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Jose Lopez, the leading rusher in Middletown football history, makes his college choice

Posted 2/5/20

Jose Lopez, Middletowns’s all-time leading rusher, announced Wednesday he will attend the University of Albany in New York to continue his academic and athletic careers.

He will enter the …

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Jose Lopez, the leading rusher in Middletown football history, makes his college choice

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Jose Lopez, Middletown’s all-time leading rusher, announced Feb. 5 that he will attend the University of Albany in New York to continue his academic and athletic careers.

He will enter the School of Business after completing several required elective courses.

“I really liked the school and what they offered,” he said.

Also signing Feb. 5 with colleges were Jordyn Dupes, who will play women’s soccer at West Chester University, Zach Malay, who will run cross country at Penn State Harrisburg, and Arthur Dash, who will play football at Millersville University.

Lopez finished his high school career with 6,197 yards on 750 carries and 75 rushing touchdowns. He broke the school rushing record as a junior, outpacing Brady Fox’s total of 4,372 and Jaelen Thompson’s 3,818. Fox played from 2014-2017, and Thompson from 2013-2016.

He is a two-time Offensive MVP in the Mid-Penn Conference Capital Division, a three-time all-conference running back, and a one-time all-state running back.

“I want to start off by thanking God for everything he has blessed me with. I also want to thank my family, my trainer … and his family, and all my coaches for always believing in me and pushing me to be the best student-athlete I could possibly be. Since a kid I knew I wanted to play football at the D1 level. I’m beyond thankful for all of the schools who have given me interest and offered me scholarships to be a student-athlete at their institutions. I always told myself I’d be committing to wherever I feel is home for me. I have found my home, and I have no doubt that this is where I wanna be spending the next 4-5 years. With that being said, I am 110 percent committed to The University at Albany,” Lopez tweeted Feb. 5.

The Albany Great Danes football program competes in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association.

“Jose has a punishing running style that fits in very nicely with our running back history.  He possesses the ability to run hard, block, and help in the pass game,” University at Albany football head coach Greg Gattuso said.

The team was 9-5 in 2019, and 6-2 in their conference. They made it to the second round of the FCS playoffs, losing 47-21 at Montana State. The week before, they won their first FCS playoff game ever, 42-14 against Central Connecticut State.