Potential MGoBlog HoF Inagural Candidates

Submitted by MGoBender on February 29th, 2012 at 5:52 PM


I figured this would be the easiest way to compile a list of potential inagural class candidates.  The 190 comment thread would be a difficult place to keep track, so here we can be a little more organized.  Make suggestions and I'll add them to the lists.  Since this is just a way to keep track of potential candidates, feel free to throw out some "maybes."  Mods, feel free to edit the OP accordingly. 

This may also help keep that initial thread focused on the manner in which people are elected, etc.  Without further adieu...


Avant, Jason 2005
Branch, Allen 2006
Breaston, Steve 2006
Edwards, Braylon 2004
Graham, Brandon 2009
Harris, David 2007
Hart, Mike 2007
Hall, Leon 2006
Henne, Chad 2007
Long, Jake 2007
Martin, Mike 2011
Manningham, Mario 2007
Mesko, Zoltan 2009
Molk, David 2011
Van Bergen, Ryan 2011
Woodley, LaMarr 2006
Abram, Lester 2007
Brown, Graham 2006
Douglass, Stu 2012
Harris, Manny 2009
Horton, Daniel 2006
Morris, Darius 2011
Novak, Zack 2012
Petway, Brent 2007
Sims, DeShawn 2009
Ice Hockey
Caporusso, Louie 2011
Hagelin, Carl 2011
Hensick, TJ 2007
Hunwick, Shawn 2012
Johnson, Jack 2007
Kolarik, Chad 2008
Mitera, Mark 2007
Porter, Kevin 2008
Botterman, Kylee 2011
Cameron, Chris 2011
Evans, Bree 2012
Findlay, Samantha 2008
Luke, Steve 2009
Meram, Justin 2010
Nemitz, Nikki 2010
Paz, Juliana 2010
Putnam, Zach 2008
Ritter, Jennie 2006
Russell, Kellen 2011
Saad, Soony 2010
Saad, Hamoody 2010
Taylor, Jordan 2011
Vanderkay, Peter 2008
Yealy, Trevor 2012
Zimmerman, Lexi 2010
Edwards, Braylon Football
Avant, Jason Football
Branch, Allen Football
Breaston, Steve Football
Brown, Graham Basketball
Hall, Leon Football
Horton, Daniel Basketball
Ritter, Jennie Softball
Woodley, LaMarr Football
Abram, Lester Basketball
Harris, David Football
Hart, Mike Football
Henne, Chad Football
Hensick, TJ Hockey
Johnson, Jack Hockey
Long, Jake Football
Mitera, Mark Hockey
Petway, Brent Basketball
Findlay, Samantha Softball
Kolarik, Chad Hockey
Porter, Kevin Hockey
Putnam, Zach Baseball
Vanderkay, Peter Swimming
Graham, Brandon Football
Luke, Steven Wrestling
Mesko, Zoltan Football
Harris, Manny Basketball
Sims, DeShawn Basketball
Meram, Justin Soccer
Nemitz, Nikki Softball
Paz, Juliana Volleyball
Saad, Soony Soccer
Saad, Hamoody Soccer
Zimmerman, Lexi Volleyball
Botterman, Kylee Gymnastics
Cameron, Chris Gymnastics
Caporusso, Louie Hockey
Hagelin, Carl Hockey
Martin, Mike Football
Molk, David Football
Morris, Darius Basketball
Russell, Kellen Wrestling
Taylor, Jordan Softball
Van Bergen, Ryan Football
Douglass, Stu Basketball
Evans, Bree Softball
Novak, Zack Basketball
Yealy, Trevor Lacrosse











































February 29th, 2012 at 7:30 PM ^

But the more I think about it, the more I think Zoltan needs to be the introductory member. If there are a certain set of values we hold as fans of Michigan athletics, Zoltan exemplifies every single one of them, and is outstanding in most areas, if not all.


February 29th, 2012 at 8:26 PM ^

feels like this is too many.  leon hall was a good player, but hall worthy.  neither are lester abrahm or peedi sims.  but i'd add alan branch.


February 29th, 2012 at 8:51 PM ^

For me, Louis Caporusso is a MUST. He may not have completely lived up to some people's expectations, but he was a solid player who also found his way into our hearts with his Valentine's Day video (in case you forgot, see this). He was my favorite player (asides from Carl) my Junior and Senior year (when they were sophomores and juniors, respectively). Although he did not turn out to be the next-great-diminutive center, he's definitely one of my favorites, and at the very least worth consideration

Sac Fly

February 29th, 2012 at 9:05 PM ^

But he's always going to be remembered as the player who never was. So much talent, just way to streaky to be truly considered great. Even in his All-American season he would disappear for long stretches, I can't explain it but he always had the potential for 60 point years and put up 40 instead.

Edit: Love expert was funny, but this was my favorite Louie memory.


February 29th, 2012 at 9:56 PM ^

  • Meryl Davis and Charlie White silver medalists in 2010 winter olympics, ice dancing.
  • Jerome Singleton, silver medalist 100m dash and gold medalist in 4x100m in 2008 paralympic games.
  • Peter Vanderkay 2008 Olympic gold medalist 4x200 freestyle relay.
  • Betsey Armstrong silver medalist 2008 Olympics as US women's water polo goalie.


February 29th, 2012 at 10:15 PM ^

How does the cut off year of 2005 play for sports that cross over years?  Like the 2004-05 hockey season, would those players be eligible since their last year was 2005?  Or are we starting with the 2005-06 season?  If '04-'05 players count, then I'd nominate Jeff Tambellini from the hockey team.

Craze for Maize

February 29th, 2012 at 10:22 PM ^

someone probably mentioned this, but someone like Darius Morris is a little questionable. On the yes side: he did do a lot and almost beat Duke in the tournament last year, but at the same time he was only here for 2 years.


February 29th, 2012 at 10:41 PM ^

He beat State twice in a year in the first time in a long time (with a healthy dose of Get The Fuck Off My Court), and really spearheaded the Michigan Basketball rennaissance.  Not saying he's a lock, but he's in the conversation.

I'm gonna enjoy these debates.


March 1st, 2012 at 12:14 AM ^

How about Daniel Horton? He played from 2003-2006 and really saw us through some of the dark ages. He was MVP of the NIT tournament, and 1st Team Big Ten.

As a senior, he averaged 17.6 points, 5.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.94 steals while also leading the Wolverines in scoring, assists and steals. Additionally, he is top 5 career-wise for most of the usual point guard criteria.

Seems like a worthy addition, IMHO.


March 1st, 2012 at 1:38 AM ^

They might not have gotten much ink on this blog, but Chris Cameron and Kylee Botterman won national all-around championships and Michigan Athlete of the Year awards. I would think that should at least get them on the ballot.


March 1st, 2012 at 9:07 AM ^

Olympic list should include Nick Willis, 2005. He was an NCAA champion, and won the silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in the 1500 (Originally bronze, but later silver when 2nd place guy tested positive).

On the subject of Track+Field, Nate Brannen, 2004 was a 3xNCAA champion, and 2008 Olympian. On the woman's side, Tiffany Ofili (2009) won 5 NCAA champions, and Geena Gall (2009) won 2. 

All of these people have many Big Ten Championships, All-Americans, etc.





March 1st, 2012 at 9:52 AM ^

i think all the cries of '"you have to include Player X." which seems to include all UM players since 2005 are proof that we need an extreemely high threshold to vote someone.in. 


March 1st, 2012 at 10:45 AM ^

If you look back in the mgoblog archives on blogspot, Brian wrote both midseason and year-end grade columns for the '04-'05 hockey team, so they should definitely be included in the mgoblog era.  Therefore, the following players should be considered for nomination:

Milan Gajic
Eric Werner (wasn't ever a star, but was frequently referenced around these parts for his swashbuckling ways)
Al Montoya
Jeff Tambellini
TJ Hensick

Also, if while we are nominating, I think Scooter Vaughn deserves consideration for what he did as a senior, especially in the playoffs leading up to the national title game.

Also, also, there are a whole bunch of guys out of that 2005 hockey senior class that maybe deserve nominations (Moss, Nystrom, etc.)


March 1st, 2012 at 10:52 AM ^

the whole thread but saw Zoltan nominated. 

If we nominate Zoltan, shouldn't a person like David Cone (aka The Coner, aka The Notorious C.O.N.E., aka Febreeze) be nominated?? 

What would 2008/9 have been like without Febreeze to take our minds off of that pitiful season??


March 1st, 2012 at 10:58 AM ^

The inclusion of football players that never participated on a team that beat Ohio should be strictly prohibited. FerGodsakes!




March 1st, 2012 at 11:57 AM ^

but I also think we need to have a "veteran" section of the MgoHallOfFame, for guys like Woodson, Brady, Biakabatuka....

I think we should put in one vet a year and this year I nominate Barry Larkin