61  Michael Antonescu
Michael Antonescu

RS Senior

Ridgeland, MS

High School:
Ridgeland HS

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 315





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Saw action in 10 of the Tigers' 12 games in 2010...Was a member of a veteran offensive line that had to adjust to two different quarterbacks throughout the season...The line was also having to shift from a spread offense to a pro-style set...Worked a career-high 64 offensive plays against Louisville...Worked a majority of his offensive plays at right guard, but did also see action at left guard and center...Missed the Middle Tennessee and UTEP games with an injury...Started at center against both Louisville and Southern Miss...Snapped every play for the Tigers against the Cardinals.


Played in 10 of 12 games on the offensive line at left and right guard with three starts at right guard...Played in 44.1 percent of the offensive plays in games he appeared in...Saw action in the season opener against Ole Miss on special teams...Made his first career appearance on the offensive line against UT Martin at left guard and played in 23 of 69 offensive plays...Worked 14 plays at left guard and nine at right guard against UTEP...Logged 45 offensive plays against Southern Miss with 30 at right guard and 15 at left...Participated in 21 offensive plays at right guard against East Carolina...In on 45 plays against Tennessee, working 28 plays at right guard and 17 at left guard...Made his first collegiate start at right guard against UAB and worked 48 offensive plays...Started at right guard against Houston and logged 55 of 73 plays...Made his third start of the season at right guard against Tulsa and played all 56 offensive plays, which is a career high.


Lettered in 2008 after playing in the first four games of the season, primarily as a member of the special teams unit...Worked with the PAT and field goal units. Redshirted during the 2007 season as a true freshman...Received the 2007 Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship which is presented to the incoming Tiger football signee who exemplifies the football ideals of the former coach.


Redshirted during the 2007 season as a true freshman...Received the 2007 Rex Dockery Memorial Scholarship which is presented to the incoming Tiger football signee who exemplifies the football ideals of the former coach.

Academic Highlights:

Was a member of the Tiger 3.0 Club for four semesters (fall `07, spring `08, spring `09, spring `11)...Named to the 2007-08 Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll...Earned the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal for 2007-08...Was a member of the U of M Dean's List for fall 2007.


Was a three-year letterwinner for coach Kenny Burton on the offensive line at Ridgeland High...Named first-team all-state by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger as a senior...Also named first-team all-metro and all-district...Did not give up a sack in two years as a starter on the o-line...Credited with a season-high 15 pancakes against Yazoo City in `06...Finished his senior season with 135 pancake blocks...Played in the Mississippi-Alabama High School All-Star game...Listed as one of the Top 25 Most Wanted Recruits in Mississippi by the Jackson Clarion Ledger...Named to the all-metro and all-district teams in 2005...Played center on the basketball team for three seasons...Was a member of the academic decathlon team for two years.


Michael Gabriel Antonescu is the son of the late Jill Antonescu...Born November 27, 1988, in New York...His daughter, Georgia Rea Antonescu, was born on March 17, 2008...His grandfather, Jack Salveson, was a pitcher for the New York Giants and was the youngest player in Major League Baseball during the 1933 season...Was joined at the U of M by his brother, A.J., during fall camp in 2010.

Click link below for a Memphis Commercial Appeal feature article about Michael and his brother A.J.


Antonescu's Career Offensive Line Statistics
YR Games/Starts Plays/Total Team Plays
2008 4/0 0/243
2009 10/3 316/716
2010 10/2 240/576
TOTAL 24/5 556/1,535
Antonescu's Career Highs
Off. Plays
65 (at Louisville 2010)
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