The UB Center for the Advancement of Sport congratulates our UB Bulls football team on their historic season, and the tremendous number of honors earned on their way to the MAC Championship tomorrow night in Detroit. You can watch the Bulls take on Ball State on ESPN at 7:30 PM EST TOMORROW, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18TH. If you would like to join some other Bulls fans safely, see the Zoom party invitation above.
The Bulls’ undefeated 5-0 season culminated in a first top 25 national ranking (#23), and multiple awards, including Head Coach Lance Leipold – MAC Coach of the Year, and Jaret Patterson, the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the Vern Smith Leadership Award. The Bulls placed several players on the All-MAC First Team: Kayode Awosika (OT), Mike Novitsky (C), Malcolm Koonce (DE), James Patterson (LB) and Jaret Patterson (RB). Second Team honors went to Jake Fuzak (RT) and Antonio Nunn (WR). Five more Bulls were named to the Third Team: Zac Lefebvre (TE), Kevin Marks, Jr., Alex McNulty (K), Eddie Wilson (DT), and return specialist Ron Cook, Jr. The Bulls offensive line also was recognized as one of the top 15 in the nation. Jaret Patterson has also been mentioned in the Heisman conversation, after tying the NCAA record for touchdowns in a single game and becoming one of only four players to rush for over 400 yards in a single game.
Special shout-out to Dr. Brian Bratta, Associate Athletic Director of Sports Medicine, for his hard work in managing the Athletic Department’s COVID protocols.
Horns up, everyone! GO BULLS!!!!!
Helen A. “Nellie” Drew is an expert in sports law, including professional and amateur sports issues ranging from NCAA compliance and Title IX matters to facility construction, discipline of professional athletes, collective bargaining and franchise issues. Drew formerly served as an officer and in-house counsel to the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League, after previously working as outside counsel to the Sabres and the NHL. Among her more interesting experiences were assisting former USSR superstar Alexander Mogilny in obtaining asylum status in the U.S. and working on multiple NHL expansions, including San Jose, Ottawa, Florida and Tampa Bay.
Drew teaches a variety of courses that incorporate topics such as drug testing in professional sports and professional player contract negotiation and arbitration. She is especially interested in the evolving research and litigation concerning concussions in both amateur and professional sports.