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February 3, 2018 Happy Birthday Victor Hobson

Posted on February 3, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Yes, today is a great day to remember another Wolverine “Captain” named Victor Hobson. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Victor Brian Hobson was born on this day at Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

We’re going to switch things around today. First, we will talk about Victor Hobson. Then, we will answer yesterday’s trivia question. Finally, the trivia question for today will be revealed at the end of the post.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Victor Hobson

Today’s post celebrates the Happy Birthday anniversary of  Victor Hobson. Although he grew up in New Jersey and went to high school in Philadelphia, Hobson was a Michigan fan for most of his life. After a very successful high school football career, Victor had a ton of schools vying for his services. Fortunately, he chose Michigan!

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Victor Hobson lettered for the Wolverines from 1999 to 2002 and earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2002. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Victor arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1998. Michigan had a ton of talent at the linebacker position which meant that Hobson redshirted his freshman year. Hobson worked hard in the off-season and earned five starts during the 1999 season.  Victor made it clear after his sophomore season that he would be starting a lot of games for the Wolverines.

Hobson’s career progressed every year. He earned All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2000 and followed that up with second team All-Conference honors in 2001.

Victor’s hard work really paid off in his final season at Michigan. He was named a co-captain (along with Bennie Joppru) of the 2002 Michigan Football team. He capped his Michigan career with highs in tackles (99), fumble recoveries (2), pass break ups (2) and forced fumbles (1). Finally, Hobson earned first team All-Big Ten honors in 2001. The Wolverines finished with a record of 10 wins and 3 losses in Victor’s final season.

As it turned out, Victor Hobson started thirty-nine games for Lloyd Carr’s football team. He helped the Wolverines win thirty-seven games and one Big Ten Championship (2001). Hobson also earned the Roger Zatkoff Award (Best Linebacker) for his outstanding play in 2000. He definitely left Ann Arbor with his head held high.

Yes, Victor Hobson was good enough to play on Sundays. In fact, he had a six-year NFL career, but played mainly for the New York Jets (2003-2007).

Captain Victor Hobson Michigan Football 2002 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Victor Hobson served as Co-Captain of the 2002 Michigan Football Team. Photo courtesy of he Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

So, today is a good day to celebrate the career of Victor Hobson and remember his contributions to Michigan Football. I hope that Victor Hobson has a very Happy Birthday today. Go Blue!


Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 1, 2018

Who was the first quarterback in Michigan Football History to pass for 5,000 career yards?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 1, 2018 – James Joseph Harbaugh

Yes, Coach Jim Harbaugh was the first quarterback to pass for over 5,000 yards in a career. In fact, he threw for 5,449 yards in the thirty-three games that he appeared in at Michigan. What’s even more amazing that he did while playing for Coach Bo Schembechler. Fortunately, Bo opened up the Michigan offense during Jim Harbaugh’s playing years. Of course, this was a big reason why Jim Harbaugh was able to set some passing records for the Maize and Blue.

Now, Bo didn’t exactly scrap the running game and turn Jim Harbaugh loose. No, he just wanted a more balanced approach so that opposing teams couldn’t stack eight defenders in the box and shut Bo’s Boys down.

Jim Harbaugh averaged about 165-passing yards per game. However, he had some breakout days in the Big House and on the road. Harbaugh became the first Wolverine quarterback to throw for 300-yards when he completed 15 of 24 for 310 yards in a 34-17 win at Wisconsin in 1986.

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Jim Harbaugh set some passing records at Michigan and played well enough to earn first team All-American honors in 1986. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Coach Harbaugh’s name is still all over the Michigan record book. He was a winner, but most importantly he was a very consistent quarterback. He led the nation in passing efficiency for his last two seasons. Other quarterbacks threw for more yards, but Harbaugh did his best work within the concept of what was best for Michigan. The sooner Jim Harbaugh finds a quarterback that can play, and lead like him, the sooner Michigan will win a Big Ten Championship and more!

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 3, 2018

Who is the only man in Michigan Football History to score 26 touchdowns in a single season?

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