CAMP SPOTLIGHT: Wide Receivers

Wide Receivers

The Bulls feature an exciting and talented group of wide receivers which could make the aerial attack a lethal part of the UB offense. While there are a number of highly-skilled veterans on the roster, one of the interesting aspects has been the development of the youngsters.

One luxury Buffalo has is returning arguably one of the top wide receivers in the nation in Anthony Johnson. The senior wideout posted eye-popping numbers in 2017 – his first season seeing action with the Bulls. Johnson had 76 receptions for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017. He led the MAC and ranked second in the nation in receiving yards per game (113.0) and his 14 receiving touchdowns on the season were a single-season school record. In addition, his 1,356 receiving yards were second in school history for a single season.

Johnson has not gone unnoticed by the national media. He was named to the preseason watchlist for the Maxwell Award, given to the best player in college football, as well as the Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top wide receiver.

K.J. Osborn also had a breakout season in 2017. The junior receiver registered 35 catches for 493 yards and four touchdowns on the year – easily the best numbers of his career. Osborn had a reception in all 12 games in 2017, including a seven-catch, 138-yard, three-touchdown performance against Western Michigan.

Antonio Nunn, who played in all 12 games last season, has developed into a legitimate deep threat for the Bulls. The sophomore had 15 catches for 301 yards in 2017, including a 48-yard touchdown catch at Army, plus two other 40+ yard grabs.

One of the more interesting aspects of camp has been the development of the young receivers. Quite a battle has been brewing as the youngsters are eager to prove themselves.

Redshirt-freshman Charlie Jones has had a solid camp as he tries to crack the receiver rotation. Jones, who averaged 18.2 yards per reception his senior season at Deerfield High School in Illinois, has been a popular target of the quarterbacks during 11 on 11 drills.

Sophomore Tito Overton saw action in four games last year, primarily on special teams. The speedy Overton also saw action as a kick returner. He will likely play in the slot.  

Speaking of speed, redshirt-freshman Isaiah King has plenty of it and could develop into a serious weapon for the Bulls. Not only was King a standout football player at Norview High School in Virginia, he was also an all-state sprinter.

Like King and Jones, Rodney Scott III also redshirted last season as a freshman. Scott is also a speedy receiver whose play has opened eyes in camp thus far. 

George Rushing is a newcomer to the Bulls, but brings with him a lot of experience at a very high level. Rushing is a graduate transfer from Wisconsin who will have one year of eligibility remaining. Over his career with the Badgers, Rushing played in 39 games and made one start at wide receiver. He recorded 18 receptions for 208 yards.

Another newcomer who is having a strong camp and is making a case for playing time as a true freshman is LeMaro Smith Jr. As a 6-3, 200-lb. freshman, Smith already has a big frame and should only get bigger.  

Buffalo features a number of walk-ons at wide receiver. Joshua Gaddy, Josh Griffen, Shamar Hayes, Dajuan Hudson, Jovany Ruiz and Steven Shoemaker have all been working hard in practice.

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.