Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Tim Massaquoi. Arnold Timothy “Tim” Massaquoi was born on this day in New York, New York. He grew up to be an excellent athlete and starred at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Massaquoi was a highly recruited player and was rated the 6th best player in Pennsylvania during his senior year. When it came time to take his game to the next level, he decided to play for Michigan and Head Coach Lloyd Carr.
Tim Massaquoi arrived in Ann Arbor in 2001. He made his career debut as a freshman against Miami of Ohio. Unfortunately, he injured his knee and that was the end of his first season at Michigan. Tim spent the next eleven months recovering and getting ready for the 2002 season. He did not earn a letter in 2001, but still had four years of eligibility remaining.
Massaquoi started one game at tight end in 2002, but appeared in all 13 games of the season. He caught 2 passes for 20-yards on offense and made two tackles on special teams. He played enough to earn his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in Tim’s sophomore year. They posted a record of 6-2 in the conference which was good enough for second place.
Tim returned for his junior year, determined to make a bigger impact and win a Big Ten Championship. Massaquoi started a total of eight games (6 at tight end and 2 at flanker) during the 2003 season. Tim caught 15 passes for 199-yards and scored touchdowns. His first career scoring catch (21-yards) came in a 56-14 win over Illinois. Once again, Michigan posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses, but they did better in the conference. Michigan won the Big Ten championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Massaquoi earned his second letter and a championship ring, so, it was a very good year!
Massaquoi returned for his senior year in 2004. This time the goal was to play at a high level and defend the Big Ten Title. He started 11 games at tight end and caught 18 more passes for 184-yards. He averaged 10.2 yards per catch and blocked like crazy when he wasn’t running his routes. Tim’s hard work did not go unnoticed as he earned first team All-Big honors. He also helped Michigan win nine of twelve games. Michigan successfully defended their Big Ten Championship. They won seven of eight games and earned a share of the championship.
Tim Massaquoi returned for his final year of eligibility as a fifth-year senior in 2005. He started 9 more games while battling some injuries. Tim managed to catch 11 passes for 86-yards. He continued to be a force in the running game and made a ton of blocks for his teammates. Tim’s hard-nosed play earned him All-Big Ten First Team recognition for the second straight season. Unfortunately, Michigan slipped in 2005 and finished with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. They ended with a record of 5-3 in the Big Ten which was only good enough for a tie for third place.
Massaquoi was an excellent player on some very good Michigan teams from 2002 to 2005. He, and his teammates, won a total of 36 regular season games. Their record of 25-7-0 in Big Ten play produced Michigan’s last two conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Tim Massaquoi had a very productive career at Michigan. He earned 4 varsity letters, two conference championships and Big Ten recognition for his efforts. Tim also earned the Meyer Morton Award and the Robert P. Ufer Award in 2005. He was a good one!
Yes, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Tim Massaquoi. He was an excellent player who gave his all to Michigan. Unfortunately, Tim holds the distinction of being a member of the last Michigan football team to win a Big Ten championship in 2004. Hopefully, that will change very soon! Thank you Tim Massaquoi for your contributions to the great history of Michigan football. Happy Birthday and Go Blue!
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