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Different approaches for Buffalo and Charlotte

The Buffalo Bulls and Charlotte 49ers are taking different approaches in preparation for the 2019 Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl on Friday.

After a day off for both teams on Tuesday, the Bulls had a spirited practice on Wednesday morning at Roscow A.L. Davies Soccer Field near the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium.

The 49ers are taking a different approach with a light walk-through at the Atlantis resort on Wednesday evening.

With kickoff less than 48 hours away, both teams are turning their focus toward Friday’s 2 p.m. start while still enjoying all that Atlantis and The Bahamas have to offer.

“Our kids did really good at practice today,” Buffalo defensive co-ordinator Brian Borland said. “We pushed them along and didn’t cut any corners or take any breaks. We made sure we moved around good today and the guys sweated and that’s good. This will help us on Friday – we will be in tune with the climate. Our guys are having fun (at Atlantis) but they were having fun out here at practice, too. We spend plenty of time in the cold, so it’s good to be in the hot and humid again.”

Charlotte sophomore quarterback Chris Reynolds said: “We got our heavy work in before we got here. We’ve been enjoying the past two days, Monday and Tuesday, but this afternoon, we’re going to dial in. We’ve got meetings and a little walk-through and tomorrow we have practice. We’ll hit the switch tonight. We do a good job of that, we’re a pretty mature team. I feel good about us locking in once the meetings start.”

Each team’s game plan has been finished for quite some time, and it is just a matter of fine-tuning the scouting reports and mental preparations now.

“They [Buffalo] are a really good defense,” Charlotte offensive co-ordinator Alex Atkins said. “They’re sound, and they play fast. That’s the two big things you see in great defenses. Their kids don’t blink. They don’t look like they’re hesitating, they know exactly what they’re doing. That means they’re well-coached. It’s going to be one of the toughest challenges we’ve had all season.”

Buffalo sophomore linebacker James Patterson said: “We have been practicing for two weeks now on stopping [Charlotte’s] running game. We are trying to stop their quarterback and running back – they are two good players. They also have a really good receiver. Their running back is comparable to our guy, Jaret Patterson, so we see that everyday in practice. We are ready.”

A total of 15 players and staff members from both Buffalo and Charlotte joined staff from USA Football to stage a youth football clinic on Wednesday afternoon that was sponsored by KFC.

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