BUFFALO, NY – (UB Press Release) University at Buffalo All-MAC linebacker Khalil Mack has announced he will return for his senior season. Mack entertained thoughts of entering the NFL Draft, but chose to return to school, earn his degree, and play one last season with the Bulls.
“The expectations here are to graduate and compete for championships,” Mack said. “It is important to me and my family that I get my degree and I know with the talent we have coming back we are going to be a very good football team. I believe in our coaching staff and my teammates and I know we can do something special.”
Mack is a two-time All-MAC First Team selection – just the third UB player to earn multiple first team honors. He already holds the school record for forced fumbles (11) and tackles for loss (56). The Fort Pierce, FL native is 19 tackles for loss shy of the career NCAA record.
“Khalil understands the importance of earning his college degree,” head coach Jeff Quinn said. “That along with competing for championships are the two expectations we have for every one of our players and Khalil understands that.”
Mack is one of 17 starters returning to a team that finished the 2012 campaign strong by winning three of the final four games.
For his career, Mack has 227 tackles, 56 tackles for loss, 18 sacks and 11 forced fumbles.
Buffalo will kick off the 2013 season at Ohio State on August 31.