UB's Neutz leads nation in TD grabs
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AMHERST, N.Y. — It was special night for UB's Alex Neutz; the kind of game most players only dream about.
"My quarterbacks, they have faith in me...and when the ball's in the air, that's all I focus on and the ball is mine, or nobody's," said Neutz.
The Grand Island product hauled in four touchdown receptions against Morgan State Saturday night, setting a new UB Division I record.
But it doesn't stop there. His 5 TD catches through the first two games ranks him first in the country Division I-A. It's even more impressive when you considered the players right behind him play for powerhouse school's such as Southern California, Oklahoma State and Clemson.
"I mean it's pretty cool," Neutz said. "I don't feel any different to be honest, and really I couldn't have done it without my coaches with the great game-planning, (quarterback Alex) Zordich is putting the ball where it needs to be, and even (backup quarterback Joe) Licata, you saw put the ball where it needed to be."
Neutz already has more touchdown catches this season (5) than he had all of last fall (4), when he missed the final three games of the season with a broken wrist. The injury required surgery last November, and he spent the entire offseason trying to return to form.
"I was trying to strengthen everything because I don't want to go out with an injury again this year," said Neutz. "And to come back and have the success I'm having this early in the season is such a glorifying feeling for me."
"It's definitely exciting for him to get back from the injury last year that cut his season short," said Zordich. "I'm excited for him, and I know he's definitely put a lot of hard work in this offseason, so it's well deserved and I know he's going to keep going."