ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — Preseason football rankings in the Colonial Athletic Association were announced Thursday. The University at Albany was not at the most desirable spot in the standings, but a few individuals earned preseason honors.

The Great Danes were projected to finish 12th out of 13 teams in the conference, ahead of only Hampton University—a program in its first year in the CAA. However, two individuals headlined the preseason all-conference team, including sophomore linebacker Jackson Ambush, who led the team in tackles (97) as a freshman last season.

The second selection was junior kicker/punter Tyler Pastula, a transfer from a fellow CAA institution: the University of Delaware. Pastula earned CAA football first-team defense honors in 2021, averaging 42.5 yards per punt for the Fightin’ Blue Hens.

Senior defensive lineman Anthony Lang also earned a preseason honorable mention selection. Lang compiled 42 total tackles and nine tackles for loss last season.