AMHERST, NY (WKBW) — For University at Buffalo freshman Shaun Dolac, patience has paid off.
"I have all the trust and faith in God," Dolac said. "He brought me here for a reason and I know this is the right choice for me."
The former West Seneca East standout is now a UB Bull. He's back home doing what he loves in front of the people that mean the most.
"My mom, my brother, especially my brother John, he's built me to who I am today," Dolac said. "He's just so proud of me and I'm proud I can make him proud of me and my mom."
Dolac has worked hard his entire life. The 2018 Connolly Cup finalist was a dual threat in high school setting school records for tackles, rushing yards, and touchdowns.
But after a record setting year, Dolac took a different path.
"Graduating high school, I was turning 17," he said. "I think I needed a little more development before going into the big college level."
It's why he went the prep school route and attended Milford Academy in New Berlin, NY. He once again put up big numbers and was named the team's defensive MVP. That extra year was more than he could've imagined.
"They taught me new things," he said about the Milford staff. "They taught me techniques, they helped me get bigger, and just helped me overall."
Molding him into the player he is today - a preferred walk-on and newest member of the UB linebacker corps.
His journey wasn't easy, but he wouldn't have it any other way.
"I love the game of football," said Dolac. "Just learning from the new guys like James Patterson, it's just a great experience for me and I'm ready to go whenever they need me."
The Bulls open the season on November 4th.