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February 6, 2018 Happy Birthday Paul Seymour

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish Happy Birthday to an All-American Wolverine named Paul Seymour. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Paul Christopher Seymour was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan. The talented Seymour had an outstanding high school career at Royal Oak Shrine High School in Royal Oak, Michigan. He decided to continue his education and his football at Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Paul Seymour

Paul Seymour was recruited to play tight end for Bo Schembechler. And, that’s what Paul did for his first three years at Michigan. Seymour started nine games at tight end and one game at split end in 1970. He helped Michigan post a final record of 9 wins and 1 loss. The Wolverines went 6-1-0 in the Big Ten that year which was only good enough for a second place (tie).

Seymour was back in 1971 for his junior season. Once again, he played tight end. In fact, he started all twelve games at that position. His strong play as a blocker and a receiver helped push the Wolverines to an undefeated regular season (11-0-0) and a perfect record in the Big Ten (8-0-0). Michigan won Big Ten championship in 1970. However, they lost to Stanford in the Rose Bowl and finished the season with a record of 11-1-0.

Bo had a BIG problem in 1972. He was short offensive lineman and he turned to Paul Seymour to solve his problem. Paul made the switch from tight end to right tackle. It really which wasn’t that much of a change since Seymour was a blocker first and a receiver second in Bo’s offense.

Paul Seymour Michiagn Football All American 1972 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Paul Seymour went from tight end to tackle to All-American in 1972. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Paul Seymour played very, very well at right tackle. In fact, he played so well – he earned first team All-American honors at the end of the season. Of course, he was also selected as an All-Big Ten first teamer as well.

Seymour’s exceptional play helped the Wolverines finished the seasons with a final record of 10-1-0. They won seven of eight games in the Big Ten and tied for the conference championship.

So, Paul Seymour left Ann Arbor with his head held high. He played on two Big Ten championship teams, helped the Wolverines win 30 of 33 games and earned three varsity letters. Yes, he left as an All-American and an All-Big Ten performer. Of course, he also earned the respect of Bo, and his teammates, for stepping up and doing what the team needed in 1972.

Oh, by the way, Paul also caught 19 passes for 257 yards before he turned to full-time blocking duties in 1972. Please take a moment to appreciate the contributions of Paul Seymour to Michigan Football. I hope he has a very Happy Birthday today! Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Seymour_(American_football)

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – February 5, 2018

Who holds the Michigan record for most “punting” yards in a season?

Part II. Trivia Question Answer for February 5, 2018 – Zoltan Mesko

Yes, Zoltan Mesko set a record for most punting yards in 2008. Of course, you know it is not a good thing when your punter sets a record like this because it means that he punted a lot! Rich Rodriquez came to Ann Arbor with a lot of hype about his “Spread Offense. Unfortunately, “the Spread” sputtered – a lot. There were way too many “three and out” drives that resulted in another punt by Mesko.

The good news was that Mesko punted very well in 2008. He punted 80 times for a total of 3,436 yards. (Average of 42.95 yards per punt!) Both numbers are still Michigan records. Mesko also punted his way to career records for most punts (252) and most punting yards (10, 703).

You may not know Mesko was the first special team’s performer to be elected as a captain of a Michigan Football team. Yes, Zoltan Mesko was a great punter. I just wish he didn’t have so many opportunities to put his BIG foot to work!

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – February 6, 2018

Who holds the Wolverine record for most interceptions in a season and a career?

 

 

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