Today’s post celebrates the birthday of Michigan Man Brian Lewis Townsend! He is another Buckeye who came to play for Bo Schembechler at Michigan. Brian was an outstanding player in Cincinnati, Ohio who came to play linebacker for Bo’s Wolverines.
(Note – Brian Townsend (#45) shown here with the 1991 Big Ten Championship football team. He is seated third from the right in the first row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Brian Townsend enrolled at Michigan in 1987 and spent his first year as a redshirt. Like many of Bo’s freshman, Townsend probably hit the classroom and the weight room pretty hard. He learned the Michigan football system during his freshman year.
According to Bentley Historical Library records, Brian Townsend did not earn any starts during 1988. He started one game in 1989, but he played enough to earn varsity letters on two pretty good teams. Brian Townsend kept working hard and earned another start on Team #111 in 1990. His hard work paid off in 1991 when he started nine games. The 1991 team finished with a record of 10 wins and 2 losses. More importantly, they were Big Ten Champions with a perfect record of 8 wins and 0 losses.
As it turned out, Brian Townsend played for Michigan during one of the best four-year runs in team history! The Wolverines won 38, lost 9 and tied 1 from 1988 to 1991. That’s a winning percentage of just over eighty-percent (.802)! They were even better in the Big Ten with a winning rate of just over ninety-two percent (.922). Michigan won three Big Ten Championships during this time and tied for another. It was a great time to be a Wolverine −period!
So, I am sure that Brian Townsend was happy that he followed Bo to Michigan. Brian Townsend was there for Bo’s last two years and for Mo’s first two years. It was definitely a great time for Michigan players, coaches, and fans. Brian Townsend left Michigan as a four-year letterman and a four-time Big Ten Champion. Not too many players can say that they were part of something like that!
Thank you Brian Townsend for your contributions to the amazing history that is Michigan football. You and your teammates added thirty-eight wins to Michigan’s all-time victory total along with four Big Ten Championships. Congratulations on your Michigan career and the important work that you are still doing. I hope you enjoy your special day today. Happy birthday and Go Blue!
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