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August 4, 2018 Rest in Peace Paul Jones

Posted on August 3, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to honor the memory of a Wolverine named Paul Jones who went to rest in  peace on this day in 1965. Jones was eighty-four years old at the time of his death. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Paul J. Jones was born on November 4, 1880 in Youngstown, Ohio. However, he is another Buckeye who saw the light. Jones came to Ann Arbor to study law and play football for a young coach named Fieldling H. Yost.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Paul J. Jones

Paul Jones arrived in Ann Arbor in 1901. He was a reserve on the 1901 Michigan Football team. Paul did not start any games that season and did not earn a letter from Mr. Yost. Michigan had a great season in year one of the Fielding Yost Era. The Wolverines won every game on their schedule and finished the season with perfect records of (11-0-0 overall) and (4-0-0 conference). Even more amazing – they outscored their opponents by a margin of 550-0! Those numbers are almost unbelievable, but that’s what happened!

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Paul Jones was a member of Fielding Yost’s first two teams in 1901 and 1902. After graduation, he went on to a successful law career. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Fielding Yost’s second season at Michigan was a lot like the first. The 1902 team finished with another perfect slate. In fact, the results were exactly the same (11-0-0 and 4-0-0) except for the scoring margins. Michigan outscored their opponents by a margin of 644 to 12. Yes, the Wolverine defense slipped a little bit from 1901, but they were still pretty good!

Paul Jones played a lot of good football in 1902. He started seven games at fullback and scored 10 touchdowns for Yost’s “Point-a-Minute” football machine. Jones ran, blocked, tackled and probably did whatever else his young coach asked him to do. He played well enough, and often enough, to earn his first varsity letter.

Jones was expected to continue his excellent play in 1903, but he contracted typhoid fever and had to take the year off to recover. After he returned to good health, Jones came back to Michigan and was able to graduate with his law degree in 1904.

Paul Jones is connected to some important Michigan Football “firsts.” Here they are:

  • Paul Jones was a member of Fielding Yost’s first Michigan team in 1901.
  • Jones was a member of the first Michigan team to score 550 points in a season (550-0).
  • Paul Jones was a member of the first Michigan football team to win eleven games in 1901.
  • Jones was a member of Michigan’s first national championship team in 1901.
  • Paul Jones played on the first Michigan team to score over 100 points in two games in the same season (Michigan Agricultural 119-0 and Iowa 109-0) in 1902. (He scored touchdowns in both games)
  • He played on the first, and only, team in Michigan football history to score over 600 points in one season (644-12).

Paul Jones was a member of two of Michigan’s greatest football teams. After graduation, he did some coaching and then started a law practice in Ohio. In 1923, Paul Jones was appointed as a circuit judge. So, today is a very good day to appreciate the contributions of men like Paul J. Jones to Michigan Football. May he continue to rest in peace. Go Blue!



Part II. Trivia Question of the Day: August 3, 2018

Which decade holds the “distinction” of being the lowest winning percentage in Michigan Football history?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day August 3, 2018   The Sixties

Bump Elliott was a great player at Michigan. He was an All-American halfback and team MVP in 1947. Coach Elliott was determined to bring Michigan Football back to a championship level when he took over in 1959. Unfortunately, things didn’t work out as Bump hoped. He did post a winning record and also led his Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship and a decisive Rose Bowl win during the 1964 season.

Bump Elliott led Michigan for the first nine years of the decade and Bo Schembechler coached the Wolverines for the final year in 1969. However, when you look at the body of work from 1960 to 1969 you see some “un-Michigan” like numbers. The Wolverine winning rate during the decade was about fifty-eight percent (.579). Michigan’s record during this time was 55 wins, 40 losses and 0 ties.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day: August 4, 2018

In what year did Michigan play two overtime games in the same season?

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