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2015 NFL DRAFT

Khalil Mack, OLB

School: Buffalo  |  Conference: MAC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Fort Pierce, FL
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 251 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - Raiders hit their draft bulls-eye -- Mack...For three years, the Oakland Raiders tried to figure out a way to block Denver outside linebacker Von Miller. Now they have their own linebacker for other teams to try and block The Raiders took Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack Thursday with the fifth pick in the first round of the NFL draft, and coach Dennis Allen felt good enough about it to compare Mack to one of the league's most dominant defenders. Allen was the defensive coordinator at Denver during Miller's rookie season. "I envision his role to be very similar to what we did with Von Miller," Allen said.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders were on to Mack early on in the scouting process, and were relieved when the first four selections were South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney to Houston, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson to St. Louis, quarterback Blake Bortles to Jacksonville and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Buffalo. The Bortles pick had to make the Raiders feel better -- the Jaguars were considered a team which might take Mack. "This is a guy we targeted early that we liked, that we wanted, and to be honest we feel fortunate that he was there when we got to the fifth pick," McKenzie said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - Raiders hit their draft bulls-eye -- Mack...Mack, 6-foot-3, 251 pounds, set records at Buffalo with 28.5 sacks, 78 tackles for losses and 16 forced fumbles. He said following the season he considered himself the best defensive player in the draft, but wasn't interested in boasting in a conference call with local media. "I think that I am, but I'm at the point right now where I'm tired of talking about it and that I want to go out and prove a little bit if this stuff everyone's talking about," Mack said. "I can't wait. I cannot wait." Linebacker is one of the few positions where the Raiders appeared set, with Sio Moore (strong side), Nick Roach (middle) and Kevin Burnett (weak side) were all returning starters.

Allen made it clear that Mack will be a three-down player, and will be moved around like a chess piece to create mismatches. "I'm not going to get into exactly where he's going to play," Allen said. "I'll tell you this _ he's going to obviously have a big role in what we're going to do and he'll be a guy that we're going to use to send after the quarterback in a variety of different ways." McKenzie said the Raiders had talked to teams about dealing the No. 5 pick, moving back, and accumulating more picks, but the talk ceased when Mack became available. "Once Khalil fell to us, we had a couple of calls, but at that point I wasn't taking them," McKenzie said. - The Sports Xchange

05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Raiders' picks: Round 1/5 - Khalil Mack, OLB, 6-1, 251, Buffalo...Targeted early on in the process as an impact defender, Mack will be used as a chess piece by defensive coordinator Jason Tarver and will have a big role rushing the passer. The hope is he has the biggest immediate impact of any Raiders defensive draft pick since Charles Woodson in 1998. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - 2014 DRAFT SCOUT FINAL TOP 100: 2/1. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo, 6-3, 251, 4.59, 1...Formerly a lowly, two-star prep recruit who was overlooked by the big-time football schools. Buffalo benefitted from his combination of strength and speed that created consistent production as he set school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). Played hybrid linebacker role in a 3-4 scheme, lining up with his hand on the ground and also standing up off the edge.

Workout madman who is aggressive to the point of abrasive, evidenced by locker-room scuffle that resulted in suspension for 2012 season opener. Frankly: Versatile, aggressive athlete with impressive experience all over the front seven and a work ethic that should help him make the big step into the NFL. It will be interesting to see how he reacts to facing top conversation every week. - Frank Cooney, NFLDraftScout.com

05/07/2014 - Five players who should be on the Jacksonville Jaguars' draft radar...DE/OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: The Jaguars went the safe route a year ago with Joeckel and will be looking for more of a playmaker with the No. 3 overall pick. A quarterback is a possibility as is Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins but the Jags may have a hard time passing up Mack, the draft's safest defender, who at 6-foot-3, 251-pounds has the size to play the LEO defensive end role in Bradley's hybrid scheme. Grizzled veterans Chris Clemons (32) and Jason Babin (33) currently are sit atop the depth chart and Mack is a proven playmaker with 28.5 sacks, 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles over his career, the latter two of which are FBS records. Mack is a terrific pass rusher, showing the blend of explosiveness, agility and power to beat tackles in a variety of ways. He's instinctive, passionate and durable (48 career) starts and while quality of competition questions are legitimate, he played well in big games. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

05/06/2014 - Dane Brugler's 2014 NFL Draft Final Top-50: 4. Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo (6-3, 251, 4.65, rSR)...A versatile, relentless pass rusher, Mack was extremely productive in college and holds several career NCAA records, including forced fumbles (16) and tackles for loss (75). He is always around the ball with his combination of speed, power and awareness. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/15/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Linebackers: Khalil Mack, Buffalo, 6-3, 251, 4.65, 1...One-time lowly two-star prep recruit was overlooked by the big-time football schools. Buffalo benefitted from his combination of strength and speed that created consistent production as he set school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). Played hybrid linebacker role in a 3-4 scheme, lining up with his hand on the ground and also standing up off the edge. Workout madman who is aggressive to the point of abrasive, evidenced by locker-room scuffle that resulted in suspension for 2012 season opener. Frankly: Versatile, aggressive athlete with impressive experience all over the front seven and a work ethic that should help him make the big step into the NFL. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Combine: From 40 times to Fritos, 10 Bold Predictions: 10. News flash - fast guys run fast. There will be plenty of eye-popping results from lower-level players, but expect South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, Buffalo's Khalil Mack and UCLA's Anthony Barr -- the three highest-rated defenders on NFLDraftScout.com's board - to star in this setting. Don't be surprised if each is clocked in the 4.5-second range in the 40-yard dash. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

02/20/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Scout Pre-Combine Top 64 Prospects: 8. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo, 6-3, 248, 4.64, 1...Huge fish in smallish college pond with excellent combination of strength and speed that created consistent production as he set school records for sacks (28.5), tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). Played hybrid linebacker role in a 3-4 scheme, lining up with his hand on the ground and also standing up off the edge. Aggressive to the point of abrasive and sometimes irritated his own teammates. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

12/26/2013 - CBSSPORTS.COM ALL-AMERICANS: FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE AS NFL DRAFT PROSPECTS: LB - Khalil Mack, Sr., Buffalo: Scouts don't mind investing high picks in relatively small school prospects as long they dominate at the lower level. With an FBS record 75 tackles for loss and 16 forced fumbles over his career, the MAC Defensive Player of the Year and Jack Lambert Linebacker of the Year recipient certainly established himself as a dominant presence. Athletic, instinctive and an explosive hitter, Mack may only need a strong showing against top competition at the Senior Bowl to assure a spot in the top half of the first round. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

12/21/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: LB Khalil Mack leads the Buffalo defense. The MAC Defensive Player of the Year and considered a future first round NFL Draft pick set an FBS career record with 16 forced fumble and is tied for the mark for tackles for loss (75) set by Western Michigan's Jason Babin. He was named the 2013 winner of the Jack Lambert Award which goes to college football's top linebacker. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-MAC FIRST TEAM: Outside Linebacker - Khalil Mack, Buffalo...Mack is the first player in school history to be named MAC Defensive Player of the Year. The Fort Pierce, FL native leads the conference in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 19 to go along with team-best 94 tackles. Mack also leads the team with three interceptions and five forced fumbles. He has broken the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 and tied the NCAA mark with 75 career tackles for loss. - Buffalo football

12/13/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo, 6-3 248, Sr., Fort Pierce, FL...Mack, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award finalist, has 94 tackles and leads the conference in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 19. He has established NCAA career records for tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). He has also intercepted a trio of passes and returned a pair for touchdowns this year. - Buffalo football

12/13/2013 - 2013 JACK LAMBERT AWARD WINNER: University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has been named the winner of the 2013 Jack Lambert Award, presented annually by The Touchdown Club of Columbus to college football's top linebacker. The award is named for Pro Football Hall of Famer and Kent State University defensive legend Jack Lambert, and has been received by current NFL stars Patrick Willis, James Laurinaitis, Johnathan Vilma, and last year's winner Jarvis Jones.

Mack, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award finalist, has 94 tackles and leads the conference in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 19. He has established NCAA career records for tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). He has also intercepted a trio of passes and returned a pair for touchdowns this year. Mack has already been honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus on two occasions as a Player To Watch for 2012 and 2013. He is the first player from the MAC to win the Jack Lambert Award. - Buffalo football

12/05/2013 - 2013 MAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo...Mack, a native of Fort Pierce, Fla., was part of a Buffalo team that finished 8-4 overall, 6-2 in Conference play. Mack set the NCAA record for 16 career forced fumbles during his collegiate career. The senior is a three-time All-MAC first-team selection and leads the Bulls with 94 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. Mack also established a tie for the NCAA record for career tackles for loss with 75 for his career. - MAC football

12/02/2013 - WEEK 14 CBSSPORTS.COM DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack...Mack already claimed the NCAA career record for forced fumbles earlier this season, and with 2.5 tackles for loss against Bowling Green on Friday the future 1st Round NFL Draft pick tied Jason Babin's NCAA record of 75 tackles for loss. The Bulls missed out on an opportunity to play for the MAC title, but with Mack's notoriety and an 8-4 record there should be an opportunity to pad this impressive career. - CBSSports.com

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack...Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo's 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14. - MAC football

11/29/2013 - University at Buffalo coach Jeff Quinn could have saved himself the airfare last December to find out firsthand whether star linebacker Khalil Mack had decided to return for his senior season. Mack had already made up his mind he was coming back before Quinn showed up at his doorstep in Florida. "I already knew what I was going to do in my heart, yeah, deep down," Mack recalled, saying the NFL draft could wait one more year because he had plenty of unfinished business to take care of back in Buffalo.

A psychology major, Mack didn't want to disappoint his mother, a school teacher, who wanted her son to finish his degree. And then there was football. Mack didn't want to end his college career without one more shot at turning the Bulls into a winner. "You don't want to leave a loser," Mack said. "I felt that those first three seasons, it wasn't the right way to go out, man. I wanted to go out on top."

Mack has more than done his part in boosting Buffalo and solidifying his place as one of the best players in the program's 119-year history. Chosen as one of five Butkus Award finalists given to the nation's top linebacker, Mack's been the leader on a defense that's helped put Buffalo (8-3, 6-1 Mid-American Conference) in a position to match a school record for victories and win only its second East Division title. - AP Sports

11/21/2013 - The 2014 Senior Bowl is still over two months away, but most of the invitations have already gone out to the nation's best senior prospects. Phil Savage, former NFL general manager and now the Executive Director of the event, tweeted that "approximately 70 invitations for 110 roster spots in the game" have been sent with more to go out later this month.

Several invites have already been announced, some by the players themselves and others by the Senior Bowl. Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard, Arkansas C Travis Swanson and Virginia DL Brent Urban have accepted invites, while Buffalo LB Khalil Mack is among several others who have received an invitation, but have yet to announce their decision. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 SCARIEST PLAYERS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL: 3. Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB: An unheralded recruit from Florida who has blossomed into a projected first-rounder, the 250-pound Mack gave Ohio State fits earlier in the season, producing nine tackles and 2.5 sacks and taking an INT 45 yards for a TD. (He also had another sack/forced fumble that was overturned by a penalty.) Baylor coach Art Briles later compared the explosive Bulls standout to All-Pro LB Von Miller. On the season Mack has 11 TFLs, seven sacks and three INTs. He's also third in NCAA history with 67 TFLs. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

11/11/2013 - Until last week, University at Buffalo football coach Jeff Quinn had never heard of C.W. Dibble, let alone realized the two suddenly shared a few things in common. "I'm sorry," Quinn said, when Dibble's name was brought up. "Who is this gentleman?" Why Dibble, of course, in 1897 - that's not a misprint - was the first Buffalo coach to win seven consecutive games in a single season. Quinn now happens to be the second. "Oh, very good, C.W. I did not go back that far in my archives," Quinn said, breaking into a smile. "He was a great coach because, obviously, winning seven in a row (puts us) in the same company."

Quinn was joking in drawing the comparison, and yet it's time to start taking the Bulls seriously during a season in which they're making several dents in the school record book. The Bulls (7-2, 5-0 Mid-American Conference) are off to their best start since a 9-2 finish in 1986, when they were members of the ECAC. Following a 30-3 win over Ohio last week, they've won seven straight to enjoy their longest winning streak since a seven-game stretch spanning the 1958-59 seasons.

The Bulls defense is led by star senior linebacker Khalil Mack, who has been named a semifinalist for both the Butkus and Bednarik Awards, which go to the nation's top linebacker and defensive player. Mack leads Buffalo in tackles (59), tackles-for-loss (11-1/2), sacks (7-1/2) and is tied for the team lead with three interceptions. He might just be the best linebacker in the country, a possible first-round NFL draft pick. - AP Sports

11/11/2013 - TOP 10 BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF 2013: 2. Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB: Never mind the mid-major stuff, this guy is a terror who would be a star in any league. And probably will be one soon in the NFL. Mack, who has sparked UB's rise after the program began this season 0-2 with losses to Ohio State and Baylor (combined record 16-0), does it all for a Bulls squad that is now 7-2 and held MAC foes to eight ppg. He has 3 INTs, 2 pick-6s, 11.5 TFLs. and 7.5 sacks. On Tuesday night, Mack had a forced fumble and three QB hurries in a 30-3 romp over Ohio. "Love this kid," said another NFL scout. "He's so explosive and there's so much he can do for you. He can do everything. He's got it all--he's athletic, quick, fast and instinctive." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

10/28/2013 - WEEK 9 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack...Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) tied for the game high with 10 tackles and added a sack and an interception in a 41-21 win at Kent State. Mack made the biggest defensive play late in the half that changed the complexion of the game. With the Bulls leading 13-7, and Kent State in the Buffalo redzone, Mack made a one-handed interception at the 10-yard line and returned it to the Kent State 45 yard line. Four plays later, Buffalo scored a touchdown with just nine seconds left in the half to take a 20-7 lead into the locker room at halftime. Mack's sack in the third quarter was the 25 of his career, giving him the all-time school record. - MAC football

10/19/2013 - Branden Oliver ran for 216 yards and a touchdown as Buffalo routed UMass 32-3 for its fifth straight win. Oliver broke the school's record for career rushing yards, surpassing the previous mark set by James Starks. Oliver now has 3,203 career yards.

Buffalo (5-2, 3-0 Mid-American) scored twice on defense, the first coming on a 35-yard interception return for a touchdown by Khalil Mack in the second quarter. Buffalo also scored on a safety late in the third to extend its lead to 18-3. Buffalo then added two touchdowns in the fourth, scoring on a 7-yard pass from Joe Licata to Fred Lee and a 5-yard run by Oliver. With a shutout victory last week at Western Michigan, the Bulls have now allowed just three points in their past two games. A.J. Doyle went just 14-for-28 for 162 yards passing and an interception for UMass (1-6, 1-2). - AP Sports

10/12/2013 - Joe Licata passed for three touchdowns as Buffalo stymied turnover-prone Western Michigan 33-0 in a Mid-American Conference game on Saturday. Buffalo (4-2, 2-0 Mid-American) won its fourth straight - and first on the road. Western Michigan (0-7, 0-3) was shut out for the first time since 2004. Buffalo turned three of four turnovers by Broncos quarterback Zach Terrell, making his first career start, into scores.

A Terrell interception and two fumbles resulted in a pair of field goals and a Licata touchdown pass in the breakaway second half. The Broncos had played tough in the first, holding Buffalo to a season-low 6 points. Marqus Baker intercepted Terrell after halftime, leading to Patrick Clark's career-long 51-yard field goal. Khalil Mack later recovered two Terrell fumbles. One led to a two-yard scoring pass from Licata to Mason Schreck, the second to another Clark field goal. The Bulls have forced 16 turnovers. - AP Sports

09/12/2013 - The Bulls paid a lot of bills by going on the road to face Ohio State and Baylor, and losing by a combined 110-33 score. Those early season mismatches are a necessity in the MAC, since a big check comes along with the whipping. The question is how much damage a team's psyche takes from those poundings, and what the recovery period will be. GAME PREVIEW: vs. Stony Brook, Saturday. After back-to-back road trips to face Ohio State and Baylor, this is culture shock of the highest degree. It is doubtful that anyone at Ohio State or Baylor even knows Stony Brook has a football program, but don't expect the Bulls to get well by coasting to a win. The Seawolves beat Rhode Island 24-0 in their opener, and are ranked in the top 15 in FCS. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Buffalo's Khalil Mack, last week's CBSSports.com national defensive player of the week when he registered nine tackles and 2.5 sacks against Ohio State in the season opener, had just 2.5 tackles as Baylor raced past Buffalo in the first half. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 31. Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (6-3, 248): With an eye-popping 56 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles already on his r??sum?? entering the 2013 season, rest assured that scouts are well aware of Mack. Proving that his instincts and big-play proficiency could stand up when facing Ohio State (9?? tackles, 2?? sacks, interception returned for a touchdown), however, has Mack's stock soaring. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 MAC EAST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack...Senior linebacker Khalil Mack (Fort Pierce, Fla.) had a game-high nine tackles (seven solo), tied a career high with 2.5 sacks and added an interception against No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. The senior linebacker was all over the field making plays. He intercepted a Braxton Miller pass and outraced everyone 45 yards for his first career touchdown. He upped his career tackles for loss total to 58.5 - moving him into 12th place in NCAA history for career tackles for loss. - MAC football

09/02/2013 - WEEK 1 CBSSPORTS.COM DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Buffalo LB Khalil Mack...Buffalo's defense might not have been ready for Ohio State's 23-point explosion in the first quarter, but Khalil Mack and his teammates locked down the Buckeyes for the rest of the game. The Bulls outscored Ohio State 20-17 in the final three quarters, thanks in part to Mack's pick-six in the second quarter. The future NFL linebacker chased Braxton Miller all over the field, finishing the game with 9.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks and the interception returned for a touchdown. For a great story on Mack's recruitment (or lack thereof), check out Bruce Feldman's Big Picture. - CBSSports.com

09/01/2013 - Ohio State is in the preseason top five and QB Braxton Miller is a Heisman contender, but the best player on the field Saturday when the Buckeyes beat Buffalo, 40-20 was Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. As Buckeyes great Chris Spielman said, Mack is a "beast." Mack's day: 9.5 tackles, 2.5 sacks; one INT, which was a Pick-6.

Mack is the guy I wrote about in the blog on Tuesday, and he's someone NFL scouts I know have been buzzing about for awhile. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, who has run the 40 in the 4.6s for NFL scouts, has a chance to set the NCAA record for career tackles for loss this season (he has 58.5, needs 16.5 more for the record). So, if you're wondering (like I was) how exactly did the guy end up at Buffalo? "It was good fortune for us," Danny Barrett, the man who recruited Mack for Buffalo out of Fort Pierce, Fla., told me over the phone Saturday night. "He didn't have any junior film for coaches to see. He had tore up his ACL. He also was a lot learner at the time." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/01/2013 - A&M's Matthews, Buffalo's Mack, VT's Fuller among Week 1 stars...Mack attack on first-round track? The Buffalo Bulls couldn't keep up with Ohio State on Saturday but outside linebacker Khalil Mack proved that he could handle the big stage, demonstrating the power, athleticism and playmaking ability scouts expect of a potential first round pick.

Mack (6 foot 3, 248 pounds) has proven himself a man among boys in the Mid-American Conference, racking up 56 tackles loss, 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles over his career. His big-play proficiency was on display against the talented Buckeyes, too. He returned an interception (just the second of his career) for 53-yards and a touchdown in the second quarter and recorded 9.5 tackles, including 2.5 sacks in the 40-20 loss. Mack also forced a fumble in the game but it was called back on a penalty.

Physically speaking, Mack belonged on the same field with Ohio State, showing an explosive pop to disengage from blocks, fluidity and speed in coverage and physical, secure tackling ability. He was able to provide pressure from either side, showing speed and power off the edge. Mack's aggression occasionally got the better of him. So determined to get upfield, Mack occasionally lost sight of the ball, allowing Ohio State runners to slip by. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/01/2013 - Barrett, now an assistant coach at UCF, said he'd been trying to recruit Mack's teammate, QB Isaac Virgin (who had committed to USF). So it wasn't like coaches hadn't been coming to Westwood High. Virgin was drawing plenty of interest. Teammate Luther Robinson, a four-star DT recruit, had too. But since Robinson had committed to Miami midway through his junior year, traffic to the school slowed down considerably. Mack, Barrett said, was about 6-2, 215 and had been committed to FCS Liberty University. "You knew he had a lot of potential, but he wasn't ready yet. He was very under the radar, but he came from a great family and was a great kid. Great student too."

Buffalo got him on an official visit after Christmas of Mack's senior year and got him to commit. Barrett recalled how competitive Mack was, and remembers how upset the player was when told the coaches wanted him to redshirt his freshman year. Since then, the kid has really blossomed. "They [a new Buffalo staff] came in and ran a 3-4 scheme, where he could rush the passer and drop back into coverage," Barrett said. "He's poured himself into weight lifting. He's a monster now. I'm really happy for him." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

08/29/2013 - Jeff Quinn reaches that pivotal third season in his tenure with the Bulls, and things need to happen in a positive fashion to keep the faithful in the fold. There was some buzz in the final portion of the season when QB Joe Licata led the Bulls to three wins in the last four games, but Buffalo will forget all of that in a hurry since it looks at opening up with Ohio State and then Baylor. That duo of mismatches will fill the coffers, but could vacate the confidence for this team.

THIS WEEK'S GAME: at Ohio State, Saturday, 12 p.m. ET. Oh my. The Bulls get the first dose of Ohio State's Heisman Trophy candidate QB Braxton Miller, and it could be painful medicine. The Buckeyes, who have not lost since the Gator Bowl on Jan. 2 of 2012, are loaded again and this one will likely get ugly before it gets over. The game plan, although no one will admit it, is to stay healthy -- there's a lot of season left after this visit to The Horseshoe. - The Sports Xchange

08/22/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: LB Khalil Mack - The talented junior missed the team's season opener against Georgia for disciplinary reasons but was dominant over the next 11 games and was often the best player on the field. A smart, instinctive and punishing tackling, teams initially tried running at Mack because his pursuit angles were so lethal and when that didn't work opponents were left clueless on how to neutralize him. - The Sports Xchange

08/12/2013 - GOOD PLAYERS ON NOT SO GOOD TEAMS: 4) Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo. The offensive stars of the Mid-American Conference such as Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois and Dri Archer of Kent State will get more publicity, but Mack is the MAC's best NFL prospect. He led the conference in tackles for loss last year with 13 and would not be out of place playing in the SEC. - Ralph D. Russo, AP Sports

07/17/2013 - 2013 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCH LIST: Khalil Mack, Buffalo, LB...Last season, Mack became the first ever UB player to be named to the Nagurski Watch List and this season he is one of two players from the Mid-American Conference on the list. In 2012, the senior linebacker earned first-team All-Conference honors for the second year in a row, and also was tabbed by Sports Illustrated as an honorable mention All-American. The Fort Pierce, FL native had 94 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, again putting him among the nation's best in the category. Mack added four forced fumbles and eight quarterback sacks in 2012.

Mack, who is also on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, begins his senior campaign within reach of two NCAA all-time career records as he is just 19 tackles for loss shy of the all-time national mark and just three forced fumbles away from the career leaders as well. - Buffalo football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo...Mack, has been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list for the second straight season. Last season, the senior linebacker earned first-team All-Conference honors for the second year in a row, and also was tabbed by Sports Illustrated as an honorable mention All-American. The Fort Pierce, FL native had 94 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, again putting him among the nation's best in the category. Mack added four forced fumbles and eight quarterback sacks in 2012. - Buffalo football

07/17/2013 - 2013 BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Khalil Mack, Buffalo...Mack is the only player from the Mid-American Conference on the 51-man Butkus Award watch list. He is also the first player in school history named to the prestigious list. It is the second straight season the Fort Pierce, FL native has appeared on the Lombardi Award watch list. Like the Butkus Award, he is the first UB player ever named to the list. - Buffalo football

07/17/2013 - 2013 LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo...Mack is one of six players from the Mid-American Conference on the Lombardi watch list. He joins Dominic Flewellyn and Gabe Martin of Bowling Green, Zac Kerin from Toledo, Ball State's Jonathan Newsome and Roosevelt Nix of Kent State. The Fort Pierce, FL native had 94 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss, again putting him among the nation's best in the category. Mack added four forced fumbles and eight quarterback sacks in 2012. - Buffalo football

 
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05/12/2014 - Raiders hit their draft bulls-eye -- Mack...For three years, the Oakland Raiders tried to figure out a way to block Denver outside linebacker Von Miller. Now they have their own linebacker for other teams to try and block The Raiders took Buffalo outside linebacker Khalil Mack Thursday with the fifth pick in the first round of the NFL draft, and coach Dennis Allen felt good enough about it to compare Mack to one of the league's most dominant defenders. Allen was the defensive coordinator at Denver during Miller's rookie season. "I envision his role to be very similar to what we did with Von Miller," Allen said.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said the Raiders were on to Mack early on in the scouting process, and were relieved when the first four selections were South Carolina defensive end Jadaveon Clowney to Houston, Auburn tackle Greg Robinson to St. Louis, quarterback Blake Bortles to Jacksonville and wide receiver Sammy Watkins to Buffalo. The Bortles pick had to make the Raiders feel better -- the Jaguars were considered a team which might take Mack. "This is a guy we targeted early that we liked, that we wanted, and to be honest we feel fortunate that he was there when we got to the fifth pick," McKenzie said. - The Sports Xchange

 
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