|WR||Ron Willoughby||John Dunmore|
|WR||Devon Hughes||Jacob Martinez|
|LT||Jake Silas||Matt Murphy|
|LG||Andre Davis||Todd Therrien|
|C||Trevor Sales||Brandon Manosalvas|
|RG||Robert Blodtgett||- or Manosalvas|
|RT||John Kling||Albert McCoy|
|TE||Matt Weiser||- or Mason Schreck|
|QB||Joe Licata||Tony Daniel|
|RB||Anthone Taylor||Campbell / Johnson|
|FB||Boomer Brock||Kendall Patterson|
|WR||Marcus McGill||Jamarl Eiland|
|WR||Boise Ross||Malcolm Robinson|
|DE||Brandon Crawford||Max Perisse|
|NG||Kristjan Sokoli||Dalton Barksdale|
|DE||Tedroy Lynch||Kendall Roberson|
|OLB||Jarrett Franklin||Kyril Threats|
|ILB||Lee Skinner||Greg Lis / S Jackson|
|ILB||Jake Stockman||T Pitzonka / Nick Gilbo|
|OLB||Okezie Alozie||C.J. Stancil / H Glass|
|CB||Cortney Lester||Brandon Williams|
|SS||Adam Redden||Brandon Berry|
|FS||Witney Sherry||Andrews Dadeboe|
|CB||Marqus Baker||Dwellie Striggles|
|P||Tyler Grassman||Brian Orzechowski|
|PK||Patrick Clarke||Tyler Grassman|
|LS||Corbin Grassman||Marcus McGill|
|HLD||Tyler Grassman||Tony Daniel|
|KOR||Devin Campbell||Eiland / Martinez|
|PR||Marcus McGill||Devin Campbell|
It's the first game of the year and for UB that means a lot of depth chart changes. Replacing players like Khalil Mack, Derek Brim, Alex Neutz and others has been a hot topic ever since the Spud Bowl ended.
We are, pardon the pun, in uncharted territory. Here is what came out of this weeks game program from UB Athletics.
On offense the new pecking order for receivers goes like this. Ross, Hughes, McGill, and in four receiver sets Willoughby.
Anthone Taylor will be taking over from Branden Oliver. After missing 2012 because of an Injury Taylor ran for 399 yards on 82 carries (4.9 average). He scored three touchdown on the year.
Behind Taylor is Devin Campbell, Conrads X-Factor, and Sweet Home product Jordan Johnson. Johnson also missed last year when an August injury derailed his season.
Other than that everything looks pretty much the same as last season. By starting the game Licata becomes the first two time season starting Quarterback since Drew Willy back in 2007/2008.
On defense Kristjan Sokoli will anchor a line that includes Beandon Crawford and Tedroy Lynch.
The most interesting changes though are among the linebackers. UB lost Khalil Mack to graduation so many assumed the leadership of that unit would fall to Adam Redden, who was a third team all conference player last season.
On paper Redden is being moved from the linebackers to the defensive backfield where he will hold the strong safety position.
I say on paper because it's likely that Redden will be some sort of Safety / Linebacking hybrid back. He was a force in the backfield last year and demonstrated a capacity to generate turnovers.
Lee Skinner becomes the most accomplished linebacker on the field and he leads a unit that includes new starters Jarrett Franklin and Okezie Alozie.
Special teams offers few surprises.
Partick "MVP" Clarke is the kicker. Tyler Grassman punts and holds for place kicks while his cousin, Corbin, snaps.
Devin Campbell is returning kickoffs and Marcus McGill is returning punts.
Well that's it... Kickoff is just three days away!