ALBANY, NY (WRGB)--The preseason awards continue to roll in for the UAlbany football team.
Today, the Great Danes picked up the #24 spot in the Stats FCS Top 25 poll.
UAlbany was ranked as high as 17th last season, but finished just outside of the playoff picture.
UAlbany begins its second full week of practice today, in advance of next month's season opener.
While there are still major questions at quarterback and on the offensive line, the defense is what's propelling the Great Danes into the Top 25.
Defensive coordinator Bernard Clark returns some of his top talent from a year ago, including 2016 All-CAA second teamer, Malachi Hoskins.
The starting defensive lineman says his unit is giving the o-line its all in practice to ensure they're ready for live game-action.