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Jordan Kovacs named Michigan football MVP for 2012

Jordan Kovacs, a four-year starter in the defensive backfield for the Michigan Wolverines, was given the Bo Schembechler Award as the team's Most Valuable Player in 2012.

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The Michigan Wolverines had named starting quarterback Denard Robinson the team's Most Valuable Player the last two seasons, but the Bo Schembechler award went to somebody on the opposite side of the ball this season. Safety Jordan Kovacs was named the team MVP on Monday night at a team banquet.

Kovacs, a four-year starter after having to tryout twice to make the team in the first place, was voted in as team MVP by way of a players' vote. He's just the third safety in team history to earn the honor, joining Tripp Welborne and Randy Logan. Kovacs was touched:

"I'm truly, truly humbled. Just been an honor to play for this university. It was a dream come true when I first walked on, and that's how I approached it day in and day out. I've always been proud to wear the winged helmet, and just given everything I could to this university. Can't be thankful enough."

Kovacs will finish his career with Michigan's matchup against South Carolina in the Outback Bowl and, at worst, he'll finish with the 12th most tackles in school history. For what it's worth, the safety also earned the Robert P. Ufer Bequest for "most spirit" and joined Robinson as recipients of the "Captains Award."