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Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack
No. 52 Oakland Raiders
Position: Defensive end
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-02-22) February 22, 1991
Place of birth: Fort Pierce, Florida
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 252 lb (114 kg)
Career information
High school: Fort Pierce (FL) Westwood
College: Buffalo
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 8, 2015
Total Tackles: 103
Sacks: 8.0
Forced Fumbles: 2
Stats at

Khalil Mack (born February 22, 1991) is an American football defensive end for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Buffalo, and was drafted by the 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.


  • Early life 1
  • College career 2
    • 2010 season 2.1
    • 2011 season 2.2
    • 2012 season 2.3
    • 2013 season 2.4
    • Career statistics 2.5
    • Records 2.6
  • Professional career 3
    • 2014 NFL Draft 3.1
    • 2014 season 3.2
    • 2015 season 3.3
    • NFL stats 3.4
  • Personal life 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

Khalil 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 an older brother, Sandy, Jr., and a younger brother, LeDarius. His father introduced him to sports at five years old. Mack took an early liking to baseball and basketball although he did play Pop Warner football.[1][2] At eleven years old, his youth football coach and older cousin, Johnny Gamble, Sr., called Mack "soft." Mack took the insult to heart and was motivated throughout his athletic career to prove it inaccurate.[2]

Mack attended Fort Pierce Westwood High School in Fort Pierce. 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, high school football coach Waides Ashmon recruited him to the sport, promising Mack and his parents that it would earn him a scholarship.[1]

Mack had 140 tackles, including eight for a loss and nine sacks in his senior year. 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[3] He received a scholarship from the State University of New York at Buffalo to play Division I football.

College career

2010 season

After redshirting as a freshman in 2009, he broke into the starting lineup and was one of most terrorizing 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. He earned third team all-conference honors.

He chose to wear the uniform number 46, an unconventional number for a linebacker, 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 10.[4]

2011 season

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.

2012 season

Despite being suspended for the first game of the season following an altercation with teammate wide receiver Fred Lee,[5] 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. He earned first team all-conference honors for the second consecutive season.[6]

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. He won the CFPA Linebacker Trophy for the 2013 season, and he was named the 2013 MAC Defensive Player of the Year.[7] He was also named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press.[8] 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.[9][10] Buffalo's independent student newspaper, The Spectrum, also ranked Mack as the best UB football player in the Division I history of the program.[11]

Career 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


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)
  • Most forced fumbles (16)

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

Mack vs. the Dolphins in 2014 in London.

Leading up to the draft, Mack was projected as a high first round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft in many mock drafts.[12][13][14] He was selected with the fifth overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders,[15] making him the highest selected Buffalo player ever. Previously, the highest selected player was Gerry Philbin in 1964. He chose to switch from his college uniform number, 46, to 52 in order to comply with the NFL's numbering rules.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 2⅝ in 251 lb 33¼ in 10¼ in 4.65 s 1.53 s 2.57 s 4.18 s 7.08 s 40 in 10 ft 8 in 23 reps
All values from NFL Combine[16]

2014 season

By the end of the season, Mack was considered one of the Raiders' best draft choices in years and a candidate for AP Defensive Rookie of the Year.[17][18] 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.[19] He was, however, named the Defensive Rookie of the Year by analysts on ESPN's NFL Live[20] 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).[21]

2015 season

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 did not do so.[22] Mack was named as the NFL's number one "making the leap" player.[23] Before the start of the season, Mack shifted from linebacker to right defensive end.[24]

NFL stats

2014 OAK 16 76 59 17 4.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3
Career 16 76 59 17 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3

Personal life

Mack taught himself to play guitar as a freshman at Buffalo and enjoys singing and writing music.[26][27] His reputation as a singer has led Raiders teammates to attempt to goad him into singing R. Kelly and Usher songs.[28] He is a fan of musicians Tim McGraw and John Mayer.[27][4]

Mack has routinely been described as humble and disciplined.[2][1] He is an active Christian and spent much of his youth attending a church where his father was a deacon.[4] Mack also enjoys spending time with his nieces, Maayana and Ma’kiyah, and counts his favorite film as Mary Poppins.[27]

Mack's cousin Luther Robinson is a free agent defensive end.


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External links

  • Website
  • Oakland Raiders bio
  • Buffalo Bulls bio
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