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Tackles: 17, twice (last at Ohio State, Nov. 27, 2010)
Solos: 9, at Ohio State (Nov. 27, 2010)
Asst: 10, at Michigan State (Oct. 3, 2009)
TFLs: 2.5, twice (last vs. Iowa, Oct. 16, 2010)
Sacks: 2, vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 3, 2011)
Int.: 1, five times (last vs. Michigan State, Oct. 20, 2012)
FR: 1, twice (last at Michigan State, Oct. 15, 2011)
PBUs: 2, vs. Northwestern (Nov. 10, 2012)
At Michigan ... four-year varsity letterman ... appeared in 50 contests ... started 46 games at safety ... wore No. 11 jersey for the remainder of senior season after switching form No. 32 in honor of "Michigan Football Legends" Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert prior to Northwestern game (Nov. 10) ... ranks 12th on U-M's all-time tackles list (331 career tackles) ... posted his 300th career tackle vs. Michigan State (Oct. 20, 2012) ... only the 15th player in Michigan history to record 300 career tackles ... registered his 200th career tackle vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 3, 2011) ... recorded his 100th career tackle vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18, 2010).
Fifth-Year Senior (2012) ... Bo Schembechler MVP ... Robert P. Ufter Bequest award recipient ... All-Big Ten second team (coaches) and honorable mention (media) ... semifinalist for Wooden Citizenship Cup ... Academic All-Big Ten ...started 13 games at safety ... SOUTH CAROLINA (Jan. 1) ... posted three tackles ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 24) ... tallied six tackles ... IOWA (Nov. 17) ... posted five tackles, one sack and one TFL ... NORTHWESTERN (Nov. 10) ... posted five tackles, including one TFL ... MINNESOTA (Nov. 3) ... recorded six tackles, including one sack and forced fumble ... NEBRASKA (Oct. 27) ... tallied five tackles ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 20) ... posted five tackles and interception ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 22) ... posted seven tackles, including a tackle for loss ... MASSACHUSETTS (Sept. 15) ... tallied six tackles ... AIR FORCE (Sept. 8) ... recorded nine tackles, including eight solo stops ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... recorded eight tackles, including five solo stops.
Senior/Junior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned third varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... All-Big Ten honorable mention (media) ... Phil Steele's Midseason All-Big Ten second team selection ... named to the Lott IMPACT Trophy preseason watch list ... appeared in 12 games; started 12 at strong safety (Western Michigan, Notre Dame, Eastern Michigan, San Diego State, Minnesota, Northwestern, Michigan State, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Ohio State, Virginia Tech) and played 12 on special teams ... team's second leading tackler with 75 stops ... finished third on team in TFLs (8) and tied for second in sacks (4) ... VIRGINIA TECH (Jan. 3) ... recorded a game-high 11 tackles ... OHIO STATE (Nov. 26) ... recorded four tackles, including two for a loss, and a sack ... NEBRASKA (Nov. 19) ... led the team with seven tackles and a TFL ... ILLINOIS (Nov. 12) ... tallied five tackles, a TFL and a fifth career forced fumble ... MICHIGAN STATE (Oct. 15) ... posted six solo tackles and second career fumble recovery ... NORTHWESTERN (Oct. 8) ... notched seven tackles, two TFLs and a fourth-down sack in the fourth quarter to force a turnover on downs ... NOTRE DAME (Sept. 10) ... posted eight tackles and fourth career interception ... WESTERN MICHIGAN (Sept. 3) ... led the team with 10 tackles, including two for a loss, a career-best two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup ... his sack and forced fumble was returned for a touchdown by Brandon Herron ... named Lott IMPACT Player of the Week for performance against the Broncos.
Junior/Sophomore (2010) ... earned second varsity letter ... All-Big Ten honorable mention (media) ... started all 13 contests at strong safety ... second in Big Ten with 116 tackles (8.9 avg.) ... recorded 8.5 TFLs, one sack, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup ... posted six tackles and an assisted TFL vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4) ... posted 10 tackles and one interception at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) ... tallied a game-high 11 tackles, one TFL, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in start at strong safety vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18) ... his forced fumble and recovery allowed U-M to score its second touchdown in a span of 45 seconds late in the second quarter ... registered a team-high eight tackles, including one for a loss of two yards, in start vs. Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... posted his third double-digit tackle performance of the season in start at Indiana (Oct. 2), making 11 stops and one TFL ... accumulated seven tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss in start vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9) ... tallied eight tackles, including a career-tying 2.5 tackles-for-loss, and a pass breakup in start vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) ... recorded 11 tackles as a starting strong safety at Penn State (Oct. 30) ... registered nine tackles in start vs. Illinois (Nov. 6) ... had two solo tackles in start at Purdue (Nov. 13) ... notched 12 tackles and a sack for a loss of eight yards in start vs. Wisconsin (Nov. 20) ... matched his career high with 17 tackles, including one for a loss, and returned an interception 41 yards in start against Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... notched four tackles in start vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Sophomore/Freshman (2009) ... earned first varsity letter ... Rudy Award (candidate) ... CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America second team ... Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten ... played in 12 games and made eight starts at safety ... second on the team with 75 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception ... recorded three double-digit tackle efforts ... made career debut on special teams vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5), recording one assisted tackle ... played safety and on special teams vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12), recording three tackles ... accumulated six tackles and assisted on one TFL vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19), playing safety and special teams ... made first collegiate start at safety vs. Indiana (Sept. 26), posting four tackles and one TFL ... led team with 17 tackles, 2.5 TFLs and one forced fumble at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... his 17 stops against the Spartans were the most by any conference defender this season ... started at strong safety against Iowa (Oct. 10), recording a team-best 11 tackles and 0.5 TFLs ... totaled three stops in start at safety vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... registered five stops in start against Penn State (Oct. 24) ... made two solo tackles in start at safety against Illinois (Oct. 31) ... posted four tackles in start at safety vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... recorded 10 tackles, one forced fumble and first career interception at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... contributed nine stops vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21).
Prep ... attended Clay High School (2008) coached by Mike Donnelly ... four-year honor roll member ... Fellowship of Christian Athletes ... earned All-Ohio academic honors ... three-year varsity letterman in football ... Honors and Rankings ... received special mention All-Ohio as a senior ... first-team all-district at receiver senior year ... first-team all-district at defensive back as a junior ... earned first-team All-Toledo City League as a defensive back during junior and senior years ... added first-team all-city accolades at wide receiver senior year ... honorable mention all-city as a sophomore ... Other Sports ... four-year letterman in track ... first-team all-city senior year and second-team all-city selection as a junior ... state meet qualifier in 4x400 relay final two years ... honorable mention all-city sophomore year... varsity letterman in basketball as a sophomore and junior.
Personal ... Jordan David Kovacs was born June 12, 1990 ... father, Louis, was a defensive back on the U-M football team in the early 1980s (lettered in 1982) ... enrolled in the School of Kinesiology, majoring in movement science.
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