10 UB players and coach Leipold receive MAC awards and honors

The Bulls are well represented on the 2018 All-MAC teams

Jon Simon
November 29, 2018 - 1:44 pm

Photo: Paul Hokanson - UBBulls.com

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On Friday night, the University at Buffalo will have a shot at winning the program’s second-ever Mid-American Conference Championship at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. However, on Wednesday night, All-MAC teams were released and a number of Bulls received individual honors.

A record 10 members from the 2018 UB Bulls were named to All-MAC teams, six receiving first-team honors.

It was well known at the beginning of the season that this year’s UB football team had a large crop of talent, but to have 10 players make All-Conference teams is extremely impressive. On the field, the Bulls set a number of program records this year and now they’re doing it outside the lines as well; six first-team selections is the most UB has ever had.

The Bulls selected to the first team were quarterback Tyree Jackson, wide receiver Anthony Johnson, center James O’Hagan, tight end Tyler Mabry, linebacker Khalil Hodge and defensive end Chuck Harris.

Jackson also became the first player from UB to be named MAC Offensive Player of the Year. The junior is second in the MAC in passing yards (2,605) and touchdowns (25). Jackson’s 32 total touchdowns this season are also a school record.

Defensive back Cam Lewis, left tackle Evin Ksiezarczyk, receiver K.J. Osborn and running back Jaret Patterson were all named to the All-MAC Second Team. Osborn became the first Bull to be on two All-MAC teams in one season as he was selected to the third team as a punt returner. Patterson, UB’s top rusher this season, was awarded MAC Freshman of the Year as well.

The awards didn’t stop with the players. Head coach Lance Leipold took home some hardware himself as he was named MAC Coach of the Year. Leipold is in his fourth year as the Bulls head coach and has overseen this rejuvenation of the program. He is the second UB head coach to win the award; Turner Gill was the first back in 2007.

Kickoff for Friday night’s MAC Championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. You can listen to the full game, along with pre-game and post-game coverage on ESPN 1520.

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