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December 11, 2018 Happy Birthday Marquise Walker

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today’s post celebrates the “Happy Birthday” of a Wolverine named Marquise Walker. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Marquise Walker was born on this date in Syracuse, New York. Marquise grew up to be an outstanding athlete at Henninger High School in Syracuse. He finished his career as a record-setting receiver and earned high school All-American honors in 1997. In fact, he was the Gatorade High School Football Player of the year in New York in his Senior year.

(Note-Marquise Walker (#4) is shown above with the 2001 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the front row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)

Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Marquise Walker

A Freshman Finds His Way

Walker came close to attending college at Syracuse, but decided to accept a scholarship offer from Lloyd Carr and The University of Michigan. Marquise had a slow start in his freshman year. However, he did catch 4 passes for 31 yards and earned his first varsity letter. The Wolverines posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in 1998 and won a share of the Big Ten Championship.

A Super Sophomore Turns Some Heads

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Marquise Walker caught 176 passes in four years and set a few receiving records at Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Marquise returned for his Sophomore year in 1999. He was ready for a bigger role and that’s exactly what happened. Although he didn’t start any games, Walker caught 37 passes in 12 games. He averaged 10.7 yard per reception and scored 2 touchdowns. He earned his second  varsity letter and played on a team that finished with 10 wins and 2 losses. The Wolverines posted a record of 6-2 in conference play which was only good enough for a second place tie.

A Very Productive Junior Year

Walker was back for his third season in 2000. Once again, he increased his productivity and carved out a larger role in the Michigan offense. Marquise set a career high with 49 receptions for 699 yards and 4 touchdowns. Of course, he earned his third varsity letter and helped Michigan earn another share of the Big Ten Title. The Wolverines posted an overall record of 9 wins and 3 losses and finished at 6-2 in the conference.

A Record Setting Senior Season

Marquise Walker had high expectations for his senior season in 2001. Fortunately, he exceeded them. Marquise had a record-setting season on the field, but the Wolverines slipped to a final record of 8 wins and 4 losses. Michigan ended the Big Ten season with a record of 6 wins and 2 losses which earned them a second-place finish.

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Marquise Walker lettered at Michigan from 1998 to 2001. He left Ann Arbor as a first team All-American and team MVP. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Once again, Marquise played extremely well and earned Michigan’s MVP Award for his excellent season. He caught almost everything that John Navarre threw at him in 2001. In fact, he caught so many balls that he set a new Michigan record for receptions in a single season at 86!

So, Marquise Walker left Michigan as an All-American with 19 starts, 4 varsity letters, 2 Big Ten Championship rings, a team MVP Award, and first team All-Conference recognition from the Big Ten. Yes, he had an excellent career and left Ann Arbor with his head held very high! Walker went on to a short NFL career with a number of teams. Today is certainly a great day to appreciate his contributions to the great history that is – Michigan Football. Happy Birthday Marquise and Go Blue!



Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 10, 2018

How many times has Michigan had players earn back-to-back Most Valuable Player Awards?

Part II. Michigan Football Trivia Answer – December 10, 2018

Five players have earned back-to-back team MVP honors at Michigan. Here they are:

  • Ralph Heikinnen – 1937 & 1938
  • Tom Harmon – 1939 & 1940
  • Ron Johnson – 1967 & 1968
  • Brandon Graham – 2008 & 2009
  • Denard Robinson – 2010 & 2011

Part III. Michigan Football Trivia Question – December 11, 2018

In what year did Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh earn first-team All-American honors?


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