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Morning Links - Buffalo is looking strong


There is a lot of buzz around this years team. With three difficult out of conference games it may be hard for the Bulls to break the seven win mark they set in 2008 but the sense that something special may be on it's way is taking hold. When the Buffalo News writes a mainly positive piece with few equivocations you now there is something to it.

Bulls have the talent to make a bowl run - Sports - The Buffalo News
If Licata manages the offense well – and there’s been no reason to suggest he can’t – the Bulls are capable of winning the East and advancing to the program’s second MAC title game. A 3-0 start in conference (vs. Eastern Michigan, at Western Michigan, vs. UMass) would be the ideal setup. And that’s hardly a reach.

This season the team will have the same set of captains throughout, something Jeff Quinn has not done a a head coach before.

Quinn Announces 2013 Team Captains - Buffalo Athletics
The University at Buffalo head football coach Jeff Quinn announced on Saturday afternoon his team captains for the 2013 season, Khalil Mack, Colby Way, Branden Oliver, Alex Neutz and Jasen Carlson.

One of the captains, Neutz, leads a group of very talented yet under the radar prep players from the area. The Bulls are gabbing as much unrecognized talent as possible form an increasingly good high school scene in Western New York

Buffalo Locals Making Impact at UB - Queen City Sports
For the University at Buffalo to be a successful football program, it’s crucial for them to recruit well locally.

Finally the MAC's preview of Buffalo

13 Teams/13 Days Countdown: Buffalo Bulls > MAC > News
In a nutshell: This is the time for Buffalo. The pieces are in place. The defense is among the MAC's two or three best. The offense has the tools, talent and experience to move beyond the last three seasons of middling results, even if the Bulls will be reliant on a young quarterback like Licata and a revamped right side of the line. In all, Quinn has bolstered Buffalo's personnel where it counts, along the offensive line and the defensive front seven; the Bulls have enough depth to survive an eight-game MAC schedule – even if one must admit that the Bulls, talent-wise, don't quite match up with the league's elite upper crust.