Welcome Bulls fans to the official blog of the 2010 fall camp. Senior kicker AJ Principe and junior Punter Peter Fardon will bring fans an insight into the preparations for the 2010 season.
While most students are still enjoying their summer vacation, the Buffalo Bulls football team hit the field for the first of 29 practices in preparation for the season opener on Sept 2nd versus Rhode Island at UB Stadium. The summer conditioning phase of our preparation (which was brutal) is over and we finally got to put the helmets back on. There was a definite buzz in the newly refurbished locker room as players prepared for the first practice.
The booming voice of new head coach Jeff Quinn echoed through UB Stadium as players hit the field and his intensity is infectious. The sense of urgency to install the offensive and defensive schemes was reflected in the intense mood of the practice even if we were just in helmets.
Most of the time the team eats meals in the Richmond dining hall in Ellicott and for a couple of upper classmen it was definitely strange to move back into the dorms, which will house the team for the next few weeks.
NCAA regulations stipulate that Tuesday was the first day we could be in full pads and it was appropriate that it coincided with “Intense Tuesday.” The mood of practice definitely shifted a few gears and the most noticeable difference was the sound of the collisions and hits. Highlights from the day included the defense stopping the offense on 14 consecutive plays during a run play script. However the offense got it back with some significant yardage gains from the receivers during 7 on 7 drills. Special mention to Marcus Rivers and Fred Lee who made some impressive catches. Whilst Bulls fans will see some exciting stuff on offense, the Bulls defense led by a number of returning starters will no doubt put some serious hurt on opponents this season. The hits that Davonte Shannon, Justin Winters and Co. put on will alone be worth the price of admission.
Come Sept 2nd Bulls fans will be able to see the team a little bit clearer with the addition of four lighting fixtures and upgrades to the existing four. From what we have seen so far fans will NOT be disappointed with what they see.
AJ and Pete