Mike Lantry, 1972
Coming from the east coast, I didn't watch a ton of Big Ten football before I enrolled here at Michigan.
However, I have grown up a Philadelphia Eagles, and have seen quite a bit of Sean Considine. He walked on at Iowa and become a solid starter at safety. He was 6'0", 200 lbs, and not too fast (he was always a liability in coverage for the Eagles).
I'm sure there are guys on here who saw a lot more of Considine when he was in college. Was he a liability in coverage at that time? More importantly, is Kovacs to Considine an accurate comparison? Please let me know as I am kinda curious about this.
I searched for it but nothing came up. Apparently, Jordan Kovacs received a scholarship. I assume that it'll be a 3 year scholarship. Congrats to Kovacs for earning it!
Rivals put out a list of some of the top walk-on performers in the country last season. Not surprisingly, Jordan Kovacs was on the list.
I wouldn't be surprise to see Kovacs start again in 2010. And I don't think that would be a horrible thing. He performed pretty well as a free safety. He's limited physically, which is one of the reasons he played poorly when he played strong safety (Illinois, for example) or had deep coverage (PSU, for example). Plus he was only a redshirt freshman.
At some point in his career, Kovacs will likely get passed by somebody more gifted athletically, such as Mike Williams, Carvin Johnson, or Marvin Robinson. But neither of those freshmen enrolled early, so they've only got this summer to catch up to or surpass Kovacs and Williams.
Football Foursome Named to Sporting News Freshman All-Big Ten
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – University of Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier (San Diego, Calif./Scripps Ranch HS), wide receiver Roy Roundtree (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison HS), outside linebacker Craig Roh (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral HS) and safety Jordan Kovacs (Curtice, Ohio/Clay HS) were selected to the Freshmen All-Big Ten Team announced today (Dec. 16) by Sporting News. The Wolverines’ four honorees were more than any other Big Ten Conference school.
Roundtree was the team’s top offensive performer at the end of the season, catching 30 passes for 390 yards and two touchdowns in the final four contests. He finished the year as the Wolverines’ top receiver with 32 receptions for 434 yards (13.6 avg.) and three touchdowns. Roundtree played in 11 games at slot receiver and started the final four contests as a redshirt freshman.
Forcier started at quarterback from wire-to-wire for the Wolverines, completing 165-of-281 passes (58.7 pct.) for 2,050 yards and 13 touchdowns. He carried the ball a team-high 118 times for 240 yards and scored three touchdowns. Forcier directed a pair of fourth quarter comebacks (Notre Dame and Indiana) during his initial campaign and had five games with 200 or more passing yards. He joined Chad Henne as the only true freshmen quarterbacks in school history to start every game during the season.
Roh is the first true freshman defensive player to start every game during the regular season. He posted 37 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception and three pass breakups during his rookie season. Roh registered a career high seven stops against Eastern Michigan (Sept. 19), including his first career interception and an assisted sack. He added five-tackle efforts against Purdue (Nov. 7) and Ohio State (Nov. 21).
A walk-on who kept making plays each and every week, Kovacs earned eight starts at safety and played in all 12 games on special teams. He finished the year second on the team with 75 tackles, 4.5 TFLs, one interception and forced two fumbles. He had three double-digit tackle efforts, including a league season-best 17 tackles and 2.5 TFLs at Michigan State (Oct. 3). Kovacs was named to the CollegeFootballNews.com Freshman All-America second team squad.
Graham and Mesko Add to All-America Accolades: Senior defensive end Brandon Graham (Detroit, Mich./Crockett Technical HS) was named to SI.com’s All-America second team and fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) collected second-team accolades from Phil Steele. Graham earned a fourth-team nod from Phil Steele while Mesko received honorable mention status from SI.com.
Congrats to those guys. For anyone questioning whether or not Michigan was a very young team this year, that's the most All-conference selections of any B10 squad. A couple others had 3 selections.
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He's up for the Rudy award. It would be awesome on multiple levels if he was able to win this:
There is a great article on Jordan Kovacs in the Toledo Blade this morning. It tells a little about his background and the efforts he went through to join the Michigan football team.
It's pretty good...you should check it out if you get a chance!!
NOTE: A normal link would usually follow but the Blade does not have an electronic copy up yet on their main page.