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  The University at Buffalo football team will kick off its 2023 Mid-American Conference schedule during the second week of conference play, but will also play in four midweek games in the final four weeks of the regular season. The MAC released its football schedule Wednesday morning, and the Bulls will open their conference schedule Sept. 30 at Akron, then host Central Michigan on Oct. 7 at UB Stadium. The MAC will open its conference schedule with two games Sept. 23: Ohio at Bowling Green and Western Michigan at Toledo. The Bulls are playing four nonconference games in the first four weeks of the season: the season opener Sept. 2 at Wisconsin, its home opener Sept. 9 at UB Stadium against FCS opponent Fordham, Sept. 15 against Liberty and Sept. 23 at Louisiana. - Buffalo News

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  Jake Orlando tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the spring of 2018, wiping out his final season of playing football at Williamsville North. The 6-6, 245-pound tight end didn't think he'd have another opportunity to play football. However, the University of Massachusetts reached out to Orlando in the spring of his senior year as he prepared play a post-graduate season of football at a prep school. Instead, he accepted a scholarship to UMass. Orlando plans to return to Western New York and join the University at Buffalo football program as a graduate transfer in June after he graduates from UMass. Orlando announced his commitment to the Buffalo Bulls earlier this week on social media. - Buffalo News

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  UB football's James Patterson announces he will pursue NFL draft...Patterson completed his fifth season at UB in December, by helping the Bulls defeat Georgia Southern, 23-21, in the Camellia Bowl. Patterson was second on the team in total tackles (120) and solo tackles (69), behind Shaun Dolac (147, 97), and had four quarterback hurries, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception in 13 games.

Patterson told The News in August, prior to UB's season, that he returned to UB to help the Bulls return to competitive form after going 4-8 in 2021, Maurice Linguist's first season as head coach. Patterson's college eligibility effectively ended after the Camellia Bowl, as Patterson played for all five seasons he was at UB. He gained a fifth year after the NCAA granted college athletes an extra year in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For his UB career, Patterson finished with 400 tackles, including 209 solo tackles, eight sacks, nine forced fumbles, four interceptions and five passes defended. Patterson is fifth all-time in total tackles at UB, fourth in solo tackles and second in forced fumbles. - Buffalo News


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  2022 ALL-BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: LB - Joe Andreessen, Sr., Bryant,...Andreessen picks up first team all-conference honors for the third-straight year and for the first time in the Big South. Named to the preseason All-Big South team, Andreessen didn't disappoint, finishing with a school-record and Big South-leading 116.0 tackles (10.5/g). He also led the Big South with 18.5 TFLs and added 4.0 sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions. Andreessen posted 10+ tackles in nine of the 11 games this season and finished sixth nationally in tackles per game. He was the only player in the country to open the season with five-straight games of double-digit tackles and added a scoop-and-score at Long Island. Andreessen ends the season tied for third all-time with 255.0 tackles and has 7.0 sacks, 37.5 TFLs and five interceptions in his 39-game career. - Bryant Football

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  Quian Williams, a wide receiver who played for the University at Buffalo football team the last two seasons, announced on his social media accounts Thursday night that he will enter the NFL draft. Williams was UB's second-leading receiver this season. Williams caught 61 passes for 743 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games this season. Williams joined the Bulls before the 2021 season as a transfer from Eastern Michigan, and in two seasons with the Bulls, caught 125 passes for 1,578 yards and seven touchdowns. - Buffalo News

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Wide Receiver - Quian Williams, Buffalo,...Williams was named All-MAC Third Team for the second straight year. He has a team-best 54 receptions for 613 yards and four touchdowns on the year. - Buffalo Football

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Offensive Lineman - Desmond Bessent, Buffalo,...Gabe Wallace and Desmond Bessent were both named to the third team and were both first-time All-MAC selections. The two have started every game this season and have helped pave the way for a Bulls squad that is averaging 154 yards on the ground and has scored 21 touchdowns and ranks fourth in the MAC in total offense. - Buffalo Football

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM: Offensive Lineman - Gabe Wallace, Buffalo,...Gabe Wallace and Desmond Bessent were both named to the third team and were both first-time All-MAC selections. The two have started every game this season and have helped pave the way for a Bulls squad that is averaging 154 yards on the ground and has scored 21 touchdowns and ranks fourth in the MAC in total offense. - Buffalo Football

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM: Linebacker - James Patterson, Buffalo,...This is the third year in a row Patterson has been named All-MAC. He was a first-team selection each of the last two seasons. This year he is enjoying the best season of his career. He has a career-best 101 tackles to go along with nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, an interception, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. - Buffalo Football

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Defensive Back - Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo,...Fuqua is having a breakout season for the Bulls. The junior safety has five interceptions on the year which leads the MAC and ranks seventh nationally, one shy of the leaders. He has added 53 tackles, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries. Following his three-interception performance against Toledo, he was named the Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week. - Buffalo Football

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  2022 ALL-MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM: Placekicker - Alex McNulty, Buffalo,...McNulty is the first UB player ever named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year. He is having the finest season of any kicker in school history. The Caledonia, NY native has made a single-season school-record 20 field goals on the year. An All-MAC Third Team selection in 2020, McNulty currently ranks second in program history in career field goals (45) and first in extra points (159) and career points scored by a kicker (294). This season he was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. - Buffalo Football

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  Joe Andreessen will return to Western New York to play college football. Andreessen, a 2017 Lancaster High graduate who was a two-time All-Western New York selection, announced Sunday on his social media accounts that he will join the University at Buffalo football team as a transfer for the 2023 season. "Can't wait to get to work!" Andreessen wrote in a post on Twitter. "Crazy journey so far and not done yet. Pumped to play in my hometown for my final college year!" Andreessen is a 6-foot-1, 232-pound linebacker who had 77 tackles, including 10.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 11 games this season at Bryant, a Football Championship Subdivision program.

He was seventh in voting among 30 players for the 2022 Stats Perform Buck Buchanan Award, which is awarded to the top defensive player at the FCS level. Andreessen has 255 tackles, seven sacks, five interceptions and 10 pass breakups in 39 games over five seasons. He played in four games in 2020 (the spring of 2021 season) and in two games in 2021. - Buffalo News


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  Quian Williams scored a go-ahead touchdown with 1:15 left in the fourth quarter and Buffalo rallied past Akron 23-22 on Friday to become bowl eligible for the fourth time in five seasons. It was just the second catch of the game for Williams, who extended the ball over the line just before being knocked out of bounds for a 16-yard touchdown on fourth-and-10. The 2-point conversion was no good but Marcus Fuqua sealed it with his second interception of the game and conference-leading seventh of the season.

Cole Snyder was 23-of-43 passing for 264 yards and three touchdowns for Buffalo (6-6, 5-3 Mid-American Conference), which opened the season 0-3 before winning five straight. Justin Marshall made six catches for 83 yards and two touchdowns and Williams finished with 30 yards receiving. Fuqua also intercepted a pass on the third play of the game, but the Bulls went three-and-out from the 9 and Akron responded with a 97-yard scoring drive. Buffalo P Anthony Venneri mishandled a snap in the end zone for a 9-0 deficit and the Bulls later fumbled it, leading to a 16-0 lead for Akron. - Buffalo/AP College Football


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  2022 MAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex McNulty, PK, Buffalo,...McNulty is the first UB player ever named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year. He is having the finest season of any kicker in school history. The Caledonia, NY native has made a single-season school-record 20 field goals on the year. An All-MAC Third Team selection in 2020, McNulty currently ranks second in program history in career field goals (45) and first in extra points (159) and career points scored by a kicker (294). This season he was a semifinalist for the Lou Groza Award. - MAC Football

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  The University at Buffalo's football game against Akron has been postponed due to a lake-effect snowstorm hitting the western New York region, the Mid-American Conference announced Friday. Officials are considering shifting the game from Saturday to Sunday pending travel conditions. The National Weather Service has a lake-effect storm warning that's now extended through Sunday afternoon, with a projection of two to four feet of snow expected to be dumped on the region. With two games remaining, Buffalo (5-5, 4-2) sits third in the East Division and remains one win shy of becoming bowl-eligible. Akron (1-9, 0-5) is last in the East. Buffalo also announced the storm has led to the cancellation of the women's basketball home game against Princeton on Saturday. The Tigers (3-1) opened the season 24th before falling out of the rankings this week. - AP College Football

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