The University at Buffalo thought it was set at the long-snapper position with Tim Krantz returning to handle the task. That all changed about a week ago, when Krantz informed Bulls coach Jeff Quinn he was leaving the team.
His replacement? Receiver Marcus McGill, a true freshman from Rochester who goes 6-foot-1, 210 pounds.
“We knew he snapped,” Quinn said of McGill at Tuesday’s media session. “We didn’t think we’d need his services to be doing that but he’s certainly put himself in position to be noticed and recognized as somebody that can perform those duties. He’s very accurate. He’s got good velocity on his snaps. As a true freshman it’s a lot to ask, but I think he’s ready for it.”
Quinn said it’s firm that McGill will handle snaps on punts in Saturday’s season-opener against sixth-ranked Georgia at Sanford Stadium. The Bulls have options if they fear McGill’s lack of size for the position could be a detriment on field goals or conversion kicks, where breakdowns in the middle can be costly.
McGill is one of three true freshmen likely to see time Saturday. The others are punter Tyler Grassman and tailback Devin Campbell, a tailback also in the mix as a kick returner.
Outside of the McGill-for-Krantz swap, the other move of note on the depth chart has Boomer Brock, a walk-on junior out of Iroquois High, as the starting fullback ahead of senior Rashad Jean. Jean appeared in three games last year.
As of now, former Sweet Home star Jordan Johnson is not among the six running backs (including the two fullbacks) on the 66-player travel squad.
“As I tell all the freshmen, you got to be ready to play every day,” Quinn said. “It may not be this first game that you’re in the 66, but who knows, Game Two, Game Three, Game Six. I want our football team, 105 guys, being ready to help and contribute, whether they’re a true freshman or not.”
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Willie Moseley, a 6-4, 245-pound senior from Richmond, will start at outside linebacker in place of the suspended Khalil Mack. Sophomore Kendall Roberson will back him up.
“You’ve heard me many times talk about the next Bull in mentality that we have here,” Quinn said. “Certainly we’re excited about Willie’s progress and about Kendall’s progress. And they’re going to have to step up. They’re going to be afforded an opportunity to go and compete against one of the best teams in the country.”
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Georgia has two players confirmed as suspended for Saturday – defensive back Sanders Commings and linebacker Chase Vasser – while two other players are under unconfirmed suspension – linebacker Alec Ogletree and free safety Bacarri Rambo, an All-American last season.
What gives? Georgia officials say the suspensions of Commings (domestic violence arrest) and Vasser (DUI) have been confirmed because their actions involved law enforcement. In the cases of Ogletree and Rambo, it’s been reported for months that both failed school-administered marijuana tests for a second time. However, because those violations fall under “team” and “institutional” policies, the school has elected to remain mum on what in the past has been a mandatory four-game suspension.
Ogletree and Rambo remained listed as starters on the depth chart released Tuesday. Will they play?
“I just think we’ll have to wait and see,” coach Mark Richt said. “Time will tell.”
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Georgia is 44-8 in non-conference games in Richt’s 11 seasons, including 30-1 at home. … The Bulldogs are ranked sixth in the AP poll and the USA Today coaches’ poll, the highest standing for a UB foe since the Bulls played at No. 2 Auburn in 2006. UB has lost twice to SEC teams (Auburn and Tennessee). Missouri was a Big 12 member when UB played there in 2008.