---Projected starting cornerback Romel Dismuke and junior safety Ray Anthony Long have been declared academically ineligible and are no longer with the University at Buffalo football team, The Buffalo News has learned.
Dismuke sat out all of last year after transferring from Cincinnati and was slated to start at corner opposite sophomore Cortney Lester. A native of Cleveland, Dismuke is believed to be the first player to transfer to UB from a BCS school.
To offset the loss of Dismuke, the Bulls added to their defensive backfield late with the signing of Georgia corner Matthew Thomas-Quick but losing Dismuke is still a major blow to a secondary that must replace four senior starters.
“It’s very disappointing,’’ UB coach Jeff Quinn said. "To have someone out there all spring and to put a lot of time and effort and then to turn around and not fulfill his responsibilities academically is very disappointing but it provides opportunities for someone else.’’
This isn’t the first time the 6-1, 215-pound Long suffered academic missteps as he sat out the entire 2009 season after being declared ineligible. A Texas native, Long appeared in nine games as a reserve last season and totaled 11 tackles. As a freshman in 2008, he appeared in 12 games as a reserve linebacker and recorded 10 tackles. Long was not listed on the team’s two deep after the spring.
It was announced last week that Niagara Falls recruit Dale Stewart, the brother of former UB tailback James Starks, was not admitted into UB and will attend Iowa Western Community College.