Evin Ksiezarczyk is pushing for playing time ahead of schedule on the University at Buffalo offensive line.
Ksiezarczyk is a West Seneca East High School graduate in his red-shirt freshman season, and he’s playing with the second string at left tackle as the Bulls begin training camp.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pounder was a first-team All-Western New York high school selection in 2014.
“Everyone says the speed of the game is so much faster, and I feel like last fall I came in here thinking it’s not going to be like that,” Ksiezarczyk said after Monday’s practice. “I was kind of ignorant to that. But once that first day I was like, ‘Wow, it’s so much faster.’ I think that’s just the biggest thing I had to get used to – the speed of the game.”
Ksiezarczyk –- pronounced Ka-czar-check –- helped West Seneca East to a 24-5 record in three seasons as a prep starter. He chose UB over Nevada, Texas-El Paso and Old Dominion. Nevada is coached by St. Francis High graduate Brian Polian. UTEP is coached by Lockport native Sean Kugler, a former Bills offensive line coach.
“I wanted UB all along, but with the coaching change I had to wait,” said Ksiezarczyk, referring to Lance Leipold’s appointment. “I really liked Nevada a lot because the campus was awesome. It’s a bigger conference than the MAC. But once UB offered, I took the visit and met the coaches I felt good about it. Playing home was a big plus. Other people in my family who played college sports told me if they could do it over again they’d play at home.”
UB is expected to experiment a lot with its offensive line rotations this month. The second O-line has included: Ksiezarczyk at left tackle, Brad Rowland at left guard, Trey Bowman and Skylar Hartley at center, Connor Morehart at right guard, and Albert McCoy and David Goldsby at right tackle.
“I have to just keep working at it with the coaches and the rest of the guys on the offensive line,” Ksiezarczyk said. “I have to work on my skills. My pass set needs to improve. I know that. If I work on my bend and stay low, hopefully I can see playing time this year.”
Schedule: UB holds practice from 8:40 a.m. to 10:40 a.m. Tuesday at UB Stadium. Practices are closed to the public. There’s a scrimmage scheduled for Friday evening.