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Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Buffalo redshirt senior WR Anthony Johnson as the top returning draft prospect in the MAC to watch in 2018.

That honor would have gone to cornerback Sam Beal from Western Michigan, but Beal will instead enter the supplemental draft. He gives both Johnson and his teammate LB Khalil Hodge, but he gives Johnson a slightly higher overall grade. Johnson was a breakout star in the MAC last year while catching 14 scores and grabbing 76 passes, and at 6-foot-2, 207-pounds, he has the size to be a red-zone threat at the next level. The question will become how well everything else translates into the NFL, but we'll get at least some answers to that over the 2018 season.
Jun 22 - 6:15 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Buffalo senior LB Khalil Hodge a third-round grade for the 2019 draft class.

The "famous" prospects for the Bulls are QB Tyree Jackson and WR Anthony Johnson, but Hodge has a chance to give Buffalo their highest drafted defender since Khalil Mack. Hodge isn't quite that level of prospect -- few are -- but he's a defender who as Pauline writes "shows great quickness and instincts in run defense, firing to ball carriers and bringing them down at the point of attack." Don't be surprised if Hodge is one of the first defenders off the board from the MAC.
Jun 18 - 3:34 PM

Draft Wire's Luke Easterling lists Buffalo redshirt junior QB Tyree Jackson among the best "small school" prospects in the 2019 draft class.

"If you enjoyed Josh Allen, you should love Jackson just as much," writes Easterling. At 6-foot-7, 245-pounds and with a strong throwing arm, Jackson is going to get compared to the Bills first-round pick often in 2018, and if he enters the draft, those comparisons will continue into the spring. "Another big, athletic but raw passer with a cannon for an arm, Jackson has flashed incredible potential in limited work so far," Easterling writes. "Having one of the best receiver prospects in the country (Anthony Johnson) should continue to help his on-field success and his draft stock." There will be plenty of scouts checking out the MACtion in Buffalo this fall.
Source: Draft Wire
Jun 11 - 2:37 PM

Buffalo has scheduled non-conference showdowns with Ohio State and Maryland for Sept. 19, 2020, and Sept. 3, 2022, respectively.

The Bulls will be on the road for both of these matchups versus Big Ten combatants. While Buffalo has never faced Maryland before -- that one could potentially be a fair fight, though it's foolhardy to predict what these squads will look like four years down the road -- but does have one tilt against Ohio State under its belt, in the 2013 season-opener. Somewhat predictably, the Buckeyes ran away for an easy 40-20 win in that one.
Source: Hustle Belt
May 17 - 1:10 PM

Former Notre Dame redshirt junior S Ashton White transferred to Buffalo as a graduate.

White (5'10/195) left the Notre Dame program last summer. Rather than try his hand at an immediate transfer, he opted to instead sit out the entire 2017 season. He remained in South Bend during that time, though, and put his stray hours to good use academically while earning his undergraduate degree from the university. Moving on as a graduate transfer, he'll have two years eligibility remaining at Buffalo. The former three-star recruit ultimately appeared in just six games for his career with the Irish.
May 10 - 1:05 PM

Pro Football Focus lists Buffalo redshirt senior WR Anthony Johnson as the top returning wide receiver for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Johnson was one of the unheralded stars of the 2017 season, catching 76 passes for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns. As PFF notes, Johnson was especially good on the deep ball -- passes thrown 20-plus yards downfield -- as his 599 yards ranked fourth among all players. At 6-foot-2, 207-pounds, Johnson won't have too many size concerns, but the lack of quality competition might be. Nevertheless, this is absolutely a name to keep in mind going forward.
May 4 - 6:25 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Buffalo as one of the teams that could be a sleeper school in 2018.

Buffalo went 6-and-6 last year, but that record is slightly misleading as the Bulls lost three-of-four games when QB Tyree Jackson went down with an injury. Buffalo returns Jackson, as well as one of the best statistical receivers in the country in Anthony Johnson, and that combination should be among the best in the MAC. "Plus, 154-tackle linebacker Khalil Hodge highlights a senior-heavy defense," writes Kenyon. "There's a lot to like about Buffalo in 2018."
Mar 12 - 5:00 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon believes that Buffalo redshirt senior WR Anthony Johnson and junior QB Tyree Jackson will be one of the best quarterback-wide receiver combos in 2018.

Buffalo may not be a football powerhouse, but this was an impressive for most of 2017 and should be a powerhouse in the coming year. "The Bulls shuffled through a few quarterbacks last season due to injury, but the connection between Jackson and Johnson must be featured," Kenyon writes. "Over the last four games, Johnson caught 27 passes for 529 yards and eight touchdowns. There's a legitimate chance he'll lead the nation in receiving." Especially when you consider the lack of talent in MAC defenses, the numbers here could be very, very impressive.
Jan 26 - 9:38 PM

Former Wisconsin receiver George Rushing is transferring to Buffalo as a graduate transfer.

Because Rushing received his degree in the spring, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound wideout will be eligible to play for the Bulls immediately in 2018. He missed all of last season with a leg injury, and caught 12 balls for 136 yards in 2016. He could be a complementary receiver to star receiver Anthony Johnson next season.
Jan 22 - 12:01 PM

Buffalo hired UL-Lafayette strength and conditioning coach Lewis Caralla to serve in the same capacity.

Prior to coming over to the Bulls, Caralla had spent the past two seasons on staff at UL-Lafayette. He previously worked as strength and conditioning coach at North Texas (2015) and Michigan (2012-2014).
Jan 20 - 4:44 PM

Wisconsin senior WR George Rushing will transfer as a graduate.

Rushing (6'1/180) is on track to graduate in the spring and will be eligible to play immediately with his new program come the start of the 2018 season. A left leg injury prevented him from playing during the current campaign. For his career with the Badgers, Rushing caught 18 passes for 208 yards.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 01:34:00 PM

Buffalo junior LB Khalil Hodge had 13 tackles, two TFL, one interception and a pass breakup in last week's win over Ohio.

Hodge has been obscenely productive this year, posting 154 tackles, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles. "Hodge is a dominant run defender best making plays up the field or in pursuit," Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline wrote. "He’s a natural MLB/ILB with starting potential at the next level."
Wed, Nov 29, 2017 02:30:00 PM

Buffalo redshirt junior WR Anthony Johnson racked up six receptions for 155 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's victory against Ohio.

Johnson, whose NFL Draft stock has been on the rise, has posted three straight games with 150 or more yards while scoring eight receiving touchdowns during the span. Overall he has an impressive 76-1,356-14 line which will turn the head of any NFL scout. He'll be a huge factor for the Bulls as they go bowling after three straight wins to close out the season.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 05:38:00 PM

Buffalo redshirt sophomore QB Tyree Jackson completed 19-of-30 passes for 294 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Fridday's regular-season finale win against Ohio.

The Bulls were in dire straits (3-6 overall, 1-3 conference) heading into the Bowling Green game, but they rattled off three straight wins to gain bowl eligibility. Jackson was able to return from a knee injury which knocked him out of the FAU game in September, and that was a huge part of their return to form. Buffalo will be a dangerous team heading into bowl season, as they're on quite the roll.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 05:34:00 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Buffalo redshirt junior WR Anthony Johnson has seen his stock rise over the last few weeks.

Johnson is coming off a career day, hauling in seven passes for 153 yards and scoring four times. He's been one of the best players in the MAC, with 70 catches, 1,202 yards and twelve touchdowns verifying that. "Johnson is a natural pass catcher with decent size and reliable hands, Pauline says. "Obviously true measurements and testing numbers are required but Johnson’s reliability, nose for the end zone and big play ability is more than intriguing."
Mon, Nov 20, 2017 10:31:00 PM


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