s time for the Great Danes to turn the corner and make the playoffs this season.
UAlbany finished 3-8 last year, but that overall record isn’t indicative of the talent on the team. The Great Danes were plagued by injuries all year starting in the spring when tight end Nic Ketter, of Queensbury, was sidelined with a knee injury.
He was back on the field on Tuesday along with a number of others. Keeping them there is one of Gattuso’s goals.
“We’re trying to find a way to get our work to balance the physicality with the mental side,” he said. “You’ll see us this spring in helmets and shoulder pads and not always in full pads. We’re trying to teach our guys to practice that way so we can do it in the fall next year. So we’re gonna do everything we can to minimize injuries the best we can.”
Gattuso will also be keeping a close eye on the quarterback competition throughout the spring. The Danes are still 164 days away from kicking off the season at Buffalo.