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December 26, 2016 Happy Birthday Coleman Wallace!

Posted on December 26, 2016 by Barry Gallagher

Happy birthday Coleman Wallace on your special day today! Coleman “Cole” Wallace is another out-of-state player who saw the Maize and Blue “light.” He came to Ann Arbor from Wilingboro, New Jersey to play for Bo Schembechler’s Michigan Wolverines.

Coleman was an outstanding football player at John F. Kennedy High School. He earned six varsity letters (3 in football and 3 in track). He played both ways in high school averaging nine yards per carry as a senior running back. Wallace earned All-South Jersey, all-county and played in the area all-star football game at the end of the 1987 season. Bottom line Cole was an athlete who could play some football!

Coleman was listed on the 1988 Michigan Football Team as a freshman corner back. He did not play in any games that year. So, of course, he did not letter in year one at Michigan.

According to the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide, Coleman earned a starting spot on the 1989 Wolverine special team’s unit. He played in every game, recorded one tackle, and made the travel squad for every road game. He played some football in year two and earned his first varsity letter in Bo’s last season.

Coleman’s third year at Michigan was the first year of the Gary Moeller Era at Michigan. Wallace played in eight games and made eight tackles during the 1990 season. Although Cole Wallace wasn’t playing as much as he wanted, the Wolverines were enjoying great success! During Coleman’s first three seasons at Michigan (1988-1990) Michigan won twenty-eight games and captured three straight Big Ten Titles. It was a great time to be a Wolverine even if you weren’t starting!

Things improved for Coleman Wallace in 1991. Although he didn’t earn any starts that season, Cole played a lot of good football for Michigan. His played his best game of the season in a 24-14 win over Notre Dame. He recorded eleven tackles that day which helped keep him on the field a lot for the rest of the season. Michigan posted a record of 10-2-0 and went undefeated in the Big Ten. It was their fourth consecutive conference title – wow!

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Coleman Wallace played in the 1993 Rose Bowl – his last game as a Wolverine. It was a good way to end his career since Michigan beat Washington by a score of 38-31. Go Blue! Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

The 1992 football season proved to be the best for Coleman Wallace. All his hard work paid off. He started seven games at strong safety and cornerback. His strong play contributed to an undefeated season (9-0-3) and another Big Ten Championship!

So, the talented Coleman Wallace came to Michigan with high expectations. Although he didn’t play as much as he would have liked, he spent five years in one of the best football programs in the nation. Michigan football was on a roll from 1988 to 1992 and Cole Wallace part of it. Not too many Wolverines can claim four letters and five conference championships in five years!

So, today is a good day to celebrate the birth of another Michigan Man. Coleman Wallace is not the most famous Wolverine who ever played in the Big House. However, he was there for five years and contributed some blood, sweat and tears for the Michigan football program. Thank you Coleman Wallace for your contributions to the great history of Michigan football. Happy Birthday Wolverine and Go Blue!


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