Fred Lee knows his way around a kitchen. Alex Neutz knows business. The two UB wide receivers and roommates could be cooking up a future after football.
"We have conversations about everything," Lee said. "Life after football, that's the biggest thing. We don't know what we want to do. Neutz wants to open a restaurant, I want to start a school, but we want to work together and be business partners. He's getting an MBA and I'm a chef at a restaurant now and going to get my psychology degree so we'll figure it out."
Lee, formerly a fixture at Taco Bell, is a chef at The U, located on Maple Road next to the AMC Theaters.
"I'm the head chef there now," Lee said. "I started in the offseason and during the year sometimes we get off, like on a Thursday, I go there. But I got a staff so I let them take over my spot a little bit during football until I come back. It's exciting."
By Bob DiCesare
UB running back James Potts was in a precarious position. He had made a full recovery from the ACL tear that abruptly ended his sophomore season. But now his grades were threatening to make him an academic casualty and keep him off the field yet again.
Potts couldn't bear the thought of being away from the game any longer. He yearned to get back and follow up on his last play in a UB uniform -- a 49-yard touchdown run against Morgan State in the second game of last season. All the work put in rehabilitating the knee would go for naught unless he hit the books.
Continue reading "Potts Makes the Grade" »
By Bob DiCesare
UB head coach Jeff Quinn never has been shy about commiting scholarships to specialists. Show him a kicker or a punter he can rely upon for three or four years and he'll tender an offer. The same goes for long snappers, a vital cog in the kicking games.
Quinn made just such a move this offseason, brining in a freshman long snapper he sees giving the program four years of production. And that long snapper is Corbin Grassman, who it so happens is the cousin of the Bulls punter, sophomore Tyler Grassman.
Continue reading "UB Punt Game, Relatively Speaking" »
By BOB DICESARE
The push to increase the relevance of UB football reached another level today with announced plans for a concert series before all home games. Nationally renowned recording artists Kool and the Gang will perform two hours before kickoff at the Oct. 5 Homecoming Game. Other acts will be announced in the coming weeks.
"It's truly all about game day this fall and we want to build a culture that celebrates the college football experience available right here in Western New York on the UB campus," AD Danny White said via a department release. "As New York State's largest public university, our potential is truly limitless as we continue to utilize our athletics program as a rallying point to galvanize the community at large. These are exciting times for our institution."
Game day festivites also will include a "Walk to Victory," by the football team, an event common at schools with great football tradition. UB also wil provide an enhanced experience at "Stampede Square." including giveaways and interactive activities.
The concert series and accompanying events are the latest move by White and his staff to build support and increase revenues for UB athletics, football and basketball in particular. The university already is securing seat commitments for the East Club at UB Stadium, an upscale seating and hospitality area with a scheduled 2014 opening.
Today's announcement is the beginning of a season-ticket drive with seats priced at $90.
UB athletic officials say that former Bulls wide receiver Saron Hood died today, reportedly following a workout. Hood, who caught four passes for the 2011 UB team and was mostly used on special teams, had been attending graduate school at Texas A&M. He was a native of San Diego.
By BOB DICESARE
UB linebacker Khalil Mack, widely projected as no worse than a third-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has been named a third-team All-American by Phil Steele's College Football Preview. Mack is one of five Mid-American Conference players cited.
Kent State RB Dri Archer is first team on special teams, while Toledo WR Bernard Reedy and Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch are second team on special teams. The only other non-special teams player honored from the MAC was Kent State DL Roosevelt Nix, a member of the fourth-team defense.
Lyncn and Archer were identified as "all-purpose" players.
Ohio State, UB's opponent in this year's opener, put LBs Ryan Shazier and Bradley Roby on the first team defense and QB Braxton Miller on the second team offense. Baylor, UB's Week Two opponent, has a first-teamer in OG Cyril Richardson and a third-teamer in RB Lache Seastrunk.
On the baseball front, Collegiate Baseball newspaper's Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team includes two Bulls, reliever Ben Hertz and 3B/DH Tyler Mautner. Mautner batted .295 with 23 doubles and 35 RBIs. Hartz had six wins and a 2.01 ERA (UB's lowest since 2000).
William Inge, the former Buffalo Bills and University at Buffalo assistant coach, has been hired as the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Indiana.
Inge was the Bills assistant defensive line coach under Chan Gailey last season after spending two seasons as the defensive coordinator with Jeff Quinn at UB.
Inge's previous stops were all at the collegiate level including Cincinnati, San Diego State, Colorado and Northern Iowa.
January 31, 2013 - 6:34 PM
Canisius guard Isaac Sosa has been named to the Academic All-District 1 team, the only player in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference so honored. Sosa has a 3.48 gpa in finance and is the first Griff on the District team since Darren Fenn in 2000-01.
UB has put two players on the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team. They are receiver Alex Neutz, who has a 3.59 in management, and defensive end Colby Way, a 3.49 in computer engineering. Three Bulls -- receiver Rudy Johnson, tight end Matt Weiser and QB Alex Zordich, achieved honorable mention status.
-- Bob DiCesare
January 8, 2013 - 5:09 PM
Blake Bean, a LB from Butler CC in El Dorado, Kan., has signed with UB. He's the fourth Butler LB to sign with a D-I program with the other three headed for Syracuse, Texas A&M and South Florida.
Bean goes 6-1, 232. He led Butler, a JUCO power, with 113 tackles last season including 11 for losses.
"Blake is a great fit for our program because he is an outstanding student and a tremendous football player,” Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said in a statement. “He went the JUCO route because he wanted the best opportunity to play collegiate football at the highest level. We have definitely benefitted from that decision and I can’t wait to see him in a UB uniform.”
Bean was a standout high school wrestler, winning state titles in Oklahoma and Kansas. His father Mike played defensive line at Ohio State at the same time UB defensive coordinator Lou Tepper was the head coach at Illinois. UB opens the 2013 season against the Buckeyes in Columbus.
-- Bob DiCesare
November 28, 2012 - 5:31 PM
UB junior LB Khalil Mack was the lone Bull on the Mid-American Conference first team released today. Junior WR Alex Neutz and senior DE Steven Means were selected to the second team.
The major postseason awards went pretty much as expected. Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch was Offensive Player of the Year, Bowling Green DE was Defensive POY and Kent State RB Dri Archer was Special Teams POY. Mack had my vote on the defensive side but the overall vote
was understandable given Jones's numbers and BG's success.
Kent Srate's Darrell Hazell is Coach of the Year.
My other votes went to Lynch, Archer and Hazell.
-- Bob DiCesare