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Seven Bulls receive All-MAC football honors

Senior kicker Alex McNulty named MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and First Team All-MAC

James Patterson and Kadofi Wright were two of the seven Bulls that received All-MAC honors.
James Patterson and Kadofi Wright were two of the seven Bulls that received All-MAC honors.

The 2022 All-MAC teams were announced on Nov. 29. The three teams are a collection of the best players across the Mid-American Conference, voted on by the conference’s 12 head coaches. 

Each of the three All-MAC offenses features one or two quarterbacks, five linemen, one tight end, four receivers, two running backs and a kicker. Each All-MAC defense features four linemen, four linebackers, four defensive backs and a punter. 

The following Bulls were recognized by the Mid-American Conference for their on-field performance in 2022.

First Team All-MAC

Alex McNulty, senior kicker

Alongside first-team honors, McNulty also won MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, the first Bull to do so. McNulty has notched several UB records, including the most field goals in a season (21) and the most career points for a kicker (299). His 46 career field goals are also second all-time for UB. 

Shaun Dolac, junior linebacker

Dolac led the FBS with a UB-record 90 solo tackles, while his 135 total tackles led the MAC. Dolac, a former walk-on, proved to be an invaluable defender, with a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles.

Marcus Fuqua, junior safety

Fuqua was the Bulls’ resident ballhawk. He led college football this season with seven interceptions. He added 59 tackles, five pass breakups and two fumble recoveries to his stellar season. His three-interception performance against Toledo on Oct. 22 helped UB secure a 34-27 victory over the Rockets.

Second Team All-MAC

James Patterson, fifth-year linebacker

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Patterson, the twin brother of former UB All-American running back Jaret Patterson, made a mark on UB’s defense with his third-straight All-MAC selection. After consecutive first team selections, Patterson recorded a career-best 112 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He and Dolac proved to be one of the most effective linebacker duos in all of college football.

Third Team All-MAC

Quian Williams, graduate wide receiver

For the second straight year, Williams earned All-MAC Third Team honors. He had a team-best 56 receptions for 643 yards and five touchdowns. Williams was junior quarterback Cole Snyder’s favorite target for an offense that averaged 29 points and 376 yards per game.

Gabe Wallace, senior offensive lineman andDesmond Bissent, graduate offensive lineman

Both linemen appeared in all 12 of UB’s games, protecting Snyder. Snyder had a career year behind a line that allowed two-or-fewer sacks in seven games this season.

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