Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Drew Dileo. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Drew Dileo was born on this date in 1992. Drew grew up in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana. He became a record-setting receiver and special teams player at Parkview Baptist High School.
Drew Dileo arrived in Ann Arbor in 2010 to play football for Coach Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan Wolverines. At 5 feet and 10 inches tall and 180 pounds, the fearless Dileo was equipped to play slot receiver in the Spread Offense. Although he didn’t start any games in 2010 or 201, Drew did catch 10 passes for 124-yards and two touchdowns in his first seasons. .Dileo also returned punts and kickoffs as a freshman and sophomore. He also picked up another job in 2011, holder on field goals and points after touchdown. He did enough to earn two varsity letter in his first two seasons at Michigan.
Dilleo wanted to do more as a junior in 2012 and that’s exactly what he did! Drew caught 20 passes for 331-yards. He averaged 16.6 yards per catch and scored 2 touchdowns. Dileo continued to do whatever the coaches asked him to do, which was a lot! He returned punts, kickoffs and did outstanding work as the “holder” on field-goals and extra points. He had a career best game against Michigan State when he caught 4 passes for 92-yards. His last catch for 20-yards with 18 second remaining set up the game winning field goal. Yes, he was the holfer for the game winner by Brandon Gibbons!
Drew Dileo was one of the top returning seniors in 2013. He continued to do his job on offense and special teams. Although his numbers slipped a little (16 receptions for 174-yards and 2 touchdowns), every catch was a clutch play.
I will always remember Drew Dileo as a clutch player who gave his all for Michigan. His greatest play, in my opinion, was “holder slide” he made to get the ball in place for a game tying kick at Northwestern with no time remaining. Wolverines went on to win the game in triple overtime 27-19. That is the most exciting field goal I have ever seen at any football game! Wow. Check out this video that I found on You Tube. Thanks to Bud La Combe for capturing this memorable play!
Yes, today is a good day to remember the toughness and spirit of Drew Dileo. He didn’t set any records during his career, but he sure made some BIG plays. Pound-for-pound, he is also one of the toughest men to ever wear the winged helmet. Thank you, Drew Dileo, for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
What number did Bo have everyone wear during practice the week before the 1969 Ohio State game?
Bo had every player wear #50 to remind them about how many points the Buckeyes scored against the Wolverines in 1968. Yes, it was impossible for any Michigan player not to know the final score of that game in Columbus (14-50).
Of course, this is also the game that the Buckeyes scored late to kind of “rub it in.” Then, Woody had the gall to go for two points with an insurmountable lead. Yup, that was a game to remember in 1969 and the Wolverines got their revenge! Go Blue!
Which Wolverine placekicker holds the record for most 50-yard field goals in a career?