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Buffalo Football Countdown 2004

Cortney Lester - #4 Defensive Back


  • Position - Defensive Back
  • Class - Senior
  • Hometown - Miramar, FL
  • High School - Everglades
  • Size - Ht:6-0 | Wt: 182

Lester is probably one of the names that you already know the most about. He's been a stalwart of the defense for a couple seasons now, and despite being recruited as a wide receiver, will likely finish his Buffalo career with an All-Conference season in the defensive backfield.

Last season he capitalized on teams throwing away from Najja Johnson, and was third on the team with 9 passes defended and tied for first with three picks. This year, Lester looks to be the guy who creates opportunities for his teammates by playing lockdown coverage on the opposing wideouts.

About 2004


Steven King was a terror in UB's win over UCF, rushing for 110 yards and scoring twice on 15 carries.


Doubling your win total season over season is usually a pretty good thing. But when you go from one to two, well, that's not exactly something to hang your hat on.

UB managed two victories on the year - which was actually somewhat successful considering how things went in the Hofher era. The Bulls handled UCF in a 48-20 win over the other Bulls of UCF, amassing 440 yards in the victory, and also notched a dominating Senior Day win over Central Michigan in Brian Kelly and Jeff Quinn's first season in the MAC.

Two more tidbits of note: The most memorable game of the 2004 season is likely the opening day loss to Syracuse, which went on to claim a share of the muddled Big East Championship.

Finally, the October 9th game against Akron made headlines for being played on tape delay... on WGR 550. How far we've come.

Coach - Jim Hofher


Hofher was a Quarterback at Cornell who had worked his way up to coaching in the Ivy League via the Mid Americanconference.

Hofher's coaching career began in 1981 as the quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Miami of Ohio. He went on to work at Wake Forest, Syracuse, and  Tennessee before landing the head job at his Alma Mater.

He was the head football coach at Cornell University from 1990 to 1997. After Cornell he once again moved around as an assistant until UB hired him on.

From 2001 to 2005 Hofher led the Bulls to an 8-49 record. 

Gov - George Pataki

American politician who was the 53rd Governor of New York. A member of the Republican Party, Pataki ousted Mario M. Cuomo in 1994 and held the office for three terms.

As he left office in 2006 the New York Times praised his work on health care and the environment.

He was unpopular in liberal circles because of his tax cuts but despite the 95 tax cuts revenues soared to the point that when Pataki left office in 2006, a rainy day fund exceeding $4 billion was passed on to his successor.

In The News News

Rovers Spirit and Opportunity land on Mars in mid-January, and Facebook is launched on February 4.

The Olympic Games returned to Athens, Greece. Michael Phelps wins 6 gold medals and 2 bronzes.

All sorts of bad stuff happens in Iraq, Russia, and in various natural disasters.

Ray Charles, Rick James, and Johnny Ramone all pass away.

What Year is Next? We're a bit out of order//behind schedule, so your guess is as good as mine.