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No Frills Scrimmage

By Bob DiCesare

Execution was the order of the day as UB completed the first week of training camp Saturday with an hour-long scrimmage at UB Stadium. Neither punts nor kickoffs factored in the trial run although three Patrick Clarke field goals accounted for nine of the 16 points produced by the offense. The lone TD came on a 6-yard Bo Oliver run.

Although the Bulls trotted out some of the new formations and personnel groupings they've shown throughout camp, the approach Saturday was rather vanilla, and by design.

“Let’s get after the fundamentals, I told them that,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “Our defense purusing the ball, our offense finishing. Just aligning correctly and understand your assignments and get after it until the echo of the whistle. And not getting too fancy by out-scheming each other from that standpoint, just seeing good, old-fashion, sound fundamental football -- blocking, tackling, throwing catching. And we saw that today.”

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Alex Neutz reprised the great catch he made Friday by outdueling cornerback Cortney Lester yet again for a long 50-50 ball.

"You should expect to see a lot more of those," said quarterback Joe Licata. "Because if he gets one-on-one coverage, he's one of the best guys in the MAC, one of the best guys in the country. So I'm going to keep going to him until someone can stop him."

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Practice reps suggest redshirt freshman QB Collin Michael has leapfrogged sophomore Tony Daniel and become the No. 3 QB behind Licata and Alex Zordich. . . . Offensive line depth was a question mark entering camp and remains so. Zordich was afforded little time on pass play while working behind the second-team "O" line. . . . Wideout Fred Lee came up with a couple nice catches early in the scrimmage. Redshirt freshman corner C.J. Stancil picked off a Michael pass.


College football | Mid-American Conference | University at Buffalo
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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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