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Sokoli Making Impact at NG

By Bob DiCesare

Earlier this week in camp UB defensive coordinator Lou Tepper pointed to nose guard Kristjan Sokoli as a defensive player who's made great strides from last season to this one. 

“I got to thanking Zach Duval for that, our strength coach,” Sokoli said. “I kind of tried to bulk up and first and towards summer conditioning the big focus became to stay low and cut fast and move better and maybe shave off a few pounds. They put 30 pounds on me and then took over maybe five or seven. Overall, it was one of my better offseasons. It’s paying off now because I feel bigger, faster and stronger.”

 A 6-foot-5, 300-pound junior from Bloomfield, N.J., Sokoli benefitted from rotating with Cahill last season. Dalton Barksdale will be the one spelling Sokoli at the nose this season.

 “My big focus right now is being able to play the whole game, being able to play my hardest football and my best football in the fourth quarter where it counts the most,” he said. “But at the same time I know Dalton Barksdale, he’ll be there too and he gives us a consistent look at nose guard but we all got to be ready to play four quarters of football.”


College football | Mid-American Conference | University at Buffalo
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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, 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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