BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - The UB football teams returns a lot of their key play makers for the 2018 season. However, the team says that their upperclassmen leadership is what they feel will be crucial to their success this season.
"Being on a team with a lot of upperclassmen, you know, that's an advantage," said quarterback Tyree Jackson. "We've got a lot of experience, we've kind of seen it all and it'll be exciting to play with those guys."
The junior and senior class on the Bulls say from the moment they arrived, they wanted to help change the culture of UB Football.
"As a brotherhood, that's how we changed it because we look out for each other, everyone does their jobs, when they do their jobs, we're going to be a winning team," said junior tight end Tyler Mabry.
"We came here, we came together," said junior wide receiver K.J. Osborn. "I know we know what we wanted out goals to be . We've been to bowl games but we want to go to bowl games. We want to have what we call a winning culture you know, sustainable winning."
Now the upperclass group also knows the responsibility they have to the younger players on the team. They say they help them focus on what they can do now, for what they want to do later.
"We definitely take the time out of our day to try and try and help them with the little things that they might not be used to because they're coming straight out of high school," said senior offensive lineman James O'Hagan.
When asked to define their leadership roles, different guys said different things. Some are vocal leaders, others lead by example. But they all shared a common theme.
"I want to be the guy the younger guys can definitely look up to," said senior linebacker Khalil Hodge. "On and off the field, in the meeting rooms, in everything we do. I want to just, like Coach Leipold always says, leave this place better than we found it and that's kind of like how our senior group is trying to do here."
Coach Leipold notices how his guys have bought into his coaching staff's mentality.
"Within leadership is understanding what you have to do in the next step and I think they understand that it's not about the past, it's about the future," said Leipold.