Buffalo Bulls football will play into late January as Anthony Johnson and Khalil Hodge have been invited to partake in the post season All-Star games that often serve as a springboard to the NFL for college players.
Johnson is going to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl, while Khalil Hodge will play in the East-West Shrine Game. Each is only the second Bull to ever play in these events.
The last Bull to play in the senior Bowl was defensive tackle Gerry Philbin who played in the 1964 contest. Philbin was one of the best linemen in the country. After the 1964 season he was selected in two professional football drafts (Detroit Lions of the National Football League and the New York Jets of the American Football League)
Johnson has had a few injury issues this season but even with several missed games he put up fantastic numbers. He lead UB with 52 receptions for 944 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Johnson was a JUCO transfer who has only played in 24 career games, but he already ranks fifth in school history in career receiving yards with 2,300 and third in career touchdowns with 25. He is a two-time first-team All-MAC selection.
Hodge, the second Bull after Namaan Roosevelt, to play in the East-West game is a three-time All-MAC selection, each year that he has played at Buffalo. With a Bowl game remaining, Hodge ranks third in school history with 416 tackles.
The Reese’s Senior Bowl will be played on January 26, 2019 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Kickoff at 2:30 pm. The East-West Shrine Game is played on January 19, 2009 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL. Kickoff is at 3 pm. Both games will be carried by the NFL network.