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Michigan guard Zak Zinter earns unanimous First-Team All-American honors

The senior’s decision to return results in a Big Ten Championship and several accolades.

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In spite of a bitter end to his Michigan playing career, the postseason honors are continuing to roll in for offensive lineman Zak Zinter. Following a stellar 2023 campaign, the senior guard’s performance has earned him unanimous First-Team All-American Honors.

This was made official Thursday morning when the American Football Coaches Association deemed him a First-Team selection.

With the honor, Zinter became a member of an exclusive club, as unanimous honors are designated for players who are named First-Team All-Americans by the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation. Earlier this week, Zinter secured consensus All-American status by being named to the first-team by three of the five organizations.

Zinter is the only Wolverine on this year’s team to earn unanimous First-Team All-American honors. Running back Blake Corum and center Olu Oluwatimi were both unanimous All-Americans last season, while Aidan Hutchinson was in 2021.

Postseason honors are nothing new for Zinter, as he was recently named First-Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media. He earned the same distinction following his excellent 2022 season as part of Michigan’s Joe Moore Award-winning offensive line. However, this is the first time in his college career he has been named an All-American.

Following last season, Zinter had the chance to declare for the NFL Draft and likely would have been one of the top offensive guards in the draft class. However, he opted to return to Michigan alongside players like Corum and Kris Jenkins in pursuit of another Big Ten title and shot at a National Championship.

The team is well on its way to accomplishing its final goal with another College Football Playoff semifinal looming, but it’ll have to do so without Zinter’s help, as he suffered a fractured tibia and fibula during Michigan’s 30-24 win over Ohio State.