CLEVELAND, OH – UB football player Tim Roberts and UB women's basketball player Liisa Ups were the Bulls recipients of the MAC Medal of Excellence Award as announced during an Honors Dinner Ceremony at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel as part of the MAC Spring Meetings.
The Medal of Excellence is an award presented annually to one male and one female student-athlete from the graduating class of each of the 12 Conference member institutions.
Roberts, a transfer from Fullerton College, started 21 games at safety in his two seasons with the Bulls. He totaled 126 tackles, two tackles for loss and three interceptions over his UB career. A standout student, the Hahnville, LA native was a 2017 Academic All-District, Academic All-MAC and MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete selection and was named to the Hampshire Honor Society.
A biomedical sciences major with a 3.896 GPA, Liisa Ups earned academic All-MAC honors for the third straight season following the completion of her four-year Buffalo career. The senior closed out her career playing in 22 games while earning two starts for UB during their historic 29-win season and Sweet 16 run this season. Over her successful UB career, Ups appeared in 96 games while starting 19 games for the Bulls.
To be honored with the Medal of Excellence Award, student-athletes had to participate on the varsity level in a conference sponsored sport and shown evidence of academic success with a minimum 3.50 accumulative grade-point average, exhibited athletics excellence, leadership and service. Selection of the recipients was made by each MAC institution.