Since Sunday, six Bulls announced their decisions to transfer to Kansas en masse.
- OL, Michael Ford — Ford played in two games last year (17 snaps), but people that follow Kansas more closely than I are saying that he’ll probably be a starter right away.
- DT, Ronald McGee — Went JUCO right out of HS and signed with Buffalo in 2019. Wasn’t a starter, but had a pair of sacks.
- LB, Rich MIller — Rising linebacker that didn’t start but still made some plays on defense.
- C, Mike Novitsky — Novitsky started every game over each of the last two years and was a First Team All-MAC guy in 2020. 247sports noted that he also heard from Maryland, UCLA, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, and Baylor.
- DT, Eddie Wilson — An All-MAC nose tackle that wore #0 and specs. He was basically the perfect football player.
- WR, Trevor Wilson — Didn’t get a ton of playing time, but was expected to fill in for Antonio Nunn as the starter in 2021. Wilson scored his first collegiate TD in the 2020 MAC title game.
It took four weeks for Leipold to get guys over to Kansas since getting hired there. It’s safe to assume that they’ll all start. And if they don’t start, then they’ll be heavy contributors on the field, and will be guys Leipold will lean on to establish the culture he wants to have down in Lawrence. And don’t forget — just because I feel like turning the knife a little bit — that starting OL Jacob Gall also transferred to Baylor, so that’s seven former Buffalo guys that all found their ways to the Big XII.
By my count, Buffalo has to replace eight starters (19 total players) in 2021. Again, just expect a lot of hiccups out of Buffalo this season, especially when a couple of All-MAC guys in the trenches leave in June.