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March 7, 2018 Happy Birthday Roy R. Roundtree!

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

The purpose of today’s blog is to wish a very Happy Birthday to Roy R. Roundtree. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Roy Randolph Roundtree was born on this day in Ohio. Roundtree grew up to be an excellent high school football player at Trotwood-Madison High School in Dayton, Ohio. By the time he was a senior, he was a highly-regarded college prospect with offers from many Big Ten and MAC schools. Rich Rodriguez offered Roundtree late in the recruiting process, but Roy was okay with the tardy offer. Apparently, the Boilermakers were not because Roy was headed to Purdue before Rodriguez arrived at Michigan. Oh well, all’s fair in love, war, and recruiting, right?

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Roy R. Roundtree

Rich Rodriguez decided to redshirt Roy for his freshman season in 2008. Roy spent the first year  of his college career learning the “Spread Offense” and working hard in the classroom.

Roy R. Roundtree got on the field as a redshirt freshman and caught his first pass against Indiana on September 26, 2009. It was for 35-yards so that made a big impression on everyone in the sold-out Homecoming crowd. His second catch was for a 9-yard touchdown against Michigan State. (That’s two “Big plays” on his first two catches.) So, Roundtree had two receptions for 44-yards after eight games, but then he got hot. In the last four games of the season, Roundtree caught 30 passes for 390-yards and two touchdowns to finish the season as Michigan’s leading receiver even though he started less than half the season. Of course, 2009 was a rough year for Rich rod and the Wolverines. They finished with an overall record of 5 wins and 7 losses. Worse yet, Michigan posted a miserable record of 1-7-0 in the conference which was the poorest showing in Michigan Football history.

The talented Roy R. Roundtree came back ready to play a full season in 2010. He was Michigan’s “go to” receiver. Roy finished the season with 72 catches for 935 yards and 7 touchdowns. He set a new Michigan record for receiving yardage when he caught 9 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 67-65 triple-overtime win over Illinois. Roy’s outstanding season earned him All-Big Ten second team honors from the media.

Roy’s productivity took a sharp drive in 2011 with the arrival of Head Coach Brady Hoke and Offensive Coordinator Al Borgess. Their emphasis on running the ball and the development of Jeremy Gallon hurt his statistics, but he still made many “big plays” when given the opportunity. Who can forget the catch he made to win the game against Notre Dame on September 11, 2011? Roundtree finished the season with only 19 catches for 355 yards and 2 touchdowns. Interestingly, his yard per catch increased to 18.7 yard which was almost six yards better than his average in 2010.

Hoke and Borgess made better use of Roy’s skills in 2012. Roy R. Roundtree remained a top target in 2012. He posted 31 catches for 580 yards and three touchdowns. Once again, he averaged 18.7 yards per catch. Roy’s efforts earned him All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches and the media.

Roy R. Roundtree Michigan Football 2012 | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Roy R. Roundtree had an excellent career at Michigan and left with the nickname “Big Play.” Photo courtesy of the Michigan Athletic Department at The University of Michigan.

So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Roy R. Roundtree. He was an excellent player who played a lot of good football on some not so good teams. Roundtree gave everything he had to his coaches and to Michigan. He will always be remembered for his “big plays” especially the ones he made against Illinois (2010), Notre Dame (2011) and Northwestern (2012).
When he arrived at Michigan his nickname was “tree” because it worked. When he left Ann Arbor he was called “Big Play” because that’s what “tree” did! Roy Roundtree made “BIG PLAYS, a lot of big plays for the Maize and Blue!  Thank you, Big Play Roy Roundtree for all the great memories! I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!





Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – March 6, 2018

Who holds the record for receiving yards in a single game at Michigan?

Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day – March 6, 2018 –  Jeremy Gallon

Yes, Jeremy Gallon broke the record of his former teammate, Roy Roundtree, in 2013. Roundtree racked up 246-yards against Illinois in 2010. Gallon busted the record with an incredible 369-yards against the Hoosiers. Jeremy also recorded 14 catches that day which is  second on the all-time single game reception list.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – March 7, 2018

Michigan has only had one “winless” season in one-hundred and thirty-eight years of football. What year did the Wolverines lose every game?


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