Today is a great day to wish a “Happy Birthday” to Michigan Man Mark Campbell. Mark Joseph Campbell was born on this day in Clawson, Michigan. He grew up in Clawson and attended Bishop Foley High School. Mark became an outstanding football player at Bishop Foley. In fact, he set school receiving records while also starring on the defensive side of the ball. Mark earned all-state honors in 1992 and 1993. Campbell was a highly rated tight end prospect coming out of high school. He was good enough to play for Michigan and smart enough to accept a scholarship offer from Coach Gary Moeller.
Mark Campbell didn’t play in his first year in 1994. He burned his red-shirt and focused on learning Gary Moeller’s offense and getting acclimated to the life of a Big Ten student-athlete.
Of course, he had a new coach named Lloyd Carr in 1995. Mark played on special teams and started one game at fullback. He played in all thirteen games and earned his first letter. Campbell caught 4 passes for 38 yards and made enough blocks to get Lloyd Carr’s attention.
Campbell came back in 1996 hoping to play a bigger role for the Wolverines and that’s exactly what happened! He started five more games at fullback and caught 13 passes for 169 yards. Yes, he earned his second varsity letter. Michigan finished season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. The Wolverines posted a final mark of 5 wins and 3 losses in the conference which was only good enough for a fifth-place tie. It was a disappointing end to a season that began with high expectations.
Mark, and his teammates, came back to improve their record in 1997. Coach Carr used a “climbing a mountain” metaphor to motivate his team to take it one step, one game at a time. That’s exactly what the Wolverines did in 1997. Yes, they were a much better team in the third year of the Lloyd Carr Era. In fact, they were perfect. Yes, Michigan finished a magical season with a stellar record of 12 wins and no losses or ties. The Maize and Blue footballers ended the season as conference champions, Rose Bowl Champions and National Champions! It doesn’t get any better than that! Mark Campbell played in twelve games and earned his third varsity letter. He started one game at tight end and another at fullback.
Campbell returned for his final year in 1998. He was fully prepared to defend Michigan’s Big Ten Championship and that’s what happened! The Wolverines weren’t perfect in 1998, but they were very good. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. The Wolverines went 7-1-0 in the big Ten and earned a share of a second straight championship. Once again, Mark did everything that his coaches asked. As a matter of fact, he proved that he was one of the most versatile Wolverines in 1998. He started four games at fullback, two at flanker and one at tight end
So, today is a good day to appreciate Mark Campbell’s contributions to Michigan Football. Bottom line – he was an excellent player who did whatever his coaches needed him to do. Mark finished his career with four letters, two Big Ten Championships, a Rose Bowl victory, and the 1997 National Championship! Yes, Mark Campbell left Ann Arbor with his head held high and enough good memories to last a lifetime. I hope that Mark has a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
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Who is the only Michigan Football assistant to be named Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association?
Coach Fred Jackson, who served at Michigan from 1992 to 2014, won the AFCA’s Assistant Coach of the Year award in 2001. Jackson coached a lot of great running backs during his tenure. He worked for four different head coaches during his time at Michigan – Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr, Rich Rodriguez and Brady Hoke.
Who is the first Wolverine to earn All-Conference honors for four consecutive years?