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Khalil Mack named PFWA Defensive Player of the Year

The honors continue to roll in for Khalil Mack.

The University at Buffalo product and Oakland Raiders' star was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America on Tuesday.

Mack, who is the first Raiders' defensive player to win the award since it began in 1992, finished with 77 tackles (56 solo), 11 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception and four passes defended on the way to earning his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. He was also named to the Associated Press All-Pro Team and the PFWA All-NFL Team this year.

Mack had a sack in eight straight games, tying an NFL record, and won AFC Defensive Player of the Month for November after recording 13 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles, one interceptions and two passes defensed – helping Oakland go 3-0 for the month. He won two AFC Defensive Player of the Week awards, following Week Nine against Denver and Week 12 against Carolina. Against the Panthers, he became the first player since 2009 to record a sack, interception returned for a touchdown, forced fumble and fumble recovery in the same game.
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