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UB quarterback Matt Myers sits out practice for second straight day

University at Buffalo quarterback Matt Myers did not practice for a second consecutive day but has not been ruled out of Saturday's home game against Ohio.

Myers left in the third quarter of a 34-20 loss Saturday at Miami (Ohio) in UB's Mid-American Conference opener.

"It's upper body," coach Lance Leipold said Tuesday. "That's the best way to say it right now. In the neck area, and things like that."

Leipold said he also anticipated receiving another update on Myers' health Tuesday afternoon.

"Hopefully, we can get him out, doing some things (Wednesday)," Leipold said. "If you can get two days of practice, that's the goal."

Kyle Vantrease, UB's backup quarterback, took snaps with the first team Tuesday morning while Myers was on the sideline at UB Stadium in a hoodie, practice jersey and shorts.

In five starts, Myers is 49-for-105 passing for 602 yards and six touchdowns, and he has been intercepted four times and sacked six times. Myers, however, had his least productive start against Miami. He was 4-for-16 passing for 59 yards and a touchdown, and was intercepted twice and sacked once, before he was taken out of the game with about two minutes left in the third quarter.

Vantrease, a redshirt sophomore from Stow, Ohio, was 3-for-4 passing for 30 yards, and was sacked once at Miami.

Vantrease played in six games in 2017 and 2018, including one start as a true freshman in 2017, and had 375 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-66 attempts, with two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Leipold said if Vantrease starts Saturday against the Bobcats at UB Stadium, he doesn't plan to make major modifications to the offense, despite the fact that UB leads the MAC in rushing yardage (1,201) but is last in the MAC in passing yardage (632).

"We're confident with whoever is back there," UB left tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk said. "Kyle and Matt, they're pretty similar. Kyle, he's a little more experienced, and he knows the offense just as well as Matt does, and Matt can still throw the ball. We're still going to help him out and we're still going to run the ball, too, so that will help him out."

Vantrease lost the starting quarterback job to Myers in the preseason, but has punted for UB in its last three games, after Evan Finegan sustained a broken right leg Sept. 7 at Penn State.

"You have to tip your cap to Kyle Vantrease on how he's handled things," Leipold said. "Really, how he's done in this program and how he's been a part of things.

"You look at Penn State, in front of 100,000 people, he becomes a punter. He's handled everything very well. He's well-prepared, and (quarterbacks coach/co-offensive coordinator) Jim Zebrowski does a great job. I always think how the preparation is always there for the guys. Obviously, the reps aren't always equal, but I know he's going to make the most of his opportunity and if he's the guy who gets the start – and he played a lot Saturday – I know he'll be fine."

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