Two teams both on the receiving end of questionable calls, and big upsets, face off this round. Each trying to stay in the hunt.
The "We Are" take the field led by Quarterback Gordon Bukaty (1959) Half Back Anthony Swan (1996) and has a receiving corps consisting of Andre Ford 2002, Kali Watkins 1998, and Terrell Jackson (2011). On the tight end is Alex Dennison.
Hes using UB's 1942 defense and is relying on Dallas Pelz (2003) to take care of kicking.
This Weeks Captain for the "WA" is Current UB Tight End, and Former UB Quarterback, Alex Dennison
How Can ANYBODY vote against a smile like that, COME ON, right?......
The We Are......Because You Were Bulls will be led to victory by a player whose full story hasnt even be written yet. That player is Tight End Alex Dennison. If you look at his career stats, I admit there isnt much to look at yet. But sometimes football is more than just stats. Sometimes its about being part of a team and doing what you have to do to help your teamates to victory. For this reason is why I selected Dennison to be my tight end in the first place. There is no "I" in team, and he epotimizes that.
Alex, recruited as a Quarterback, arrived at UB in 2009. That season, due to Maynard taking over the team, Alex was redshirted. In 2010, upon Coach Quinns arrival, Alex got his chance to compete for the starting QB position. And he saw some time on the field early on in the season when time was back and forth between himself and Jerry Davis. However, when it became apparent that Coach Quinn would have other options available to him for the future, Alex found himself odd man out. Instead of hanging his head or being angry that he wasnt getting his shot, Alex said "what can I do for the team."
While the team tried to find a position for this remarkable young man, they did find a niche for him. With the Special Teams on Kick and Punt coverage. During a time, and one could say still is, that UB Special Teams are indeed "special"(not in a good way) and the mantra for every UB fan became "COVER A DAMN KICK", Alex took to his new role pitching in three tackles. Three tackles doesnt sound like much, I admit, but his benefit was more than that. When coverage teams couldnt cover a dead turtle, Alex was most often the first player down the field and disrupting the returns of the opponent while he was in there. He made Special Teams, not so "special"
In 2011, after finally getting his new assignment to Tight End, Alex wowed the assembled crowd for the first home game of that season with a 57 yard seam route for a touchdown on the first offensive play and went on to be a target the rest of the season. Now, he's poised to enter 2012 as the starter at Tight End, and we can only wait to see how he continues to write his story.
And besides, if the smile doesnt win you over, surely the fact that he carries a rubber chicken in his bag should be enough.....
The Dazzlers marquee player is Branden Oliver and he reaches all the way back to 2010 for Ike Nduka. His receivers are Brett Hamlin and Drew Haddadd who will be joined by Tight End Chris Behan. His Kicker is AJ Principie
The only pre modern skill player on the roster is Joe Kubisty, who led the Bulls in 1956. For his defense 2010 reaches all the way back to 1898. That defense led UB's only undefeated team of all time.
This weeks Captain is Drew Haddad:
I was very fortunate to see Drew Haddad play football for the University at Buffalo. And Drew draws great parallels to Bo last year. The team was awful during his tenure. I mean not last two years awful. I am talking about no right to be on the same field as Miami of Ohio awful.
But every play I always watched number 16. I give a ton of credit to Namaan for breaking Drew’s records but Drew is at the top as the greatest WR to come out of UB to date. He was the only contributor on the field. The other team knew that Drew was the only weapon and yet he still got open and caught the ball. Drew will dot the UB record book for many years to come; here are some of his accomplishments:
- The most career receptions: 85 - That record stood for 9 years, and he currently has the 2nd, 4th and 5th most receptions in a season in UB history.
- The most receiving yards in a season: 1,158 - That record also stood for 9 years, and he currently has the 2nd, 3rd and 8th best seasons for UB in receiving yards.
- The most 100 yard games in a season: 8 - The record is 13 years old and still stands today.
- The most 100-yard games in a career: 18 - The record is 13 years old and still stands today.
- The most career receptions: 248 - The record stood for 10 years, he is currently2nd.
- The most career receiving yards: 3,409 - The record also stood for 10 years, he is currently 2nd.
- 3rd all-time in receiving touchdowns in a career: 16 - Currently 4th all-time in UB history, and currently #12 in UB history in points scored.
- The most career all-purpose yards: 4,820 - The record stood for 10 years, he is currently 2nd.
- The most punt return yards in a career: 787 - The record is 13 years old and still stands today.
- The highest punt return average career: 14.85 per return. - The record is 13 years old and still stands today.
Drew also led his High School team to a National Championship. On 4/16/2000 Drew was selected in the 7th round, pick 233 by the Buffalo Bills in the 2000 NFL Draft. He was the second Bull to be drafted by the Bills, and the first in the NFL era. (The first Bull drafted was Willie Evans when Buffalo was in the AFL.) Drew also caught a pass in Indy from some QB called Peyton Manning. In 2004, Haddad played for the Frankfurt Galaxy, scoring a touchdown in World Bowl XII in a losing effort against the Berlin Thunder.
Drew latched on back with the Buffalo Bills and ended his career with the San Diego Charges. In the fall of 2007 he was inducted into the University at Buffalo's Athletic Hall of Fame.
If you did not have the chance to see Drew play, you missed one of the great ones to ever play in Amherst.