Feb. 15, 2010
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Four members of the 2009 University of Michigan football team -- defensive end Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical HS), punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS), running back Brandon Minor (Richmond, Va./Varina HS) and cornerback Donovan Warren (Long Beach, Calif./Polytechnic HS) -- received invitations to participate in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine held Feb. 24 to March 2 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. The combine places elite draft-eligible players from across the nation in a series of physical and mental tests to be personally evaluated by scouts from every NFL team.
Graham was named the Senior Bowl MVP after posting two sacks, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble and five total stops in the North victory. The co-recipient of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten Conference MVP, Graham earned All-Big Ten first team accolades and received the Bo Schembechler Award as Michigan's team MVP for the second straight season. He was named the National Defensive Lineman of the Year by the College Football Performance Award. A second team All-American, Graham was also a finalist for the Ted Hendricks Trophy as the nation's outstanding defensive end. He led the nation in tackles for loss (26) and was 14th in sacks (10.5). Graham recorded a career-high 64 tackles and contributed two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and forced two fumbles. He blocked two punts and returned another for a touchdown. Graham finished his career with 56 tackles for loss, 29.5 sacks and 138 total tackles.
A finalist for the Ray Guy Award and a second team All-American in 2009, Mesko led the Big Ten and finished eighth nationally in punting with a U-M season-record 44.5-yard average as a senior. He was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team. Mesko earned All-Big Ten first team honors his final two seasons (2008-09) and collected Academic All-Big Ten accolades four years (2006-07-08-09). He became the first Wolverine ever named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and was a finalist for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award and Danny Wuerffel Trophy in 2009. Mesko completed his career as Michigan's all-time leader in career punts (252) and yardage (10,703), and ranks second with a 42.5-yard career average.
Minor led the Wolverines in rushing despite an injury-plagued senior season. He was invited to participate in the East-West Shrine Game but was unable to play due to offseason shoulder surgery. Minor carried the ball 96 times for 502 yards and scored a team-leading eight touchdowns in 2009. He gained 1,658 rushing yards on 331 carries during his career and scored 20 rushing touchdowns. Minor played in 42 career contests and made six starts at superback.
A 2009 first team All-Big Ten selection, Warren posted career highs in interceptions (four), pass breakups (11) and tackles (66) during his junior year. He was sixth in the league with 11 PBUs. Warren posted 50 or more tackles from his starting cornerback spot during each of his three seasons. He started 34 of 36 games over three seasons, recording 170 tackles, five TFLs, one sack, three fumble recoveries, six interceptions and 22 PBUs.
Graham and Mesko are preparing for the combine with the U-M strength and conditioning staff. Michigan had four players attend the combine in 2009 and seven in 2008.
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