DETROIT -- University at Buffalo quarterback Joe Licata said Wednesday he is cleared for full participation in preseason training camp in the wake of his rehabilitation from offseason hip surgery.
Licata, who already holds the UB career touchdown pass record, aims for a big senior season on an offense that scored 32.2 points a game last season and returns most of its key pieces. UB starts camp Aug. 10 and opens its season at home Sept. 5 against Albany.
“I’ll be participating in everything at camp from the start,” Licata said at Ford Field for the Mid-American Conference media day. “I’ll be 100 percent for Game One. I’ll trust the trainers. If they want to pull me out of some things on a given day at practice they can, but that would be just precautionary. I’m healed.”
Licata had hip surgery in January 2014 but revealed after last season a repaired torn labrum in the hip was re-aggravated and he never felt 100 percent. He had another surgery on the same hip on Jan. 6, and he went through a six-month rehabilitation.
“I’m feeling better than I was last year going into camp,” Licata said.
The Williamsville South product said he has been throwing without restrictions for about the past two months.
“Really throwing, taking drop-backs and throwing, that was around June 1 when I really started to push it,” Licata said. “I’ve been throwing with the guys. We’ve been out there throwing 7 on 7 and I’ve been making every throw. As far as running, I had to ease into cutting. It was a long process. I just started cutting a month and a half, two months ago.”
Licata looks noticeably trimmer. He played last season at 227. He said he’s down to 210 pounds. The weight drop was to help his mobility and because UB’s new coaching staff wanted him at a lighter weight.