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.
Tim Twentyman covers all the news from Wednesday's practice in the UK including the DT dominant duo, a practice squad roster move and more.
Despite the problems facing the Falcons, the Lions are looking more at a team that was an incomplete pass away from going to the Super Bowl two years ago than one that’s in trouble.
The Lions got some good news on the injury front Wednesday as All-Pro receiver Calvin Johnson was listed as “limited” on the first practice report of the week.
Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola talks about the importance of the team sticking to a routine and how improving the offense is a group effort.
Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh talks about the team's mentality heading into Sunday and how the group must take advantage of their opportunities.
Detroit Lions head coach Jim Caldwell talks about the warm welcome the team has received thus far in London and how the group has maintained focus.