University at Buffalo senior linebacker Khalil Mack on Wednesday was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s All-American team. Mack, who was named to the first team, becomes the first player in UB history to be named All-American at the FBS level.
Mack has also been named a first-team All-American by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports and the second team by the Associated Press, Walter Camp and USA Today.
The 2013 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year was also the Jack Lambert Award winner and finished second for the prestigious Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker.
“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.”
Mack leads the Bulls with three interceptions and five forced fumbles. He has broken the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 and is tied the NCAA mark with 75 career tackles for loss.
UB will play San Diego State on Saturday night in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl in Boise, Idaho.
BG picks Babers
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Bowling Green has hired Eastern Illinois’ Dino Babers to become the Falcons’ new football coach.
Babers led Eastern Illinois to a 12-2 record and the Football Championship Series quarterfinals this season.
In announcing the hiring, Bowling Green Athletic Director D. Christopher Kingston called Babers “a proven winner.”
“Dino brings with him an incredible resume of successful experiences that absolutely fit the Falcon football program,” Kingston said.
He takes over for Dave Clawson, who led Bowling Green to a Mid-American Conference championship before leaving for Wake Forest earlier this month.
Babers, 52, was 19-7 in two seasons at EIU.