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Mack on MAC: Buffalo's conference gives Khalil something to prove

By Jay Skurski

Khalil Mack doesn't want to call it a "label," but knows playing in the Mid-American Conference means people look at him differently than if he were doing his thing in the Southeastern Conference.

"No doubt. Everybody wants to know, especially from a scout's standpoint, how did I get to Buffalo?" Mack said this morning following his workout at UB's Pro Day inside the Buffalo Bills' field house. "It's nothing but a blessing, man. I'm glad I got a chance to play here throughout my college career. Seeing guys like James Starks and Naaman Roosevelt, Davonte Shannon, all these guys that instilled that greatness in this program, rubbing off on me."

A quick refresher on how Mack did arrive in Western New York: He was lightly recruited out of Westwood High School in Fort Pierce, Fla., after only playing one season of varsity football. Even though he produced 140 tackles and nine sacks in a 10-2 season, his only FBS scholarship offer came from UB because there wasn't a lot of tape on him.

With the Bulls, Mack chose No. 46 as a reminder of the ranking assigned to him in EA Sports' NCAA football game.

He was asked today whether now -- with it looking like a lock he'll be drafted in the top 10 in May -- he'll find it difficult to find such motivation.

"Not at all. I set goals for myself. I'm going to continue to work hard and get better. I don't feel like this is my final goal, in a sense. I feel like there is a lot more that I have to prove, especially coming out of the MAC conference," he said. "I feel like I've got to go out there and dominate on the next level, and I'm working hard to do that.

"I feel like it's not a label on you, but it's kind of like, 'ok, they taking it for granted.' But until they get to feel what you be coming off the edge with, and hitting them in the mouth ... that's what I'm out to prove."


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