Mack Named MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week
BUFFALO, NY - Junior linebacker Khalil Mack was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week Monday, fresh off a Saturday game at Connecticut where he recorded 3.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a sack. The weekly honor was the third of his career, and the first of the 2012 season.
Mack continued to be a terror in the offensive backfield, as he pushed his season total in tackles for loss to an astounding 11 through just three games. Even more impressive than that, he has posted 4.5 sacks over that span as well. In total, Mack has 24 total tackles through three games, and has made the opposition pay for almost every single one. His 11 tackles for loss have gone for 49 yards, and his 4.5 sacks have pushed the offense back 38 yards. His sack of Chandler Whitmer forced a fumble late in the second quarter, and gave Mack his eighth forced fumble as a Bull, setting a new career program record. For the season, Khalil has 24 tackles (17 solo).
Mack is the second UB defensive player to earn the award this year. Junior defensive end Colby Way was named Defensive Player of the Week following Buffalo's game at Georgia.
The team will dive back in to MAC East competition this coming Saturday as it heads to Athens for a noon game against Ohio.