Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a former Wolverine captain named George Mans. According to the Wikipedia listed below, George W. Mans was born on this day in 1940. Mans was born in Detroit, Michigan, but he grew up in Trenton, Michigan. We’ll talk shortly about how he got to Ann Arbor and what he did when he played for the Wolverines. First, we must look at today’s trivia.
Who was the first player to rush for 100-yards in a game in the Bo Schembechler Era?
Sophomore Glenn Doughty’s Michigan Football career started off about as well as it could have. He earned a start in his first game at tailback and rushed for 138 yards on 15 carries. He averaged 9.2 yards per carry that day which was boosted by an 80-yard touchdown run on his first carry! Things got even better in week two when he totaled 191 yards on 29 carries. He scored another touchdown and averaged 6.6 yards per carry. An injury slowed him down for a few games and he lost his starting job to a guy named Billy Taylor. Glenn finished the season as Michigan’s second leading rusher (732 yards) and scored four touchdowns.
Glenn’s athleticism could not be ignored and Bo wanted to keep the talented Doughty and Billy Taylor on the field as much as possible. Glenn’s role changed in his junior season. Doughty split time between running the ball and catching the ball. He did whatever Bo needed him to do and he did it very well. Glenn Doughty posted solid numbers (rushing, receiving and special teams) wherever Schembechler needed them.
When his career was over, Glenn Doughty and his teammates had accomplished an impressive body of work. Michigan’s record during the “Doughty Years” (1969-1971) was 28 wins and 5 losses. Those impressive numbers helped produce two Big Ten titles and a second-place finish. Bo, with the help of Glenn Doughty and many other outstanding players, raised the football standards at Michigan and they stayed there for a long, long time!
Glenn went on to a successful eight-year career in the National Football League with the Baltimore Colts. He followed up on his playing years with a long and successful business career. Check out the excellent Wikipedia article for the details. Of course, Glenn Doughty wrote a great Foreword to my first book about Michigan football in August 2014. I will always be grateful to Glenn for his support! (You may want to check it out on Amazon. 21-194-13, Michigan Football’s Greatest Era by Barry Gallagher)
There is so much more to say about Glenn Doughty, but I will let you read it by checking out the links below. You can also watch the video of his 80-yard touchdown run in his first game. Once again, I highly recommend the Wikipedia article about Glenn’s life.
So, today is an excellent day to celebrate the career of Glenn Doughty and appreciate his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. I hope he had a great day on his birthday yesterday (January 30th). Go Blue!
Who was the first captain in Michigan Football History?
George Mans came to Ann Arbor from Trenton Michigan in 1958. Mans was an all-state football player at Trenton High School. But that’s not all! George was an exceptional athlete who also won letters in basketball, tennis, track and wrestling at Trenton HS.
The talented Mans had to wait his turn like every other freshman in 1958. Yes, first year players were not eligible to play on the varsity back then. So, George Mans did his best to learn Bennie Oosterbaan’s modified Single Wing Offense and get ready for his sophomore season.
Unfortunately, George Mans never had the opportunity to play for Coach Bennie Oosterbaan because he resigned after the 1958 football season. His trusted assistant, Bump Elliott, was named as Michigan’s Head Football Coach for the 1959 season.
So, the first varsity season for George Mans was also the first season of the Bump Elliott Era. George Mans didn’t earn any starts in his first two years on the varsity. However, he played enough to earn two varsity letters and earn the respect of his coaches and fellow players.
George Mans was elected “Captain” for the 1961 season by his teammates. Mans started every game and led the team in receptions (14 catches for 138 yards and 1 touchdown). No, Michigan didn’t throw the ball a lot in those days. So, George Mans posted way more blocks for the Wolverines than he did catches.
Mans ended his career with 24 receptions for 289 yards and 2 touchdowns. He averaged 12.0 yards per catch. After graduation, George Mans began coaching football and returned to Michigan to coach for Bump Elliott 1966 to 1968) and a guy named Bo Schembechler (1969 to 1973).
George finished up his career in politics. Check out his accomplishments in the Wikipedia article linked below. Once again, today is a great day to celebrate the life of George mans and appreciate his contributions to the great history of Michigan Football. Sadly, George Mans died on December 20, 2017 at the age of seventy-seven. May George Mans always rest in peace. Go Blue!