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A look at UB's 2-deep roster and eight team captains

The University at Buffalo football team's two-deep roster looks like a pretty good mix of experience and youth.

There are 12 senior starters out of 24 offensive and defensive positions. Of the 50 players on the two-deep roster, only 16 are seniors, which is a good thing . . . presuming, of course, the talent is good enough.

UB named eight players as captains - quarterback Joe Licata, offensive linemen Andre Davis and Trevor Sales, nose tackle Kristjan Sokoli, linebackers Lee Skinner and Jake Stockman and defensive backs Adam Redden and Cortney Lester. All are seniors except Licata.

Here's how the two-deep looks:


QB: Joe Licata-Jr., Tony Daniel-Jr.

RB: Anthone Taylor-Jr., Devin Campbell-Jr. or Jordan Johnson-So.

FB: Boomer Brock-Sr., Kendall Patterson-Jr.

LT: Jake Silas-Sr., Matt Murphy-Fr.

LG: Andre Davis-Sr., Todd Therrien-Jr.

C: Trevor Sales-Sr., Brandon Manosalvas-R-Fr.

RG: Robert Blodtgett-Jr. or Brandon Manosalvas.

RT: John Kling-Jr., Albert McCoy-So.

TE: Matt Weiser-Jr., Mason Schreck-So.

XWR: Boise Ross-So., Malcolm Robinson-So.

ZWR: Devon Hughes-Sr., Jacob Martinez-R-Fr.

SLOTWR: Ron Willoughby-Jr., John Dunmore-Sr.

SLOTWR: Marcus McGill-Jr., Jamarl Eiland-R-Fr.

Notes: Coach Jeff Quinn said Blodtgett and Manosalvas essentially will share the right guard position. It's an indication of how good the young Manosalvas, from New Jersey, has looked in preseason. . . . Willoughby has asserted himself into the mix at wideout with a strong August. And it's a big mix. Expect seven or eight wideouts to see playing time. . . . Murphy, a true freshman, has made the two-deep. But it remains to be seen whether he will red-shirt. Quinn doesn't decide until after the season.


DE: Brandon Crawford-So., Max Perisse-So.

NG: Kristjan Sokoli-Sr., Dalton Barksdale-Sr.

DE: Tedroy Lynch-Sr., Kendall Roberson-Sr.

OLB: Jarrett Franklin-So., Kyril Threats-Jr.

ILB: Lee Skinner-Sr., Greg Lis-R-Fr., Solomon Jackson-R-Fr.

ILB: Jake Stockman-Sr., Travis Pitzonka-Jr., or Nick Gilbo-Jr.

OLB: Okezie Alozie-Jr., C.J. Stancil-So., or Houston Glass-So.

CB: Cortney Lester-Sr., Brandon Williams-Fr.

SS: Adam Redden-Sr., Brandon Berry-Jr.

FS: Witney Sherry-Sr., Andrews Dadeboe-R-Fr.

CB: Marqus Baker-Jr., Dwellie Striggles-Sr.

Notes: Crawford, who showed flashes late last season, asserted himself to win a starting job, which allows Barksdale to back up at nose guard. . . . Threats, a transfer from Erie Community College, has looked explosive. . . . True freshman who look like they may play this year are the cornerback, Williams, from Georgia, and safety Ryan Williamson, from Cincinnati.


P: Tyler Grassman-Jr. Brian Orzechowski-Sr.

K: Patrick Clarke-Sr., Grassman.

LS: Corbin Grassman-So., Marcus McGill.

KOR: Devin Campbell, Jamrl Eiland or Jacob Martinez.

PR: Marcus McGill, Campbell.



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