Thursday, September 27, 2012

Buffalo's star RB yet to practice this week

According to reports from the Buffalo media, Buffalo's junior tailback Branden Oliver has yet to practice this week after suffering a leg injury in the first half of the Sep. 19 loss to Kent State.

A story in Wednesday's edition of the Buffalo News said the Oliver, who is fifth among FBS players with an average of 142 rushing yards per game, is "likely out" of Saturday's game.

Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn addressed the issue on a call with the Connecticut media on Tuesday.

"We are going to wait and see," Quinn said. "We are hopeful we are going to have him but we are playing him both ways, that is a part of his deal. I feel good about where his progress is and where his leadership is. If not you will see Brandon Murie and you will see Devin Campbell. Our other receiver Freddie Lee (will miss Saturday's game with a hand injury) that hurt us a little too. We have other playes ready to step in and step up and we are exicted for their opportunities to showcase their God-given abilities."

At Tuesday's press conference I asked UConn coach Paul Pasqualoni who the potential absence of one of the nation's best running backs could impact the Buffalo offense.

"I don’t really believe it is going to change what they do," Pasqualoni said. "I know it is very hard in three days to all of a sudden change the concept of the offense and do things different."

It will be a busy afternoon at Rentschler Field on Saturday with several groups being honored.

Here are the details courtesy of UConn

The UConn men’s basketball team will sign autographs at the “Fan Fest” from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. “Fan Fest” is located between Gates C and D. The 2012-13 Huskies will also be introduced during the first quarter of the game.
* Participants in the “Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities” (EBV) will take part in the pregame coin toss and will be recognized at halftime.  The program is an initiative designed to leverage the resources of UConn and other universities to offer training in entrepreneurship and small business management to veterans with disabilities resulting from their military service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
*The Trinity College women’s lacrosse team that won the NCAA Division III Championship last spring will be honored between the first and second quarters. UConn traditionally honors collegiate teams from the state of Connecticut that have won NCAA team championships. 
* The New Haven-based Walter Camp Football Foundation will be recognized during the second quarter with many of their officers and members present. Each year, the Foundation names a College Football All-American team and their team is the oldest in the United States – first given 120 years ago in 1892. The annual Walter Camp Football Foundation Weekend is January 10-12, 2013 when all of the greats of the college football world converge on New Haven.
*Local Boy Scout troops have a parade at halftime around the field. These scouts are also having a campout at Rentschler Field on Friday night.


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