play bball also?
play bball also?
The "Dokester" played on Michigan's NIT championship team.
He was a high school all-stater in football AND basketball.
Don't bring a knife to a gun fight... or the cops?!?!?!
"Stay the hell away from my Z!"
(bang bang bang)
Went to my high school (many years ahead of me). I remember when he did that, and thinking how great it must have made our hometown look.
I always liked Tommy Hendricks. Also I liked to see how Jeremy VanAlstyne did b/c I had a few classes w/ him. We would talk every once in awhile and he seemed very down to earth and a normal guy.
JVA is one funny kid. Did a spot-on Ali G impression.
Also Jerome Jackson for me. He came through when we needed him to. When Hart went down, he came through BIG for us against Iowa ('06?). He had a lot of heart. I remember when he was coming off injury in '04-'05, they were trying to bring him back gradually (early in the season). He was in the mix to start that year (before Hart's emergence). He was demanding that coaches at least put him on special teams.
Also Troy Nienberg. The kid would demolish kick returners. Loved Michigan football. Wore his heart on his sleeve. I remember coaches telling him not to throw his body into the mix on Kick Defense. He looked so upset.
Ross Ryan, possibly solely responsible for inspiring us to stay through the rain.
I remember HATING to see him leave... just this good ol' cornfed white boy who made a living hittin' linebackers in the mouth.
And what a great number for a fullback...
I always thought he was a great asset to the team, even though he was jsut the long-snapper. I remember him always seeming to be in punt coverage tackles, even though he had probably one of the most dangerous and least appreciated jobs on the team.
I'll pull a Glen Mason's Hot Wife and add multiple comments rather than just editing the first...
I know he never really achieved full potential, and was never anything more than slightly above average, but I always pulled for Grant Bowman. I remember being real happy for the kid when he was elected captain. This too, is a numbers thing for me, obviously...
I always thought he had the capability to be a great DE for us, but then he chased the money and faded into obscurity....too bad.
Orr had a sack against Purdue in 2002 where, based on the camera angle, it looked like he punched through a blocker to sack the QB.
It was great to see him pull the Purdue QB (Brees?) to his doom with just his right arm.
for mentioning me. It was a thril when I booked about 80 yards down the sideline against OSU late in the 4th to seal the game.
Seriously. Weren't you a four-year starter? You certainly had keys plays in at least two victories over Ohio State (the kickoff return and game-winning catch in '88 as well as that 77-yard catch to seal the game in '85).
have yielded no mention of the original Tate:
Tate Schanski. #41. RB converted to S. one career TD at the stadium.
you stole mine!!! i was at the game when he scored his TD.
What's not to like about a 300 lb. fullback? I think he got kicked off the team though...not sure - maybe academic/weight issues. Didn't see him again after the 2002-2003 season.
Big RB who split time with other backs. He wasn't flashy, just solid. I loved the fact that he was from Buzzard's Bay, Massachusetts.
Might not be terribly obscure because he scored the first touchdown in Michigan Stadium, but I'd go with Kip Taylor. I believe it was his only TD too.
It didn't hurt that he was my friends grandfather either. Really nice guy.
For bonus hilarity, check out his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kip_Taylor
"He was only 3 years old when he scored the 1st TD in Michigan Stadium, just goes to show the athlete he was. It is a fete that has not been duplicated since."
Calvin Bell Reverse
Early 80's running back famous for losing a cleat at the line of scrimmage then busting a 60 yd touchdown run.
Went to school with his sister and she would wear his Rose Bowl jersey.
Maybe the slowest return man ever to field a kick for Michigan.
I guess I don't know what you mean by obscure, but many of the players listed above were not obscure (most not even underrated).
Someone who may in years to come be considered obscure is Carlos Brown who ripped off a few hundred yard games, but (unless this year reverses that) never really played much.
Zion Babb was obscure this year. Was relatively unheralded out of high school, never really played under Lloyd and then suddenly appeared this year, only to disappear.
Alain Kashama maybe could be considered obscure. He had a few great games and then was otherwise completely off the grid.
Carl Tabb as the safety valve on the kickoff team. I have to say, though I realize he played during the Edwards-Avant-Breaston years, I never really got why Tabb didn't see more reps at WR. He had terrific speed, and when he did get out there I was never able to discern any obvious flaws that warranted keeping him as a permanent backup. I remember the '05 OSU game when Avant got hurt-- Tabb came in and I think had two really clutch third down grabs. Ann Arbor kid, as well.
Michigan has had some great receivers. I don't know that you can really argue that he deserved much more playing time, considering who he was behind. He might have been the unfortunate benefactor of some bad timing.
#2: The pride of Brighton, Clint Copenhaver.
#1: The guy with the perfect name for a Michigan athlete, Brandon Kornblue.
I'm a big Chris Floyd fan. I also liked watching Darnell Hood tear it up on kick coverages a few years ago - it seemed like he was in on every tackle.
Darnell Hood taught everything he knows to Zach Johnson.
Garvie Craw. He scored the first Michigan touchdown I ever saw.
Spencer Brinton or Leo Henige.
Spencer Brinton! For some reason, I always wanted to see him in the game.
I've said it before, http://mgoblog.com/content/who-your-favorite-michigan-football-player-al.... AJ is a great guy with a great story. The few times I've spoken to him he had great football stories, great college stories. Very personable dude. From a college extra-curriculars standpoint, I'd bet he's probably the last football player to be a Greek community member on campus to score a TD, let alone in the Rose Bowl. I'm pretty sure Lloyd didn't allow his players to rush.
from Blue Island, Illiois named Robert Thompson. The dude was SCARY fast around the OT. SCARY fast. He wouldn't tackle qb's, he would simply run through them. Don't remember the qb from Illinois, might've been Dave Wilson, but RT smoked his fucking ass so hard the stadium went quiet, and I mean right now.
The pride of Plymouth, Michigan. The only reason people would probably ever remember his is because (until Chad Henne), he was the only freshman QB to start against Ohio State. He was named the starter for the 1980 season, but was eventually replaced by John Wangler.
All of this happened before I was born. From when I've been alive, the foursome of Glen Steele, Ian Gold, Sam Sword, and Dhani Jones.
But they aren't all that obscure. Welborne was the best safety I ever saw in a Michigan uniform, and one of the best punt returners (3rd in career yards, 6th in avg. return). A very unfortunate injury ended is football career in his senior season.
Paul Girgash was just a great throw-back player from the past. Just plain tough and smart, back when Michigan had really good linebackers. He was a defensive captain and always had his shirt tail during the game.
If those two aren't obscure enough, I also liked Mike Jolly (S, 1976-1979). He wasn't the most skilled, but was always seemed to be in the right places, unlike our recent experience with safeties.
Hmmmm, all defensive players.
I remember the Texas A&M game when George Woodard, a humungous RB came into town, riding a #3 ranking, and we smoked them. 41-3 IIRC.
Jolly had a pick six in the 2nd half to wrap it up.
I wasn't that far off.
Those really were the days of Michigan football.
But as a whole, the game is much more competitive now. Back then, only a couple of teams on the entire schedule had anywhere near the talent Michigan had to stay in the game. Now, virtually all teams do.
But God, I really miss those smothering defenses. Some of the opposing offenses just looked like they didn't even want to take the field.
I ended up at A&M for grad school. Last season (2007) I went to Buffalo Wild Wings here in College Station at 11AM to catch one of the Big Ten Network games. A&M was playing a 6PM game, so I had plenty of time to catch both. The place was pretty deserted so I got to talking to the guy at the next table who said that he was staying at the hotel next door and was letting his wife and kids sleep in while catching the early game. I mentioned that I was from Michigan and he told me all about going up there and having A&M get slaughtered. It turned out that it was David Walker, the A&M QB and he was in town for his 30th reunion. Really cool guy.
Thats one of my favorite quotes from some tv guy a while back, I forget who. I'm definitely a Kevin Dudley fan, he was a really good blocker, too bad he never got to score that touchdown.
Daydrion Taylor who ended his career (and a penn state players career) on this hit...
Good call on Taylor. That was such a big game and that hit really set the tone for that game. It's too bad it ended his career.
He was a career backup at QB who had a long touchdown run against Wisconsin in 1977 when I was 11. He did get some playing time in 1979 when Rick Leach graduated before Bo settled on Wangler (and Hewlett to start the Ohio State game).
Unfortunately he was mostly a running quarterback so he had a mostly miserable game against North Carolina in the Gator Bowl after Wangler went down (one touchdown against two picks).
Dickey, Hewlett and Chris Zurbrugg (1984) were not among my favorite Michigan QB's.
...were I not at that 1977 Wisconsin game where he had the big TD run. That Gator Bowl was not a happy day, though.
I'm pretty sure you're right about that being Taylor. I don't know why Bo didn't play Hewlett in the Gator Bowl, since he was presumably at least marginally better than Dickey. I assume Hewlett was hurt.