Oct. 8, 2009
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- University of Michigan fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. In order to be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be an NCAA Division I senior in the Football Bowl Subdivision and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: classroom, character, community and competition.
Mesko and University of Minnesota wide receiver Eric Decker are the only Big Ten Conference athletes on the 2009 finalist list. The other candidates are: Zane Beadles, Utah; Richie Brockel, Boise State; Kurtis Gregory, Missouri; Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian; Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan; Colt McCoy, Texas; Darrell Stuckey, Kansas; and Tim Tebow, Florida.
The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award football ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and ending Dec. 6. Fan balloting is available on the award's official web site, www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text FOOTBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists. Votes will be combined with those from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Mesko has already been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. He is a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation, which honors the college senior who excels on the field, in the community and in the classroom. Mesko ranks third in the Big Ten and 17th nationally in punting with a 44.2-yard average this season. He has helped the Wolverines lead the conference and list fifth nationally in net punting (43.2 avg.). Mesko holds Michigan career punting records for punts (225) and yardage (9491) and is second with a 42.2-yard average.
This is the second year that Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has been presented to a college football player.
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