Wide receiver Collin Lisa has decided to transfer from the University at Buffalo back to the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Lisa ranked fourth in catches for the Bulls last season as a sure-handed slot receiver. He had 31 receptions for 325 yards and two touchdowns. He came to UB from UAB in early 2015 after the Alabama school dropped its football program.
However, UAB re-instated the program just six months later and will take the field again in 2017. Lisa has two years of eligibility left. UAB is just 2 1-2 hours from Lisa’s Georgia home.
“It really wasn’t anything to do with Buffalo, just more of me wanting to be where I originally wanted to play my college career,” Lisa said. “I wish my bros and the coaches up there the best. . . . I appreciate all the people from Buffalo welcoming me and taking me in like I was one of their own.”
The move figures to put UB junior Jacob Martinez back in the primary possession-slot receiver role. UB also uses senior Marcus McGill and others in the slot. But Martinez and Lisa are similar players. Martinez had 28 catches for 280 yards as a freshman and 15 for 153 as a sophomore.
Lisa also was a sure-handed primary punt returner for the Bulls. Martinez and defensive back Brandon Stanback are likely to be two of numerous candidates for that job in the fall.