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The first two slots at quarterback for UB are set with Joe Licata at starter and Alex Zordich the backup. Who’s No. 3 is anyone’s guess but quarterbacks coach Don Patterson says it’s a toss up between redshirt freshman Collin Michael and sophomore Tony Daniel.

“It’s definitely a competition and we don’t have a clear-cut winner right now,” Patterson said. “At the end of spring I thought that Colin had moved slightly ahead of Tony and the depth chart reflected that. But Tony’s worked hard this summer just as the other guys have too and Tony has responded well.”

As a result, both Michael and Daniel receive equal reps in training camp.

“It’s in progress,” Patterson said of the competition. “What’s challenging is they don’t get that many snaps so it’s not a lot to go on on any particular day. It has to be based on the body of work over the whole camp.”

And while the competition for third string may not sound like a huge deal, consider that one season when Patterson was an assistant at Iowa, the Hawkeyes were forced to start their fifth-string quarterback because of injuries.

“Some years you play all year without a single injury to the QB,” Patterson said. “Here’s how we explain it to the guys who are third or fourth, ‘If you’re third, you’re two plays away from having to go play.’ Worst case scenario is you’re two plays away. Those guys understand that they have to be prepared to play.”

Patterson said the staff will have a clear idea who the third quarterback will be before the season opener at Ohio State.

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UB held two practices Wednesday. The Bulls worked out in shells and shorts during the morning session with an emphasis on teaching and fundamentals and went to full pads for the afternoon portion. It was the second two-a-day practice this week. UB will work out once today, twice Friday and hold its second scrimmage of training camp Saturday. … Five players sat out practice with unspecified injuries Wednesday including junior tailback James Potts, who was seen on the sidelines trying to keep his right knee loose. Potts tore his right ACL last season, which forced him to miss the majority of the season as well as spring practice. … The others were defensive backs Whitney Sherry, William Rembert, and James Chambers, and wide receiver Cordero Dixon. Chambers had his right arm in a sling. … The defense made some good plays during 7-on-7 drills, including interceptions by Cortney Lester (off Licata) and senior Tomarris Bell (off Zordich).

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