The University at Buffalo has exhibited good depth on the defensive line through three games of the football season but lost one of its backup options this week.
Reserve defensive end Myles Nicholas, a redshirt freshman from Rochester, is out for the season due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery, coach Lance Leipold said.
Nicholas was a third-stringer. He played nine snaps in the season opener but none since. UB also lost sophomore DE Zach Smekal to a season-ending knee injury in training camp and junior DE Torey Hendrick to academic ineligibility.
So far, the defensive line depth has held up. Nine players are averaging at least 18 snaps a game, according to News statistics. They are: Demone Harris (42), Max Perisse (38), Brandon Crawford (37), Solomon Jackson (30), Justin Brandon (29), Chris Ford (27), Randy Anyanwu (24), Charles Harris (21) and Gusty Schwartzmeier (18).
The UB team was hit by a stomach bug after the game at Florida Atlantic, with roughly a dozen players affected. About 20 players sat out Tuesday’s practice due to the bug or bumps and bruises. The bug also affected about 20 Florida Atlantic players, according to reports in Boca Raton, Fla.
Meanwhile, Leipold said No. 2 tight end Mason Schreck, who sat out Saturday with a leg injury, probably would be a game-time decision this week.
Kickoff for the UB-Nevada game is 3:30 p.m. Country music artist Eric Paslay will perform in the Tailgate Concert Series outside the stadium starting at 1:30 p.m.