Zoltan Mesko 41
Zoltan Mesko

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Twinsburg, Ohio

High School:
Twinsburg

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 231

Position:
P


At Michigan ... four-year letterman and starter at punter ... four-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference (2006-07-08-09) ... 2009 CoSIDA Academic All-America first team ... 2009 Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team ... two-time All-Big Ten first team selection by the coaches and media (2008-09) ... became the first special teams player in school history elected team captain ... 2007 Derek Howard Award winner as Michigan's top hustler ... appeared in 50 career games ... had 243 career punts for 10,325 yards ... holds U-M career record for punts and punting yardage ... his 42.5-yard career average ranks second in school history ... became the first Wolverine player to surpass 10,000 career punt yards vs. Penn State (Oct. 24, 2009) ... became the only U-M player to punt for more than 3,000 yards during 2008 season ... holds program-standard for most punts (80) and punting yards (3,436) in a season ... 76 punts have been downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line ... has 58 punts of 50 yards or better ... booted a 68-yard career long vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17, 2007).

Fifth-Year Senior(2009) ... became first special teams player in school history to be elected team captain ... earned fourth varsity letter ... ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team ... Playboy Magazine All-American ... Associated Press All-America second team ... Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team ... Rivals.com All-America second team ... Phil Steele's All-America second team ... SI.com All-America honorable mention ... CollegeFootballNews.com All-America honorable mention ... became first Wolverine ever named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team ... Ray Guy Award (finalist) ... Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (finalist) ... named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Senior All-America second team ... Danny Wuerffel Trophy (finalist) ... recipient of Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award as the top senior scholar on the U-M team ... Academic All-Big Ten ... CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team ... started all 12 games as punter and holder ... led the Big Ten and finished eighth nationally in punting with a 44.46-yard average ... helped team lead the league and finish third nationally in net punting (40.93 avg.) ... punted 52 times for 2,312 yards ... had 17 punts of 50 yards or better, 18 fair caught, 15 dropped inside the opposition's 20-yard line and just three touchbacks ... averaged 47.2 yards on five punts vs. Western Michigan (Sept. 5) ... became the Michigan career leader in punt attempts and punt yardage in the fourth quarter against the Broncos ... posted the third-longest punt of his career (66) vs. WMU ... punted four times vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 12) ... netted a 45.5-yard average on four punts with a long of 59 yards against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19) ... three of his four punts dropped inside the 20-yard line against the Eagles ... boomed seven punts for an average of 48.1 yards vs. Indiana (Sept. 26) ... had four of his seven punts go for 50-plus yards ... punted five times for a 43-yard average at Michigan State (Oct. 3) ... had a career-best 53.8 yard average on five punts at Iowa (Oct. 10) ... four of his five punts were longer than 50 yards, including a 61-yarder ... named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week for his play against the Hawkeyes ... served as holder on PATs/field goals vs. Delaware State (Oct. 17) ... U-M did not punt against the Hornets ... averaged 44.9 yards on seven punts vs. Penn State (Oct. 24) ... surpassed 10,000 career punting yards in the third quarter against the Nittany Lions ... punted three times at Illinois (Oct. 31) ... netted a 46.3-yard average on three punts vs. Purdue (Nov. 7) ... kicked a game-long 63-yarder in the fourth quarter and downed two punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line against the Boilermakers ... punted three times for a 40-yard average at Wisconsin (Nov. 14) ... averaged 43 yards on six punts and knocked two inside the 20-yard line vs. Ohio State (Nov. 21) ... played in 50 consecutive career games.

Senior/Junior (2008) ... earned third varsity letter ... Phil Steele's All-America fourth team ... Ray Guy Award semifinalist ... 2008 All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media) ... Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... first in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in punting average (42.95 avg.) ... his 42.95 per punt average this season ranks sixth in program history ... punted 80 times for 3,436 yards, both school records ... only U-M player to punt for more than 3,000 yards in one season ... had a career-best 25 punts of 50 yards or better ... knocked 24 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line ... kicked a 50-yard punt or better in nine of 12 games ... averaged 37.7 yards per punt on seven attempts vs. Utah (Aug. 30), with a long of 44 yards ... averaged 45.4 yards per punt vs. Miami (Sept. 6), punting seven times with three downed inside the 20-yard line ... averaged a career-best 52.8 yards per punt on four attempts at Notre Dame (Sept. 13), booting all four punts over 50 yards and downing three inside the 20 at Notre Dame (Sept. 13) ... completed a successful fourth down conversion with a 13-yard rush against the Irish ... averaged 43.5 yards per punt on a season-high eight attempts vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 27), sailing a 53-yard long and downing two inside the 20 yard line ... averaged 46.9 yards per punt on eight attempts vs. Illinois (Oct. 4), booting a 55-yard long and downing three inside the 20-yard line ... averaged 49.6 yards per punt on five attempts vs. Toledo (Oct. 11), kicking two 60-yarders (63,61) and matched career high with four punts downed inside the 20 ... averaged 41.7 yards per punt on six attempts and downed one inside the 20-yard line at Penn State (Oct. 18) ... punted eight times for a 44-yard average vs. Michigan State (Oct. 25) ... averaged 48.7 yards on six punts and booted two 50-yarders at Purdue (Nov. 1) ... two of his three punts were downed inside the 20 at Minnestoa (Nov. 8) ... had a seven-yard run that converted a fourth down against the Gophers ... averaged 38.7 yards on six punts vs. Northwestern (Nov. 15) ... matched career high with 12 punts for 438 yards at Ohio State (Nov. 22), his second straight season with 12 boots against the Buckeyes ... three of his punts were downed inside the OSU 20-yard line.

Junior (2007)... earned second varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... Derek Howard Award winner as Michigan's top hustler ... was a Ray Guy Award candidate ... was an Academic All-America candidate ... fifth in the Big Ten and 53rd nationally in punting average ... punted 70 times for 2876 yards (41.1 avg.), with 22 boots inside the 20-yard line ... 22 of 70 punts were fair caught ... averaged 48.7 yards on three punts vs. Appalachian State (Sept. 1), with a long of 56 yards ... had a season-high six punts for 421 yards (45.8 avg.) against Oregon (Sept. 8) ... averaged 40 yards on four punts vs. Notre Dame (Sept. 15) ... three of his six punts were downed inside the 20-yard line vs. Penn State (Sept. 22) ... did not allow a punt return against the Nittany Lions ... averaged 44.5 yards per punt and had three downed inside the 20-yard line at Northwestern (Sept. 29) ... recorded a 60-yard punt, the second longest of his career, against the Wildcats that was downed at the two-yard line ... two of his three punts were downed inside the 20 against Eastern Michigan (Oct. 6) ... punted four times for a 37-yard average vs. Purdue (Oct. 13), with one punt downed at the 14-yard line ... three of his four punts at Illinois (Oct. 20) were downed inside the 15-yard line (4, 13, 3) ... averaged 44 yards per punt against the Illini and boomed a 67-yard career long punt that was downed at the four ... punted four times for a 40.5-yard average against Minnesota (Oct. 27) ... punted a career-high nine times at Michigan State (Nov. 3), with a 52-yard boot and two punts downed inside the 20-yard line ... four of his seven punts were fair caught at Wisconsin (Nov. 10) ... matched Michigan Stadium record with a career-high 12 punts for 551 yards (45.9 avg.) vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17) ... boomed a 68-yard career long against the Buckeyes and had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line ... punted twice for a 44.5-yard average against Florida in the Capital One Bowl (Jan. 1).

Sophomore (2006)... earned first varsity letter ... Academic All-Big Ten ... U-M Athletic Academic Achievement ... played in all 13 games at punter ... punted 50 times for 2079 yards, a 41.6-yard average, with 17 punts downed inside the opposition's 20-yard line ... had eight boots of 50 yards or better ... made career debut vs. Vanderbilt (Sept. 2), punting three times for a 45-yard average ... had a 54-yard punt among two kicks for 97 yards against Central Michigan (Sept. 9) ... punted four times for a 38.8-yard average at Notre Dame (Sept. 16) ... boomed three punts for a career-best 47-yard average vs. Wisconsin (Sept. 23) ... booted a 56-yard career long punt that was fumbled by the Badgers and recovered by Turner Booth ... punted three times for a 40.3-yard average at Minnesota (Sept. 30), with a 54-yard long punt ... had a career-best 51-yard average on three punts vs. Michigan State (Oct. 7) ... had a 64-yard career long punt against the Spartans ... punted a career-high five times for a 38.8-yard average at Penn State (Oct. 14) ... pinned three of a career-best five punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line vs. Iowa (Oct. 21) ... hit five punts for a 43-yard, including a 57-yarder, against the Hawkeyes ... had four of his career-high six punts downed inside the 20-yard line vs. Northwestern (Oct. 28), dropping punts at the 19, 3, 9 and 11 yard lines ... had a 52-yard punt and another dropped inside the 20-yard line against Ball State (Nov. 4) ... punted twice for a 38-yard average at Indiana (Nov. 11) ... averaged 44.4 yards on five punts at Ohio State (Nov. 18), having two boots downed inside the opposition's 20-yard line ... matched career high with six punts for a career-best 251 yards (41.8 avg.) against Southern California in the Rose Bowl (Jan. 1).

Freshman (2005)... did not see game action.

Prep... attended Twinsburg High School (2005) coached by Al Hodakievic ... four-year varsity letterman in football ... earned team's academic award all four years ... Key Statistics... averaged 44 yards per punt during career and connected on 21-of-28 field goal attempts ... averaged 43.6 yards per punt as a senior and 89 percent of his kickoffs went into the end zone ... had a career-long punt of 71 yards, all in the air, and hit the crossbar on a 55-yard try ... boomed 13 punts better than 50 yards, including a 68-yard punt during senior year ... went 16-of-18 on extra points and 8-of-12 on field goals senior year, including a long of 47 yards ... averaged 46 yards per punt as a junior and connected on 11-of-14 field goal attempts ... placed first in punting at the Dick Pierce Camp in 2002-03-04 ... Most Valuable Performer at the Ray Guy Kicking Academy in 2004 ... Honors and Rankings... USA Today second-team All-USA selection ... Parade Magazine All-American ... U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection ... National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete award recipient ... earned first-team all-conference and was named the Cleveland Touchdown Club Award winner in his conference, which is given to the best scholar-athlete ... received Western Reserve Conference Cleveland Touchdown Club Award and Akron Touchdown Club Award ... first-team All-Sun Newspaper ... earned first-team All-Ohio as a senior ... named first-team all-state by Cleveland Plain Dealer... received first-team All-Western Reserve Conference, North Division, honors as a junior and senior ... three-star prospect, No. 2 kicker in country and No. 36 player in Ohio by Rivals.com ... rated No. 47 overall prospect in Midwest by SuperPrep Magazine ... rated an All-America Midwest prospect by Prep Star Magazine ... selected to participate in 2005 Big 33 Football Classic for Ohio and Pennsylvania seniors ... No. 11 kicker in the country and the No. 34 overall prospect in Ohio ... Other Sports... played basketball and ran track for two years.

Personal... Zoltan Mesko was born March 16, 1986 in Timisoara, Romania ... both parents are native of Romania ... father is a former professional bowler ... enrolled in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business ... business administration major.


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