Today is another great day to make a Happy Birthday wish to Michigan Man Randy Stark. According to the 1991 Michigan Football Media Guide, Randolph W. “Randy” Stark was born in Ohio on this day in 1970. He was another outstanding Ohio high school football player who earned a scholarship offer from Bo Schembechler in 1987. He was also smart enough to accept it!
(Note – Randy Stark (#99) is shown above with the 1991 Big Ten Champion Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the first row – third man from the right of the picture. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan/)
Randy Stark arrived in Ann Arbor to compete for a linebacker job on the Michigan Football team in 1988. Unfortunately, Michigan had a lot of good linebackers on the squad that season. So, Randy spent his time learning the Michigan football system and trying to get bigger and better. Stark did not earn any starts in 1988 and he did not earn a letter in his first season on the Michigan varsity football team.
Stark did not earn any starts in 1989 and he did not earn a letter on Bo’s final team. The good news was that he played on Schembechler’s last two Big Ten Conference Championship teams in 1988 and 1989.
Randy Stark returned for his third year in 1990. Now, he had a new coach to impress since Gary Moeller was the new Head Coach at Michigan. Stark played in 6 games in 1990 and he record 8 tackles (5 solo and 3 assists). He earned his first Michigan letter and played on Coach Moeller’s firs Big Ten Championship team.
The 1991 season was the last for Randy Stark. He recorded tackles in four games during his senior year. Stark finished with 7 solo tackles and his second letter in 1991. He also recovered a fumble against Minnesota in a 52-6 win.
So, Randy Stark probably didn’t play as much as he had originally hoped, but that’s the nature of an elite football program like Michigan. He did what his coaches asked him to do and played some good football on some outstanding Michigan Football teams. He earned two varsity letters and four Big Ten Championship rings, so he did just fine.
Randolph W. Stark is another important part of Michigan’s wonderful football history. He played for four years in the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Randy Stark. I hope you have a great “Maize and Blue” celebration on your special day. Go Blue!
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