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Bulls receive Potato Bowl 'swag'

Bulls players selecting their prizes

Running back Branden Oliver, right, checks out the gifts in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl gift suite. Photo: David J. Hill

By DAVID J. HILL

Published December 19, 2013

One of the perks of going to a bowl game is receiving a bunch of gear to help remember the occasion. Each bowl provides a package of swag for the participating teams.

Wednesday evening, Buffalo players were called by class year into a hotel conference room to collect their gear. The Famous Idaho Potato Bowl provided players with a package containing jackets, hats, gloves and footballs with the bowl game date and their opponent on them.

Dalton Barksdale

Dalton Barksdale is the proud owner of some Famous Idaho Potato Bowl gear. Photo: David J. Hill

"It's rewarding. It's a blessing that we're even here," said Tedroy Lynch, a junior defensive end from Shiremanstown, Pa. "Not everybody gets to make a bowl. You've got people who go through their whole college career and never make one. We're here right now, and the more things we have to remember it by the better."

In addition to the bowl gear, the bowl's corporate sponsors also provided items such as watches and electronics from which the players could choose. While players certainly appreciated those items, they seemed far more enthused by the Potato Bowl gear, which helped put into perspective just how special this moment is for the Bulls.

“It’s amazing — the jacket, the gloves — I like it all. I’m gonna wear this stuff every day for the rest of my life, until it breaks, and then I’ll be sad that I broke it,” said a grinning Dalton Barksdale, a junior defensive lineman from Detroit.