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In between innings, the Coca-Cola Field video board showed a short clip of the upcoming movie Million Dollar Arm. It was an appropriate narrative of Buffalo Bisons pitcher Marcus Stroman on Tuesday. On the fourth anniversary of R.A. Dickey’s one-hit masterpiece, Stroman tormented the Louisville Bats with an equally memorable outing in a six-inning, no-hit gem with 10 str…

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The scary part about Jordan Johnson – or perhaps it speaks to the University at Buffalo’s depth – is he’s merely the third tailback.There are times when Johnson looks like an underclassmen learning how to play a new position, then there’s times like Saturday’s Blue & White Game when he shows flashes of becoming a star. The Sweet Home product rushed for 114 yard…

The University at Buffalo football program picked up another sizable donation from local businessman Tunney Murchie.Murchie, a UB graduate, announced during the school’s Breakfast of Champions at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott in Amherst on Saturday that he is donating $3 million, the largest gift in the athletic department’s history.Two years ago almost to the date, Mu…

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The University at Buffalo’s 15-practice spring session comes to a close today with the annual Blue & White Game at UB Stadium at 2 p.m.No spots will be ultimately won or lost in the spring game – that’s what training camp is for – but the final scrimmage could give players one more opportunity to leave their coaches with a good impression heading into the offseason…

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When he watches game films and reflects on last year’s versions of himself, Boise Ross sees a very different player. As a true freshman out of Bethlehem, Pa., Ross was a blur, adept at stretching the field. Although speedy, Ross had a general concept of the pass routes in the University at Buffalo’s offense but lacked the discipline to correctly run them or react to sp…

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Even without the presence of Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo doesn’t necessarily have to restock the shelf at linebacker.There’s plenty of experience for defensive coordinator Lou Tepper to work with and opportunities for younger players – even a true freshman or two – to earn some valuable playing time. “I love them,” said Tepper who doubles as the Bull…

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The football future of Chad Kelly is uncertain after the former St. Joseph’s quarterback was dismissed by Clemson coach Dabo Swinney on Monday afternoon.Kelly, the nephew of Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, was dismissed from the Tigers program for “conduct detrimental to our program,” Swinney said in a statement released by the school.Swinney added …

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Pawtucket used seven pitchers on Sunday, including one who hadn’t taken the hill since he was in high school, and the Buffalo Bisons barely touched any of them.It was that kind of afternoon for the Bisons, who somehow manufactured five runs on just three hits and even had an opportunity to win in the bottom of the ninth. But an error in the 12th inning helped the Red Sox…

Bisons and Baseball

The Buffalo Bisons activated pitcher Mickey Storey off the disabled list on Sunday and sent pitcher Richard Bleier to Double-A New Hampshire.Storey made his first appearance of the season during Sunday’s 7-5 loss in 12 innings to Pawtucket when he entered the game in the sixth. He walked Christian Vazquez, got former Bison Mike McCoy to pop out to second, then forced Hei…

After being humiliated for several big plays during last week’s scrimmage, the University at Buffalo defense played with renewed intensity throughout practice this week. On Saturday, the defense staked its claim to UB Stadium.Challenged all week by coach Jeff Quinn and defensive coordinator Lou Tepper, the self-proclaimed “No Name Defense” perhaps exceeded expectatio…

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In nearly 30 years of coaching, Chris Cosh has nearly seen it all. Between numerous stops – including South Florida, Kansas State, Michigan State and Illinois among others – you’d be hard-pressed to find a football consequence that Cosh hasn’t experienced. It’s that kind of familiarity which has provided the first-year University at Buffalo defensive line coach w…

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The University at Buffalo’s defense simply congregated to the quarterback the last two seasons with relentless pressure that flowed through Khalil Mack, Colby Way and Adam Redden among others.The questions now are can the Bulls still trust individuals to win matchups and can their pass rush supply enough stress to unsettle the quarterbacks? The majority of the players wh…

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Recovering from injury was agonizing for Jordan Johnson, especially the waiting. He dealt with the pain just fine, but it was the months of being away from football that were the most excruciating.“I counted the days,” the University at Buffalo sophomore tailback said, “I was out for 228 days.”Count the year Johnson redshirted as a freshman and the wait was even lo…

The wind swept briskly through UB Stadium during the University at Buffalo’s hourlong scrimmage Saturday morning, but the harsh elements didn’t seem to disturb Tony Daniel and the other quarterbacks.Daniel continued to solidify his position as the No. 2 quarterback behind incumbent Joe Licata by unofficially completing 10 of 14 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. The…

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Kendall Patterson has grown accustomed to change throughout his University at Buffalo career. He came to UB as a heavily recruited 280-pound nose tackle and now he’s a 245-pound part-time H-back, part-time fullback who is learning how to run routes and catch passes.But there are days when Patterson’s mind wanders to the other side of the ball. “I do miss defense,…