Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Jerame D. Tuman. Jerame is simply one of the most prolific tight ends in Michigan Football history. Jerame Dean Tuman was born on this day in Liberal, Kansas. He became an outstanding athlete at Liberal High School. Tuman starred in football and track and field. He was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school and he decided to play for Michigan.
(Note – Jerame Tuman #80 caught a lot of passes and scored a lot of touchdowns for the Michigan Wolverines in the late 1990s. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Jerame didn’t play in his first year in 1994. He burned his red-shirt and focused on learning Gary Moeller’s offense and getting acclimated to the life of a Big Ten student-athlete. Jerame started a couple games for Lloyd Carr in 1995 and played enough to earn a letter. He caught 9 passes for 71 yards. Tuman scored the first touchdown of his career against Indiana.
Jerame D. Tuman came back in 1996 hoping to play a bigger role for the Wolverines and that’s exactly what happened! Jerame started twelve games at tight end. He caught 33 passes for 524 yards and five touchdowns. He had his first 100-yard receiving game (101) against Minnesota when he caught3 passes. One of them was good for 63-yards! Tuman lettered in his second year and earned first team All-Big Ten honors in his first year as a starter. Michigan finished season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. They posted a final mark of 5 wins and 3 losses in the conference which was only good enough for a fifth-place tie. Jerame D. Tuman, and his teammates, wanted more and worked hard in the off-season to make improvements!
The good news for Jeremy, and Michigan, was that the improvements worked! Michigan finished a magical season with a perfect record of 12 wins and no losses or ties. The Wolverines ended the season as conference champions, Rose Bowl Champions and National Champions! It doesn’t get any better than that! But wait, it got better for Jerame as he was named All-Conference for the second consecutive season and he also earned All-American honors for his stellar play.
Jerame D. Tuman returned for his final year in 1998. He was fully prepared to defend Michigan’s Big Ten Championship and that’s what happened! The Wolverines weren’t perfect in 1998, but they were very good. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. They went 7-1-0 in the Big Ten and earned a share of a second straight championship. Jerame totaled 27 receptions for 247-yards and 2 more touchdowns. He was named the Big Ten’s All-Conference tight end for the third straight year!
Jerame Tuman finished his Michigan career with some very impressive numbers. His name is still on the records page for tight ends. He finished his Wolverine career with a total of 98 receptions for 1,279 yards. He scored fifteen touchdowns and averaged 13.1-yards per reception. Of course, there is no stat for bone-crunching blocks, but he had a ton of those as well! Jerame’s achievements put him at fourth in career receptions and in career yards. He is tied for fifth place in tight end season receiving touchdowns with five which he did in both 1996 and 1997. He is first in career receiving touchdowns for tight ends with 15 scoring catches.
Yes, today is a great day to remember the successful Michigan football career of Jerame D. Tuman. He was an outstanding player who brought Michigan fans to their feet more times than I can remember. Jerame gave everything he had to his coaches and to Michigan. Tuman left Michigan with four letters, two Big Ten Championships, a Rose Bowl victory, and the 1997 National Championship! He also earned Big Ten honors and All-American honors. Yes, Jerame left Ann Arbor with his head held high and enough good memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Jerame D. Tuman for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
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