Somerset, N.J. - University at Albany's Justin Gannon has been selected Northeast Conference Co-Special Teams Player of the Week in football, as announced on Monday, Oct. 12 by the conference office. Gannon accounted for 100-plus all-purpose yards for the third time this season in last Saturday's 55-10 conference win over Duquesne.
A senior tailback from Sussex, N.J., Gannon scored on a 78-yard punt return in the first quarter that handed the Great Danes a 13-0 lead. He became the first Great Dane to return a punt for a touchdown at the Division I FCS level. Troy Rhett last scored on a runback on Oct. 31, 1998. Gannon, who ranks sixth among the nation's leaders with an 18.8 punt return average, also rushed nine times for 31 yards. He totaled 119 all-purpose yards.
Gannon, who has totaled 100 or more all-purpose yards seven times as a collegian, climbed to No. 15 on the school's career all-purpose running list with 2,297 yards.
Paw Prints: UAlbany (4-2, NEC 3-0) has reached the win column 16 straight times against conference opponents, the nation's longest Division I FCS streak ... the Great Danes have tied a NEC standard established by Robert Morris from 1998-2000 ... UAlbany has also won a school-record 11 in a row at home ... the Great Danes tied their second-highest point total (55) in league play against Duquesne ... David McCarty (LaSalle Institute) has run for 100 or more yards in four consecutive games with his 145-yard, two-touchdown effort last week ... McCarty moved to third in rushing (3,987) and sixth in points (240) on the conference's career lists ... McCarty is 11th nationally among the FCS leaders in rushing at 105.7 yards per game ... UAlbany hosts Bryant, who is in its first year as an NEC member, on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 1:00 p.m.
Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information