Zoltan Mesko was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Set an NFL rookie record for net punting average in 2010 with a 38.4 net average. It is the highest of any rookie punter since the net punting average was first tracked in 1976, surpassing the 38.0 net average that Los Angeles Rams’ Dale Hatcher set in 1985.
- Mesko's career-long tying 65-yard punt vs. Baltimore (10/17/10) was the longest overtime punt in Patriots history and the longest for the Patriots since Chris Hanson’s 70-yard punt in 2008.
- Currently sits as the Patriots second all-time leader in punting average with 44.2 yards per punt (minimum 10 punts).
2012 (16/0, 2/0)
- Patriots punter finished the regualar season sitting in second place in franchise history with a 44.2 yard average for his career (minimum 10 punts).
2011 (16/0, 3/0)
- Appeared in all three postseason games and finished with seven punts for 298 yards (42.6 avg., 37.7 net), dropping three inside the opponent’s 20-yard line and a long of 53.
- Punted three times for 123 yards (41.0 avg) with a long of 48 against the N.Y. Giants (2/5).
- Punted twice for 97 yards (48.5 avg.) with a long of 53 against Baltimore (1/22).
- Boomed two punts for 78 yards (39.0 avg.), both pinning Denver inside its own 20-yard line in win against the Broncos (1/14).
- Appeared in all 16 games and is the Patriots all-time leader in punting average with 44.8 yards per punt (minimum 10 punts). Mesko led the AFC and finished third in the NFL in 2011 with a 41.5 net average. His 46.5 average overall in 2011 is the best in team history, topping the 45.8 average by Tom Tupa in 1997.
- His 41.5 net punting average in 2011 was the sixth sixth highest single season average in NFL history and only the 24th time a punter finished with a net average of 40.0 or better.
- Finished the season with 57 punts for 2,648 yards (46.5 avg., 41.5 net avg.), three touchbacks, 24 downed inside the 20-yard line, and a long of 65.
- Punted twice for 97 yards (48.5 avg.) against Buffalo (1/1).
- Achieved career highs in punts (6), yards (314) and average (52.3) in a single game against Miami (12/24). Dropped four of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line and tied a career-long with a 65-yard punt in the first quarter.
- Punted four times for 162 yards (39.5 avg.), dropping a season-high three inside the 20-yard line in Denver (12/18).
- Kicked three punts for 135 yards (45.0 avg), one for a season-long 61 yards, a touchback and dropped one inside the Redskins 20-yard line (12/11).
- Punted four punts for 187 yards (46.8 avg) against Indianapolis (12/4).
- Booted 3 punts 145 yards (48.3 avg) in Philadelphia (11/27).
- Punted four times for 203 yards (50.8 avg) against the Chiefs (11/21)
- Punted four times for 187 yards (46.8 avg) against the N.Y Jets (11/13)
- Booted five punts for 225 yards (45.0 avg.) against the N.Y. Giants (11/6).
- Punted four times for 168 yards (42.0 avg.) in Pittsburgh (10/30).
- Booted two punts for 96 yards (48.0 avg.) against the Cowboys (10/16).
- Punted four times for a season- high 205 yards (51.5 avg.), dropping one inside the Jets 20-yard line (10/9).
- Punted three times for 147 yards (49.0 avg.), dropping two inside Oakland's 20-yard line (10/2).
- Boomed three punts (46.7 avg.) and pinned the Bills inside its own 20-yard line twice, including a season-long 57-yarder in Buffalo (9/25).
- Punted twice for 85 yards (42.5 avg.) including one that pinned San Diego inside their own 20-yard line (9/18).
- Punted four times for 152 yards (38.0 avg.), with 1 touchback against the Dolphins (9/12).
- Recorded three punts for 140 yards, including a 52-yard punt in the second quarter against the Jets (12/6) and one downed inside the 20.
- Punted three times for 153 yards (51.0 avg.) against the Lions, downing one inside the 20 and recording one touchback (11/25).
- Punted three times for 132 yards (44.0 avg.), downing one inside the 20 against the Colts (11/21).
- Totalled 201 yards on five punts with a long of 53 against the Steelers (11/14).
- Punted five times for 207 yards (41.4 avg.) and one touchback against the Browns (11/7).
- Punted five times for 237 yards (47.4 avg. and a long of 55) and one touchback against Minnesota (10/31).
- Averaged 38.3 yards-per-punt on four punts for 153 yards against the Chargers (10/24).
- Boomed a 65-yard punt in overtime that significantly changed field position, giving the Ravens possession at their own 19-yard line after the Patriots faced a fourth-and-6 from their own 16-yard line (10/17). Mesko's career-long 65-yard punt was the longest in Patriots history in overtime, besting Mike Saxon's 46-yard punt in overtime (11/7/93) and the longest for the Patriots since Chris Hanson's 70- yard punt in 2008. He finished the game with six punts for 282 yards (47.0 avg.).
- Punted three times for 123 yards (41.0 avg.) against the Dolphins (10/4).
- Punted three times for 113 yards against Buffalo (9/26).
- Punted three times for 146 yards (48.7 avg.) against the Jets (9/19).
- Punted one time (43 yards) in his first NFL game in the season opener against the Bengals (9/12). H Had 58 punts of 50 yards or better, with a career long of 68 vs. Ohio State (Nov. 17, 2007).
- 2009 Honors and Awards: CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team, ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America first team, Playboy Magazine All-American, Associated Press All-America second team, Walter Camp Football Foundation All-America second team, Rivals.com All-America second team, Phil Steele's All-America second team, Named to Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Senior All-America second team, SI.com All-America honorable mention and College FootballNews.com All-America honorable mention, Ray Guy Award (finalist), Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (finalist), Danny Wuerffel Trophy (finalist), Recipient of Dr. Arthur D. Robinson Scholarship Award as the top senior scholar on the U-M team, CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first team.
- Led the Big Ten and finished eighth nationally in punting with a 44.46-yard average as a senior.
- Helped team lead the league and finish third nationally in net punting (40.93 avg.) as a senior.
- 2008 Honors and Awards: Phil Steele's All-America fourth team, Ray Guy Award semifinalist, 2008 All-Big Ten first team (coaches and media), Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award.
- First in the Big Ten and 19th nationally in punting average (42.95 avg.) as a junior, punting 80 times for 3,436 yards, both established school records.
- Completed a successful fourth down conversion with a 13-yard rush against the Irish.
- 2007 Honors and Awards: Derek Howard Award winner as Michigan's top hustler, Ray Guy Award and Academic All- America candidate.
- Zoltan Mesko was born March 16, 1986 in Timisoara, Romania
- Both parents are native of Romania... Father is a former professional bowler...Enrolled in the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and was a business administration major...Attended Twinsburg High School (2005)...Most Valuable Performer at the Ray Guy Kicking Academy in 2004…Played basketball and ran track for two years.
- Mesko was born in Timosoara, Romania, on the Romania-Hungary border. On many occasions in 1989, during the communist revolutions, his family was forced to take cover by diving on the floor to avoid gun shots from the armies.
- His family was able to escape Romania when his father won a United States Permanent Resident Card (green card) in the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery in 1997 when Mesko was 11.
- An avid soccer player, Mesko discovered football after breaking a light fixture during a game of kickball in the gym in 8th grade. When given the choice to pay for the light fixture or play football, Mesko chose football.
- Interned with Graham Partners, a Philadelphia, Pa. private equity firm in the spring of 2011.