BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - The University at Buffalo has announced that Bulls Linebacker Khalil Mack has been named a finalist for the Butkus Award.
In a UB release:
"Khalil Mack has been named a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the nation's top linebacker. He is the first UB player to be named a finalist for one of college football's major awards.
Mack is one of five finalists, joining UCLA's Anthony Barr, Alabama's C.J. Mosley, Ohio State's Ryan Shazier and Stanford's Shayne Skkov.
"It's a blessing," Mack said of the honor. "It's a tribute to all of my coaches and teammates. I can't say anything other than I'm blessed and thankful."
A two-time first-team All-MAC selection, Mack is having another standout season. He leads the Bulls with 82 tackles, 16.5 for loss. 10.5 sacks, three interceptions and five forced fumbles. He is the NCAA career record holder for forced fumbles with 16 and 2.5 tackles for loss shy of the NCAA career tackles for loss record as well.
The winner of the Butkus Award will be announced at the Home Depot College Football Awards Show on December 12 in Orlando, FL.
Considered one of the greatest football players in history, Dick Butkus was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1979, following an illustrious career with the Chicago Bears, University of Illinois and Chicago Vocational School. Meanwhile, his son Matt, a defensive lineman for USC's 1990 Rose Bowl winning team, joins his father in philanthropic efforts.
The Butkus Award, www.thebutkusaward.com or facebook at 51.butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization. It is part of the National College Football Awards Association, a coalition of the major collegiate awards."