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Licata played with a torn hip labrum

By Rodney McKissic

UB junior Joe Licata played all of last season with a torn hip labrum and a bone impingement the quarterback confirmed on Wednesday.

The Williamsville South product who started all 13 games in 2013, said he suffered the injury during training camp last summer in early August. Licata will be limited for spring practice which started today at the Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse and will miss the annual Blue/White Game on April 19.

Licata had surgery on Jan. 7.

“I went into the training room and thought it was a groin injury maybe or a hip flexor,” said Licata, who is nearly month three of the 4-6 month recovery process. “It didn’t get any better and it kept getting worse. I took a couple of helmet hits to the hip.”

A month after the injury, UB’s trainers realized it wasn’t a hip flexor but a hip labrum injury. Doctors confirmed the diagnoses after the Bulls bowl game loss to San Diego State and Licata underwent surgery.

“It hurt but I took a couple of Advil before the game,” he said. “I iced it down afterwards and I had it wrapped during games. It was wrapped for practices. I was smart about it. It’s the price you pay for touchdowns.”

UB coach Jeff Quinn said he isn’t worried about Licata missing spring workouts.

“He certainly has a sharp mind and has a handle on the offense,” Quinn said. “Joe is still going to be the guy that we develop into being an even better quarterback than he was a year ago.”

Licata was limited to sideline work as were fullback Boomer Brock and right guard Dillon Guy, a pair of seniors, sophomore offensive lineman Dan Collura and defensive linemen Zach Smekal and tailback Joe Schillace, who are redshirt freshmen.

Also, junior linebacker Nick Gilbo left practice with an apparent injury to his left knee which was wrapped heavily in ice.

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Junior Tony Daniel took snaps with the first unit while sophomore Collin Michael was with the second team.

“We were a little bit off with our timing but that’s part of this,” Quinn said. “Spring ball is about repetition and repetition is the mother of learning and I think our kids are only going to get better.”

Licata liked what he saw from the sidelines.

“They looked good, it’s a great opportunity for them to get more reps during the spring,” he said. “It’s weird to watch the backside of it, but I get to help coach those guys up and I think Tony did a great job today as did Collin.”

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Early enrollees Juwan Jackson and offense lineman Matt Murphy participated in practice on Wednesday. Jackson is a 6-foot4, 215-pound linebacker from Newark N.J., while the 6-7, 295-pound Murphy hails from London, England. Both players enrolled in January.  … The Bulls are off tomorrow but will resume practice on Friday at UB Stadium.

Lee expected to start vs. Kent State

Junior wide receiver Fred Lee is participating fully in practice and will start Wednesday night in UB’s MAC opener against Kent State.

Lee missed the Morgan State game two weeks ago with an undisclosed injury, but Bulls coach Jeff Quinn said today Lee will play on Wednesday.

“We’ve done a really good job at bringing him along but it’s a physical game and Fred is a tough guy,’’ Quinn said. “He wanted to play [against Morgan State] but I told him I think it’s best to get someone else in there and that I want him at 100percent. He respected that and has been a tremendous leader.’’

Lee started in the season opener against Georgia and finished with two receptions for 13 yards. There are no other injuries to report.

On the depth chart, perhaps looking to spark the much-maligned secondary, senior Isaac Baugh moves from outside linebacker to strong safety in place of junior Okoye Houston, who is now behind Baugh on the depth chart. Dalonte Wallace, who finished with six tackles and a sack against Morgan State, will start at outside linebacker.

On offense, junior Brandon Murie is now the backup at tailback behind Bo Oliver with sophomore James Potts out for the season with a torn ACL.

---Rodney McKissic

Draft night

Mack-kemba ---Seth Davis provides draft profiles for 40 of the top NBA draft prospects in the country like UConn's Kemba Walker and Butler's Shelvin Mack, pictured right.

 ---The dreams of the members of this draft class are on hold, for reasons completely out of their control.

---Can Jimmer Fredette be an explosive scorer?

---Eric Williams off-season at Niagara has been rather painful.

---Former Binghamton coach Kevin Broadus has been hired by Georgetown as a special assistant coach.

---Boston University has finally hired a new coach.

---Former UCLA stars Ed O'Bannon and Baron Davis will be returning to Westwood this summer in order to complete their studies and recieve their degrees.

---Jason King details Mike Rice's efforts to resurrect Rutgers.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Canisius promotes testicular cancer awareness

---April is testicular cancer awareness month. American Cancer Society data states about one in every 270 men will be diagnosed with testicular cancer, a highly treatable condition when detected early. About 8,480 new cases were diagnosed in 2010, while there were roughly 350 associated deaths.

The Check Yo Nutz campaign began as a student project for a graduate communication course, but it became an effective campus cause now being handled by Canisius College undergrads. It has been introduced to several high schools in the Western New York area.

Among the notable testicular cancer survivors are champion bicyclist Lance Armstrong; ice skater Scott Hamilton; baseball players John Kruk, Mike Lowell and Scott Schoeneweis; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel; and former New York Jets punter Louis Aguiar.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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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

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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