Quick Hits: Bulls gain national and conference recognition
Published: Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 14:10
Football (6-2, 4-0 Mid-American Conference)
Two seniors, running back Branden Oliver and linebacker Khalil Mack, were named MAC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, following Buffalo’s 41-21 victory at Kent State (2-7, 1-4 MAC) on Saturday. Oliver had 31 carries for 185 yards and a career-high four touchdowns. Mack totaled 10 tackles, one sack and his third interception of the season.
Mack received national recognition as he was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the nation’s top defensive player, as well as one of 12 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given to the nation’s top linebacker. He is the first player in school history to be named a semifinalist for either award.
Head coach Jeff Quinn ruled junior safety/linebacker Adam Redden out for Tuesday’s matchup with Ohio (6-2, 3-1 MAC). Redden left Saturday’s game with a knee injury.
The MAC released its preseason rankings on Tuesday and predicted the men’s team to finish second in the MAC East and the women’s team to finish third.
Senior forward Javon McCrea and junior forward Will Regan were picked as first-team preseason All-MAC East and sophomore guard Mackenzie Loesing was awarded first-team All-MAC East on the women’s side.
Swimming and Diving
Senior Brittney Kuras was named MAC Women’s Swimmer of the Week after winning three individual events against Toledo. Kuras is the two-time defending MAC Swimmer of the Year. This past weekend, she captured the 200 and 100 freestyle along with the 200 individual medley.
Women’s Soccer (5-9-3, 2-7-1 MAC)
The Bulls travel to Akron (5-10-3, 2-7-1 MAC) for their final game of the regular season on Thursday. First touch is set for 4 p.m.