The purpose of today’s post is to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Jason Horn! The talented Jason Horn came to Ann Arbor to play football for Michigan and Coach Gary Moeller in 1991. Horn was an outstanding football player in Lafayette, Indiana. Instead of staying at home and playing for Purdue, he decided to be a Wolverine. Maize and Blue fans are glad he did!
(Note – Jason Horn (#94) is shown above with the 1995 Michigan Wolverine Football team. He is seated in the first row – 6th man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.)
Jason Horn was a defensive lineman who loved to mix it up in the tranches with the big boys from the Big Ten. After redshirting in 1991, he started to play in 1992 and just kept playing more and more. Although Horn did not earn any starts in 1992, he played in eleven games and lettered as a red-shirt Freshman. Jason started seven games at middle guard in 1993 kept getting better and better. During the 1994 season, Jason Horn started twelve games and earned All-Big Ten honors for his stellar play. He capped off his career with thirteen more starts in 1995. He was good enough to earn All-Big Ten honors for the second consecutive season. Jason’s outstanding play also earned him national recognition when he was recognized as a first team first All-American in his final season in 1995.
There are a couple of interesting things I noted about Jason Horn’s career at Michigan. He was a member of the last three teams that Gary Moeller coached in Ann Arbor. Of course, his last season at Michigan was the first for Head Coach Lloyd Carr, his former defensive coordinator. I almost forgot! In addition to being an All-Big Ten and All-American performer, he also earned the Dick Katcher Award in 1995. This award is given annually to the most outstanding defensive lineman or outside linebacker at Michigan.
Michigan won the Big Ten Championship in 1992 when they won 9, lost 0 and tied 3. The next three years were not terrible, but the Wolverines lost four games in each of Jason Horn’s last three seasons. Michigan’s overall record during Horn’s “playing” years was 34 wins, 12 losses and 3 ties. They were about the same in the Big Ten with a record of 21 wins, 9 losses and 2 ties. In addition to winning the championship in 1992, the Wolverines had two third place finishes and one fourth place tie. Jason Horn also played on two winning bowl teams (1993 and 1994) during his time at Michigan.
Jason Horn enjoyed an outstanding career at Michigan. He came to Ann Arbor as a farm boy from Indiana and left as a champion with a very impressive playing resume. His superb efforts contributed to the great history of the winningest program in the history of college football. Thanks to Jason Horn for his contributions to the very long Maize and Blue line that dates all the way back to 1879! Happy Birthday Jason! I hope you enjoy your special day today. Go Blue!
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