Today is a great day to celebrate the birthday of Michigan Man Roy Manning. Roy Lee Manning, Jr. was born on this day in 1981. He grew up in Saginaw, Michigan where he became an outstanding football player at Saginaw High School. Manning’s play caught the eye of Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr who offered Roy a scholarship to play college football at Michigan.
(Note-Roy Manning #58 is shown above with the 2004 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the first row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Roy Manning arrived at The University of Michigan in July of 2000. He did not play in his first season and burned his redshirt. His second year was a little better. Roy saw a lot of action on special teams and recorded 11 tackles (9 solo and 2 assists) in 2001. He also recovered two blocked punts and one (against Iowa) was for a touchdown. Manning earned his first varsity letter in 2001.
The 2002 season started badly for Roy Manning. He made two tackles in the first game of the season against Washington before suffering a season ending knee injury.
A healthy Roy Manning was back in 2003. He continued to shine on special teams and recorded 21 more tackles (13 solo and 8 assists). He helped the Wolverines post a record of 10 wins and 3 losses. Michigan won the Big Ten Championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss.
Roy Manning’s hard work and dedication finally paid off in 2004. He started 10 games at outside linebacker for the Wolverines. He made 29 tackles and assisted on 10 more. His best game was against Iowa. He made 7 solo tackles and assisted on 1 tackle for a total of 7 takedowns. He also forced a fumble in that game and had one tackle for loss.
The Wolverines ended the 2004 season with a final record of 9 wins and 3 losses. They earned a share of the conference championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Manning ended his career with 4 varsity letters, 3 Big Ten Championships, 10 starts and 73 tackles. He played a lot of good football for Michigan and left Ann Arbor with his head held high.
Roy moved on to the National Football League where he played on Sundays for a few years. After he retired from the NFL, Roy Manning started a coaching career that continues to this day. Manning has made stops at Cincinnati, Michigan Washington, and UCLA.
So, today is the perfect time to reflect on the successful Michigan Football career of Roy Lee Manning, Jr. He is one more reason why The University of Michigan football team is the winningest team in the history of college football. Happy Birthday Roy Manning and Go Blue!
What two Michigan Football coaches won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award?
Glenn Edward Schembechler was the first Michigan Football coach to win the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Bo captured the award in 1977. Thirty years later Lloyd Carr became the second Michigan coach to win the award in 2007.
The award was established in 1976 in honor of Robert “Bobby” Dodd who was the head coach at Georgia Tech for twenty-two years. It honors the Division I college football coach whose program represents quality on and off the field.
Who is the only Michigan Football assistant coach to win the Frank Broyles Award?