Nov. 5, 2009
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) released its 2009 football academic all-district teams on Thursday (Nov. 5) and University of Michigan fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) was named to the Academic All-District IV first team, while senior/junior wide receiver Jon Conover (Northville, Mich./Catholic Central HS) was named to the second team. First-team selections from each district advance to the Academic All-America ballot; the national team will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 24. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (on a 4.0 scale) at his/her current institution, and must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games.
A preseason Playboy All-American and 2008 All-Big Ten first team selection, Mesko is currently enrolled in the sports management master's program at U-M. He received his bachelor's degree this spring from the Ross School of Business, majoring in marketing and finance. In September, he was named as one of 11 players from the Football Bowl Subdivision to the Allstate AFCA Good Works team, recognizing his off-the-field achievements and selfless contributions to the community. Mesko is also a 2009 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award finalist, and was a 2009 NFF Campbell Trophy semifinalist for excellence on the field, in the classroom and in the community. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, he was named a 2009 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar for maintaining a minimum 3.7 GPA during the 2008-09 academic year. He currently ranks 10th nationally in punting (44.8 yards per punt) and holds U-M records with 240 career punts and 10,186 career punt yards.
Conover is a political science major who also earned the 2009 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar award and is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. He has started all nine games on all four special-teams units this fall and was named U-M's Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Eastern Michigan on Sept. 19; he also served as the special teams' captain for that game. A two-year letterman, Conover has appeared in 27 career games for the Maize and Blue, including all 12 games in 2008 and all nine games this season.