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

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

2018 Preview

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

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Best Buffalo Offensive Player

QB Tyree Jackson, Jr.
With freakish size and ability, the upside is there to grow into a big-time pro prospect who might just rise up in a weak 2019 class. It’s a stretch to put him anywhere close to the first round just yet, but at 6-7 and 245 pounds with the mobility to get moving at any time, the tools are there.

Despite missing a chunk of time hurt, he still hit 60% of his passes for close to 2,100 yards with 12 touchdowns and three picks. And if something happens to the star, Drew Anderson is more than good enough to take over – if he doesn’t win the gig outright.

2. WR Anthony Johnson, Sr.
3. C James O’Hagan, Sr.
4. WR K.J. Osborn, Jr.
5. QB Drew Anderson, Sr.

Best Buffalo Defensive Player

LB Khalil Hodge, Sr.
No, he’s not Khalil Mack. However, the 6-1, 235-pounder might just be the MAC’s best defensive player, coming in from the JUCO ranks to shine right away with 123 tackles and a sack two years ago, and then following it up with 154 stops and three sacks. He’s got the quickness to get behind the line, but he’s at his best eating up the run.

After starting out the season with 20 tackles against Minnesota, he went on to make ten or more stops in every game but two. The guy gets to everything.

2. DE Chuck Harris, Sr.
3. CB Cameron Lewis, Sr.
4. LB Jordan Collier, Sr.
5. CB Brandon Williams, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

DE Malcolm Koonce, Soph. 
Or former Cal transfer Kennedy Emesibe, or veteran Myles Nicholas, or anyone who can work on the other side of end Chuck Harris. For a team that had such a hard time generating a pass rush, finding someone who can provide a little bit of pressure now and then is a must. The offense will be fine, and the defensive back seven will be great. Now the line has to do its job.

Key Game To The Buffalo Season

at Ohio, Nov. 14 
Yeah, yeah, yeah, Buffalo beat what might have been the MAC’s best team 31-24 at the end of the regular season, and it didn’t mean a lick to the bowl types. However, this year’s Bull team should be good enough to  be at least 6-4 – if not a whole lot better – going into the showdown in Athens. If this isn’t for the MAC East title, it’ll be a big deal in the race.

2017 Buffalo Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: Buffalo 130 – Opponents 72
– 4th Down Conversions: Buffalo 8-of-12 (67%) – Opponents 10-of-19 (53%)
– Field Goals: Buffalo 15-of-24 – Opponents 9-of-19

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