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Michigan Wolverines Football 10-year Review

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The Wolverines have had a long and proud football history. In the last ten years they have been one of the most consistent teams in the country, winning ten or more games six times, and finishing lower than second in the Big Ten only twice. Despite all of Michigan's recent success, including three Rose Bowl appearances in four years, the Wolverines haven't won a bowl game since the 2002 season, a fact that doesn't sit well with the Michigan faithful.

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Michigan Football Records

  • 1996: 8-4 overall; 5-3 Big Ten (T-5th)

  • 1997: 12-0 overall; 8-0 Big Ten (1st)

  • 1998: 10-3 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (T-1st)

  • 1999: 10-2 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (T-2nd)

  • 2000: 9-3 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (T-1st)

  • 2001: 8-4 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (2nd)

  • 2002: 10-3 overall; 6-2 Big Ten (2nd)

  • 2003: 10-3 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (1st)

  • 2004: 9-3 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (T-1st)

  • 2005: 7-5 overall; 5-3 Big Ten (T-3rd)

  • 2006: 11-2 overall; 7-1 Big Ten (T-2nd)


Michigan Football Bowl Appearances

Michigan Wolverines team bowl history

  • 1996 – Outback Bowl: Alabama 17 – Michigan 14

  • 1997 – Rose Bowl: Michigan 21 – Washington 17

  • 1998 – Citrus Bowl: Michigan 45 – Arkansas 31

  • 1999 – Orange Bowl: Michigan 35 – Alabama 34 (OT)

  • 2000 – Citrus Bowl: Michigan 31 – Auburn 28

  • 2001 – Citrus Bowl: Tennessee 45 – Michigan 17

  • 2002 – Outback Bowl: Michigan 38 – Florida 30

  • 2003 – Rose Bowl: USC 28 – Michigan 14

  • 2004 – Rose Bowl: Texas 38 – Michigan 37

  • 2005 – Alamo Bowl: Nebraska 32 – Michigan 28

  • 2006 – Rose Bowl: USC 32 – Michigan 18


Michigan Football National Championships

  • 1997: 12-0 overall; 8-0 Big Ten (1st)


Michigan Football Coaching Records

  • Lloyd Carr: 1995-Present (113-36)
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Michigan Football First Team All-Americans

  • 1996: Jarrett Irons (LB)

  • 1997: Charles Woodson (DB)

  • 2000: Steve Hutchinson (OL)

  • 2003: Chris Perry (RB)

  • 2004: Braylon Edwards (WR), David Baas (OL), Marlin Jackson (DB), Ernest Shazor (DB)

  • 2006: Leon Hall (DB), Jake Long (OL), LaMarr Woodley (DL)


Michigan Football Players Who Went Pro

  • 1996: Tim Biakabutuka (RB), Amani Toomer (WR), Jon Runyan (T), Mercury Hayes (WR), Jay Riemersma (TE),

  • 1997: Rod Payne (C), Damon Denson (G), William Carr (DT)

  • 1998: Charles Woodson (DB), Chris Floyd (FB), Brian Griese (QB), Glen Steele (DT), Chris Howard (RB)

  • 1999: Jon Jansen (T), Jerame Tuman (TE), Tai Streets (WR), Andre Weathers (CB)

  • 2000: Ian Gold (OLB), Aaron Shea (TE), Josh Williams (DT), Dhani Jones (OLB), Tom Brady (QB), Rob Renes (DT)

  • 2001: David Terrell (WR), Steve Hutchinson (G), Jeff Backus (T), Anthony Thomas (RB), Maurice Williams (T)

  • 2002: Maquise Walker (WR), Larry Foote (ILB), Jonathan Goodwin (C), Hayden Epstein (K)

  • 2003: Bennie Joppru (TE), Victor Hobson (OLB), B.J. Askew (FB), Drew Henson (QB), Cato June (OLB), Charles Drake (DB)

  • 2004: Chris Perry (RB), Jeremy LeSueur (DB), John Navarre (QB), Tony Pape (T)

  • 2005: Braylon Edwards (WR), Marlin Jackson (CB), David Baas (G)

  • 2006: Gabe Watson (NT), Jason Avant (WR), Tim Massaquoi (TE)

  • 2007: Leon Hall (CB), Alan Branch (DT), LaMarr Woodley (DE), David Harris (ILB), Steve Breaston (WR), Prescott Burgess (OLB), Tyler Ecker (TE)


Michigan Football Future Outlook

There is plenty of reason to be excited for next season in Michigan. The Wolverines may have the best offensive trio in the country with Chad Henne, Mike Hart and Mario Manningham all back for another season. With a very solid starting offensive line back as well, there’s no reason to think all three players won't be putting up big numbers.

Defensively is where Michigan could have problems next year. LaMarr Woodley, Alan Branch, Leon Hall, Prescott Burgess and Willis Barringer are all gone which will make it tough for the Wolverines to repeat last year's dominance, especially against the run.

Further down the road Michigan has another great recruiting class on the way. Eleven players ranked in the top 20 at their position by will be arriving in the fall, including the nation’s second best quarterback, Ryan Mallett.


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By Joey Whelan, Staff Writer
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