Terrell Jackson, Marcus Rivers, and Ed Young both graduated leaving Alex Neutz as the main weapon among the UB receivers. Neutz, entering his third season is already 13th in yards and receptions among all Buffalo Receivers. Had Neutz not lost the last four games of 2011 he could have easily pushed his way into the top ten.
Last season injuries gave Buffalo Bulls an unwelcome look at this seasons receivers. The loss of Senior Terrell Jackson against Temple and Sophomore Alex Neutz against Miami provided some of the then supporting cast to get game action during the last several weeks of the season.
During his freshman season Neutz caught 26 passes for 414 yards. In a season where the offense often was left motionless Neutz was a bright spot. He was named the Most Valuable Player on the offense and the top wide receiver on the team. He was also named to Phil Steele’s 2010 Postseason All-Freshman team.
It was the best season for a freshman since Naaman Roosevelt.
Throughout last season Neutz continued to be the team’s top target for Senior Quarterback Chazz Anderson. While he was on pace to surpass a thousand yards he was sidelined by a broken wrist in week nine. Despite missing the final three and a half games of the season, he led Buffalo with four touchdowns and 641 receiving yards.
The other presumptive starter is Fred Lee.
Lee finished last season playing in place of Alex Neutz and made a pretty good run at it. The athletic receiver brought in 15 passes for more than one hundred yards and two touchdowns during the last four games of the season.
He came out of spring as a starter, ahead of Saron Hood. He will share the unit with Alex Neutz and whoever emerges in front between Cordero Dixon and Devon Hughes (right now it seems Dixon is more likely).
After the spring UB had two wide outs competing for the third spot.
Last season Devon Hughes played in 10 games and had 18 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. He led all UB receivers during this years spring game, getting eight receptions for 81 yards. Late last season he was firmly entrenched as UB's number two receiver who can make middle distance catches in traffic.
Hughes will be splitting time with Cordero Dixon.
Dixon is one of the faster receivers on the roster and could make a big difference no matter where he ends up.