University at Buffalo Football

Gill Announces Mid-Year Additions

Tom Drewes, Ike Nduka and Derrick Newell join Bulls football program

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Turner Gill
BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill has announced the addition of three student-athletes to the Bulls’ football program effective for the spring semester.

Tom Drewes (Dunmore, PA/Dunmore HS/Milford Academy), Ike Nduka (White Plains, NY/White Plains) and Derek Newill (Trenton, NJ/Trenton Central) have enrolled at UB and will participate in spring practices.

Drewes comes to UB from Milford Academy where he played this past fall. A 6-1, 242-pound linebacker, Drewes led Milford in both tackles and sacks this past season on a squad that turned out more than 15 Division I players. He was ranked among the Top 50 prep school recruits by Rivals.com.

An All-State selection at Dunmore HS near Scranton, Drewes also led his high school team in tackles, while helping the Bucks to an 18-4 record over his final two seasons.

“Tom Drewes is a tough football player with good instincts who studies the game in deep details,” said first-year Buffalo head coach Turner Gill.

Nduka and Newill were both Buffalo signees last February on National Signing Day who waited to enroll at UB until January.

Nduka, a 5-11, 215 running back, was a third-team All-State selection in 2004 who gained 1,386 yards and scored 17 touchdowns for White Plains High School as a senior. An All-Conference and All-Area performer, Nduka set school records for carries in a game (51) and for yards per carry (9.0). He helped the Tigers to a 16-5 mark over his final two seasons, including 10-1 as a junior. He has an excellent combination of speed and strength, evidenced by being tabbed all-league in track and field in both sprints and the shot put.

“Ike is a strong runner with outstanding vision,” said Gill.

Newill, meanwhile, is a 6-4, 313-pound player who projects as an offensive tackle. He was a first-team All-Area selection and first-team Colonial Valley Conference pick for coach Lawrence Parker. He played both offensive line and defensive tackle for the Tornado and also threw the shot and discus on the track and field team.

“Derek is a player with tremendous size and ability to pass block,” said Gill.

01/18/2006
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