Talented Quarterback Exploring Grad Transfer Options

By Otis Kirk

University of Buffalo quarterback Tyree Jackson has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal.

Jackson, 6-7, 245, will be a senior this fall and has one year of college eligibility remaining. He has graduated so he transfer to any school with immediate eligibility. 

The former Norton Shores (Mich.) Mona Shores three-star dual-threat quarterback played in 32 games at Buffalo. He led them to a 10-4 record and spot in the Dollar General Bowl this season. Troy defeated Buffalo, but Jackson completed 20 of 35 passes for 274 yards, one touchdown and one interception. 

This season, Jackson completed 225 of 407 passes for 3,131 yards, 28 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also rushed 55 times for 161 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2016, Jackson rushed 99 times for 399  yards and five touchdowns. 

The Buffalo News’ Rachel Lenzi had a statement from Buffalo coach Lance Leipold in her story on Wednesday.

“Tyree Jackson informed me today that he entered his name into the NCAA Transfer Portal,” UB coach Lance Leipold said Wednesday in a statement. “As a recent graduate, he is exploring his options. Tyree and I have had good open talks about his future and he is considering all of his options, including returning to Buffalo for his final season.”

Jackson redshirted in 2015. In his three years, Jackson has completed 533 of 955 passes for 6,999 yards, 49 touchdowns and 24 interceptions. He has rushed 201 times for 757 yards (3.8 yards per carry) and 16 touchdowns. 

He is described on the University of Buffalo official website as a versatile quarterback who can run and pass. He is also the first player in school history named to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award preseason watch list.

Arkansas coach Chad Morris said last week the Razorbacks will continue to monitor the Grad Transfer market for a quarterback. 



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