Coming off a Sugar Bowl birth and finishing ranked #10 in the country, expectations could not be higher for the Bulls than any other time in their history. Unfortunately for Buffalo, the offense lost 7 starters and while the defense returns 9 starters it remains to be seen whether or not this young team can compete on the same level as their predecessors. QB: Highly touted RS Freshman John Griffin (72ovr) leads the new Buffalo offense and looks to utilize his upper echelon arm talent for years to come. He is backed up by RS Junior Joe Licata (77ovr) who is more of a runner than a thrower. HB: 4 star recruit Bobby Smith (70ovr) was ripped away from UTEP and starts as a true freshman in what will probably become a timeshare backfield also touting RS Freshman Geoff Gilbert (70ovr) James Thompson (69ovr) We don't expect to replicate the production of the departed HB Ryan Tyree but we will certainly try WR: RS Junior Andy Gutierrez (77ovr) heads up the most dangerous WR corps the Bulls have ever fielded including standout Junior Scott Brown (75ovr) and RS Freshman David Wilson (72ovr) If Griffin can get the ball to these guys in space, good things should happen. TE: RS Sophomore Kevin Holley (72ovr) has been turning heads all offseason with his uncanny ability to separate from coverage. Coach Keller has already mentioned multiple times they will look to get the TE's more involved in the pass offense, mostly due to Holley's abilities. OL: Senior LG Dillon Guy (82ovr) RS Senior Center Jake Silas (78ovr) RS Senior RG Andre Davis (77ovr) Senior RT Dwayne Owens (76ovr) and JUCO Junior Julian Sparks (76ovr) fill in the most senior unit on the entire Bulls squad. Look for this unit to be a model of consistency as well as be heavily recruited this season to fill in backup depth behind the up and coming youngsters. DL: Headlined by RS Junior Kendall Patterson (78ovr) who had 9.5 sacks a year ago playing nose tackle in the Bulls 3-4 defense flanked by consistent pass rushing Senior LE Desmond Howard (73ovr) and former top Bulls recruit Sophomore Todd Dean (71ovr) round out this group. Depth is an issue but if all can stay on the field, this should continue to be a fairly good unit for the Bulls. OLB: Junior ROLB Matt Thomas (74ovr) and Senior LOLB Khari Brown (73ovr) will be pushed by incoming JUCO Sophomore Nicholas Patrick (70ovr) This group needs to get after the passer better than they have in years past - Thomas will now be a 3 year starter while this is Browns first year seeing the field. MLB: The real star of this defense is transfer MLB Tim Patterson (85ovr) who takes over for the former star MLB Kahlil Mack as the new tackling machine for this defense. The big, physical athlete will play next to 3 year starting Junior Tyler Johnson (69ovr) This position will be heavily recruited this offseason as Patterson will only be with the Bulls for 1 season. CB: Former All American and 3 year starting Senior CB Courtney Lester(81ovr) headlines the cornerback group which also boasts RS Sophomore Michael Benson (73ovr) and nickle corner Sophomore Brent Cook (71ovr) - both who figure to hold down the starting corner spots for the next 3 seasons. FS: The highest recruit in Buffalo Bulls history, Robert Burnette(84ovr) continues his playmaking campaign as a true Sophomore. There is already All American talk surrounding this youngster. SS: Former starter RS Senior Troy Royal (77ovr) will compete for playing time with true freshman Erik Massey (71ovr) as both will find ample playing time in Coach Keller's defense. Massey will end up a cornerstone of the defense for many seasons. K/P: Two true Freshman; Brandon Davis (80ovr) and Justin Leonard (77ovr) should round out one of the best special teams groups in the MAC.