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Gameday Preview: What to watch at UB's Blue & White scrimmage


7 p.m. Friday at UB Stadium

Format: It will be an offense-vs.-defense scrimmage lasting about 100 plays. The offense will run drives from its own 20, from the mid-field area, and in the red zone.

What to watch for: Playmakers. UB needs big playmakers, and the prime prospect to become an elite Mid-American Conference player is sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson (No. 3), the 6-foot-7, 245-pounder from Michigan.

QB Rotation: Jackson is the clear No. 1. No. 2 is Drew Anderson (No. 12), a 6-5 junior from California who has looked good this spring. No. 3 is Dominic Johnson, 6-5 and 230, a Canadian red-shirt freshman. But Johnson is recovering from an injury and won't play. So the third QB in will be true freshman (No. 17) Kyle Vantrease, a 6-3 recruit from Ohio. He graduated high school a semester early, so he already is enrolled at UB.

RB Rotation: The Bulls graduated star Jordan Johnson. The projected starter is junior Johnathan Hawkins, but he will sit out recovering from thumb surgery. So two highly touted red-shirt freshman recruits will be on display. They are Theo Anderson (No. 11) from Florida and Kameron Pickett (No. 5) from Georgia.

Key Newcomers to Watch: 1. Junior receiver Anthony Johnson (No. 83), a top recruit from South Carolina, is key to improvement at wide receiver. 2. Jacquis Webb (No. 76) is the new starting left tackle, a transfer from Rutgers. Here's a look at the important addition of Webb.

Other injuries: Starting DE Demone Harris, backup RB Emmanuel Reed, senior WR Jacob Martinez, possible starting CB Brandon Williams and S Dev Lamour all will sit out with minor injuries.

Defensive stalwarts: They include MLB Khalil Hodge (No. 4), junior DE Charles Harris (No. 92), senior DT Chris Ford (No. 58) and junior CB Cameron Lewis (No. 39). Jordan Collier (No. 25) has stepped into a starting role at field-side linebacker to give the defense more speed. Veteran LBs Jarrett Franklin (No. 36) and Ishmael Hargrove (No. 16) will share duties at the weak side (or short side) and be involved in sub packages.

Young guys to watch: Some young players not mentioned above who have shown good flashes in spring practice include: LB Kadofi Wright (No. 31), WR Antonio Nunn (No. 16), S Tyrone Hill (No. 33), DE Malcolm Koonce (No. 50 or 51) TE Tyler Mabry (No. 81), TE Zac Lefebvre (No. 89).

Admission: Free. Weather: 57 degrees and clear.

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