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Flowery Branch, GA – The Atlanta Falcons selected six players in the 2012 NFL Draft, including Wisconsin guard Peter Konz (55th overall), Southern Mississippi tackle Lamar Holmes (91st overall), Wisconsin fullback Bradie Ewing (157th overall), Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (164th overall), Mississippi State safety Charles Mitchell (192nd overall) and South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson (249th overall).
Konz, 6-5, 317 pounds, started 31 career games at center for the Badgers. In 2011, he was named a Rimington Trophy finalist, a first-team All-American by AFCA and Pro Football Weekly as well as a second-team All-American according to Yahoo! Sports and SI.com, and third-team All-American by Phil Steele in 2011. He also added first-team All-Big Ten Conference accolades from the media and was an honorable mention pick by the league’s coaches. In addition to his success on the football field, Konz leaves the university as a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection.
Holmes, 6-6, 333 pounds, played two seasons at Southern Miss after transferring from Itawamba Community College following the 2009 campaign. He was named a team captain by his teammates after transferring from junior college because of his work ethic. As a senior, he earned first team All-Conference USA honors after paving the way for the Golden Eagles to post more than 6,000 yards of total offense for the first time in school history. Holmes protected QB Austin Davis’ blind side, helping the quarterback throw for 3,496 yards with 30 touchdowns, and blocked for a rushing attack that averaged 205.1 yards per game.
Ewing, 5-11, 243 pounds, began his career at Wisconsin as a walk-on running back and ended it as a team captain and first team All-American. He started 10 of 52 games at Wisconsin, rushing for two touchdowns and adding two more receiving scores. According to NFL Draft Report, his 30 touchdown-resulting blocks in 2011 are the most ever by a blocker in a season and were more than 99 teams at the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision level.
In 2011, Ewing was named a first team All-American and chosen to the Super Sleeper Team by The NFL Draft Report at fullback. He cleared running lanes for All-American RB Montee Ball, who rushed for an NCAA-best 1,923 yards and tied RB Barry Sanders collegiate record with 39 rushing touchdowns. He also delivered a team-best 100 knockdowns/key blocks, including a Badgers-best 21 down-field blocks.
Massaquoi, 6-2, 264 pounds, started all 25 games he played in at Troy, recording 128 tackles (78 solos) with 19.5 sacks for minus 138 yards, 31.0 stops for loss, 12 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, three pass deflections and one blocked kick. His 19.5 sacks rank 12th in school history and his 31 tackles for loss rank third in team annals.
Mitchell, 5-11, 205 pounds, was one of the Bulldogs most consistent defenders as he played in 50 games and recorded 283 total tackles with four interceptions during his career. A team captain, he ranked second on the team with 95 tackles (50 solo) while notching three tackles for loss, one sack, six passes defensed and one forced fumble as a senior.
Robertson, 6-4, 304 pounds, was a team leader and experienced player for the Gamecocks. He was named a preseason second-team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele as a key interior cog in South Carolina’s defense. The three-year letter winner played in 12 games as a senior in 2011, recording 45 tackles (22 solo), two sacks and eight tackles for loss.
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