Graham Named Senior Bowl Most Valuable Player

Jan. 30, 2010

MOBILE, Ala. - Senior defensive end Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical HS) led the North squad to a 31-13 victory over the South in the 2010 Under Armour Senior Bowl today (Saturday, Jan. 30) at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Graham was named the game's Most Valuable Player following a dominating performance that saw him collect five tackles, two sacks, one tackle for loss and one forced fumble.

Graham became the first Wolverine and eighth Big Ten Conference player to ever win the MVP award at the Senior Bowl. He picked up both of his sacks on first down plays, with Graham's forced fumble and a North recovery coming early in the third quarter near midfield.

In addition to Graham, fifth-year senior Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) pinned the South squad deep on all three of his punts, with the opposition starting at its 21-, 11- and 15-yard lines. He punted three times for a 32.7-yard average, with a 41-yard long.

Both players return to Ann Arbor for workouts with the U-M strength and conditioning staff in preparation for the NFL Combine slated to begin Feb. 25 in Indianapolis, Ind. Graham is also slated to complete his undergraduate degree this spring and Mesko is completing work on his master's degree in sports management.

Contact: David Ablauf (734) 763-4423

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