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The Kellen Moore Debate

TOLEDO -- I've no doubt Boise State QB Kellen Moore's Heisman material after watching him shred a banged-up Toledo defense for more than 400 passing yards Friday night. But pro material? I'm not so sure, not at 6-foot, less than 200 pounds and operating predominately in the shotgun spread. He's accurate, but I don't see the arm strength. Moore could win the Heisman -- he's a superb college player -- and then go fourth-round in the NFL draft. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the development of Toledo sophomore QB Terrance Owens. He's 6-4 and can bring it.

-- Bob DiCesare

Toledo-Boise State Pit Stop

Like I could resist stopping in Toledo for tonight's Toledo-Boise State game on my way to Muncie, Ind. for tomorrow's UB-Ball State tilt. This is the Glass Bowl. I'm told it's the best stadium in the MAC and I believe it. Great facility. Awesome setting. Glad I stopped . Looking forward to watching Heisman candidate Kellen Moore and the fourth-ranked Broncos against a Toledo team that scared the heck out of Ohio State last week. Then it's down the road (well, a few roads) to Muncie to see if UB's ready to take a step forward.

-- Bob DiCesare

Toledo-Boise State Pit Stop

Bulls add another Georgia prospect

---Fresh off the news that quarterback Chazz Anderson is transferring to UB, the Bulls added another late recruit in Georgia cornerback Matthew Quick, The Buffalo News has learned.

Quick is a product of Westlake High School which lists Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and Adam “Pacman” Jones as graduates. Quick, who also excels in track and field, was originally slated to join Georgia as a preferred walk on but Bulls’ recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones began recruiting him heavily in June.

Quick signed scholarship papers with UB on Saturday and will open with the Bulls when training camp begins Aug. 8.

“During the last week of school, Coach Jones came down to my school and said he wanted to offer me,’’ Quick said. “Coach [Jeff] Quinn gave him the ok and they flew me up here [on Friday] and showed me around. It was great. They care more about the person you’ll become after you graduate and not just the person you are on the field.’’

UB is creating a nice pipeline into the talent-rich state of Georgia. Peach State natives on the Bulls' current roster include sophomore Najja Johnson (Atlanta), redshirt freshmen Cordero Dixon (Suwanee), Devon Hughes (Tyrone) and Kendall Roberson (Decatur) and true freshman Tony Daniel (Hiram). The Bulls also have a verbal from linebacker Adrian Lindsey (Douglasville), who was a teammate of Daniel's at South Paulding High.

The Bulls play at Georgia in 2012.

---Rodney McKissic


NFL prospects on display

Newton+Workout+Football ---General Manager Buddy Nix and the rest of the Buffalo Bills' scouts and coaches get their first up close look at the prospects in the 2011 NFL draft starting today in Indianapolis where QBs like Cam Newton, pictured left, and defensive linemen are the talk of the town.

---USC AD Pat Haden says Lane Kiffin has his support in face of allegations the football coach 'failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance' at Tennessee.

---Former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr says new Wolverines coach Brady Hoke knows what he's doing.

---It's official: Former Super Bowl MVP Doug Williams returns to Grambling.

---Rodney McKissic


Big-money boosters want their say

---Colleges have come to rely on wealthy donors to fund its athletic programs.

---Q&A with Cam Newton.

---The National Football Post examines all of the top QB prospects headed to the Combine while has a list of bets for the Combine. Here's a look at the top 64 prospects for the NFL Draft.

---Early 900 athletes tested this past weekend at the Nike SPARQ combine, including some outstanding prospects that have already emerged on BCS schools' radars.

---Rodney McKissic


Cam Newton sighting

Cam-newton ---Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, pictured left, gave the media a glimpse of the workouts he's going through daily as he prepares for the NFL combine and draft.

---It's no longer a question of if youth football will mirror youth basketball. It's a question of when.

---Maryland and former Miami coach Randy Shannon drew close to an agreement that would make Shannon the football program's defensive coordinator.

---Emory Bellard was a head football coach at Texas A&M and Mississippi State, but he's remembered most for the revolutionary offense he created while he was an assistant at Texas.

---Central Florida is already battling the Big East on the recruiting front.

---Matt Canada returns to Northern Illinois.

---Rodney McKissic


2011 Heisman hopefuls

---Here's a list of 2011 Heisman hopefuls, including a former pizza delivery guy.

---Phil Steele lists the returning starters for college football teams next year and has UB last among MAC teams with 12.

---Is South Florida president Judy Genshaft attempting to keep Central Florida out of the Big East?

---New Ball State football coach Pete Lembo has had an opportunity over the past month to catch glimpses of what his players are capable of doing on the field, and his analysis has been mixed.

---Rodney McKissic


Recruiting 101

---Here are seven things you need to know about recruiting.

---Limiting teams to 28 signees from Feb. 2-May 31 won't eliminate practice of oversigning. analyzes the new head coaching hires.

---While the coaching carousel appears to have stopped this offseason after 21 new coaches were hired, the coordinator carousel still is spinning.

---Chuck Landon writes that Central Florida isn't a lock for the Big East.

---Q&A with NCAA president Mark Emmert.

---Are Utah State and San Jose State headed for the Mountain West.

---T.J. Simers writes UCLA's extended period of football mediocrity shows no sign of ending.

---Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton is working with QBs coach George Whitfield Jr. leading up to the NFL combine.

---Herschel Walker believes he can play in the NFL, but he won't.

---Rodney McKissic


Newton moves on

Cammy ---Cam Newton, pictured left, is taking his record-breaking college career to the NFL.

---Former Syracuse coach Paul Pasqualoni returns home to UConn.

---Stanford's David Shaw lands his dream job.

---Brady Hoke's family always knew he'd coach at Michigan. Meanwhile, Hoke says he'll be flexable with the offense while Tim Sulivan writes that San Diego State fans shouldn't turn on Hoke for taking the Michigan job.

---Here's another early preseason Top 25.

---In his first major address as president of the NCAA, Mark Emmert deflected criticisms that the sports governing body mishandled a recent rash of high-profile pay-for-play cases in football.

---Mike Bianchi writes how George O'Leary was a better pick for Central Florida than Gene Chizik.

---Rodney McKissic


Perfect ending, perfect season

---The off-the-field notwithstanding, Cam Newton and Auburn capped a perfect season by winning the BCS national championship.

---A high-ranking official for BCS rights holder ESPN expects a "Plus One" postseason model to be on the table in the next round of negotiations for BCS television rights. But BCS executive director Bill Hancock doesn't expect a move to a playoff format.

---LSU's Les Miles meets with Michigan, but no coach, no staff means no recruiting for the Wolverines.

---Pitt hires Tulsa's Todd Graham.

---Bill Livingston writes how it's getting harder for college football to outrun its seamy side.

---An NCAA proposal would give companies more latitude to use athlete's images in ads.

---After 32 seasons it appears Tom Bradley is ready to move. Could his destination be UConn?

---Rodney McKissic


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Bob Dicesare

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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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