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Depth Charting - Questions in the Trenches

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 22 Buffalo at Rutgers Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

For the first time, in a long time Buffalo’s question marks going into the season are in the trenches. For the entirety of Lance Leipold coaching tenure at Buffalo the unit was strong and very deep. Every time a key player graduated another seemed to step into the role and up the level of play even higher.

A lot of that talent left with Leipold, or went elsewhere after Lance bolted to Kansas.

But, what’s left was largely recruited and trained up by Leipold, plus coach Linguist has pulled in some talent from the transfer portal. But the chemistry is the question.

I think our skill positions will be fine, especially on offense, but will Buffalo be able to win the battles down low which have been key to the teams success.

Here’s the depth chart, there are a lot of new names.

Offense 1 2 Notes
WR Quian Williams Marlyn Johnson EMU Transfer
LT Jake Fuzak Trevor Cahill Moving over from RT
LG Jake Klenk Nolan Gorczyka 6
C Bence Polgar Jack Hasz
RG Alain Schaerer Tyler Doty
RT Gabe Wallace Deondre Doiron
TE Jake Molinich Tyler Stephens
QB Kyle Vantrease Matt Myers
RB Kevin Marks Ron Cook
WR Khamran Laborn Jamari Gassett Garden City Transfer
WR Dominic Johnson Bernard Porter
Defense
DE Max Michel C.J. Bazille
NG Josh Rogers Daymond Williams Transfer from T A&M
DT George Wolo Daishon Folsom
DE Taylor Riggins Eric Black
LB Kadofi Wright Tim Terry
LB James Patterson Shaun Dolac
LB Fabian Weitz Caleb Tate
CB Ja'Marcus Ingram Aapri Washington Trensfer from Texas Tech
FS E.J. Brown Cory Gross Transfer from C. Iowa
SS Dylan Powell Marcus Fuqua
CB Mark Davis Isaiah King
S.T.
P Evan Finegan Jackson Baltar
PK Alex McNulty Jackson Baltar
LS Jeremiah Riordan Evan Davis
HLD Evan Finegan
KOR Ron Cook Quian Williams
PR Ron Cook

On defense can Taylor Riggans lead a unit which lost some punch to transfers. He and Josh Rodgers could anchor a very good line. George Wolo and Max Michel have also looked good. As much as UB lost it looks like the defensive line is better off thatn the offenseive line.

On offense the biggest questions is Bence Polgar has huge shoes to fill replacing Mike Novitsky at center. Novitsky was arguabally one of the top ten players at the position in the nation, and anchored the rest of the line.