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Buffalo Bulls Football: Previewing key players from Kent State

NCAA Football: Kent State at Alabama Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Non-conference play is over and it’s time to start looking ahead for some good ol’ MACtion. After their 35-3 loss to Boston College, UB now directs their attention to Kent State, a team in almost as bad of a funk as the Bulls. Here are some players in Northeast Ohio to watch out for:

Nick Holley: WR/RB... and now the Quarterback?

Quick Facts:

  • 5-10, 198 lbs.
  • Junior
  • Made his first start at QB last week

That last point sure is an interesting one. Kent State has been having injury problems at QB but after their effort last week, they may have found the solution. Holley made his first career start last week and had a spectacular game. He passed for 285 yards and rushed for 117 yards on 34 carries.

What to watch for: This is going to be another big test for Buffalo’s rush defense as Holley essentially is a running back who can throw. Stopping his rush production will be enormous in the Bulls’ chances of winning this game.

Terrence Waugh: Defensive End

Quick facts:

  • 6-2, 262 lbs.
  • Senior
  • 5th in the nation for sacks

Kent brings a very skilled linebacker to the table. Waugh is 5th in the nation for sacks with 6 total. His only game without one was against Alabama. He also has nine tackles for a loss on the season.

What to watch for: There’s going to be many times where freshman QB Tyree Jackson is going to have to deal with pressure because of Waugh. UB’s OL isn’t the strongest unit on the field right now and could have trouble keeping Waugh away from the quarterback.

Nate Holley: Safety

Quick facts:

  • 5-11, 210 lbs.
  • Senior
  • Leads the nation in total tackles

Brother to the new current starting QB, Holley is having an incredible season. The senior currently leads the nation with 47 total tackles and also has a sack to his name. He’ll most definitely be an All-MAC performer with the way he’s playing.

What to watch for: Tyree Jackson has already shown that he doesn’t really have the accuracy yet for the deep ball. It’s probably for the best if play calling that suits that is toned down a bit, especially for this game.