Senior Salute - Colby Way

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Buzz before he arrived: Brought in as a Tight End, Way was moved to fill a need on the defensive line.

His Journey: Way missed only two games in his career, playing in 47 games and starting in 29. Way made 9 tackles as a true freshman, but excelled as a sophomore. Way recorded 26 tackles, 4.5 for loss and 2 sacks in 7 games before earning the final 5 starts in 2011. Way finished with 148 tackles, 27 for loss, and 15 sacks. Way finished 9th in career sacks by a Bull and joined Hardy Mitchell (1994-1997) as the only other Bull to finish their career top 10 in sacks without ever leading the team in sacks.

Debut Performance: As a true freshman Way's first tackle came against RG3 backup Nick Florence during clean up time of a blowout.

Breakout Performance: In 2011, Way notched 3 tackles and his first career sack. It was UB's only sack of the day and for a team that featured Khalil Mack and Steven Means, the Bulls only managed 16 sacks in 2010. The pressure Colby Way provided proved to be a catalyst for the UB front 7.

Senior Moment: Way notched 4 tackles and 3 sacks leading UB to a shut out of the Western Michigan Broncos.

Future: Rated by CBS as the #372 DE, Way is most likely undrafted. He is too small and probably too skilled to continue to play his DT role, so Way's future will be determined by how he can adjust to being a true DE. His football knowledge, size and his nose for the QB compares to JJ Watt, and Way could be a steal in free agency.

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