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MGoBlue.com continues its Leaders and Best in 50 States [plus DC and PR] today with the selections that represent Oregon and Kansas. Yesterday's installment brought us the representatives of Texas and Iowa.
The Oregon honoree is Brent Lang, a major part of Michigan's superior legacy in swimming and diving. Lang was the top sprint freestyler in the NCAA in 1989 and 1990 with individual championships both years in the 50M Free and 100M Free. As mentioned below, he won gold in the 1988 Summer Games as a member of the 4X100M Freestyle team and was an Academic All-American in 1989. In addition, he was a Tau Beta Pi Laureate (Engineering Honor Society) in 1989. It looks like Lang is doing quite well for himself as he is now the President and COO of Vocera Communications, Inc. in San Jose.
Jerame Tuman is the representative of Kansas. Tuman was, of course, a major part of the 1997 national championship football team. How many times did Brian Griese roll out on a waggle play and hit Tuman for a major gain that year? That play was unstoppable.
[Tuman] started 11 of the 12 games in 1997, finishing the season ranked second on the team with 29 receptions and 437 receiving yards. He was selected a 1997 First-Team Football News All-American. Tuman finished his career with 98 receptions for 1,279 yards, the second highest totals all-time for a Wolverine tight end.
Here's Tuman's catch and celebration of the game winning touchdown at the 1998 Rose Bowl.
Tuman's NFL career included nine years with the Steelers and one with the Cardinals. He was a member of Pittsburgh's Super Bowl XLchampionship team and Arizona's runners up in Super Bowl XLIII (to the Steelers).
Tuman's wife Molly is the sister of Scott Dreisbach.
Stephanie Johnson, a native of Texas, was a member of the first Michigan team to win an NCAA women's championship when the 2001 Field Hockey team defeated Maryland 2-0. Johnson was a huge part of that season and two more years where she earned high honors and served as team captain in her senior season.
Our Iowan Wolverine is Mary Fischbach who swept the NCAA diving championships in 1988 winning the 1-Meter Board, 3-Meter Board and Platorm events. That year she and Jim Abbott were Michigan's Athletes of the Year. Fischbach holds the Big Ten records for the 1-Meter and Platform events (11 dives) and will in perpetuity since those events now feature a different number of dives.
Congratulations to the honorees.
|OREGON: Brent Lang|
Brent Lang (Portland)
Men's Swimming and Diving
• Brent Lang (1987-90) was a four-time NCAA and six-time Big Ten champion, along with earning Academic All-America honors in 1989. He also won a relay gold medal at the 1988 Olympics.
• Sarah Curtis, Women's Gymnastics
• Willie Heston, Football
• Kristin Hoogenboom, Water Polo
• Kate Johnson, Rowing
• Chris Thompson, Men's Swimming and Diving
• Erryn Weggenman, Women's Tennis
Jerame Tuman (Liberal)
• Jerame Tuman (1995-98) was a three-time All-Big Ten tight end and an All-American in 1997, catching the decisive touchdown pass in U-M's 1998 Rose Bowl win over Washington State. Tuman also won a Super Bowl title (XL) with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.
• Scott Bregman, Men's Gymnastics
• Teddi Ewing, Softball
• Eric Rosel, Football
|TEXAS: Stephanie Johnson|
Stephanie Johnson (Houston)
• Stephanie Johnson (1999, 2001-03) started every game of her career, earning a pair of All-America honors, three All-Big Ten first team citations and winning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. The Wolverines posted 30 shutouts with Johnson in their backfield. Offensively, she racked up 36 career goals, ranking ninth all-time at U-M.
• Edsel Buchanan, Men's Gymnastics
• Chris Hutchinson, Football
• Jarrett Irons, Football
• Jimmy King, Men's Basketball
• Royce Sharp, Men's Swimming and Diving
|IOWA: Mary Fischbach|
Mary Fischbach (Fort Dodge)
Women's Swimming and Diving
• Mary Fischbach (1984, 1987-88) won national titles on all three boards at the 1988 NCAA Championships and was a seven-time All-American.
• Ann Colloton, Women's Swimming and Diving
• David Dunlap, Men's Track and Field
• Forest Evashevski, Football
• Kent Ferguson, Men's Swimming and Diving
• Snip Nalan, Wrestling
- June 28: Delaware and New Jersey
- June 29: Georgia and Connecticut
- June 30: A Bunch of BS Edition (Massachusetts and Maryland)
- July 1: Virginia, New Hampshire and South Carolina
- July 6: North Carolina, Rhode Island and Vermont
- July 7: A-Train Edition (Kentucky, Tennessee and Louisiana)
- July 8: Learn About a Wolverine T&F Giant Edition (Mississippi and Alabama)
- July 9: Point a Minute Editions (Maine, Missouri and Arkansas)