CAMP SPOTLIGHT: Quarterbacks
There is little question who the Bulls' starting quarterback will be when they kick off the 2018 campaign against Delaware State on September 1. Entering his third season as the starting signal caller, Tyree Jackson has the potential to be one of the all-time greats to ever play at UB.
Jackson started eight games in 2017 and threw for 2,096 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 197 yards and four more scores. However, it was the way Jackson finished the season that really excited Bulls' fans. After suffering an injury in week four and missing the next four games, Jackson returned to put up huge numbers over the final four games of the season. The Michigan native averaged 341 yards passing and threw nine touchdowns to help the Bulls win three of their final four games. Jackson was recently named to the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback preseason watch list – becoming the first UB quarterback to earn the honor.
The battle in camp will be to determine Jackson's backup.
Sophomore Kyle Vantrease is the only other quarterback with game experience on the roster. Due to injuries, Vantrease was forced into action as a true freshman in 2017. The Stow, OH native played the second half against Northern Illinois and made his first career start against Miami (OH). Vantrease threw for 355 yards and two touchdowns in his limited action.
Dominic Johnson, a big-framed, quarterback at 6-5, 220, continues to develop as a sophomore. He has a strong arm and is very athletic. Though he hasn't seen action on the gridiron as of yet, Johnson has had a chance to show off his athleticism across the street at Alumni Arena - walking on to the men's basketball team and helping the Bulls win the 2018 MAC Championship.
Freshman Matt Myers, the 2017 Western New York Player of the Year, begins his first season with the team. Myers threw for 2,397 yards and rushed for 1,037 yards his senior year at West Seneca West High School to become just the third quarterback in Western New York history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season. He added 24 passing touchdowns, only two interceptions and 22 rushing touchdowns on the year.
Walk-on Kolston Brewster is also new to the Bulls this season. Brewster put up impressive numbers at Perry High School in Ohio, throwing for 3,069 yards and 37 touchdowns his senior season.
The 2018 season kicks off on September 1 against Delaware State at UB Stadium. For tickets contact the UB ticket office at 1-877-UB-THERE or click here.