With just two weeks remaining until the Wolverines open the season against Alabama, Countdown to Kickoff features fifth-year senior offensive lineman Elliott Mealer, who is in the mix for playing time this fall.
Elliott Mealer sits down to discuss his final season in the Maize and Blue.
At Michigan ... appeared in 50 contests, making 13 starts at center.
Fifth-Year Senior (2012) ... started 13 games at center ... ALABAMA (Sept. 1) ... made first career start at center.
Senior/Junior (2011) ... Sugar Bowl champion ... earned third varsity letter ... played in all 13 games; appeared as a reserve offensive lineman in seven games, contributed to special teams in all 13 games.
Junior/Sophomore (2010) ... earned second varsity letter ... appeared in all 13 games on special teams ... saw game action on the field goal/PAT protection unit vs. Connecticut (Sept. 4) and at Notre Dame (Sept. 11) ... played on the field goal/PAT protection unit vs. Massachusetts (Sept. 18) and Bowling Green (Sept. 25) ... contributed on the field goal/PAT protection units in Big Ten opener at Indiana (Oct. 2) ... saw game action on the field goal/PAT protection units vs. Michigan State (Oct. 9), vs. Iowa (Oct. 16) and at Penn State (Oct. 30) ... appeared on the field goal/PAT protection units against Illinois (Nov. 6), Purdue (Nov. 13) and Wisconsin (Nov. 20) ... contributed on field goal/PAT protection units at Ohio State (Nov. 27) ... appeared on special teams units vs. Mississippi State (Jan. 1) in the Gator Bowl.
Sophomore/Freshman (2009) ... earned first varsity letter ... played in 11 games ... made career debut at left guard vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... did not see game action vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... played left guard and on special teams vs. Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... saw action on special teams vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... played on field goal protection unit at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... contributed on special teams at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... played left guard and on special teams vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... saw game action on field goal/PAT protection units against Penn State (Oct. 24), Illinois (Oct. 31), Purdue (Nov. 7), Wisconsin (Nov. 14) and Ohio State (Nov. 21).
Freshman (2008) ... did not see game action ... redshirted.
Prep ... attended Wauseon High School (2008) coached by Mark Emans ... helped team earn a share of the NWOAL title in 2007 ... three-year varsity starter ... bench pressed 305 pounds and squatted 465 pounds ... Key Statistics ... caught 21 career passes for 246 yards as a tight end ... tallied a career 46 tackles, six sacks, a pair of pass breakups and one fumble recovery ... played tight end and defensive end for the Indians as a senior, helping squad establish a school record with 3,230 rushing yards ... made four receptions for 55 yards and added 23 tackles and four sacks during senior year ... Honors and Rankings ... PrepStar Magazine All-American ... four-star prospect, the No. 213 prospect in the national and the No. 24 offensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com ... 14th-best player in the state of Ohio according to Rivals.com ... four-star prospect and the nation's 28th-best offensive tackle prospect by Scout.com ... Northwest Ohio Division IV Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior ... listed as a top-300 prospect by Tom Lemming.
Personal ... Elliott Wade Mealer was born June 30, 1989 ... enrolled in the College of Literature, Science and the Arts, majoring in general studies.