The University at Buffalo football team's first official two-deep roster is out in advance of Friday's season opener against the University of Albany.
Change is evident. UB has 12 new starters from last season, eight on offense and four on defense.
Plus, 17 of the 22 players listed on the second string are new to the second string. (Back on the second string from last year's finale are Skylar Hartley, Albert McCoy, Justin Brandon, Brandon Williams and William Rembert.)
The most notable change in the roster from the lineups that were on the field for much of training camp this month is at free safety.
Red-shirt freshman Dev Lamour started there much of camp but has been out with an injury the past week or so. He has worked on the sidelines with trainers. Lamour does not appear on the two-deep roster. In his place in the starting lineup is junior college transfer Tim Roberts, a Louisiana native who played junior college ball last season in California, at Fullerton College.
Other items of note:
- Graduate transfers Remaine Douglas and Joe Keels worked their way onto the second-team defensive line. Douglas came to UB from Louisiana-Lafayette. Keels was a transfer from Nebraska just before camp began.
- Two true freshman made the initial second-team list. One is middle linebacker Matt Otwinowski from Indiana, the other guard Tomas Jack-Kurdyla from Montreal.
- Senior walk-on Mikel DeMonte, who has been a hard-working, sure-handed practice player the past two-plus years, was given a nod at one backup receiver spot. (Keep an eye on junior college transfer Anthony Johnson, who we expect to get increasing snaps as UB moves toward its conference season.)
- There are nine senior starters on the team.