Posted: 8/23/2012 8:21:35 AM
Junior linebacker Khalil Mack was suspended for a violation of team rules just days after he got into a fight with teammate Fred Lee, The Buffalo News has learned.
Mack has not been permitted to participate in team activities and isn't allowed on campus, according to a source. Mack's involvement in the incident is apparently more extensive than Lee's who is not under suspension and participated in practice Monday on a limited basis.
Mack, who was absent from practice on Monday, missed last Saturday's intersquad scrimmage, and UB coach Jeff Quinn declined to shed further light on the suspension or Mack's return.
"It's being handled," Quinn said. "Right now it's a day-by-day situation but it's being handled. It's the right way to do it."
UB athletics director Danny White declined comment other than to say the program is following normal protocol for disciplining student athletes and that the situation will be handled with tremendous integrity, character and address what's best for the student athletes.
UB cannot afford to be without Mack for an extended period.
In two seasons with the Bulls, Mack has 133 total tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 10 sacks and is already tied for the program record with seven forced fumbles. According to nfldraftscout.com, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound Mack is one of the top 25 outside linebackers available from the Class of 2014.
When asked about how much Mack means to the team, Quinn said he addressed the team after practice on the importance of his expectations.
"We have high expectations for all of them, we have 105 out here, and they're all important," Quinn said. "They all have the ability to contribute, every single one of them is important and they know what my expectations are and the good thing is we're constantly growing and we're constantly learning."
No other UB defensive player, however, has been named to both the Nagurski and Lombardi watch lists. Only tailback Branden Oliver, who became the school's single-season rushing leader in 2011, has received national recognition on the level of Mack.