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2003 PREVIEW: Buffalo Bulls
The common term thrown out around the Buffalo program is "Baby Bull" describing how young everyone seems to be. The Bulls had major problems last year dealing with all the freshmen and sophomores learning on the fly and it cost them in game after game after game. While inexperience might be an acceptable excuse, the problem was that there wasn't much improvement over the course of the season failing to win a game after a shocking early win over Rutgers. The D-I experience hasn't been a good one so far for Buffalo. At some point there has to be at least a little bit of hope for the future. That confidence and hope will only come with wins. While the MAC is getting better, it's still the easiest conference outside of the Sun Belt to improve with a few teams ranking among the worst in college football year in and year out. Buffalo has to prove it isn't one of those teams and isn't going to be an automatic win for MAC teams. With a ton of returning experience and young playmakers at key positions, the Bulls should be able to pull off a couple of wins. At the very least, the team should start being more competitive.
|Head coach: Jim Hofher
3rd year at UB: 4-19
11th year overall: 48-55
Returning O Lettermen: 20
Returning D Lettermen: 20
Returning ST Lettermen: 1
Lettermen Lost: 14
|Ten Best UB Players|
|1. RB Aaron Leeper, Soph.
2. OT Zach Love, Soph.
3. LB Lamar Wilcher, Sr.
4. FS Mark Graham, Sr.
5. SS J.J. Gibson, Jr.
6. OG Erik Zeppuhar, Jr.
7. QB Randal Secky, Jr.
8. C Eric Weber, Soph.
9. LB Rodney Morris. Jr.
10. CB Gemara Williams, Soph.
|8/30 at Rutgers
9/6 at Iowa
10/4 at UCF
10/11 at Miami
11/1 at Toledo
11/8 Northern Illinois
11/22 at Kent State
2003 Recruiting Class
Star of the Class
Sagan Atuatasi DT 6-3 338 Los Alamitos, CA/Los Alamitos/Long Beach JC
Marck Abraham DT 6-3 255 Deerfield Beach, FL/Deerfield Beach
Terrance Breaux FS 6-3 185 Randallstown, MD/Randallstown
Tommy Breaux WR 6-6 185 Randallstown, MD/Randallstown
Jon Burgio OL 6-81/2 320 Clarence, NY/Clarence
DeShawn Brooks LB 6-1 222 Detroit, MI/Finney/San Jacquin Delta
Kareem Byrom DB 5-10 170 New Brunswick, NJ/New Brunswick
Mike Cebrosky OL 6-31/2 270 Lehighton, PA/Lehighton
Travis Coughlin OL 6-6 275 Royal Oak, MI/Bishop Foley
Ollice Ervin LB 6-2 214 Vero Beach, FL/Vero Beach
Jeff Green WR 6-3 190 Fairport, NY/Fairport
LaRon Haymore LB 6-1 210 St. Louis, MO/Cardinal Ritter
*Lucas Johnson OL 6-6 300 Wayzata, MN/Wayzata/Bakersfield CC
James Judges TE/DE 6-5 240 Pickering, Ontario/St. Marys Secondary
DeSean Larmond WR/DB 6-0 165 Brooklyn, NY/Midwood
*Brian Miller TE 6-41/2 222 Santa Clarita, CA/Valencia/College of the Canyons JC
Chris Moore QB 6-5 210 Highland Village, TX/Flower Mound Marcus
Jamey Richard OL 6-5 280 Westin, CT/Westin
Todd Robertson LB 6-1 205 Amherst, NY/Sweet Home
Trevor Scott TE 6-5 225 Potsdam, NY/Potsdam
Andrae Smith DE 6-4 217 Bloomfield, CT/Bloomfield
*Quenzell Smith OL 6-4 360 Syracuse, NY/Henninger/Canisius College
Ken Sussman TE/FB 6-3 250 Great Neck, NY/Great Neck North
Greg Vrantsis TE 6-3 242 Hamilton, Ontario/Barton Secondary
* Potential Instant Impact Player