PRO:Began his NFL career on the Detroit Lions practice squad in 2012.
COLLEGE:A two-time first team All-Mountain West selection, Messina finished his career with the Lobos as the Mountain West all-time leader in tackles with 454, as well as third on the school’s career tackles list.
2011:First team All- Mountain West after leading the conference in tackles with 142 for the third-consecutive season, also finishing tied for sixth nationally.
2010:Second team All-Mountain West.
2009:Named first team All-Mountain West in addition to Honorable Mention All-America recognition by both CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com.
2008:Made his lone start in week six at Wyoming as a redshirt freshman and had 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks on the season.
Playing Calvin Johnson is an enticing proposition as the Lions seek to extend their winning streak to three games against the struggling Atlanta Falcons at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Thursday's UK practice including the Lions' veteran safety duo, kicking royalty and more.
Tori Petry talks with Lions General Manager Martin Mayhew about his plans for the trade deadline and what has changed in the Lions team chemistry since last year.
Detroit Lions running back Joique Bell interviews some of the British media members as well as his teammates about the Lions' trip to the United Kingdom.