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Previewing the 2021 Albright College football team

Albright Lions

Coach: John Marzka, 14th season, 87-56.

2019: 2-6 MAC, 2-8.

Returning starters on offense (7):  WR Kevin Zehner, Sr. RB Tony Thorpe, Sr. RB Malik Bootman, Sr. TE Dorien Forbes, Sr. OL Jakob Banks, Sr. OL Jeff Joseph, Sr. OL Christian Jusino, Jr.

Returning starters on defense (4): LB Sam Viera, Sr. LB Daniel Vital, Sr. S Armon Jefferson, Sr. CB Omar Sesay, Jr.

Berks connections: WR Devon Scott, So., Exeter. DL Jose Santana, Fr., Reading High. WR Tyler Strunk, Sr., Fleetwood. WR Sidney Walker, Jr., Muhlenberg. K/P Trace Goodman, Fr., Muhlenberg.

Schedule: Friday, Salisbury, 6 p.m. Sept. 11, at Western Connecticut State, 5 p.m. Sept. 18, x-at Alvernia, noon. Sept. 25, x-Widener, noon. Oct. 2, x-at Misericordia, 1 p.m. Oct. 9, x-Wilkes, 1 p.m. Oct. 16, x-at King’s, 1 p.m. Oct. 23, x-at Lycoming, 1 p.m. Oct. 30, x-FDU-Florham, noon. Nov. 13, x-Lebanon Valley, noon. (x-MAC game).

MAC preseason coaches poll (points, first-place votes): 1. Delaware Valley (99, 9). 2. Stevenson (92, 2). 3. Wilkes (76). 4. Widener (74). 5. Lycoming (58). 6. King’s (49). 7. Lebanon Valley ( 40). 8. Albright (35). 9. Misericordia (33). 10. Alvernia (25). 11. FDU-Florham (24).

Notable: After last season was canceled due to COVID-19, the Lions went 1-1 in spring exhibition games, losing to Lebanon Valley (46-14) and beating Alvernia (20-14). … Friday’s opponent, Salisbury, is ranked No. 8 in Division III in’s preseason poll. … Senior Todd Shelley is expected to start at quarterback. He has thrown for 430 yards and two TDs in his first two seasons. … WR Kevin Zehner and LB Sam Viera were All-MAC second-team selections in 2019. Zehner led team in receiving yards (743) and TDs (8). Viera led in tackles. … RB Tony Thorpe ran for a team-leading 604 yards in 2019.

Source: Berkshire mont

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