32 Branden Oliver
32 Branden Oliver
Height: 5-8
Weight: 208
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Miami, FL
High School: Miami Southridge
Position: RB

Hoof Prints: Shifty running back with good speed and quickness that can make people miss...enters 2013 626 yards shy of UB’s career rushing record...named to the 2013 Maxwell Award and Doak Walker Award Watch Lists...cousin of Tampa Bay  Buccaneers wide receiver Roscoe Parrish.

Junior (2012): Member of the Maxwell, Doak Walker, and Walter Camp preseason watch lists... injuries tampered with a promising start to the season, but he still led the team in rushing with 821 yards despite missing five complete games, and the better part of four others... had he played in one more game to qualify nationally, he would have ranked 13th in the country in yards per game (with 117.3)... will enter his final season just 626 yards, and two 100-yard games away from owning the program re cord for career rushing yards and 100-yard games... ... opened eyes nationally with 111 yards and a touchdown to open the season against Georgia (9/1)... followed it up with 25 carries for a UB Division I-A-record 238 yards and two touchdowns against Morgan State... rushed 16 times for 77 yards against Kent State before missing the entire second half with an injury that would then keep him out for four straight games (9/19)... returned from injury and put up 101 yards on 24 carries against Toledo (10/27)... came just a yard shy of 200 yards, running 32 times for 199 yards and a touchdown in a last-second win over Miami (OH) (11/3)... ran 12 times for 75 yards and a touchdown before aggravating his injury against Western Michigan (11/10).

Sophomore (2011): Erupted as not just one of the best running backs in the conference, but in all of Division I... broke UB’s single-season records for rushing yards (1,395 yards, a total that ranked 14th in the nation), carries (306) and all-purpose yardage (1,760 yards)... named first-team All-MAC and was honored as the East Division’s Offensive Player of the Week two times... named to Phil Steele’s 2011 All-MAC team... set a school record by going over 100 yards on eight occasions, while adding 13 touchdowns... ranked second in average yards per game (116.2)... opened the season with 114 yards rushing and a touchdown against Pittsburgh (9/3)... was monumental in the team’s 38-37 upset win over Ohio, running for 179 yards and three touchdowns and catching five passes for 43 yards (10/8)... ran for 133 yards on just 18 carries, adding two touchdowns against Eastern Michigan (11/12)... rushed for a Division I school record of 235 yards and two touchdowns vs. Akron (11/19), and was named the running back Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards... broke James Stark’s single-season rushing record on the final day of the season, rushing for 127 yards and a rushing touchdown while making six catches for a career-high 92 yards receiving against Bowling Green (11/25).

Redshirt-Freshman (2010): Led the team in rushing after earning the starter’s job in the preseason... rushed for 298 yards on the season... was particularly effective in the screen game, catching five passes for 92 yards... rushed for a season-high 71 yards against Baylor, including a season-long 19 yard run (9/11)... caught two passes for 52 yards and ran for 18 yards against Miami (OH) (10/30)... had 54 total yards against Ohio (11/4). 

Freshman (2009): Redshirted in his first season at Buffalo.

High School: A two-year letterwinner and two-year team captain for head coach Rodney Hunter at Miami Southridge High School...also a dangerous return man…rushed for 1,159 yards on 194 carries (6.0 ypc) and scored 15 touchdowns his senior season...also had three catches for 61 yards and a touchdown...selected to play in the North Florida vs. South Florida All-Star Classic and the Dade vs. Broward All-Star Game.