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Thomas selected by Cowboys in 5th round

UB cornerback Josh Thomas was selected in the fifth round by the Dallas Cowboys with the 143rd pick overall today. Thomas is the fifth UB player since 2000 to be selected in the draft joining Drew Haddad (2000), Trevor Scott (2008), Jamey Richard (2008) and Niagara Falls native James Starks (2010).

Thomas elevated his stock during the postseason during the East-West Shrine game and was one of five MAC players invited to the NFL Combine.

---Rodney McKissic


Wilkerson represents the MAC

---Temple Muhammad Wilkerson became the first MAC player since Northern Illinois linebacker Larry English (2009) to be selected the first round. Temple's punishing run stuffer was selected by the New York Jets with the No. 30 pick overall.

No one from the league is projected to be picked in today's 2nd and 3rd rounds. Here's a list of MAC players selected by the NFL.

---Rodney McKissic


A look at MAC draft numbers


With the NFL Draft is approaching, put together a chart of draftees by conference dating back to 2000. Miami (Ohio) leads all teams in the Mid-American Conference with nine draft picks and the league had four first-round draft picks in the last decade, including Northern Illinois' Larry English, pictured above, in 2009.

UB had four draft picks since 2000 in Drew Haddad (2000), Trevor Scott (2008), Jamey Richard (2008) and Niagara Falls native James Starks (2010). CB Josh Thomas is expected to be drafted on the third day of this week’s draft. I re-arranged Rivals MAC chart to show in order of number of draftees:

Miami (Ohio)
Draft picks: 9
Last first rounder: Ben Roethlisberger, QB, 2004

Northern Illinois
Draft picks: 7
Last first rounder: Larry English, LB, 2009

Central Michigan
Draft picks: 7
Last first rounder: Joe Staley, OT, 2007

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: Dan Williams, DE, 1993

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: Paul Palmer, RB, 1987

Draft picks: 6
Last first rounder: None

Western Michigan
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: Jason Babin, LB, 2004

Ball State
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: None

Kent State
Draft picks: 5
Last first rounder: None

Eastern Michigan
Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: L.J. Shelton, OT, 1999

Bowling Green
Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: Bernie Casey, WR, 1961

Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: Art Lewis, T, 1936

Draft picks: 4
Last first rounder: None

Also from that story, is the list of the most draft picks among all schools:

1. Ohio State 73
2. USC 69
3. Miami 67
4. Georgia 61
5. Tennessee 60
6t. Florida 59
6t. Florida State 59
8. LSU 55
9. Virginia Tech 52
10t. Michigan 49
10t. Oklahoma 49

The most first-rounders:

1. Miami 26
2. Ohio State 16
3. USC 15
4t. Florida State 14
4t. Texas 14
6t. Florida 12
6t. Oklahoma 12
6t. Tennessee 12
9. Georgia 11
10. Penn State 10

---Rodney McKissic


Does NFL misuse the Wonderlic?

Corey_dillon ---Here's a recent story detailing the Wonderlic's history and the daugher of the creator of the test says, "there are problems with the Wonderlic." Here's a few sample Wonderlic questions and as Pro Football Talk notes, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino each scored a 15. Here's even more of a breakdown on the Wonderlic. lists the 10 best junior college transfers in college football history, including one of my favorites at No. 10: "Clock Killin" Corey Dillon, pictured right.

---According to Jeff Goodman of, Duke point guard Kyrie Irving will be on the court Friday.

---Jalen Rose says the Fab Five were the first with the baggie shorts. Kendall Gill and Stephen Bardo say otherwise.

---Rodney McKissic


Crime and football

---A six-month CBS News and Sports Illustrated investigation reveals that an alarmingly high number of college football recruits have been in trouble with the law.

---Jerry Sullivan writes that the Bills can't pass up the chance to draft Cam Newton.

---UB corner Josh Thomas runs well at the NFL Combine.

---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


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


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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, 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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