The contributors for the UB Law Sports and Entertainment Forum, and the entire Buffalo Sports and Entertainment Law Society, would like to congratulate the 2019 draft eligible Buffalo Bulls football players on becoming the newest members of the National Football League. Though their names were not called during the NFL Draft itself, six of the seven players found homes and opportunities in the NFL almost immediately after the draft concluded.
The first major signing announcement came just a few minutes after the 2019 Draft ended when it was announced that former UB starting Quarterback and 2018 MAC Offensive Player of the Year Tyree Jackson signed a deal to play for the Buffalo Bills. Shortly after that, it was announced that former UB All-MAC Second Team and starting Cornerback Cam Lewis also signed a deal to play for the Buffalo Bills.
The next player to be recognized is UB’s former four-year starting Center, James O’Hagan, who signed a deal to play for the New York Giants. The fourth UB Bull to be recognized is 2018 All-MAC First Team, and former UB starting Defensive End, Chuck Harris, who joined Bulls legend Khalil Mack in Chicago to play for the Bears. And finally, All-MAC First Team and former starting Wide Receiver Anthony Johnson agreed to a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
While two time All-MAC First Team starting Linebacker Khalil Hodge has yet to find a home in the NFL, WGR Sports Radio 550’s own Sal Capaccio has reported that Khalil could potentially be close to joining the Tennessee Titans on either a UDFA contract or a Rookie Minicamp Tryout. Additionally, Cornerback Tatum Slack, who started seven games for the Bulls, accepted an invitation to participate in a Rookie Minicamp Tryout with the Detroit Lions.
These seven players have been among the most successful players in UB Football History. Tyree Jackson leaves UB fifth all-time in the school’s career passing yards, tied for fifth in career completions, third in career touchdowns, and had the second most single-season touchdown passes in 2018 in school history. Anthony Johnson, in just two seasons, is third all-time in UB history for career receiving touchdowns and had the school’s second most single-season receiving yards in 2017. Khalil Hodge had the second most tackles in the entire country in 2017 and leaves UB as the school’s third all-time leader in career tackles. Additionally, in each of Khalil Hodge’s three seasons at UB, he accumulated top ten all-time UB single-season tackle totals.
We at the the UB Law Sports and Entertainment Forum wish these players nothing but the best of luck in the future, and will continue to cheer for all UB Bulls pursuing their goals as professional athletes. So congratulations, gentlemen, and we know you will make us all proud to be Buffalo Bulls!
My name is Joe Notartomas and I am a 2019 graduate from the University at Buffalo School of Law, with a particular interest in Corporate and Sports Law. I grew up in Southwest Florida, and before law school, earned my Bachelor's Degree from the University of Florida in 2014. Thanks for reading. - Joe