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Last year was supposed to be the season Johnathan Hawkins took over as the University at Buffalo's starting running back. After two years as a reserve, including a 338-yard sophomore campaign, he earned the job out of camp and suited up for the team's first three games. Then he tore the labrum in his shoulder against Colgate, ending his season in mid-September. "I co…

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Wednesday had to be the quietest National Signing Day of Lance Leipold’s career. The UB football coach announced only two signees to his program, an offensive lineman and a safety. But the low-stress day was a welcome change to the once-hectic event, which was made calmer thanks to the NCAA’s new early signing period just before Christmas. Leipold wasn’t hit with sur…

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A stalk of celery dipped into malaise is what 2017 Buffalo sports tasted like. The year was dominated by upheaval for the Bills and Sabres, with the biggest stories involving people being fired or traded. Record playoff slumps persist. The Bandits were terrible. The Bisons finished 21 games out of first place. None of the Big Four basketball programs made the NCAA To…

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As the game clock ran down to zero and the University at Buffalo clinched bowl eligibility, UB coach Lance Leipold thought about his player that wasn't gleefully leaping on the sideline with him. UB defensive end Solomon Jackson died suddenly in 2016 following an offseason workout. His memory is draped all over the program. Jackson's No. 41 is painted on the field and w…

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University at Buffalo football can become bowl eligible, for the first time under  coach Lance Leipold, with a victory in its regular-season finale Friday afternoon. After victories the last two weeks against Bowling Green and Ball State, a win against Ohio U. would put the Bulls at six on the season. That's the minimum  needed to get consideration for a bowl. "Every…

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As the mike linebacker and defensive signal caller, University at Buffalo's Khalil Hodge has to be aware of everything on the field. He says he's like the defensive quarterback. Hodge gets the play from the sidelines, reads the offensive set and adjusts the defense accordingly. Once the ball is snapped, he has a split second to make a decision, find the ball carrier and…

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If the University at Buffalo wants to make their first bowl appearance under head coach Lance Leipold, the Bulls are going to need to make quite the run. UB currently sits at 3-6, meaning it'll need to win the last three games to be bowl eligible. Leipold, in his third year directing the program, said it isn't something the team directly discusses, but it's certainly in…

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Kyle DeWeen used to make the 30-minute trip to University at Buffalo football games a few times every season when he was a student at Niagara Falls High School. On his way to becoming the starting punter for the Bulls, he took a bit of a detour. DeWeen’s journey started around seventh grade, when he started watching former Bills punter Brian Moorman boom kicks at Ral…

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Emmanuel Reed is used to playing behind other running backs. For two years in high school he played behind his older brother, Micah. Once he came to the University at Buffalo, he once again found himself behind older talent, first in 1,000-yard career rusher Jordan Johnson and now second on the depth chart to junior Johnathan Hawkins. But patience has never been a pr…

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Lance Leipold will see a familiar face on the opposite sideline Thursday night against Minnesota, but P.J. Fleck is coaching a new team with a new staff that complicates preparations for UB leading up to its season opener. Fleck, who rose to coaching stardom after taking Western Michigan from 1-11 in his first year in 2013 to 13-1 last season, took the Gophers' head-coa…

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The shadow of Khalil Mack looms over the University at Buffalo in many good ways and one bad way. The Oakland Raiders All-Pro sackmaster obviously is UB's most famous football alumnus. He's a source of pride for everyone who cares about the Bulls. Two mannequins sporting Mack's No. 46 are front and center in the UB football offices as an unquestionable recruiting tool. …

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The wide receiving corps looked alive at the University at Buffalo’s scrimmage Saturday. The Bulls hope it’s a sign of better things to come this season. Seniors Jacob Martinez and Kamathi Holsey each caught two touchdown passes and junior Anthony Johnson had one in the roughly 100-play session at UB Stadium. The Bulls open their season in 19 days at the University o…

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University at Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson doesn't have to look further than his own family picnics to find motivation for his football career. Johnson is a cousin of NFL stars Jadeveon Clowney and Johnathan Joseph of the Houston Texans and of former Bills safety Jonathan Meeks. "It motivates me," Johnson said Tuesday at UB's preseason media day. "All of us …

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Senior linebacker Jarrett Franklin has received the honor of wearing No. 41 for the University at Buffalo football team this season. No. 41 was worn by defensive end Solomon Jackson, who died after a heart-related collapse during a conditioning workout in February 2016. UB coach Lance Leipold started a tradition last year of awarding Jackson’s number to one player each …

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By any measure, Tyree Jackson stands out on the University at Buffalo football field. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound sophomore quarterback is the No. 1 reason for optimism about the UB offense this season because he is such an impressive physical specimen. Another year of healthy eating and weight training have made Jackson faster entering Bulls training camp, which began o…