How He Came To Buffalo
Ledarius Mack has had the most interesting journey to our senior sendoffs, and it’s not even close.
Mack was a JUCO who transferred from ASA College. As a sophomore, ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 24. He had three tackles for loss, including 1.5 sacks. Also had an interception and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
That’s the boring account.
The fun account starts with his Brother, and best player ever to don a UB uniform, having to tweet out that the Bulls were missing out on a great player... (editorial note:) -> Because they refused to offer him.
The fan base responded.... Let’s go with poorly... to the fact that the coaches were not all over Ledarius, for no other reason than he was a football player related to Khalil.
But cooler and calmer heads all prevailed. Leipold offered Mack, mack came, and EVERYONE lived happily ever after...
Well everyone except quarterbacks who lined up opposite of him.
As for Lerarius, Khalail, and Leipold? They all dealt withg the situation in a high class way. Leipold was able to see he should have offered Mack, and he did... Ledarius didn’t let the initial rebuff put him off to a great opportunity, and Khalil Mack has been a big supporter of the program despite the speed bump.
Mack used a redshirt his first year on Campus. The Bulls had a lot of depth and the staff took advantage of that to help Mack get acclimated to the system.
Mack played in all 14 games last season. As a special teams player and as a guy who got a lot of time off the bench on the defensive side of the ball. Ledarius totaled 16 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble on the season.
He’s still “technically” a depth player, as he’s not an every down presence in a very deep defensive line but Lararius is a formidable pass rusher and is a go to player whenever the opposing team gets behind the sticks.
19 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery highlighted his role as the person you use to destroy a play in the opponents backfield.
Despite not starting on the season Mack was honored as a second team all conference player.