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89 Days to kickoff: Matt Weiser and the WMU Shutout

Can Matt Weiser continue to improve in his senior season amidst a deep pool of receiving talent?

Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Who is wearing #89 in 2015?

Matt Weiser

Hometown: Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

Year: Redshirt Senior

Position: Tight End

High School: Conrad Weiser

Freshman (2011): Weiser Redshirted

Redshirt Freshman (2012): Weiser played in every game, earning his first career start in the finale against Bowling Green where he made his first career reception.

Redshirt Sophomore (2013): Weiser played in all 13 games earning 9 starts. Matt caught 13 balls for 154 yards and scored his first career touchdown in the Horseshoe in Columbus. He set a career high with 4 receptions in a win over Miami.

Redshirt Junior (2014): Weiser played in all 11 games earning 8 starts. Weiser finished 4th in receiving yardage among UB receivers catching 15 balls for 286 yards and 4 TDs, all career highs. Against EMU Weiser caught 2 balls for 75 yards including a 50-yard touchdown catch to bring UB within 10 late in the 4th quarter.

Overall: Weiser is 17-19 in 36 games, 8-10 as a starter. He has 29 receptions for 455 yards and 5 TDs

Outlook: Weiser is 518 yards and 5 TDs away from being the most prolific tight end in UB history. Offensive Coordinator Andy Kotelnicki will likely continue to use both Weiser and Schreck, as well as utilizing both on the field in two tight end sets.

TE Games Recs Yards TD
Upshaw 44 94 972 7
Rack 49 68 843 9
Weiser 36 29 455 5
Gordon 44 36 368 3
Schreck 24 27 253 2
Dennison 36 16 179 2

The toughest issue for all of UB's receivers this year will be that UB's talent is so deep. UB has seven other receivers that are all posed to have big seasons. It should create great matchups but will also keep the reception numbers low for many of those receivers.

#89 UB Football Game

October 12, 2013 - UB 33, Western Michigan 0

Buffalo marched down the field and took a 6-0 lead when Devin Campbell scored signaling the rout everyone expected was on. Khalil Mack and the UB defense held WMU but WMU's defense unexpectedly rowed the boat and prevented UB from scoring again in the half.

In the second half, a Marqus Baker interception set up a 51-yard field goal from Patrick Clarke. On the next WMU drive a strip sack by Khalil Mack was recovered by Adam Redden and set up a Licata to Schreck touchdown pass. Licata threw two more TDs on the next two UB drives to Lee and Neutz and quickly the score was 30-0, the rout was back on.

In the first UB shutout since the 2010 31-0 victory over Rhode Island, and the first shutout against a FBS team since the 44-0 victory over Ohio, the defense was the star. Khalil Mack had 6 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a sack. Colby Way had 3 sacks and Najja Johnson and Marqus Baker both had an interception.