Today’s post celebrates the birth of a former Michigan Wolverine lineman named Thomas Guynes. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Thomas V. Guynes was born on this day at Marion, Indiana. He attended Bishop McNamara High School in Kankakee, Illinois. After an excellent high school football career, Guynes accepted a scholarship to play football for Gary Moeller in 1992.
Thomas Guynes did not play in his first year at Michigan. He burned his redshirt during his freshman year and used that first year to acclimate college life at Michigan. Of course, he worked hard on the field to learn Coach Moeller’s football system.
Guynes adjusted very well in 1992 and came back in 1993 to earn three starts at center for Coach Moeller. He earned his first varsity letter and helped the Wolverines post a winning season (8-4). Michigan ended up in a fourth-place tie in the Big Ten with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses.
Thomas was back in 1994 and started eight games (7 at right tackle and 1 at left guard) for the Wolverines. Guynes earned his second varsity letter. Once again, Michigan posted the same exact record for the second straight year. Michigan won 8 games and lost 4 and finished with a 5-3 record in the conference.
Thomas Guynes was playing for a new coach named Lloyd Carr in 1995. Guynes was on track to be a starter, but a spinal injury set him back. He didn’t start any games in 1995, but did earn his third letter. Michigan posted a record of 9 wins and 4 defeats. Interestingly, Michigan finished the Big Ten season with a final record of, you guessed it, 5 wins and 3 losses.
Guynes almost didn’t return for his fifth year. However,Thomas decided to come back and claim the starting left tackle job. He started all twelve games and earned his fourth varsity letter.
Once again, Michigan posted a winning season, but 8 wins and 4 losses at Michigan generally don’t go over too well. For the fourth consecutive season, Michigan finished the Big Ten season with a record of 5 wins and 3 losses. Unfortunately, Thomas Guynes, and his teammates, had way too much experience in losing some Big Ten heartbreaking games during his time at Michigan.
For the record, Thomas Guynes started 23 games at Michigan and earned four varsity letters. He was part of the 1992 Big Ten Championship team. After his Michigan career ended, Thomas played a few years of professional football before starting a career in law enforcement.
Thanks to Tom Guynes for his contributions to Michigan football. His hard work and achievements on the field helped continue Michigan’s winning ways on the football field. Happy Birthday Thomas Guynes! Go Blue!
Michigan played their first ever football game on September 9, 1995 when the University of Memphis traveled to Ann Arbor to play the Wolverines. It was the third game of Coach Lloyd Carr’s first season as Michigan’s Head Football Coach. The Wolverines defeated the Tigers by a score of 24-7.
Michigan scored in every quarter and never trailed in the game. Quarterback Scoot Dreisbach completed 13 of 21 passes for 162-yards. He handed the ball to Tim Biakabutuka twenty-five times and “Touchdown Tim” racked up 143-yards and two scores. Fullback Ed Davis also ran for 70-yards and a touchdown. Kicker Remy Hamilton finished the scoring with a fourth quarter field goal.
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