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Posted on Tue, Dec 15, 2009 : 5:07 p.m.

Brandon Graham, Zoltan Mesko second-team All-Americans

By Dave Birkett

The honors keep coming for Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham and punter Zoltan Mesko.

Graham, who led the nation with 26 tackles for loss, and Mesko, a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, were named second-team All-Americans by The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Last week, Graham and Mesko were named second-team All-Americans by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Both also were first-team all-Big Ten selections and both will play in the Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Ala.

Just six Big Ten players were named first- or second-team All-American by the AP. Michigan State linebacker Greg Jones was a first-team selection, and Iowa offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga, Hawkeyes linebacker Pat Angerer and Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick joined Graham and Mesko on the second team.

The complete All-American team is here.

Dave Birkett covers University of Michigan football for He can be reached by phone at 734-623-2552 or by e-mail at Follow him on Twitter @davebirkett.


David Briegel

Wed, Dec 16, 2009 : 12:09 p.m.

Congratulations to our two finest players. Every game. All season! Leaders and best! OUTSTANDING! ALL AMERICAN IN EVERY WAY!!


Wed, Dec 16, 2009 : 9:36 a.m.

2 years in a row without a first team All American... That hasn't happened in a long time.


Wed, Dec 16, 2009 : 9:25 a.m.

Interesting...The second worst team in the Big Ten this year, and we are the only team with two All-Americans. That has to be some kind of record.