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Posted on Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 3:12 p.m.

Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko named academic All-American

By Dave Birkett

The honors keep coming for Zoltan Mesko.

The senior punter was named to ESPN The Magazine's first-team Academic All-American team Tuesday, a day after he earned first-team all-Big Ten honors and was named a finalist for the Ray Guy Award.


Zoltan Mesko was named an academic all-American on Wednesday.

Ann Arbor News file photo

Mesko is the 18th Wolverine to make the academic first team, and the first since Rob Renes in 1999. He graduated with a business degree in June and is currently enrolled in Michigan's sports management master's program.

Five other Big Ten players earned first-team all-academic honors: Michigan State's Blair White, Northwestern’s Zeke Markshausen and Penn State's Josh Hull, Andrew Pitz and Stefen Wisniewski.

Mesko averaged a school record 44.5 yards per punt this year.

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.


birch creek john

Wed, Nov 25, 2009 : 10:32 a.m.

Bear in mind that without the many "three and outs" graciously provided by this year's offense Zolatan would not have so many opportunities to display his talent. Yeah!


Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 8:53 p.m.

The countrys number 6 rated high school corner back, Cullen Christian of Penn Hills High School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania gave his verbal commitment to attend the University of Michigan today.


Tue, Nov 24, 2009 : 4:46 p.m.

It's good to hear stories like this about high academic AND athletic achievement. Zoltan has certainly more than lived up to his prospects as a player and student coming out of high school. First team All-Big 10 and academic 1st Team All-American are great achievements. Whether Mesko ends up in the NFL or not, his future appears very bright. Great job Zoltan!