Three football players quit UB program

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Tim Riordan

Darius Willis UBDarius Willis, Albert Sparks, and Matt Hornbuckle all left the UB Football program today, the school announced.

“We are very disappointed when players quit,” UB coach Jeff Quinn said. “We all are. It’s not what I want in our program. Here’s the other thing: We will not leave this program up to the weak, timid and non-committed.”

This makes at least six players who have left the program since Turner Gill left for Kansas. Zach Maynard, Nick Sizemore, and Rich Perez previously left.

So far Maynard is the only starter to leave the program.

Willis was easily the best recruit ever to commit to UB up until last season. He was probably on the same level with James Potts, but academic problems kept him from committing to UB until after the 2008 season and he was sidelined with an injury last year.

During the “Blue and White” scrimmage this past weekend, Willis was not among the starting linebackers, nor was he listed among the starters in this week’s summer two-deep, published by the coaching staff.

Willis was recently joined by Redshirt freshmen defensive linemen Hornbuckle and Sparks, who all informed Quinn about their decisions to leave for personal reasons. Quinn told Rodney McKissic of the Buffalo news the players left shortly after the team’s summer depth chart was released Monday afternoon.

From a fans perspective it stinks to lose these guys. All three had huge upside if they ever got it together on the field and in the classroom. On the flip side, summer two-deeps are often used by coaches to light a fire in underperforming athletes. If the trio is departing because they couldn’t crack the top part of the depth chart in April,  it may be better for the team overall in the long run.

(Tim Riordan is the publisher of Bull Run, a must-read for any UB sports fan)

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