Khalil Mack

Khalil Delshon Mack (born February 22, 1991) is an American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Buffalo, and was drafted by the Oakland Raiders fifth overall in the 2014 NFL Draft. Mack holds the all-time NCAA record for forced fumbles and is also tied for career tackles for loss in the NCAA. In 2015, he became just the second first-team All-Pro in NFL history to be selected by the Associated Press for two positions (defensive end and outside linebacker) in the same season, joining Lawrence Taylor, who did so in 1983. In September 2018, Mack was traded by Jon Gruden to the Bears for two first round draft picks and signed a six-year, $141 million extension, becoming the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. Mack is widely recognized as one of the most dominant defensive players currently playing in the NFL.

Khalil Mack
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Mack with the Oakland Raiders in 2015
No. 52 – Chicago Bears
Position:Outside linebacker
Personal information
Born:February 22, 1991 (age 28)
Fort Pierce, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school:Fort Pierce Westwood
(Fort Pierce, Florida)
College:Buffalo
NFL Draft:2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Total tackles:351
Sacks:53.0
Forced fumbles:15
Fumble recoveries:5
Interceptions:2
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early life

Mack was raised by his parents: high school sweethearts Yolanda, a teacher, and Sandy Mack Sr., a program specialist, in Fort Pierce, Florida. He has two brothers, Sandy, Jr. and LeDarius. His father introduced him to sports at the age of five. Mack took an early liking to baseball and basketball although he played Pop Warner football.[1][2]

Mack attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce. He had played quarterback and was nicknamed "Bombshell Man." However, throwing the ball short was a major struggle for Mack so he became a linebacker. The rest of his athletic career he had been relying on basketball to get him a college scholarship but his plans were dashed by a tear in his patella tendon before his sophomore season. After this injury, his high school football coach, Waides Ashmon, recruited him to the sport, promising Mack and his parents that it would earn him a scholarship.[1]

In his senior year, Mack had 140 tackles, including eight for a loss, and nine sacks. He was named third-team All-State in Florida, as well as first-team All-Area, and helped lead the Panthers to a district championship. Being a newcomer to the sport, he was rated as only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com.[3] He received a scholarship from the State University of New York at Buffalo to play Division I football.[4]

College career

2010 season

After redshirting as a freshman in 2009, Mack broke into the starting lineup and was one of the most productive defenders in the MAC. He totaled 68 tackles, including 14 and a half for loss, four and a half sacks, ten pass breakups, eight quarterback hurries, and two forced fumbles.[5] He earned third team all-conference honors.

He chose to wear the uniform number 46 as a motivational reminder that his true potential was not being recognized – 46 was the overall rating assigned to him (out of a maximum of 99) in EA Sports' college football video game, NCAA Football 11.[6]

2011 season

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Mack in 2013

Mack continued where he left off in 2010, with a dominant sophomore season. Mack led the team in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles, on the way to being named first-team All-MAC. He recorded 64 total tackles, including 20 and a half for loss (third best in the nation), five and half sacks, one interception, two pass breakups, thirteen quarterback hurries, and five forced fumbles.[7]

2012 season

Despite being suspended for the first game of the season following an altercation with teammate wide receiver Fred Lee,[8] Mack set career highs in tackles (94), tackles for loss (21 - fourth in the nation), and sacks (8). He also recorded two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, and four forced fumbles.[9] He earned first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.[10]

2013 season

Starting all 13 games, Mack recorded 100 tackles including 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown, and forced five fumbles.[11] He won the CFPA Linebacker Trophy for the 2013 season, and he was named the 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year, becoming the first Bull to win the award in Buffalo's history within the MAC (1999-present).[12] He was also named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.[13] Mack finished tied for first for the NCAA in career tackles for loss with 75 and set a new record for forced fumbles with 16.[14][15] Buffalo's independent student newspaper, The Spectrum, also ranked Mack as the best Buffalo football player in the Division I history of the program.[16]

College statistics

Year Games Tackles Sacks Pass Defense Fumbles Blkd
Solo Ast Total TFL – Yds No – Yds Int – Yds BU PD Qbh Rcv – Yds FF Kick Saf
2010 12 40 28 68 14.5 – 86 4.5 – 40 0 – 0 10 0 8 1 – 0 2 0 0
2011 12 38 27 65 20.5 – 74 5.5 – 35 1 – 23 2 0 13 0 – 0 5 1 0
2012 11 52 42 94 21.0 – 98 8.0 – 63 0 – 0 2 2 4 0 – 0 4 1 0
2013 13 56 44 100 19.0 – 98 10.5 – 79 3 – 125 7 10 6 3 – 0 5 0 0
Career 48 186 141 327 75 – 268 28.5 – 217 4 – 148 21 12 31 4 – 0 16 2 0

Records

Buffalo career records
  • Most tackles for loss (75)
  • Most sacks (28.5)
  • Most forced fumbles (16)
NCAA records
  • Tied for first in tackles for loss (75)[17]
  • Most forced fumbles (16)[18]

Professional career

Leading up to the 2014 NFL Draft, Mack was projected as a high first round pick in many mock drafts.[19][20][21] He was selected with the fifth overall pick by the Oakland Raiders,[22] making him the highest selected Buffalo player ever, and the first (and only) selected in the first round. Previously, the highest selected player from Buffalo was defensive tackle Gerry Philbin, who was selected with the 33rd overall by the New York Jets in 1964.[23] Mack chose to switch from his college uniform number, 46, to 52 in order to comply with the NFL's numbering rules.[24]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
251 lb
(114 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
10 14 in
(0.26 m)
4.65 s 1.53 s 2.57 s 4.18 s 7.08 s 40 in
(1.02 m)
10 ft 8 in
(3.25 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[25]

Oakland Raiders

2014 season: Rookie year

Mack had an outstanding rookie season with the Oakland Raiders. He started and played in all 16 games. He recorded 76 total tackles, four sacks, and one forced fumble.[26] By the end of his rookie season, Mack was considered a candidate for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.[27][28] Mack eventually finished in third place in Defensive Rookie of the Year voting behind defensive tackle Aaron Donald of the St. Louis Rams and linebacker C. J. Mosley of the Baltimore Ravens.[29] He was, however, named the Defensive Rookie of the Year by analysts on ESPN's NFL Live[30] and was one of three linebackers selected to USA Football's sixth annual All-Fundamentals Team (the others being All-Pro veterans Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers and Tamba Hali of the Kansas City Chiefs).[31]

2015 season

Khalil Mack with the Raiders in 2015
Mack warms up before a home game in 2015

In March 2015, the NFL amended the league's uniform numbering rules to allow linebackers to wear the numbers 40–49. As a result, Mack considered reverting from the number 52 to 46, the number he wore during his college career, but ultimately decided not to do so.[32] In August 2015, Mack was named as the NFL's number one "making the leap" player.[33] Before the start of the season, Mack shifted from linebacker to right defensive end, and played at both positions.[34]

On December 13, Mack finished a game against the Denver Broncos with five sacks, tying a Raiders franchise record for sacks in a game, previously set by defensive end Howie Long in 1983.[35] The game, which the Raiders won 15-12, was the franchise's first over the Broncos since September 2011.[36] The following week, Mack was announced to be going to the Pro Bowl, his first, along with teammates safety Charles Woodson and fullback Marcel Reece.[37]

After the conclusion of the season, Mack became the second player in NFL history to make the AP All-Pro First Team at two positions in the same year; right defensive end and outside linebacker.[38] Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor made the 1983 All-Pro Team; outside linebacker and inside linebacker.[39] Mack was ranked 13th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2016.[40]

2016 season

On November 27, in a 35–32 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 12, Mack recorded his first career interception off of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and returned it six yards for his first career touchdown. Mack also forced a fumble from Newton in the final minute of the game to seal the win for the Raiders. Mack finished the game with an interception, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a defensive touchdown, making him the first player since Charles Woodson, who was with the Green Bay Packers at the time, in 2009 to do so. His performance earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 12.[41] Mack also earned AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November, registering four sacks, two forced fumbles, and an interception.[42] He helped lead the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season. Mack was named to his second consecutive Pro Bowl and First Team All-Pro.[43] Mack was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2016 season.[44] In the 2016 season, in addition to recording 11.5 sacks, Mack set a new career high in forced fumbles with five and fumbles recovered with three.[45] He was ranked 5th by his peers on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2017 as the highest-ranked defensive lineman.[46]

2017 season

On April 20, 2017, the Raiders picked up the fifth-year option on Mack's contract.[47] Heading into his fourth season, Mack had his eyes set on the single season sack record.[48] On October 1, 2017, Mack sacked Denver Broncos quarterback Trevor Siemian twice in a 16-10 loss.[49] After the Raiders' Week 10 bye, he registered at least one sack in five consecutive games from Week 11 to 15.[50] On December 19, 2017, Mack was named to his third straight Pro Bowl.[51] In a disappointing 6-10 season for the Raiders, Mack fell short of his season goal, finishing with 10.5 sacks.[52] He was ranked 16th by his fellow players on the NFL Top 100 Players of 2018.[53]

Chicago Bears

2018 season

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Mack with the Bears in 2018

On September 1, 2018, following Mack's holdout through the entire preseason, the Raiders traded him, a 2020 second-round pick, and a conditional fifith-round draft pick in 2020 (condition unknown) to the Chicago Bears for 2019 (24th overall, TBD) and 2020 first-round picks, as well as 2019 sixth and 2020 third round selections. Shortly after the trade, Mack signed a six-year deal worth $141 million featuring $90 million guaranteed, becoming the highest-paid defender in NFL history.[54]

On September 9, 2018, Mack made his debut for the Bears on Sunday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers. In the second quarter of the game, he sacked backup quarterback DeShone Kizer and stripped and recovered the ball. Later in the same quarter he intercepted a pass from Kizer and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown.[55] He became the first player since 1982 to record a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and touchdown in one half.[56] It was also his second time recording a sack, forced fumble, fumble recovery, interception and touchdown in a single game that dated back to week 12 of the 2016 season. In his second game with the Bears, Mack had four tackles and a strip-sack of Russell Wilson during Chicago's 24–17 Monday Night Football win over the Seattle Seahawks.[57] Mack continued his excellent play in Week 3, recording a strip-sack of Josh Rosen in the 16–14 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the first player to record strip-sacks in three straight games since Mack himself did it in 2016.[58] He had a strip-sack again the following week in a 48–10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[59] Mack became the first player to record sacks and forced fumbles in four straight games since the Indianapolis Colts' Robert Mathis in 2005. He is also the first player to record forced fumbles in the first four games of a season since the Jacksonville Jaguars' Tony Brackens in 1999. On October 4, Mack was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for September.[60] Mack is the first Bears player to win this award since cornerback Charles Tillman in October 2012.[56]

During the Week 6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Mack suffered a right ankle injury that resulted in him missing the first game of his career two weeks later against the New York Jets.[61][62] Despite his absence, the Bears limited the Jets to 207 total yards, including just 57 rushing, as Chicago won 24–10.[63] Mack also missed the following week's 41–9 victory over the Buffalo Bills before returning in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions; in the latter's 34–22 Bears win, he sacked Matthew Stafford twice.[64][65]

In Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, Mack recorded one sack on quarterback Kirk Cousins and a forced fumble from running back Dalvin Cook in the 25–20 win.[66] Three games later, against the 11–1 Los Angeles Rams, he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a defensive effort that saw the Bears record four turnovers and win 15–6.[67] During Week 15 against the Green Bay Packers, Mack sacked Aaron Rodgers 2.5 times and had two tackles for losses. On his half sack, Mack was turned around backwards by offensive lineman Jason Spriggs; unable to see Rodgers, Mack helped Bilal Nichols bring Rodgers down for a sack by using his back. The Bears won the game 24–17 and won the NFC North while eliminating the Packers from postseason contention.[68]

Mack finished the regular season with 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, and 1 interception returned for a TD; the 12.5 sacks were the most by a Bears player since Richard Dent in 1993.[68] He was later selected to his fourth Pro Bowl and his third first-team All-Pro,[69][70] though he did not participate in the former due to injury.[71] He received an overall grade of 90.7 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the 2nd highest grade among all qualifying edge defenders. [72]

NFL statistics

Regular season

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack TFL FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2014 OAK 16 16 76 59 17 4.0 16 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
2015 OAK 16 16 77 57 20 15.0 23 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 2
2016 OAK 16 16 73 54 19 11.0 14 5 3 1 1 6 6.0 6 1 3
2017 OAK 16 16 78 61 17 10.5 15 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 3
2018 CHI 14 13 47 37 10 12.5 10 6 1 0 1 27 27.0 27 1 4
Career 78 77 351 268 83 53.0 78 15 5 0 2 33 16.5 27 2 15

Postseason

Year Team Games Tackling Fumbles Interceptions
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack TFL FF FR Yds Int Yds Avg Lng TD PD
2016 OAK 1 1 11 8 3 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 CHI 1 1 6 5 1 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 2 2 17 13 4 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Personal life

Mack taught himself to play guitar as a freshman at the University at Buffalo and enjoys singing and writing music.[73][74] His reputation as a singer led his Raiders teammates to attempt to goad him into singing R. Kelly and Usher songs.[75] He is a fan of musicians Tim McGraw and Hanson.[6][74]

Mack is an active Christian and spent much of his youth attending a church where his father and mother both served as deacons.[6] Mack also enjoys spending time with his nieces, Malaysia, Maayana and Ma’kiyah, and counts his favorite film as Mary Poppins.[74]

In 2017, Mack's younger brother, LeDarius, joined his alma mater, the University at Buffalo, after two years at ASA College in Miami.[76]

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External links

2010 Buffalo Bulls football team

The 2010 Buffalo Bulls football team represented the University at Buffalo in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulls, led by first-year head coach Jeff Quinn, played their home games at the University at Buffalo Stadium and members of the east division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 2–10, 1–7 in MAC play.

2011 Buffalo Bulls football team

The 2011 Buffalo Bulls football team represented the University at Buffalo in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Bulls were led by second-year head coach Jeff Quinn played their home games at the University at Buffalo Stadium. They are a member of the East Division of the Mid-American Conference. They finished the season 3–9, 2–6 in MAC play to finish in sixth place in the East Division.

2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

The 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl was an American college football bowl game that was played on December 21, 2013 at Bronco Stadium on the campus of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. The seventeenth annual Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, it featured the Buffalo Bulls of the Mid-American Conference against the San Diego State Aztecs of the Mountain West Conference. It began at 3:30 p.m. MST and aired on ESPN. It was one of the 2013–14 bowl games that concluded the 2013 FBS football season. San Diego State defeated Buffalo, 49–24.

2014 NFL Draft

The 2014 NFL draft was the 79th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible football players to the league. The draft, officially the "Player Selection Meeting", was held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, on May 8th through May 10th, 2014. One of the most anticipated drafts in recent years kicked off on May 8, 2014 at 8 pm EDT. The draft was moved from its traditional time frame in late April due to a scheduling conflict at Radio City Music Hall.There was early discussion and rumors leading up to the draft on the future of staying at the current location in New York City, where it had been held since 1965. Given the increased interest the draft had garnered over the past decade, there was belief that the event may have outgrown Radio City Music Hall, which had been the venue for the past nine drafts. The possibility of extending the draft to four days was also being discussed throughout the months leading up to the draft. The NFL decided in that summer that the 2015 NFL Draft will take place at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.

The Houston Texans opened the draft by selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from the University of South Carolina. The last time a defensive player was taken with the first overall selection was in 2006, when the Texans selected Mario Williams. The Texans also closed the draft with the selection of safety Lonnie Ballentine of the University of Memphis as Mr. Irrelevant, which is the title given to the final player selected.The 2014 NFL draft made history when the St. Louis Rams selected Michael Sam in the seventh round. Sam, who became the first openly gay player to ever be drafted in the NFL, was selected 249th out of 256 picks in the 2014 NFL Draft. After this, Sam's jersey was the second best selling rookie jersey on the NFL's website. Sam came out publicly in the months leading up to the draft.A few notable players drafted in 2014 were Jimmy Garoppolo, Johnny Manziel, Derek Carr, Blake Bortles, Khalil Mack, Odell Beckham Jr., Aaron Donald, Anthony Barr, Allen Robinson, Jadeveon Clowney, Mike Evans, Devonta Freeman, Martavis Bryant, and Sammy Watkins.

2015 All-Pro Team

The 2015 All-Pro Teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), the Sporting News (SN), for performance in the 2015 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2016 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and was released January 12, 2016. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2015 Oakland Raiders season

The 2015 Oakland Raiders season was the franchise's 46th season in the National Football League, the 56th overall, the 21st of their second stint in Oakland, and the first under new head coach Jack Del Rio. Coming off a 3–13 season the prior year, the Raiders improved to 7–9 on the season. Despite their improvement, the Raiders were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15 with a loss to the Green Bay Packers at home. They once again failed to finish with a winning record, not having done so since 2002.

2016 Oakland Raiders season

The 2016 Oakland Raiders season was the 57th overall of the Oakland Raiders franchise, the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, their 22nd season since their return to Oakland, and the second under head coach Jack Del Rio. The Raiders improved on a 7–9 campaign in 2015 and finished with a winning record for the first time since 2002, finishing the regular season with a 12–4 record.

The Raiders, with their Week 15 win over the San Diego Chargers, clinched a playoff berth for the first time since 2002, ending their 14-year playoff drought. The Raiders finished the season tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West division title, but lost the tiebreaker due to a head-to-head sweep.

In a Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts, Raider quarterback Derek Carr suffered a broken fibula while being sacked by Trent Cole and missed the remainder of the season including the Raiders sole postseason game. Backup quarterback Matt McGloin started the final game of the season for Carr, but he suffered a shoulder injury during the game forcing rookie Connor Cook to play. Cook started the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans, making him the first rookie in the Super Bowl era to make his very first NFL start in a playoff game. The Raiders were unable to win their first playoff game since 2002, falling to the Houston Texans 14–27 in a game where Cook threw one touchdown and three interceptions.On January 10, 2017, three days after the loss to the Texans, offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract was not renewed.

Linebacker Khalil Mack was awarded Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award at seasons end.

2018 All-Pro Team

The 2018 All-Pro teams were named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA), and Sporting News (SN) for performance in the 2018 NFL season. While none of the All-Pro teams have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2019 Pro Bowl), they are included in the NFL Record and Fact Book and also part of the language of the 2011 NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Any player selected to the first-team of any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro." The AP team, with first-team and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of fifty NFL writers and broadcasters. The Sporting News All-NFL team is voted on by NFL players and executives and will be released at a later date. The PFWA team is selected by its more than 300 national members who are accredited media members covering the NFL.

2018 Oakland Raiders season

The 2018 season was the Oakland Raiders' 49th in the National Football League, their 59th overall, their 24th since their return to Oakland, and their first under head coach Jon Gruden since his rehiring by the organization (fifth overall). The Raiders finished the season with a 4–12 record, failing to improve upon their previous season's record of 6–10, and their worst since 2014.

With a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 13, the Raiders were the first AFC team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention and were eliminated from playoff contention for the second consecutive season. With their week 15 loss to the Bengals, the Raiders failed to improve their record from the previous season. The loss also secured their spot at last in the AFC West.On December 10, the Raiders fired general manager Reggie McKenzie who had been with the Raiders since 2012.

2019 Chicago Bears season

The 2019 Chicago Bears season will be the franchise's 100th season in the National Football League, as well as the second under head coach Matt Nagy. They will attempt to improve upon their 12–4 record from 2018, make the playoffs for the second consecutive season, and break their 8 year long drought of having not won a playoff game.

Buffalo Bulls

The Buffalo Bulls are the intercollegiate athletic teams that represent the University at Buffalo (UB) in Buffalo, New York. The Bulls compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level as a member of Mid-American Conference (MAC) East Division. Buffalo sponsors teams in seven men's and nine women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The football team competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), the highest level for college football.

The mascot of UB athletic teams is Victor E. Bull. In 2001, Victoria S. Bull was introduced as Victor's sister, but has not been observed for several years.

Buffalo Bulls football

The Buffalo Bulls football program is the intercollegiate American football team for the State University of New York at Buffalo located in the U.S. state of New York. The team competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Football Bowl Subdivision and is a member of the Mid-American Conference. Buffalo's first football team was fielded in 1894. The team plays its home games at the 31,000+ seat UB Stadium on University at Buffalo's north campus in Amherst, New York. The Bulls are coached by Lance Leipold.

Buffalo Bulls football statistical leaders

The Buffalo Bulls football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Buffalo Bulls football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Bulls represent the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York in the NCAA's Mid-American Conference.

Passing leaders. Buffalo's career leader in passing yardage is Joe Licata with 9,485 passing yards from 2012 to 2015. Drew Willy holds the career record for single-season passing yards with 3,304 in 2008. Joe Licata is Buffalo's career leader in passing touchdowns, with 76 touchdown passes. Licata also holds the records for single-season passing touchdowns, with 29 in 2014, and the record for single-game passing yards, with 497 yards against Toledo in 2013. Marty Barrett is Buffalo's all-time leader in single game passing touchdowns, with 6 touchdown passes in a 1983 game against Alfred.

Rushing leaders. Buffalo's career leader in rushing yards is Branden Oliver with 4,049 rushing yards from 2010 to 2013. Oliver also holds the record for single-season rushing yards with 1,535 in 2013. James Starks and Lee Jones are tied for the record for single-season rushing touchdowns with 16, with Jones setting the mark in 1966, and Starks matching it in 2008. Starks also holds the record for most career rushing touchdowns, with 34 from 2006 to 2008. Jordan Johnson holds the record for single-game rushing yards, with 282 in a 2016 game against Akron, and Lou Corriere holds the record for most single-game rushing touchdowns, with 6 in a 1942 game against Hobart.

Receiving leaders. Naaman Roosevelt holds Buffalo's receiving records for most career receiving yards (3,551) and receptions (268). During Roosevelt's time with the Bulls from 2006 to 2009, he also set the single-season records for receptions (104), receiving yards (1,402), and receiving touchdowns (13), all set in the 2008 season. Buffalo's career leader in receiving touchdowns is Alex Neutz, who caught 31 touchdown passes while playing for the Bulls from 2010 to 2013. Chaz Ahmed and James Starks share Buffalo's single-game record for receptions with 13, with Ahmed setting the record in 1990 against Mercyhurst, and Starks matching it in 2008 against Akron. Buffalo's record for single-game receiving touchdowns is 4, and is shared between Chris D'Amico and Alex Neutz, with D'Amico setting the mark in 1983 against Alfred, and Neutz matching it in 2012 against Morgan State. Joe D'Amico holds Buffalo's record for single-game receiving yards, with 218 in a 1981 game against Cortland.

Defensive leaders. Buffalo's career leader in tackles is Davonte Shannon with 461 tackles from 2007 to 2010. Khalil Mack holds Buffalo's all-time lead in sacks, with 28.5 sacks from 2010 to 2013. Steve Nappo is the Bulls career leader in interceptions, with 19 from 1984 to 1986. Nappo also holds Buffalo's single-season record for interceptions, with 13 in 1986. Craig Guest is Buffalo's single-season leader in tackles, with 161 in 1995, and Vince Canosa holds the Bulls single-season record for sacks with 12.5 in 1993.

Historical caveats. Although Buffalo began competing in intercollegiate football in 1894, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1949. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1949, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

Buffalo did not field a varsity football team during 1904–1914, 1943–1945, or 1971–1976.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002. The Bulls have played in two bowl games since then, the 2009 International Bowl and the 2013 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, allowing players to accumulate statistics for an additional game in those seasons.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Butkus Award

The Butkus Award, instituted in 1985 by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, is given annually to the top linebackers at the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. The award, named in honor of College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker, Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports a number of health and wellness activities including the "I Play Clean" anti-steroid program. The award was first established by the Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, which relinquished control of the award in 2008 following a lawsuit by Butkus.Traditionally, the award was given only to the top collegiate linebacker. The Butkus Award was expanded in 2008 to include high school and professional winners as part of a makeover by the Butkus family to help end anabolic steroid abuse among young athletes. Two players have won both the high school and collegiate Butkus Awards: Notre Dame linebackers Manti Te'o (2008, 2012) and Jaylon Smith (2012, 2015).

List of Buffalo Bulls in the NFL Draft

This is a list of Buffalo Bulls football players in the NFL Draft.

National Football League Defensive Player of the Year Award

Several organizations give out NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards that are listed in the NFL Record and Fact Book and Total Football II: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League. The Associated Press (AP) has been giving the award since 1972; Pro Football Writers of America/Pro Football Weekly since 1970; and Sporting News has announced winners since 2008. The Newspaper Enterprise Association was the originator of the award in 1966. However, it became defunct after 1997. Also going defunct was the United Press International (UPI) AFC-NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards that began in 1975.

Oakland Raiders

The Oakland Raiders are a professional American football franchise based in Oakland, California. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. Founded on January 30, 1960, they played their first regular season game on September 11, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) which merged with the NFL in 1970.

The Raiders' off-field fortunes have varied considerably over the years. The team's first three years of operation (1960–1962) were marred by poor on-field performance, financial difficulties, and spotty attendance. In 1963, however, the Raiders' fortunes improved dramatically with the introduction of head coach (and eventual owner) Al Davis. In 1967, after several years of improvement, the Raiders reached the postseason for the first time. The team would go on to win its first (and only) AFL Championship that year; in doing so, the Raiders advanced to Super Bowl II, where they were soundly defeated by the Green Bay Packers. Since 1963, the team has won 15 division titles (three AFL and 12 NFL), four AFC Championships (1976, 1980, 1983, and 2002), one AFL Championship (1967), and three Super Bowl Championships (XI, XV, and XVIII). At the end of the NFL's 2018 season, the Raiders boasted a lifetime regular season record of 466 wins, 423 losses, and 11 ties; their lifetime playoff record currently stands at 25 wins and 19 losses.The team departed Oakland to play in Los Angeles from the 1982 season until the 1994 season before returning to Oakland at the start of the 1995 season. Al Davis owned the team from 1972 until his death in 2011. Control of the franchise was then given to Al's son Mark Davis.

On March 27, 2017, NFL team owners voted nearly unanimously to approve the Raiders' application to relocate from Oakland to Las Vegas, Nevada, in a 31–1 vote at the annual league meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The Raiders plan to remain in the Bay Area through 2019, and relocate to Las Vegas in 2020, pending the completion of the team's planned new stadium.The Raiders are known for their extensive fan base and distinctive team culture. The Raiders have 14 former members who have been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. They have previously played at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco, Candlestick Park in San Francisco, Frank Youell Field in Oakland, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, and the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland.

Roquan Smith

Roquan Daevon Smith (born April 8, 1997) is an American football linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia. Smith became the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Butkus Award.

Ryan Pace

Ryan Pace (born February 17, 1977) is the general manager for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). He previously worked in the New Orleans Saints' front office for 14 years.

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