is a shoe-in IMO....Pun very much intended.
Mesko Named Finalist for Ray Guy Award
AUGUSTA, Ga. – ESPN and The Augusta Sports Council announced today (Monday, Nov. 23) that University of Michigan fifth-year senior punter Zoltan Mesko (Twinsburg, Ohio/Twinsburg HS) is one of three finalists for the 2009 Ray Guy Award, presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter. Mesko is joined as a finalist by Georgia’s Drew Butler and Florida’s Chaz Henry.
Mesko is the second Wolverine to be named a finalist for the award. Hayden Epstein was a finalist during the award’s inaugural season (2000). Mesko was a semifinalist last season. He looks to become the fourth punter in Big Ten history to win the award, joining Wisconsin’s Kevin Stemke (2000), Purdue’s Travis Dorsch (2001) and Ohio State’s B.J. Sanders (2003).
A preseason first-team All-American, Mesko is sixth nationally in punting with a U-M season record 44.5-yard average. He has helped the Wolverines list second nationally in net punting with a 40.9-yard average. Mesko has been extremely proficient in all phases, with 17 punts over 50 yards, 18 fair caught, three touchbacks and 15 downed inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. He has punted 52 times for 2,312 yards, including a 66-yard season-long punt against Western Michigan.
Mesko has already been named to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team and is a finalist for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award and the Danny Wuerffel Trophy. He was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation, and is a candidate for Academic All-America honors after being selected CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team earlier this month.
The 10th annual award will be announced live on ESPN during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show on Thursday, Dec. 10. The 2009 winner of the Ray Guy Award will be honored at a banquet by the Augusta Sports Council and The Augusta Chronicle in late January 2010.
If, by some shocking tragedy that rivals Hindenburg, the selection committee chooses someone else, it's entirely possible that Zoltan will release his Space Henchmen to run amok. I've seen him doing practice runs with them in the business school, and trust me -- it's horrifying.
i was amoung those holding out hope that we would try zoltan at middle linebacker this yr ... however i guess i can settle for the ray guy award
...AND the dude can PUNT!
Zoltan is the only senior among the three, so it's possible that he may get the nod because of that. Butler currently has 3.8 yards per punt on him and a famous name (his dad is Kevin Butler, former Bears kicker and member of the Bears Shuffling Crew), so we'll see...
But it would be nice to see the emperor honored by mere mortals.
One other interesting note: The award is from the Augusta (GA) Sports Council and the other two punters are Georgia natives.
That Ray Guy fella musta been good.
Zoltan! This man is my favorite player to ever don a winged helmet. Not only has he taken the craft of punting by the nuts and squeezed until it fell helplessly to the floor, but he has one of the brightest professional futures, athletically and traditionally, of any football player I've witnessed. Hail, Zoltan, and may you have a tremendous NFL career and a prosperous life thereafter.