BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack has been named the winner of the 2013 Jack Lambert Award, presented annually by The Touchdown Club of Columbus to college football's top linebacker. The award is named for Pro Football Hall of Famer and Kent State University defensive legend Jack Lambert, and has been received by current NFL stars Patrick Willis, James Laurinaitis, Johnathan Vilma, and last year's winner Jarvis Jones.
Mack, the 2013 Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Butkus Award finalist, has 94 tackles and leads the conference in sacks with 10.5 and tackles for loss with 19. He has established NCAA career records for tackles for loss (75) and forced fumbles (16). He has also intercepted a trio of passes and returned a pair for touchdowns this year.
Mack has already been honored by the Touchdown Club of Columbus on two occasions as a Player To Watch for 2012 and 2013. He is the first player from the MAC to win the Jack Lambert Award.
The 2013 Jack Lambert Award will be presented during the 59th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at The Lifestyle Communities Pavilion in Columbus, OH.
Jack Lambert Award Winners
|2011||Luke Kuechly||Boston College|
|2010||Von Miller||Texas A&M|
|2008||James Laurinaitis||Ohio State|
|2007||James Laurinaitis||Ohio State|
|2006||Patrick Willis||Ole Miss|
|2005||A.J. Hawk||Ohio State|
|2003||Jonathan Vilma||Miami (FL)|
|2000||Dan Morgan||Miami (FL)|
|1999||LaVar Arrington||Penn State|
|1998||Dat Nuygen||Texas A&M|
|1997||Andy Katzenmoyer||Ohio State|
|1994||Derrick Brooks||Florida State|
|1992||Marvis Jones||Florida State|