Preview 2018: Buffalo Bulls. This Year's Team You Have To Know

Preview 2018: Buffalo Bulls. This Year's Team You Have To Know

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Preview 2018: Buffalo Bulls. This Year's Team You Have To Know

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What You Need To Know About The Buffalo Offense

– The offense that turned into one of the MAC’s best should be even stronger, starting with a quarterback tandem several Power Five programs would love to have. 6-7 Tyree Jackson has the NFL size, arm, and athleticism to become one of the high-risers in the scouting world.

However, Drew Anderson is more than good enough to start, forever being remembered for his 597-yard, seven score performance in the marathon overtime loss to Western Michigan.

76-catch, 1,356-yard, 14 touchdown target Anthony Johnson is back, but he’s not alone. Four of the top five targets are back for Jackson and Anderson to throw to, with a whole lot of speed across the corps to stretch the field. Throw in the great tight ends in the mix, and the passing attack should blow up.

The ground game might have been mediocre, but the top three backs are back, including Johnathan Hawkins who missed most of the year hurt. Speedster Emmanuel Reed returns after leading the team with 840 yards and nine scores.

– Will the blocking be there? The Bulls were tremendous in pass protection, and finished sixth in the nation in tackles for loss allowed. Two other starters are back around all-star C James O’Hagan, with good size across the front to help fill in the holes at left guard and right tackle.

Biggest Key To The Buffalo Offense

Get the running game going to help out the passers. But the quarterbacks can run and help the cause, too.

Buffalo went 5-0 last season when running for 175 yards or more, and was 1-6 when it didn’t. 13 of the 18 rushing touchdowns came in the six wins.

The team that led the MAC in third down conversions was helped in a huge, huge way when the running game set things up for easy plays to keep the chains moving. As long as Jackson doesn’t have to do everything, and as long as there’s a little balance, the offense will be unstoppable at times.

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