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NFL Draft to Tap Khalil Mack, Student Athlete, in First Round: Analysts (UPDATE)

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On Thursday, May 8, the 2014 NFL Draft in New York City will announce the top players’ entry into the National Football League this coming season. One name at the top of the list is University at Buffalo Outside Line Backer Khalil Mack.

Mack’s draft would be an exclamation point on Mack’s career so far, who actually flew below the radar coming out of high school. In fact, the University at Buffalo was the only Division 1 FBS School to offer Khalil a full scholarship to play football and this draft would make Mack the first-ever University at Buffalo first round draft pick in school history.

 
But he didn’t get to this point without hard work and tremendous athleticism beginning early in his academic career.

Mack attended Westwood High School in Florida. Before graduating, he was named third-team All-State, first-team All-Area, and helped lead the Westwood Panthers to a district championship.

Unfortunately, in the talent-rich state of Florida, his excellent high school career went relatively unnoticed. Only two Division 1 FBS schools showed interest in having Mack attend–one of them, of course, the Western New York SUNY campus.

Mack subsequently signed and redshirted his freshman year, meaning he was allowed to attend the University and participate in practice, but could not play in any games (a common practice among highly talented student-athletes).

A year later, in Mack’s freshman introductory year, he made his presence known: He set a school record for most tackles for loss for a freshman and was named to Phil Steele’s All-MAC Third Team.

But it was in Mack’s second season that he began to draw national attention. The Bull led his team in sacks, tackles for loss, and forced fumbles and was named to Phil Steele’s All-MAC first team while being tapped by Sports Illustrated as an honorable mention All-American.

In his final two seasons, Mack continued to set school records in the national spotlight. Just this past year, Mack was named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of American, Sports Illustrated, and CBS Sports, as well as being named to the Associated Press, Walter Camp and USA Today second team.

Mack’s biggest collegiate accomplishment came at the end of his senior year when he helped lead the University at Buffalo Bulls to the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, elevating the entire football program to levels that it hadn’t seen in decades.

So as New York prepares to host the draft, ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. is projecting Khalil to be drafted as high as number 1 overall. He is not alone in this view; many experts around the NFL feel that Mack is more NFL-ready than consensus number one pick Jadeveon Clowney.

Let’s join SUNY and the University at Buffalo in wishing Khalil Mack continued success and good luck with his football career!

 

UPDATE: Congratulations to Khalil Mack on being selected #5 by the Oakland Raiders in the NFL draft. 
 
 

Mack

 

Glenn Solomon

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Glenn is a student assistant in the Office of New Media of the State University of New York. He is an undergraduate economics and political science major at the University at Albany in Albany, NY.

May 5, 2014

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Mascot Madness Champion, Hugo the Hawk, Speaks on His Victory and Getting Back to Work

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SUNY Mascot Madness winner - Hugo Hawk from New PaltzThe first ever SUNY Mascot Madness came to a close yesterday with over 300,000 votes cast over the entire competition.  In a race that was too close to call initially, Hugo the Hawk from New Paltz was declared the winner of the first SUNY Mascot Madness over Wolfie the Seawolf from Stony Brook.  In a race to the finish, he met the library dean, cleaned the campus, and hung out with many students on campus.

We were able to catch up with Hugo and get his thoughts on the final round of the competition.

What responsibilities do you carry as SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion?  What’s next for you?

As the SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 Champion, it is my duty to represent all that this title stands for. I will continue being the best mascot I can possibly be and keep getting better at it each day.

What will you do with all of your free time once SUNY Mascot Madness 2013 is complete?

With this free time I will get back to the basics. I will work on my cheers and dances and keep myself in tip-top shape for all the teams I root for. I will work hard to earn my place in next year’s tournament and make sure I do my best to defend my crown.

 

And we look forward to next year’s competition with you Hugo!

Hugo Hawk with Mascot Madness championship trophy

Emily Schwartz

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Emily Schwartz is the Coordinator of Open SUNY Communication and Projects.

April 5, 2013

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Bobby Hurley Named University at Buffalo Men’s Basketball Head Coach

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Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men's basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

Bobby Hurley, one of the most iconic figures in college basketball history, has been named the 12th head men’s basketball coach at the University at Buffalo.

He joins UB from the University of Rhode Island, where he has been serving as associate head coach. He was hired as an assistant coach at Wagner College in 2010, and spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing a critical role in rebuilding the men’s basketball team. He helped lead Wagner to a 25-6 record during the 2011-12 season – its best record in school history – before joining Rhode Island.

A first-team All-American in 1993, Hurley is best remembered for being the point guard at Duke. Hurley helped lead the Blue Devils to three Final Four appearances and consecutive national championships in 1991 and 1992. Hurley still holds the NCAA record for career assists with 1,076.

Following his outstanding career at Duke, Hurley was selected by the Sacramento Kings with the seventh pick in the 1993 NBA Draft. He went on to play five years in the NBA with the Kings and Vancouver Grizzlies.

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SUNY Oneonta Senior Sets Off on 4,200-Mile Cross-Country Bike Adventure

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Jayme Haynes biking in Central Bridge on her cross country adventure

Jami Haynes sets off from her home in Central Bridge, NY, on Tuesday, May 28.

SUNY Oneonta senior Jami Haynes set off on a 4,200-mile, cross-country bike adventure today with the goal of raising awareness about the Harvest of Hope Foundation, an organization that provides emergency assistance to migrant workers and their families. Haynes, 21, accompanied by her boyfriend and sister, left early Tuesday morning from her home in Central Bridge, N.Y.

An avid runner and hiker, Haynes got the idea for the “Miles for Migrants” bike tour after Harvest of Hope founder and President Phil Kellerman visited one of her education classes, taught by Madeline Berry, this past semester. Her 20-year-old sister, Jena, signed on for the adventure, and then her boyfriend, Caleb Grippin, 23, joined the team.

Jena Haynes, Caleb Grippin, Jami Haynes with bikes

SUNY Oneonta student Jami Haynes (right) with her sister, Jena, and boyfriend, Caleb Grippin.

“I wasn’t very familiar with what a migrant farm worker was and how they contributed to American society, and I was especially touched as a future educator by the support that Harvest of Hope gives to these families and the scholarships that the foundation provides,” Haynes said.

The class did a service-learning project to benefit Harvest of Hope, and Haynes kept the momentum going. She and her sister organized a spaghetti supper, several bake sales and a raffle, as well as giving presentations about Harvest of Hope on campus and in the community. “Spreading awareness of the foundation and how it helps migrant farm workers has been extremely rewarding,” Haynes said. “The community definitely knows a lot more about the contributions of migrant workers because of this project.”

Haynes hopes to continue raising awareness by meeting with media outlets during her journey. The trio plans to ride about 60 to 80 miles per day, camping and staying with friends and family members en route to San Francisco. They have been training for the trip for about three months, logging several hundred miles of short and long rides.

The Harvest of Hope Foundation was established in 1997, when Kellerman worked at ESCORT, a migrant education resource center based at SUNY Oneonta. In addition to its affiliation with ESCORT, SUNY Oneonta has operated a College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) since 2001. Created in 1972, CAMP is a federally-funded scholarship program that helps students from migrant and seasonal farm-working families pursue higher education.

ESCORT senior programmer analyst Bob Thomas, a friend of Kellerman’s, loaned Haynes and her crew three touring bikes and trailers. Thomas, who completed a cross-country bicycling trip himself back in 1976, was on hand for the send-off Tuesday, offering last-minute tips and advice.

An elementary education major with a concentration in social studies, Haynes will share experiences from her trip this fall as a student teacher at Cobleskill Elementary School.

She will also chronicle her adventures throughout the 11-week journey on the blog: www.crazyguyonabike.com/sistahbikers.

 

SUNY Oneonta

May 28, 2013

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