Today’s post celebrates the birthday of Michigan Man Douglas “Doug” Mallory. Of course, Doug Mallory is the middle son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mallory. Bill Mallory was a good friend of Bo Schembechler and all three of Bill’s sons played at Michigan.
Doug Mallory followed older brother Mike to Michigan in 1983. Mike was in his third year when Doug was a Freshman. They practiced together, but Doug did not get on the field during that red-shirt season. Doug started ten games in 1984 (7 at strong safety and 3 at free safety) while Mike was the starting inside linebacker for the Wolverine defense. The 1984 (injury filled) season was the worst one in Bo’s tenure, but the Mallory brothers played hard and did the best they could to win for Michigan.
Both Doug and Mike made strong contributions to the “healthier” Michigan team that won 10 games, lost 1 and tied 1 in 1985. That team also finished second in the nation and beat Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl. So, the Mallory boys helped get Michigan back where it belonged on the football field. Mike, a two-year co-captain, graduated in 1986 so Doug was on his own for the rest of his Michigan career. Big brother Mike did not have to worry because Doug did just fine!
Doug settled in at free safety in 1986 and earned two starts and a lot of playing time on the 1986 Big Ten Co-Champions. The 1986 team finished with a record of 11 wins and 2 losses. They went 7-1-0 in the conference. Doug had an excellent season and was selected as the Meyer Morton Award winner at the end of the season. This award is given annually to the player who shows the most improvement and most promise.
Doug Mallory was selected as a co-captain on the 1987 football team along with Jamie Morris. Doug Mallory followed his brother Mike to Michigan, but he made his own path. According to the Bentley Historical Website, Doug Mallory started twenty-four games and played a ton of football for Bo Schembechler. He left as a champion, just like Bo promised. He was on three winning football teams, was a Meyer Morton Award winner and served as a co-captain on a Michigan football team. As the folks down South would say, “He done good!”
Doug Mallory, followed his father’s footsteps into the coaching ranks just like his brothers Mike and Curt. Currently, he serves as the secondary coach for the Atlanta Falcons. I hope that Doug Mallory has a great day celebrating his birthday today, but I know he is working his tail off getting ready for Sunday’s game at Washington against the Redskins. Happy Birthday Doug Mallory and thanks for your contributions to the great history of Michigan Football! Go Blue!
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What Michigan running back gained the most rushing yards, so far, in the Big House against Penn State?
Anthony “A-Train” Thomas” rumbled for 171-yards on 35 carries against Penn State on November 11, 2000. The 20th ranked Wolverines defeated PSU in Ann Arbor by a final score of 33-11. Over one-hundred thousand Maize and Blue fans went home happy that day!
What is the longest winning streak in the Michigan vs Penn State football series so far?