Jordan Kovacs named Michigan MVP, denying Denard Robinson of school's first 3-peat
LIVONIA -- Quarterback Denard Robinson was vying to become the first three-time team most valuable player in Michigan history.
Jordan Kovacs denied him.
The senior safety began his career by needing two tryouts to make the team, and ends it as a four-year starter, team captain and now the Wolverines' Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player.
He earned the award Monday night at the Wolverines' annual postseason awards banquet at Laurel Manor in Livonia. It was determined by a team vote.
Kovacs is the first safety in 22 years to be named Michigan's MVP, and only the third overall, following Tripp Welborne (1990) and Randy Logan (1972).
"I'm truly, truly humbled," Kovacs said. "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 has 331 career tackles, 12th in school history, heading into Michigan's matchup against No. 11 South Carolina (10-2) in the Outback Bowl, the final game of his decorated -- and unlikely -- career.
He was a second-team all-Big Ten selection this season according to the coaches, and was honorable mention according to the media.
Michigan's MVP award is named after former Michgian coach Bo Schembechler -- and current coach Brady Hoke said Kovacs embodies the kind of player Schembechler loved.
"I know Coach, he would definitely like the recipient of this award," Hoke said. "Knowing coach, being here eight years with him, down the hall, there's certain things he admired in people. Loyalty, toughness, guys who had a passion for the greatest game there is, teams, and guys who were true teammates, and guys who had the love for Michigan."
Kovacs also won the Robert P. Ufer Bequest as the Wolverines' most-spirited player.
The full list of award-winners:
Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award (top academics): Patrick Omameh
Robert P. Ufer Bequest (most spirit): Jordan Kovacs
Roger Zatkoff Award (best linebacker): Jake Ryan
Dick Katcher (best defensive lineman/outside linebacker): Craig Roh
Hugh H. Rader Jr. Memorial Award (best offensive lineman): Taylor Lewan
Captains Award: Jordan Kovacs, Denard Robinson
Bo Schembechler Most Valuable Player: Jordan Kovacs