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.
- His record ranks above two New Mexico alumni who had long NFL careers, including Brian Urlacher (442 tackles) and Robin Cole (406 tackles).
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.
- Posted nine double-digit tackle games as a junior, including a career-high performance of 21 tackles in the season finale against No. 8 ranked Boise State.
2010:Second team All-Mountain West.
- Led the team and conference in tackles (115) for the second-consecutive season, becoming the first Lobo since Brian Urlacher (1998-99) to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons.
2009:Named first team All-Mountain West in addition to Honorable Mention All-America recognition by both CollegeFootballNews.com and SI.com.
- Teammates voted him Defensive Player of the Year and co-Defensive Captain of the year as a sophomore, becoming the youngest Lobo to win Defensive MVP since 1994.
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.
- An all-state linebacker and running back at Addison Trail High School under head coach Paul Parpet, Messina finished as the Blazers’ career rushing leader with more than 3,000 yards and 40 touchdowns.
- Son of Louis and Donna Messina.
- Cousin Richard Coardy played at Texas A&M and was a member of the St. Louis Rams 2000 Super Bowl Championship team.