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UB foe loses starting QB; young Bulls D-linemen impress

(UPDATED 7:50 p.m. Monday) One of the University at Buffalo's Mid-American Conference opponents lost projected starting quarterbacks last week. It looked like Army - another UB foe - was out a QB, but that proved to be a false alarm.

Ohio lost senior J.D. Sprague, who quit the team due to difficulty in coming back from offseason shoulder surgery. Ohio is UB's ninth opponent, on Nov. 3. Ohio generally wins with defense and a strong ground game and is not overly reliant on its quarterback. Sprague split the QB duties with Derrius Vick the past two years.

Last year Sprague completed 55.2 percent of his passes and ran for 573 yards. With him out, Ohio named red-shirt senior Greg Windham its starter. Windham was Ohio's third-stringer the past two years. He only has 53 career pass attempts.

Meanwhile, Army visits UB for the Bulls' third game of the season. The Golden Knights looked like they might lose junior starter Ahmad Bradshaw. He abruptly quit the team last week, after starting in the team's scrimmage a few days before. But Bradshaw was back at practice later in the week, apparently after an issue with his status at the academy was resolved.

Army runs a ground-oriented triple-option offense, and Bradshaw is its best running quarterback. He led Army in rush attempts last year and was second in yards with 468.

QB battle: UB's quarterbacks were reasonably efficient, as they have been all camp, in Monday morning's practice at UB Stadium. Interceptions in 11-on-11 sessions have been rare for senior Grant Rohach and red-shirt freshman Tyree Jackson. Rohach had a pickoff over the intermediate middle Monday when junior safety Tim Roberts stepped in front of a pass. However, it appeared a receiver ran a wrong route on the play.

Rohach had accurate sideline comnpletions to senior Marcus McGill and junior Mikel DeMonte. Jackson looked decisive on throws to the middle of the field and also hit DeMonte on a tight-window sideline throw.

No. 3 QB: Drew Anderson, the sophomore from California, had the two best deep throws of the day. He hit speedester Anthony Johnson in perfect stride on a post pattern. He went back to the same play a little later and put the ball into Johnson's arms, but senior cornerback Boise Ross made a fine play to knock the ball out for an incompletion.

Youth served: Red-shirt freshman tight end Tyler Mabry continued his push to be the No. 2 behind Mason Schreck. Sophomore defensive end Charles Harris had a sack early, continuing his good camp. Sophomore defensive tackle Justin Brandon, who was a second-teamer as a true freshman last year, continues to be a consistent penetrator. He appears solidly in the top eight of the D-line rotation again.

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