Season 4 Team Previews

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  1. Keller

    Keller The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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    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.
     
  2. Timpegoose

    Timpegoose Walk On

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    QB: Scott Smith returns as the starter after a rough freshman year. He looks to be much improved in the spring, and could lead our offense to better results than last year's below average numbers.

    HB: Injury prone Darrin Reaves returns after winning returner of the year last year, and being the focal point of the rushing attack 2 years ago. Last year, Greg Franklin unseated him as the starter, but Reaves has looked good through the spring and is poised to break out this year.

    FB: Senior Michael Pitts returns for as a 3rd year starter, and looks to get more playing time as we add some more plays to our 2 back sets.

    WR: After losing our top 3 receivers last year we are starting a completely new receiving corps. JUCO recruit Harvey Guerrero comes in as a playmaker at 78 OVR. Freshman Lee Williams, Sophomore Ryan Dowdell, and RS Sophomore Dan Marshall all come in very close and compete for the 2-4 spots. Currently Williams is #2, Dowdell at #3, and Marshall at #4.

    TE: Senior Jamie Onufrak looks to be a primary target for Smith as the lone returner from the receiving corps last season.

    O-Line: The left side will be the anchor of our line with seniors Brian O'Leary and Albert Calloway protecting Smith's blind side. Uneik Crumbley will be a solid new starter in the Center position. 3rd year starter Nate Rawls will man his usual spot at RG, and RS Soph Antonio Henderson rounds out the line at RT. This looks to be one of the strengths of our team minus Henderson who is the weak link of the line. They should be able to open up some nice holes for our running backs, though pass protection has been a constant problem for our line under Coach Timpe.

    D-Line: We lost 18.5 sacks between Boyett and Scott last season, but we return pre-season AA Mickey Jackson and Senior Trey Grissett. RS Senior Andrew Mahan and Freshman Andrew May will be filling in on the right hand side of the line, and will hopefully be able to fill the void left by Boyett and Scott.

    OLB: 3rd year starter Antonio Jackson starts on the left side. Jackson got limited time last season as the odd man out in nickel and dime packages against the spread offenses of C-USA, and will suffer the same fate this season. He plays well in his limited opportunities though. The right side is manned by another 3 year starter in Shaquille Roberson. Shaquille had a solid season with 55 tackles last year, and looks to build on that playing behind a solid D-Line.

    MLB: Freshman Marcus Howard comes in and takes last year's surprise Chris Kiniry's starting spot. At 6'2 236 with 88 speed, Howard is a force in the middle of the field. We are contemplating moving him to OLB and leaving Kiniry in the middle to build on his success from last season.

    CB: Junior Lucas Thomas and Freshman Beau Fellows lock down the 2 outside spots. Thomas looks to build on his 7 career interceptions, and has been a solid contributor for us in his first 2 years. Fellows is an athletic corner, but lacks the size to deal with the big physical receivers at 5'10 183. Sophomore Josh McDaniel keeps the nickel spot, where he registered 19 solo tackles and 1 interception last season.

    FS: Chase Daniel starts for us again at FS, and has been one of our leading tacklers the last 2 seasons. He registered 73 and 85 tackles in his first 2 seasons respectively. His improved coverage skills should allow him to be more of a ball hawk for us this season.

    SS: Lamar Johnson returns for us at SS as the lone senior in a secondary that is more experienced than their age suggests. Johnson registered 78 tackles and 6 pass deflections last season, and looks to be more involved in the pass defense this year after making a living on run support last season.

    K/P: Sophomore P Josh Massey will assume the kicking duties for us again this season after hitting 76% of his kicks last year. He has already hit a 52 yarder this season. He will also be our punter again, after downing nearly 50% of his punts inside the 20 yard line last season.
     

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