UB head coach Jeff Quinn never has been shy about commiting scholarships to specialists. Show him a kicker or a punter he can rely upon for three or four years and he’ll tender an offer. The same goes for long snappers, a vital cog in the kicking games. Quinn made just such a move this offseason, bringing in a freshman long snapper he sees giving the team four years of production. And that long snapper is Corbin Grassman, who is the cousin of sophomore Bulls punter Tyler Grassman.
Shortly after arriving on campus Tyler began inquiring about the status of UB’s long-snapper situation. When special teams coordinator Marty Speiler asked why, Tyler put in a word for Corbin. Speiler told Tyler to have Corbin come up for the team’s football camp.
“I guess when he came up he was lights out and they liked what they saw,” Tyler said.
“It was definitely the chance of a lifetime,” Corbin said. “Not a lot of schools actually offer long snappers.”
UB running back James Potts was in a precarious position. He had made a full recovery from the ACL tear that abruptly ended his sophomore season. But now his grades were threatening to make him an academic casualty and keep him off the field yet again.
Potts, who said his knee is better than ever, couldn’t bear the thought of being away from the game any longer, so he locked in and focused on his studies.
“I had to cancel out everything else and just worry about football and school, and sometimes I had to just worry about school,” he said. “It was time to get serious.”
Fred Lee, head chef at The U on Maple Road, knows his way around a kitchen. Alex Neutz knows business. The two receivers and roommates could be cooking up a future after football.
“Neutz wants to open a restaurant, I want to start a school, but we want to work together and be business partners,” Lee said.