Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Chris Horn. According to the 1987 Michigan Football Media Guide, Chris Horn was born on this day in 1968. He grew up to be an excellent athlete at Johnson High School in Huntsville, Alabama. Horn excelled on offense and defense. Horn helped lead his high school team to a number two ranking and was an honorable mention on the USA Today All-American Football team. He also lettered four times in baseball. He came to Michigan to earn a degree and play some football for Coach Bo Schembecher.
Part I. Wolverine of the Day: Michigan Man Chris Horn
Future Michigan Man Chris Horn arrived in Ann Arbor in 1986. He was listed on the 1986 Michigan Football Roster as a “Defensive Back.” However, he did not see any action during his freshman year.
In 1987, the coaching staff decided that he could make a bigger contribution at fullback so Chris worked hard at learning his new position in the Michigan offense. Unfortunately, Horn was hampered by a hamstring injury during spring drills in 1987. The lost practice time hurt his development and he did not earn a letter in 1987. He did log 3 carries for 13 yards in 1987, but that was it.
Horn returned to Michigan in 1988 to play fullback and special teams for Bo’s Wolverines. His hard work in the weight room pushed his weight from 205 pounds to 213 pounds in 1988. Chris earned one start at fullback in 1988. He played well enough and often enough on offense and special teams to earn his first letter. Chris caught two passes for 20-yards and also rushed the ball 13 times for 57-yards and scored 1 touchdown. His only Michigan touchdown came against Wisconsin on a 21-yard burst and helped pile on the points in a 62-14 victory over the Badgers.
The teams that Chris Horn played on from 1986 to 1988 posted an overall record of 28 wins, 8 losses, and 1 tie. More importantly, they finished with a record of 19 wins, 4 losses and 1 tie in Big Ten play which was good enough to claim 2 conference championships.
So, Michigan Man Chris Horn’s Wolverine Football career probably didn’t turn out the way he envisioned it. However, he did earn one varsity letter and was part of two Big Ten Championship Teams.
Today is a good day to remember the contributions of Michigan Man Chris Horn to Wolverine Football. Chris is an important part of the “long Maize and Blue line” that has produced the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Chris Horn – I hope you have a great day today! Go Blue!
Part II. Trivia Question of the Day: May 30, 2018
Michigan has only had one “interim” head coach in 138-years. Who was it?
Part II. Trivia Answer of the Day May 30, 2018 Lloyd Carr
Michigan Athletic Director Joe Roberson had a problem in early May 1995 – a BIG problem! Gary Moeller resigned due to off-the-field behavior and he needed a head football coach. Early May is generally not a good time to hire a college football coach.
Mr. Roberson didn’t have a lot of options, so, he played the best card he had. He decided to name Lloyd Carr as the “interim” head coach. Lloyd Carr took charge of the team and led them to a record of 8-2-0 in the first ten games.
Joe Roberson removed the “interim” tag after a rainy win (5-0-0) over Purdue in early November 1995. Then, Lloyd Carr went about his business for the next thirteen years. He won a National Championship, five Big Ten titles and coached his way into the College Football Hall of Fame. Not bad for a guy who had only been a “head coach” for a few seasons in high school!
Part III. Trivia Question of the Day: May 31, 2018
Who is the first African American Wolverine to earn All-American honors for three consecutive seasons?