Fifth-year University of Michigan senior safety Jordan Kovacs (Clay), was voted as the Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player and received the Robert P. Ufer bequest award as the senior who demonstrated the most enthusiasm and love for the team.
The University of Michigan Club of Greater Detroit held the 92nd annual football bust at the Laurel Manor in Livonia, where the 2012 team awards were announced and the senior football student-athletes received their coveted 'M' rings.
|Jordan Kovacs. (Press photo by Harold Hamilton/
Kovacs, a 2012 All-Big Ten second team choice by the league's coaches, started 12 games and totaled 65 tackles, 41 solo, five stops for losses, two sacks, one interception, two pass breakups and one forced fumble for a Wolverines defense that ranks second in the NCAA in pass defense (155.2 yards per game allowed), 11th in total defense (311.2 yards per game allowed) and 16th in scoring defense (18.8 points per game allowed).
For his career, the former walk-on has started 45 of 49 career games and has 331 tackles, 26 for losses, seven sacks, five interceptions, six forced fumbles and two fumbles recovered. Kovacs' 331 career tackles rank 12th in U-M history, while his six forced fumbles rank tied for third most.
Kovacs was also named as one of three finalists for the Burlsworth Trophy, which is awarded to the most outstanding football player in America that began his career as a walk-on.
Kovacs joins Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin and San Jose State offensive tackle David Quessenberry as finalists.
Kovacs wore the famed No. 11 jersey for the last few games of the season, switching from No. 32 in honor of the Wistert brotheres. A Michigan Football Legend patch over the left upper chest was affixed to the No. 11 jersey worn by Kovacs and all future players donning the Wisterts' jersey number.
The athletics department officially recognized the Wistert brothers — Francis, Albert and Alvin — as Michigan Football Legends during a pregame ceremony at the Michigan-Northwestern football game at Michigan Stadium.
The Wisterts, one of the great Michigan athletic families in school history, each wore the No. 11 jersey for the Michigan football program. All three brothers played tackle, were selected consensus All-Americans, and were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and Michigan Hall of Honor.
Michigan earned a bid to play in the 27th annual Outback Bowl against No. 11 South Carolina on Jan. 1, 2013. The game will be televised nationally by ESPN starting at 1 p.m. from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla.
Michigan (8-4, 6-2 Big Ten) finished the regular season in second place in the Legends Division. The Wolverines are ranked 19th in the Associated Press media poll and 22nd in the USA Today Coaches poll. Team 133's losses came to the No. 1, 2, 3 and 23 teams in the AP poll. Those four squads posted a 46-4 record during the season.