Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Buffalo Bulls season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 10-4 overall, 7-1 in MAC
Head Coach: Lance Leipold, 4th season, 23-27
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE BUFFALO OFFENSE
– There isn’t a whole lot of sexy happening with the returning starters – at least compared to last season – but even after losing a whole lot of stars, the O that averaged 415 yards and 35 points per game should be fantastic thanks to the infrastructure up front.
– The Bulls led the MAC and were 11th in the nation in sacks allowed, and was ninth in fewest tackles for loss given up. Four of the five starters are back, they’re experienced, and cohesive, and really, really good despite losing all-star C James O’Hagan. 6-6, 315-pound senior Even Ksiezarczyk is the star to work around at left tackle, and veteran G Jacob Gall is more than capable of shining at center.
Behind this line, sophomore backs Jaret Patterson and Kevin Marks – they combined for close to 2,000 yards with 27 touchdowns – should blow up again as the O relies more on the ground attack. That’s the good …
– And now for the bad. 1,000-yard receiver Anthony Johnson is done, and running mate KJ Osborn is off to the Miami Hurricanes. Sophomore Charlie Jones averaged 22 yards per catch on his 18 grabs – he transferred out, too. Junior Antonio Nunn is an okay returning option, but he’s not Johnson or Osborn. First Team All-MAC TE Tyler Mabry is done, too – he defected to Maryland.
– QB Tyree Jackson was about to bolt for another team, and then he left for the NFL and went undrafted – the Bills picked him up. Junior Kyle Vantrease has a little experience, and 6-5, 220-pound Dominic Johnson fills the UB quarterback mold. Neither one is Jackson, but the production won’t fall off the map.