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Senior Associate Athletic Director John Lambert, UB’s interim AD between Warde Manuel and Danny White, is leaving the athletic department for another campus position, the university disclosed Thursday in an internal communication.

Lambert has been with UB since 1996 and has been the constant in athletics throughout times of great change, including the university’s re-entry to Division I-A. He oversaw external affairs within athletics from 1999-2007 and returned to that role again last year.

In his position, Lambert oversaw athletic communication, corporate sales, ticket sales and operations, promotions, game promotions and community relations. He was a driving force behind the tailgate concert series that will precede football games this season and colleagues praised his creativity.

Lambert’s move closely follows the departure of Dawn Reed, the sixth-year director of development programs, whose contract was not renewed. Lambert and Reed had been two primary conduits between the athletic department and alumni/donors.

Lambert did not return phone calls seeking comment.

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Former Sweet Home star Jordan Johnson underwent elbow surgery this week and will likely sit out the season. Johnson, a redshirt freshman running back, suffered a fracture and dislocation and will wear a cast for about another week.

Johnson bulked up from 205 to 232 during the offseason before returning to a playing weight of 225. He would have been no higher than fifth on the running back depth chart, behind Bo Oliver, Anthone Taylor, Devin Campbell and James Potts, but would have factored in on special teams. Recovery time is estimated at six months.

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Backup slot receiver Cordero Dixon remained sidelined with an unspecified injury. … True freshman wideout Jamarl Eiland rejoined the team Friday after returning home because of a death in the family. … Boise Ross showed a great speed burst after a catch and appears the most likely of the true freshmen wide receivers to see action this season. Teammates have nicknamed Ross “Mr. Potato.” (Boise … Idaho … Get it?)

The Bulls will scrimmage the final hour of practice Saturday beginning at 12:45 p.m. Quinn said the offensive emphasis will be on specific situations, such as red-zone and two-minute execution.

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