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57 days to kickoff: Rolando Cercone

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Who is wearing #57 in 2015?

Rolando Cercone

Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Year: Redshirt Freshman

Position: Linebacker

High School: Canisius

Freshman (2014): Cercone redshirted.

Outlook: Rolando joined UB last year as a preferred walk-on. He could be UB's next Adam Redden, a smaller linebacker making big plays late in his career after playing Monsignor Martin ball. For now, Cercone will most likely continue to develop as a scout team player as UB has 7 Junior and Senior Linebackers vying for 3 spots.

#57 UB Football Game

September 19, 2009 - UB 17, Central Florida 23

Five years after the 2004 game, the Bulls were flying high after the 2008 championship season. The Knights won their first conference championship in 2007 but suffered a 4-8 let down in 2008. Without James Starks and Drew Willy, the Bulls sought to avoid a similar down season.

The Bulls quieted the fears of UB fans as well as the fans in the "bouncehouse" as they scored 17 points in the 2nd quarter including a reverse pass from Naaman Roosevelt to Jesse Rack for a 34-yard TD. UB took a 17-7 lead into the half. (1st half highlights via UB Bullseye)

In the second half, Justin Winters recovered a fumble giving UB the opportunity to put the game out of reach. Instead, consecutive fumbles by Brandon Thermilus and Zach Maynard allowed UCF to tie the game. UCF threatened again with a 1st and goal from the 7, but Raphael Akobundu made a big stop to hold UCF to a field goal.

With a chance to kick a field goal for the tie and a chance to score a TD for the win, UB came up empty both times. The first drive was ended by a Zach Maynard interception and the second, a sack by Terrell Troup forced another Maynard fumble, that ended the game.

In four straight losses, UB was outscored 134-70. In those games, Zach Maynard was responsible for 11 turnovers and he committed 21 turnovers total in 2009. Naaman Roosevelt caught 9 balls for 77 yards and threw one pass for a TD. The star WR was recruited to Buffalo and given the chance to compete for the QB job before settling in at receiver. In hindsight, maybe UB should have let Roosevelt throw it in 2009.