BUFFALO, NY (UB Sports Information) - University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America on Wednesday, becoming the first player in school history to be named an All-American at the FBS level. In its 70th year, the FWAA All-American Team is the second-longest continuously-published team in major college football.
Mack has been named to a slew of All-America teams this season, rewarding a great year and an incredible career. The senior linebacker was also named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports. He was named to the Associated Press, Walter Camp and USA Today second team.
"It's always something we are going to strive for in terms of development of our players," head coach Jeff Quinn said. "Where Khalil began and where he is now in the history of our football program he is one of the finest, and may arguably be the best football player to ever play at UB. I think a lot of young players are going to look at our form of development, the way we approach our business, the plan we have in place and how it's impacted Khalil and they can certainly have that opportunity coming to Buffalo."
Mack was the 2013 Mid-American Defensive Player of the Year as well as the Jack Lambert Award winner. He came in second in the voting for Butkus Award. 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. He 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.
Fans will get one more chance to see Mack play on Saturday when the Bulls face San Diego State at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, ID. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 pm EST.