BUFFALO, NY (UB Athletics)
University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has been named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week following his standout performance in the Bulls' 28-26 win at Bowling Green on Saturday.
Mack had a team-high nine tackles, including a career-best four tackles for loss. The redshirt-freshman also had two quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one pass break up and one sack. He was part of a defensive effort that limited Bowling Green to a season-low 176 yards of offense and only ten first downs. Mack's first quarter sack and forced fumble set the Bulls up inside the Bowling Green 20 where Buffalo scored their first touchdown of the game.
Mack is making an early statement for MAC Freshman of the Year consideration. The Fort Pierce, FL native leads the MAC in tackles for loss with a team-best eight. He also leads UB with four quarterback hurries and ranks second on the team in sacks (2.5) and pass breakups (5) to go along with his 23 tackles.
In addition to being honored by the conference, Mack was recognized by College Football Performance Awards as an honorable mention linebacker the week.
The Bulls enter their bye week with a record of 2-3 (1-0 MAC) and will next play at Northern Illinois on Oct. 16.