Michigan’s 10 Longest Plays vs. Alabama

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1Jan 2024
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Michigan’s 10 Longest Plays vs. Alabama

Jamie Morris (image via MLive)

Michigan is 2-3 against the Alabama Crimson Tide. They first met in the Hall of Fame Bowl following the 1987 season, followed by the Outback Bowl in 1996, the Orange Bowl following the 1999 season, a regular season meeting in 2012, and then the Outback Bowl again following the 2019 season.

  1. Jamie Morris 77-yard TD run (1987)
  2. Denard Robinson 71-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon (2012)
  3. Tom Brady 57-yard TD pass to David Terrell (1999)
  4. Giles Jackson 50-yard kickoff return (2019)
  5. Denard Robinson 44-yard TD pass to Devin Gardner (2012)
  6. Shea Patterson 40-yard pass to Giles Jackson (2019)
  7. Shea Patterson 34-yard pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones (2019)
  8. Dennis Norfleet 33-yard kickoff return (2012)
  9. Jamie Morris 31-yard run (1987)
  10. Tom Brady 28-yard pass to Marquise Walker (1999)

Hit the jump for a video of Morris going 77 yards for the TD in the Hall of Fame Bowl and for the long TD pass from Brady to Terrell.

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2Oct 2023
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Michigan’s 10 Longest Plays vs. Minnesota

Steve Breaston

Michigan has played Minnesota 104 times throughout history and has a 76-25-3 record against the Golden Gophers. They first played in 1892, and the winner of the game after each meeting earns the Little Brown Jug Trophy.

Here are the longest plays for Michigan in the history of the rivalry:

  1. Steve Breaston 95-yard kickoff return TD (2005)
  2. Chris Howard 86-yard TD run (1996)
  3. Gilvanni Johnson 85-yard punt return TD (1985)
  4. Carlos Brown 85-yard TD run (2007)
  5. Darrell Harper 84-yard punt return TD (1959)
  6. Courtney Avery 83-yard fumble return TD (2011)
  7. Karan Higdon 77-yard TD run (2017)
  8. Tom Brady 76-yard TD pass to Tai Streets (1998)
  9. Lowell Perry 75-yard punt return TD (1951)
  10. Steve Smith 75-yard TD run (1983)
  11. Scott Dreisbach 75-yard TD pass to Amani Toomer (1995)

Hit the jump for videos of Breaston and Brown.

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9Mar 2023
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Ranking Michigan’s Quarterbacks

Drew Henson (image via Detroit News)

This was originally posted on March 17, 2017. It has been updated following the 2022 season.

Sports fans love to debate the greatness of players and rank them in order from most revered to most despised. And while despised probably doesn’t fit any of these players, since they played for the University of Michigan, we all have our favorites. I have endeavored to achieve the un-possible: Rank all of Michigan’s starting quarterbacks.

Okay, that’s too tall of a task for me right now. I’m working up to it. So I’m only going back to 1995, which was the beginning of the Lloyd Carr era. That’s the earliest full coaching tenure where I can count on my recollections of Michigan football. I was a big fan of Bo Schembechler, Gary Moeller, and the Michigan Wolverines before then, but I’ll be damned if I say I was aware enough to understand what was happening on the field.

This ranking only takes into account what the quarterbacks achieved wearing the winged helmet. High school highlight tapes and NFL performance aren’t taken into account. (After all, we can agree that Tom Brady is far and away the best quarterback who ever played the game of football, and that includes Uncle Rico.)

So if you were starting a season with your pick of any Michigan QB since 1995, which one would you take?

On with the show:

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2Dec 2022
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Tom Brady

Tom Brady

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady completed 29/43 passes for 246 yards and 2 touchdowns in a 23-17 overtime loss to the Cleveland Browns.


  • Devin Bush, LB (Pittsburgh Steelers): Bush made 8 tackles and 1 pass breakup in a 24-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts.
  • Frank Clark, DE (Kansas City Chiefs): Clark made 6 tackles in a 26-10 win over Los Angeles Rams.
  • Nico Collins, WR (Houston Texans): Collins made 6 catches for 44 yards in a 30-15 loss to the Miami Dolphins.
  • Josh Uche, OLB (New England Patriots): Uche made 1 sack in a 33-26 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • Chris Wormley, DT (Pittsburgh Steelers): Wormley made 2 tackles and 1 fumble recovery in the 24-17 win over the Colts.
8Nov 2022
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Former Michigan Athlete of the Week: Aidan Hutchinson

Aidan Hutchinson

Detroit Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson made 2 tackles in a 15-9 win over the Green Bay Packers, but his biggest play was an interception of Aaron Rodgers at the goal line, preventing a touchdown pass to eligible tackle David Bakhtiari.


  • Tom Brady, QB (Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Brady completed 36/58 passes for 280 yards and 1 touchdown in a 16-13 win over the Los Angeles Rams.
  • Hassan Haskins, RB (Tennessee Titans): Haskins had 1 carry for 5 yards, 1 catch for 2 yards, 4 kickoff returns for 72 yards, and 4 tackles on special teams in a 20-17 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • Kwity Paye, DE (Indianapolis Colts): Paye made 8 tackles, 1 sack, and 5 quarterback hurries in a 26-3 loss to the New England Patriots.
  • Josh Uche, OLB (New England Patriots): Uche made 6 tackles, 3 sacks, and 2 quarterback hurries in a 26-3 win over the Colts.


  • Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan Gary tore his ACL against the Lions and will miss the remainder of the season. He made 32 tackles and 6 sacks this season before the injury.