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Buffalo Blaked Beans! Mmmmm Mmmmmmmmm
I've Always wanted to say this...
Roll That Beautiful Bean Footage!
With so few graduating seniors this season it's been something of a quiet recruiting year and with Buffalo losing Imani Chatman, Scott Pettigrew, and Dalonte Wallace after this year something had to happen soon to restore Depth in the backfield.
That "Something" is Juco transfer Blake Bean, a linebacker from the Butler Grizzlies – a perennial power in the JUCO ranks.
Blake ended up at Butler when his commitment to South Florida fell through after a coaching change in 2010. He committed to USF after a stand out High School career. In addition to football Bean was a star wrestler as well. He won a state championship as a junior in Oklahoma, before moving to Kansas for his senior year and winning the state championship there as well.
This past season, in which Butler lost in the Juco National Championship Game The Wichita native led the Grizzlies with 113 tackles. He also had 11 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Bean was named to the 2012 KJCCC All-Conference Second Team. In addition, Bean had a 4.0 grade point average while at Butler.
Blake is a great fit for our program because he is an outstanding student and a tremendous football player. He went the JUCO route because he wanted the best opportunity to play collegiate football at the highest level. We have definitely benefited from that decision and I can’t wait to see him in a UB uniform." -- UB Head Coach Jeff Quinn
There is no doubt that with so much of Buffalo's depth departing Bean will find a quick place on the teams two deep. But with an outstanding background, including an offer from a then AQ conference, and his play at the Juco level Bean could push through to the first team this year.