Today’s post celebrates a Happy Birthday wish for a Michigan Man named Sione Houma. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Sione Houma was born on this day in Salt Lake City, Utah. Houma attended Highland High School in Salt Lake City. He helped his team win a state championship in his senior year of high school. Sione was good enough to earn a scholarship offer from Brady Hoke in 2012 and he was smart enough to take it.
(Note – Freshman Sione Houma (#39) is shown above with the 2012 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the sixth row and is the 7th man from the left. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Sione Houma arrived in Ann Arbor in 2012 and made a big impact in his first year on the varsity. Brady Hoke liked the way he hit people because he hit them really, really hard. He became a regular on special teams and earned some playing time on offense as a blocking fullback.
Houma continued to play his role as a special teamer and battering ram for his sophomore and junior years. Of course, he endured the final two years of the Brady Hoke Era and saw the program stumble badly from 2013 to 2014.
The arrival of Jim Harbaugh was a new beginning for Houma. Harbaugh loved his physicality and his football enthusiasm. Sione found a role on offense and it wasn’t just for blocking. He logged 43 carries for 185-yards and caught 8 more passes for 77-yards. Houma also scored 5 touchdowns in his senior year. He finished his career on a high note with 9 carries for 32 yards against Florida. He scored one touchdown in Michigan’s Citrus Bowl win over the Gators.
Sione Houma ended his career as a four-year letterman. He played in 39 games and played a lot of good football for the Wolverines. Although his nickname was “Coconut Head,” he was one smart dude. He earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 2015. Houma’s physical play earned him a roster spot for the New Orleans Saints in 2016. .
So, today is a great day to wish a very “Happy Birthday” to Michigan Man Sione Houma. I hope he has a great day on his special day today and . Go Blue!
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