Naaman Roosevelt: The Best College Football Player You've Never Heard Of?
Naaman Roosevelt once said he chose the University of Buffalo because he wanted to help turn the struggling program around. Being the star wide receiver of a team that went 8-5 and won the Mid-American Conference championship last season, Roosevelt has done just that.
Despite the fact that the city of Buffalo has ties to such famous people Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland and that Naaman has a presidential surname, Roosevelt gets as much attention as someone from the Green Party.
Last season, Roosevelt was tied for third in the Football Bowl Subdivision in catches with 104 and was fourth in receiving yards with 1,402. Along with those great stats, Naaman Roosevelt scored 13 touchdowns to aid him in being named first-team All-MAC as a junior.
At 6', 187 pounds, Roosevelt is strong enough to gain position on his defenders. He is a tremendous route runner with an ability to run in and out of his cuts with great acceleration.
Naaman Roosevelt also has a great sense for the dramatic. At UB Stadium, he caught a 35-yard Hail Mary pass from Drew Willy with no time remainding to defeat Temple 30-28.
Roosevelt scored three touchdowns in the Bulls' defeat of Ball State 42-24 in the MAC Championship game. Nathan Roosevelt's first touchdown as a Bull came in his freshman year on a 94-yard kick return.
Roosevelt is already tied for the most receiving touchdowns in Buffalo Bulls' history with 18. If he catches at least 43 passes and obtains 813 receiving yards, Roosevelt would be the all-time leader for the University of Buffalo in those two categories.
Going into 2009, Roosevelt will have to adjust to catching passes from a new quarterback. Zach Maynard is the most likely candidate to take over for Drew Willy.
With his ability to know when to come off a route to help a pressured quarterback, Roosevelt should be able to equal, if not improve upon, his statistics from last season.
With all the press that Terrell Owens obtained when he signed with the Buffalo Bills, it would be funny if the most productive wide receiver in the city of Buffalo turns out to a Bull and not a Bill.
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