27 July 2009

Preseason All American and All Big Ten announced

Today they have released the preseason All American and All Big Ten lists and there are 6 Wolverines on those lists.

Senior punter Zoltan Mesko, who is a first team All American, is the lone Wolverine to make the All American team. He was also, of course, voted to the first team All Big Ten. Mesko has one of the strongest legs that you will see and it is rumored that he will be kicking field goals for the Wolverines this year as well. To go with his booming leg, Mesko also has pin point accuracy and can place the ball wherever he wishes. It is this combination of power and precision that will greatly help the Wolverines to win the field position wars this year. Rumor has it that he is just as accurate as a place kicker so you can expect huge things from Mesko this year.

In addition to Mesko, three other Wolverines made the 1st team All Big Ten. These were senior defensive end Brandon Graham, junior fullback Mark Moundros, and sophomore defensive tackle Mike Martin. Graham and Martin will be the anchors to a very good defensive line which is easily the strongest part of what should be a very stout Wolverine defense. You can expect Graham to cause all kinds of havoc in both the opponents rushing and passing games while Martin will really clog up the middle. When the season's over, don't expect Martin to put up the kind of numbers that Graham is expected to, but Martin will be just as important, if not more so than Graham. If any one wants to run the ball up the middle this year, they need to get past Martin first, and that will be no easy task. Fullback Moundros being selected shows that the voters don't fully understand the Wolverine's offense this year. While Moundros will be expected to provide some good blocking here and there, this reporter doesn't expect him to get more than a few very short yardage carriers this year. We will have to wait and see.

Rounding out the list of Wolverines that were honored are those making the All Big Ten 2nd team. These players are senior halfback Brandon Minor, and sophomore center David Molk. Huge things are expected from Minor this year and it would not be surprising to see him make it to the 1st team All Big Ten by the end of the year, despite the talented running backs that exist in this league. The only thing that could hold him back would be how many carries he has to share with a very deep backfield. If Minor can get his carries this year, then he should be in for a banner year. Molk, while only a sophomore, shows tremendous promise. The Wolverine offensive line was very weak last year, but it is greatly improved this year and you can expect Molk to be the vocal leader of the bunch. Under his guidance and leadership, you can expect the Wolverine offensive line to be vastly improved this year.

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