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April 11, 2018 Happy Birthday Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher!

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s post is to wish “Happy Birthday” to Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher.  Thomas Wilcher was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up to be an outstanding athlete. He starred in football and track and field at Detroit Catholic Central High School. Wilcher was a record setting hurdler and sprinter. He decided to take his talents to Ann Arbor to continue his athletic and academic career.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day –Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher

Thomas Wilcher arrived in Ann Arbor in 1982. He burned his red-shirt as a true freshman and spent a lot of time trying to get stronger and gain some weight. At five fee-ten inches tall and one-hundred eighty-five pounds, he was a little light to be carrying the pigskin regularly in the Big Ten. Of course, he was definitely fast enough!

Wilcher did not play much in his first two seasons on the Michigan varsity football team. He did not earn any starts in 1983 or 1984. He only logged three carries for eight-yards during his first two years.

Michigan Man Thomas WIlcher 1986 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher (#27) secures the handoff from Jim Harbaugh (#4) and looks for big yards. Wilcher lettered in football and track at Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

However, Thomas kept working hard and it paid off in 1985. He totaled 71-carries and gained 355-net yards. Wilcher averaged 5.0 yards per carry and he scored two touchdowns. The Wolverines posted a record of 10-1-1 in 1985 and finished second in the nation! They ended up with a record of 6-1-1 in the conference which was only good enough for second place.

Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher and his teammates were focused on winning Michigan’s first Big Ten Title since 1982 and that’s what they did in 1986. Michigan won seven games and lost one in the conference to earn a share of the championship. They finished with an overall record of 11 wins and 2 losses. Thomas had career bests in carries (91) and net yards (397) and he scored six touchdowns. He upped his average to 5.3 yards per carry.

So, Thomas Wilcher had a very good run at Michigan. He only made 3 starts at running back, but he played a lot of Wolverine football in 1985 and 1986. He earned two varsity letters and played on a Big Ten Championship team. Thomas also excelled on the track and left as a record setting athlete when he graduated.

Bottom line – Michigan Man Thomas Wilcher had a solid football career at Michigan and a spectacular one in track and field. He was another highly-recruited player who became a champion, just like Bo promised! Happy Birthday Thomas Wilcher. Thanks for your outstanding contributions to Wolverine Football and to the University of Michigan. Hail to the Victors and Go Blue!

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Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – April 10, 2018

Who holds the record for most tackles in a single game for Michigan?

Part II. Trivia Question – Answer of the Day April 10, 2018 –Calvin O’Neal

Calvin O’Neal knocked down 24 Purdue ball carriers on November 6, 1976 at Purdue. That was the good news, The bad news was that the top ranked Wolverines lost to the “Spoiler Makers” by a very upsetting score of 14-16.  Michigan had an 8-week run at the top of the college football world, but it all came crashing down in West Lafayette. Ugh!

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – April 11, 2018

Who holds the Wolverine career record for most double-digit tackle games?

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