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Mack Receives SI honor

UB sophomore linebacker Khalil Mack has been named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated after leading the Mid-American Conference in tackles for losses and forced fumbles. He ranked among the top 10 nationally in both categories. Mack hails from Fort Pierce, Fla.

In other UB news, sophomore running back Branden Oliver (Miami) was named the team MVP in a vote among teammates. The honor was announced at UB's awards banquet Monday night. Oliver set school records for attempts (306), rushing yards (1,395), all-purpose yards (1,760). He also was honored with the first "Athlete of the Year" award  presented by the UB Sports Performance Department.

Mack and Oliver are close friends and work out together in the offseason.

-- Bob DiCesare

Four Bulls named preseason All-MAC by Phil Steele

---UB's Marcus Rivers, Terrell Jackson, Khalil Mack and Steven Means were named to Phil Steele's preseason All-MAC team.

Rivers and Jackson, who are senior wide recievers, and Mack, a sophomore linebacker, were named to the first team while Means was selected to the second team. Jackson was honored on the first team as a kick returner.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

Canisius recruit named Parade All-American

---Canisius women's basketball signee Kayla Hoohuli was named to the 35th annual Parade magazine All-American Team which was published on Sunday. Hoohuli, a 5-10 guard from St. Mary's (Pa.) High School, signed with the Griffs last November. UB men's basketball recruit Xavier Ford was named to the Parade boys team in March.

As some readers noted at the bottom of the story there were some glaring omissions from the girls team, notably Christ the King's Bria Smith, one of the top 10 players in the country, who recently committed to Louisville, and UConn recruit Brianna Banks, considered a top 25 player. Both played in the McDonald's All-American Game which features the nation's top 25 players.

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

CollegeInsider.com tabs McCrea

---UB's Javon McCrea was named one of 21 players on the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Freshmen All-America team. McCrea, who earlier was named the MAC Freshman of the Year, finished third on the Bulls in scoring (11.8) and led the team with 6.5 rebounds a game. He was also second on the team in both blocks (58) and steals (43).

---Rodney McKissic

(www.twitter.com/rodneyjmckissic)

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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

@TBNDicesare | bdicesare@buffnews.com


Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic

Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.

@RodneyMcKissic | rmckissic@buffnews.com


Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

@amymoritz | amoritz@buffnews.com

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