The University at Buffalo football team has added transfers from Rutgers, Maryland, Grambling and Louisiana-Lafayette to its roster.
Six newly announced scholarship additions were on the field Sunday for the first practice of training camp at UB Stadium.
Three of them will have to sit out this season. They are offensive tackle Jacquis Webb from Rutgers, tight end Andrew Gray from Maryland and offensive lineman Paul Nosworthy from Grambling.
Webb is a 6-foot-5, 327-pounder who played at Gates Chili High School outside of Rochester. He will have two years of eligibility left. Gray, 6-2 and 230, was recruited by UB two years ago as a three-star recruit out of Chadron High in Ohio. Maryland changed its offensive scheme, which prompted him to seek a new school. He will have three years of eligibility left. Nosworthy, 6-4 and 270, is a Long Islander who started a full season as a true freshman at Grambling.
The two offensive linemen will give UB some more needed experience on that unit next season.
“When we heard of their availability and had a chance to evaluate them, we thought that through the graduation of this year’s seniors we’d be able to add depth,” UB coach Lance Leipold said. “We had a chance to evaluate Paul against Cal-Berkeley as a first-game starter, and he played really well.”
One player likely to contribute right away is Remain Douglas, a defensive tackle who enrolled at UB after graduating from Louisiana-Lafayette. He’s a 6-foot-3, 303-pounder who played previously for UB defensive line coach Tim Edwards. Edwards was at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2011 to 2014. Douglas is eligible immediately because he’s taking graduate classes at UB. He saw spot duty last year, making 13 tackles and one sack in 12 games.
UB added two junior college receivers who are eligible immediately.
Anthony Johnson is a 6-3, 205-pounder from Rock Hill, S.C., who played last year at Iowa Western. He had 19 catches for 434 yards and two TDs. Jerin Scroggins, 6-1 and 190, is a Lakewood, Calif., native who played last year at Long Beach City College. Johnson has two years of eligibility, Scroggins three.