Today’s post celebrates the birthday of Michigan Man Jamie Morris. According to the 1987 Michigan Football Media Guide, Jamie Morris was born on this day in Southern Pines, North Carolina. Jamie’s father, Earl Morris was serving in the United States Army at the time. However, the family moved to Ayer, Massachusetts which is where Jamie grew up. Morris was the youngest of three sons and he grew up trying to keep up with his older brothers and his sisters.
Jamie grew up to be an outstanding athlete at Ayer High School where he was a record-setting running back and sprinter on the track team. He caught Bo’s eye. Schembechler figured that the speedy Morris could shine on special teams and maybe at wide receiver. Bo offered Jamie a scholarship to play primarily on special teams and Jamie accepted it in 1984.
Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Jamie Morris
Jamie Morris arrived in Ann Arbor in 1984. Although Bo didn’t know it, Jamie came to Michigan to play running back and that’s exactly what happened. The 1984 season was a disaster by Bo’s standards. The team was riddled with injuries and finished with a record of 6 wins and 6 losses. Jamie was one of the bright spots. He only started four games, but led the team in rushing with 574 yards and averaged 4.9 yards per carry. Jamie knew that if Bo gave him more carries, he would get the yards!
Morris made strong contributions to the “healthier” Michigan team that won 10 games, lost 1 and tied 1 in 1985. That team also finished second in the nation and beat Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl. Jamie pushed his rushing average to 5.2 yards per carry. He totaled 197 carries and totaled 1,030 yards for the season. He also excelled on special teams and proved to be a very effective receiver out of the backfield. Yes, Bo had found his running back!
Jamie settled in at tailback in 1986. He started eleven games and rushed for another 1,086 yards. He earned first team All-Conference honors and the Matthaei Award for his outstanding performance on the field and in the classroom. More importantly, Jamie helped Michigan win a share of the Big Ten Championship in 1986.
Jamie Morris was selected as a co-captain on the 1987 football team along with Doug Mallory. Michigan went 8-4-0 that year and had to settle for fourth place in the Big Ten (5-3-0). Morris rushed for 1,703 yards which is still third best on the all-time list at Michigan. He erned All-Big Ten honors again and also earned the Robert Ufer Award for his enthusiasm and love for Michigan.
According to the Bentley Historical Website, Jamie Morris started 38 games and left as a record-setting running back. In fact, he left as the all-time leader in rushing yards with 4,393 yards. Jamie set a ton of records during his career and his name is still all over the Michigan Football Record Book. The Wikipedia article linked below has a detailed listing of Jamie’s significant accomplishments at Michigan. Check it out!
I know that Jamie Morris exceeded all expectations that Bo Schembechler had for him. He worked his tail off to prove to Bo that he could be a running back at Michigan. So, when he left, he was the best ever. Pound for pound, Jamie Morris is the most productive offensive player in the history of Michigan Football – period!
Yes, today is a great day to appreciate the accomplishments of Jamie Morris. He is one more reason why Michigan is the winningest program in the history of college football. I hope that Jamie has a very Happy Birthday today. On a personal note, Jamie Morris is the favorite all-time Wolverine in the Gallagher Family. Thanks for the memories Jamie and Go Blue!
Part II. Trivia Question of the Day: June 5, 2018
Who was the first Wolverine football coach to win fifty games?
Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day June 5, 2018 Fielding Yost
Yes, the great Fieldling Yost was the first Michigan Football coach to win 50, 75, 100, 150 and 165 games. The amazing thing was how fast he did it! Remember Fielding Yost had a record of He had a record of 55 wins, 1 loss and 1 tie after his first five seasons. No one at Michigan has ever done anything like that. Yes, Bo did come close (48-6-1) from 1969 to 1973.
Part III. Trivia Question of the Day: June 6, 2018
Who was the first Wolverine to lead the team in tackles for four straight seasons?
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