Niagara Gazette


September 16, 2008

UB FOOTBALL: Willy sparking Bulls' resurgence


Gill knew the strong-armed Willy had the physical tools, so he taught the youngster more about the mental approach to the game.

“He’s been like a father-figure for me,” Willy said about Gill. “I have that kind of relationship with him. We’ve really become closer.”

“There was a few things here and there that we needed to get corrected to help him become one of the top quarterbacks in the country,” Gill said. “It was more than the physical-attributes that I talked about. It was more about the intangible things that defines what a leader and outstanding quarterback is.”

Those intangibles were evident in the huddle before the last-gasp play against Temple.

“We all knew we had a chance, and we all saw how determined and focused Drew was,” Roosevelt said of his quarterback.

That take-command demeanor has helped Buffalo go from one of the perennially worst teams in the country to a respected program that may contend for the MAC title this season. And who knows, it might even carry them to an upset victory over the Tigers this weekend.

“We’re going to have a good, balanced attack running and throwing the ball,” Willy said. “If we can keep their explosive offense off the field, the better the chance we have to win the game.”

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