The purpose of today’s post is to wish Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named David Terrell. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, David Terrell was born on this date in Richmond, Virginia. He grew up to be an outstanding athlete (football and basketball) at Huguenot High School in Richmond. However, football was his best sport. David had lots of good choices for college, but he decided that Michigan was the place for him.
David Terrell arrived in Ann Arbor in the summer of 1998. Although he was impressive enough in fall camp to earn the famous #1 jersey, he was not good enough to earn any starts in 1998. However, he did record at least one catch in eight games and totaled 14 receptions for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also saw some action as a defensive back and recorded 2 solo tackles. Of course, he earned his first varsity letter in his freshman year.
Terrell was back in 1999 and he was good enough to earn 10 starts at the wide receiver/split end position. David was happy to catch all the passes that Tom Brady threw his way. In fact, he caught 71 passes for 1,038 yards and 7 touchdowns. Terrell’s numbers turned out to be 1/3 of Brady’s completions and touchdowns (214/20) in 1999 and almost half of his yardage (1,038 to 2,586). Needless to say, David Terrell helped make Tom Brady look good in 1999 and vice versa! Of course, David Terrell led the Wolverines in receiving yardage in 1999. His stellar season helped him earn first team All-Big Ten honors in his sophomore year. He was the MVP of the 2000 Orange Bowl for his outstanding performance (10 catches for 150 yards and 3 touchdowns) in a win over Alabama. Very impressive!
David returned for his third season of eligibility in 2000. Once again, he played extremely well and helped Michigan win a share of their second Big Ten Championship in three years. The Wolverines ended the season with a final record of 9 wins and 3 losses and posted a Big Ten record of 6-2. David led the Wolverines in receiving 67 catches for 1,130 yards) for the second consecutive season. David became a two-time All-Big Ten performer and earned first team All-American honors to cap off another great season. He also won the Frederick Matthaei Award for his excellent leadership on the field and in the classroom. David became the first Wolverine receiver to record back-to-back seasons of at least 1,000 receiving yards. Of course, everyone figured he would be the first one to do it three straight times in 2001.
As it turned out, David opted to leave Ann Arbor early. He was the number one draft pick of the Chicago Bears in 2001. He played for 7 years in the NFL before he hung up his spikes for good in 2007.
David Terrell left Michigan with 20 starts, 3 varsity letters, 2 Big Ten Championship rings and plenty of awards and recognition from Michigan and the Big Ten. Yes, he had an outstanding career and left Ann Arbor with his head held very high! Today is certainly a great day to appreciate his contributions to the great history that is – Michigan Football. Happy Birthday David Terrell and Go Blue!
Who was the first Wolverine receiver to record 19 touchdowns in a single season?
The talented Desmond Howard caught 19 touchdown passes from Elvis Grbac in 1991. Of course, this is a BIG reason why he won the Heisman Trophy in that magical season. It didn’t hurt that he also had some electrifying kickoff and punt returns on his resume’ that year.
Braylon Edwards challenged the record in 2004 with a total of 15 touchdowns. However, the record is probably safe until another Heisman winning receiver comes to Ann Arbor. Oh yes, we will also need another outstanding quarterback to help make it all happen! Go Blue!
Who is the only Michigan running back to score five touchdowns in a single game?