BUFFALO, NY - The University at Buffalo football team continued spring drills at the Buffalo Bills fieldhouse on Saturday. The upperclassmen really stepped up their leadership roles and there was a sense of urgency as the team began to warm up and it continued on into practice.
Most of the scrimmage was spent working on special teams and redzone offense. The Bulls offensive line was able to control the line of scrimmage and opened up lanes for the running backs to sprint through. It was very encouraging to see the offensive players get into a rhythm and be able to make some plays running the ball.
"Everything is going good. This offense is all about guys being in the right spot. We got some young guys learning the system and stepping up when it counts," said senior Brandon Thermilus. "I try to be more a physical leader and lead by example to show the guys what it takes to go where you want to go."
The offense made some good things happen Saturday. This coming week is the last week of spring drills, with spring football concluding with the annual Blue and White Scrimmage on Saturday April, 24th at UB Stadium.
Here on some highlights from today's scrimmage:
Wide receiver Fred Lee made a tip-toe catch on the sideline.
Linebacker John Syty sacked the quarterback.
Running back Jeffvon Gill show off his strength as he carried the pile five yards into the endzone.
Defensive lineman Albert Sparks stuffed the middle for no gain.
Linebacker Justin Winters was able to run up to the goal line and smack the running back, stopping him dead in his tracks, forcing a fumble, which was recovered by linebacker Raphael Akobundu.
Running back Brandon Thermilus was able to get into a rhythm and had four carries of 20 yards or more.
Running back Josh Fuller took the handoff made a quick burst up the middle for a 50-yard touchdown run.
Linebacker Khalil Mack was able to get into the backfield and stop the ball carrier for a loss.
Thoughts from Coach Quinn:
"It's been a work in progress and our players are becoming a little bit more familiar with what I expect with the tempo of the practice and tackling. There are moments that we craft up in a practice as coaches to try to get a certain understanding to our players. We are trying to get our players to play fast and aggressive to be able to compete and challenge each other for competitive greatness."
Written by Zach Ruske