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So Long Seniors: Jerry Housey

Sure I had better quality pictures, but the 2008 MACC game deserves the shot.
Sure I had better quality pictures, but the 2008 MACC game deserves the shot.

Position: DL
Hometown: Bronx, NY
High School: John F. Kennedy

Going into his senior season at JFK Housey was already a known factor:

Defensive tackle Semaj McCollum and linebacker Jerry Housey are expected to anchor an always tough, albeit thin depth-wise, defensive unit for JFK.-- PSAL Football Preview 2006

Even with the attention Housey spent 2006 punishing the opposition during for JFK coach Alex Vega. He racked up 83 Tackles, force three fumbles and recovered one. He also managed one interception.  His season earned him all First team Borough, First team All State, and a slot in the Governor's bowl (NY all stars versus New Jersey All Stars).

Housey never used a red shirt at UB, the needs at Linebacker were great and the athletic Housey made an immediate impact off the bench. Housey played in seven games, including five tackles against Ball State and two against Penn State.

While he would not crack the starting lineup in 2008 he would play a role in each game of the season. Housey played in every game tallying tackles in eight of the 14 contest, including the MACC and the International Bowl.

2009 was the season when Housey broke through into the starting lineup, as a defensive end. Starting the first five games and playing his hand in two more the Linebacker had his season abruptly ended when he suffered a concussion against Akron. He would still get some work in against WMU the following week but he never quite got back on track.

Housey started 2010 in reserves in the new system put into place by Coach Inge but was a key part of the line during the second half of the year including seven tackles against Eastern Michigan, fiv eof those were solo tackles.

Despite the fact that 2010, to fans, was a somewhat forgettable season it was the last for Housey a local(ish) player who was there for the rise, and then fall, of UB Football. He along with so many of the departing seniors are taking a culture of pride and winning with them that we can only hope will be replaced in upcoming seasons.