When the Buffalo Bulls lost Alex Neutz and Fred Lee there was every excuse for the unit to fall off. Last year UB's two seniors accounted for more than 50% of UB's receiving yards. Coming into this season there was no clear "Next Bull In" to help save UB's passing game.
Things were so up in the air that sophomore Boise Ross had perhaps the most meaningful experience among returning receivers. Ross has since moved to defensive back.
Hughes has been playing in the shadow of Neutz for his whole career. Last year Hughes merely provided depth for the Bulls. He played in 10 games, only starting once. He finished his junior season seven catches for 91 yards and a career-high two touchdowns.
Stepping out from that shadow this season has revealed a potent offensive weapon. This season through 10 games Hughes has 36 receptions for 428 yards and five touchdowns.
Dunmore earned a scholarship after waking on in 2011. For four years he has been a depth receiver. Last season he played in nine games, starting two. This season Dunmore has four catches totaling 32 yards.
Transfer from Alfred State where he played quarterback. He's not seen the field for UB but has worked with the scout team.
It's been a disappointing year but the UB receiving corps has stepped up.
I'm really glad that Devon Hughes got a year to be a huge on-field presence. He really has been a hidden gem over the past three seasons. There is not a lot of doubt that he could have been used more effectively, especially last season when UB was struggling for a consistent third receiver.
Dunmore has never been an on-field star but got to play college football on scholarship and even hauled in a reception at the Horseshoe last season. And that says nothing of the contributions he and players like Colton Caldwall make during the weekly grind.
Thanks Devon, Colton, and John for wearing the Blue and White!