Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Jordan Kovacs. The determined Kovacs was born on this day in Curtice, Ohio. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, he grew up to be an excellent athlete at Clay High School which is just outside Toledo, Ohio. Jordan earned letters in football, basketball and track. However, he was not recruited by any Division I football programs.
Jordan Kovacs was determined to play football where his father, Louis, played – and that was Michigan. Jordan walked on at Michigan in 2009. He earned everyone’s respect in that first season. Kovacs started 7 games at strong safety and 1 at free safety. He ended the season with the second most tackles (75) on the team. He earned second team honors as an All-American Freshman and was named to the Sporting News All-Big Ten team. Coach Rich Rodriguez took a lot of heat during his three years at Michigan. However, one of his best decisions was to award a scholarship to Jordan Kovacs after the 2009 season.
Jordan Kovacs expanded his role on the Michigan Football team in 2010. He started every game at strong safety and increased his tackle count to 116 (61 solo and 55 assists). Once again, Kovacs was the second leading tackler on the team. Jordan earned All-Big Ten second team honors for his excellent play. He did everything he was asked to do and Michigan had a winning season (7-6) in 2010. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough and Coach Rodriguez was gone in January 2011.
Kovacs impressed his new coach, Brady Hoke in August 2011. Jordan started 13 more games at strong safety and still recorded 75 tackles on Michigan’s much-improved defense. Overall, he was very productive and helped Michigan win eleven games and the 2012 Sugar Bowl Championship.
Jordan Kovacs returned to the 2012 Michigan Football team with a new role. He would be a co-captain along with Denard Robinson. Of course, it was a great honor that Jordan took seriously. He did everything he could to lead the team – on and off the field. Unfortunately, Michigan could not duplicate the outstanding success of 2011. Instead, the Wolverines slipped to a record of 8 wins and 5 losses in Jordan’s final season.
During his career, Jordan Kovacs recorded 334 tackles (193 solo and 141 assists). He also had 4 pass breakups, and intercepted 5 passes. He forced 6 fumbles and recovered 2 more. Overall, he had a very impressive career when you consider that no one thought he would ever play for a major football program. Jordan Kovacs was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Michigan Football team which says a lot about what he meant to his team.
Jordan Kovacs is also associated with some interesting Michigan Football “firsts.” Here they are:
- Jordan Kovacs played on the first, and only, 7 loss Big Ten season (1-7-0) in Michigan football history (2009).
- Kovacs played on the first Brady Hoke team in 2011.
- Jordan Kovacs became a “champion” when Michigan won the first Sugar Bowl in program history (January 3, 2012).
- Jordan also played in the first, and only, game against Virginia Tech.
So, today is a good day to remember the inspiring Michigan football career of Jordan Kovacs. He was an excellent player who played a lot of good football for the Wolverines. Kovacs gave everything he had to his coaches, his teammates, and to Michigan. He is one of the most productive players to ever “walk on” at Michigan. Now that his professional football career has ended, Jordan Kovacs will do everything he can do to make Michigan’s Special Teams “special.” Thank you, Jordan Kovacs for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. Good luck in your Maize and Blue Football Coaching Career. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!