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UB scrimmage: Tyree Jackson directs long TD drive; senior transfer leads defense

Tyree Jackson directed a 97-yard touchdown drive, and senior Remaine Douglas was the dominant defensive player in the University at Buffalo’s final full scrimmage of training camp Friday night.

Jackson, the 6-foot-7 red-shirt freshman quarterback, flashed his physical tools on the long drive. He ran for 14 yards on a designed run, then scrambled for 19 yards on a third-and-5 play to keep the march alive. Jackson capped it with a 15-yard bullet over the middle to red-shirt freshman tight end Tyler Mabry for a touchdown.

UB’s deep, experienced defensive line again got the better of the offense in the trenches. Douglas stuffed three running plays in the backfield and had two quarterback hurries.

“All in all I’m pleased, with the two weeks we’ve had,” said UB coach Lance Leipold. “There were probably not as many explosive plays as we’d like. There were some pass interference calls we have to clear up.”

QB Report: Jackson took the first snap of the session at UB Stadium and played 32 snaps overall. Grant Rohach, the senior transfer from Iowa State, played 28 snaps. Jackson led the offense to one TD and one field goal over seven possessions. He was 6 of 13 passing for 68 yards and ran four times for 39 yards. Rohach led the offense to one TD and one field goal over five series. He was 3 of 6 passing for 47 yards and ran five times for 15 yards.

“They’re seeing things, they’re progressing well, and I think they’re making good decisions,” Leipold said of the two QBs. “We’re not turning the ball over.”

No. 99; Douglas is a 6-3, 303-pound transfer from Louisiana-Lafayette. It’s apparent through two weeks of practice that he’s going to force his way into the top eight on UB’s defensive line rotation. UB’s offensive linemen had trouble blocking him, whether he lined up over center, guard or tackle.

Douglas is a graduate student with one year of eligibility left, so he did not have to sit out a year upon joining the Bulls. UB’s defensive line coach, Tim Edwards, coached Douglas at Louisiana-Lafayette.

“I think he can help this football team,” Leipold said. “He gives us some quickness, he gives us some dimensions inside and out that we’re very pleased with. We’re fortunate not just to have his ability. He’s done a great job fitting in with the guys. Both he and Grant have. When you bring in fifth year guys, to gel and meet new friends and become part of the team, they’ve done a great job.”

Receiving: Mabry is a 6-3, 255-pound red-shirt freshman who is making a strong push to be the No. 2 tight end behind Mason Schreck. Mabry caught four passes for 48 yards and two touchdowns. Besides the scoring catch on the 97-yard drive, Mabry caught a 16-yard scoring strike from Rohach during red-zone work. Mabry was wide open due to a busted coverage on the play.

Rushing: Emmanuel Reed, a red-shirt freshman running back from Florida, made the long run play of the night when he cut back against the grain for a 42-yard gain. He had two carries for 48 yards. Starting running back Jordan Johnson carried for 5 yards on the first play of the scrimmage then was rested the rest of the night.

Special teams: UB still is sorting out its punting situation. It’s a three-way battle among true freshman Taylor Sheets, junior Kyle DeWeen and senior Conor Clarke. The latter two both are transfers from Erie Community College. Sheets is likely to handle kickoff duties, and just how much UB wants to put on his plate right away remains to be seen. . . . Meanwhile, sophomore place-kicker Adam Mitcheson made field goals of 46 and 35 yards. He missed from 37 yards.

Third QB: Sophomore Drew Anderson played 20 snaps. He was 5 of 9 for 104 yards. He had a 34-yard completion to junior Chris Spell and ended the night with a 61-yard TD pass to freshman Antonio Nunn. That came on a busted coverage.

Sacks: Sophomores Myles Nicholas and Corey Henderson each had two sacks. Among the others with sacks were sophomore Justin Brandon, seniors Torey Hendrick and Max Perisse and red-shirt freshman Nicco Ruggiero.

Next: The Bulls have two weeks until their season opener on Sept. 2 against Albany.

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