Junior guard Brandon Manosalvas was a welcome sight on the University at Buffalo starting offensive line in Sunday’s first training camp practice.
Manosalvas, who started 10 games last season, missed all of spring ball while recovering from offseason foot surgery. He’s a key figure in what is a question-mark unit for the Bulls. UB has to replace three starters on the O-line.
The first-team OL on Sunday was: left tackle Roubbens Joseph, left guard Tomas Jack-Kurdyla, center James O’Hagan, right guard Manosalvas and right tackle Tyler O’Henly.
Monday: UB practices 8:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Practices are closed to the public.
Newcomers: A slew of freshman recruits and late-spring transfers who were not on the field for spring ball participated in practice for the first time Sunday. Like all college teams, UB is taking is slow this week on installing its offensive scheme.
Said coach Lance Leipold: “We’re trying to get a lot of reps with a lot of guys and give everyone an opportunity to compete. We’ve got to keep things narrowed down offensively early to see who can help us athletically and then build on that. So it might be a little bit slower than a year ago, where after spring practice we had an experienced group at the skill positions with a lot of seniors.”
“I was very impressed with our first day. Our team came in in excellent shape. It’s a credit to Ryan Cidzik, our head strength coach, and his staff. I loved the energy now we have to build upon it.”
Upcoming: UB practices every day this week before taking Sunday off. There’s a scrimmage scheduled for Friday evening.