Northwestern (3-5, 1-4 Big Ten)
#15/#16 Michigan (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten)
Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 (12:10 p.m. EST)
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Projected Attendance: 111,000-plus
Radio Coverage: WJR (760 AM Detroit) will originate the game on the Michigan Football Network. Frank Beckmann handles play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter is the analyst and Dan Dickerson provides sideline reports and analysis. WUOM (91.7 FM) has Tom Hemingway doing play-by-play and Tom Slade as analyst.
TV Coverage: ESPN Regional will broadcast the game to a regional audience. Wayne Larivee handles play-by-play with Randy Wright providing color commentary. Jim Barbar provides sideline reports.
Series History: This will be the 62nd meeting between Michigan and Northwestern. The Wolverines hold a 46-13-2 advantage in the all-time series and have won 21 of the last 23 games between the two programs. Michigan has an 8-2 record in the last 10 games played and is 30-5-2 in games played in Ann Arbor (has won 16 of the last 17 home games).
Last Meeting: (Michigan 12, Northwestern 6 - Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill., Oct. 17, 1998) Tailback Justin Fargas rushed for a career-best 120 yards on 31 carries in leading Michigan to a 12-6 come-from-behind victory over Northwestern in sloppy conditions brought on by driving rains. The Wildcats jumped out to a 6-0 lead on a pair of field goals, but the Wolverines grabbed the lead with 35 seconds remaining the first half as quarterback Tom Brady connected with wide receiver Tai Streets for a 30-yard touchdown. Michigan added a 32-yard field goal by Jay Feely and a team safety in the fourth quarter while the defense held Northwestern without any points in the second half. Brady completed 12-of-20 passing attempts for 139 yards and one TD, while Jerame Tuman caught three passes for 27 yards and Tai Streets made two receptions for 41 yards. Linebackers Ian Gold (12 tackles) and Sam Sword (11 tackles) led a defensive effort that limited Northwestern to 191 yards of total offense (35 rushing, 156 passing).
QUICKLY ON COACH CARR ...
Lloyd Carr (Northern Michigan, 1968)
Fifth season as Michigan Head Coach
45-13 overall record at Michigan
Carr has a 6-2 record in his fifth year as Michigan's head coach and his 20th season with the University of Michigan football program. He led the Wolverines to a 10-3 overall record, back-to-back Big Ten titles and a 45-31 victory in the CompUSA Florida Citrus Bowl last season. In 1997, Carr led the Wolverines to a 12-0 record and a share of the national title that earned him national Coach of the Year honors. Carr, previously a Michigan assistant coach for 15 years, began his college coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) before joining Gary Moeller's staff at Illinois in the same role (1978-79). Carr came to Michigan in 1980 as Bo Schembechler's secondary coach. Carr served as defensive coordinator (1987-94) and was assistant head coach (1990-94).
Did You Know
-- Lloyd Carr is one of only nine current Division I-A coaches who have won a national title. The others are: Joe Paterno, Penn State (2, 1982 and 1986); Dennis Erickson, Oregon State (2, 1989 and 1991 at Miami, Fla.); Bobby Bowden, Florida State (1, 1993); Lavell Edwards, Brigham Young (1, 1984); Steve Spurrier, Florida (1, 1996); Lou Holtz, South Carolina (1, 1987 at Notre Dame); John Robinson, UNLV (1, 1978 at Southern Cal); Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee (1, 1998). Carr was the quickest to win his national title though, winning college football's top team honor in only his third year as a collegiate head coach.
-- Lloyd Carr has the best winning percentage of all the previous Michigan coaches at Michigan Stadium. Carr is 26-4 (.867) in his career at the "Big House" and ranks fifth among all-time Michigan coaches in terms of winning percentage at home.
MICHIGAN TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES ...
Carr Claims 45th Win
Lloyd Carr heads into the Northwestern game with a 45-13 overall record (.776) and a 28-9 conference mark (.757) in his five years as Michigan's head coach. Carr has a 10-5 record in the month of November, with the only setbacks coming against Penn State (1995 and 1996), Ohio State (1998), Purdue (1996) and Michigan State (1995).
Michigan When Ranked 16th in AP Poll
This will be the ninth time that Michigan enters a game ranked 16th in the Associated Press national poll. The Wolverines have an impressive 6-1-1 record when listed No. 16 by the AP, with the only setback coming against No. 11 Penn State on Nov. 16, 1996, at Michigan Stadium (29-17). Michigan is 1-1 in the 1990s when ranked 16th by the Associated Press.
|Date ||Rank ||Opponent ||Site ||Result|
|Nov. 5, 1938 ||16/-- ||Pennsylvania ||H ||W, 19-13|
|Oct. 27, 1945 ||16/-- ||Illinois ||A ||W, 19-0|
|Oct. 31, 1953 ||16/-- ||Pennsylvania ||H ||W, 24-14|
|Oct. 4, 1958 ||16/14 ||Michigan State ||A ||T, 12-12|
|Dec. 31, 1981 ||16/19 ||UCLA ||1 ||W, 33-14|
|Sept. 22, 1984 ||16/-- ||Wisconsin ||H ||W, 20-14|
|Nov. 17, 1990 ||16/-- ||Minnesota ||A ||W, 52-6|
|Nov. 16, 1996 ||16/11 ||Penn State ||H ||L, 17-29|
1 -- Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston, Texas
Michigan on Nov. 6
The Wolverines have an impressive 10-4 record in games played on Nov. 6, including victories in the last two contests and nine of the last 10 games.
Michigan Eyes 90th Win in the 1990s
The Wolverines have compiled an impressive 89-26-3 (.767) record during the 1990s. Entering the final year of this decade, Michigan was eighth among Division I-A institutions in terms of wins this decade. The Wolverines need one victory to reach 90 wins in a decade for only the third time in school history (1970s and 1980s). The school record is 96 victories (96-16-3 from 1970-79), while the best-ever winning percentage by decade was .898 (82-8-3 record), set during the 1900-09 seasons.
U-M When Ranked Against Northwestern
This will be the 32nd time that Michigan enters the game against Northwestern ranked in the Associated Press national poll. The Wolverines have a 25-4-2 overall record when ranked by the AP against the Wildcats, and are 18-3-1 when listed in the AP top 10. Michigan has a 7-1-1 record when ranked between 10 and 20 in the AP national poll.
Brady on Passing Streak
Senior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS) enters the Northwestern game with five straight 200-yard or better passing games. Brady completed 17-of-29 passing attempts for 226 yards and one touchdown at Indiana, the first time he played the entire game this season. Brady is second in Michigan history with 13 career contests with 200 or more yards passing in a game. He needs one 200-yard passing game to equal the school record held by Todd Collins (1991-94). Brady has completed 134-of-209 passing attempts this season for 1,623 yards and nine TDs.
Brady Grabs Eighth Alone in Career Touchdowns
With his seven-yard touchdown pass to tight end Bennie Joppru (Wayzata, Minn./Minnetonka HS), Tom Brady grabbed sole possession of eighth place in career touchdown passes by a Michigan quarterback. Brady has thrown 24 career touchdowns and needs one to equal John Wangler (1976-80) for seventh place on the school's list and seven to catch Jim Harbaugh (1983-86) for sixth. Brady has thrown 19 of his 24 career touchdown passes in Big Ten Conference games and has collected a TD pass in all 13 conference games that he has been the team's starting quarterback.
Michigan's Career Touchdown Passes Thrown
| ||Player (Years) ||TDs ||Needed|
|1. ||Elvis Grbac (1989-92) ||71 ||47|
|2. ||Rick Leach (1975-78) ||48 ||24|
|3. ||Steve Smith (1980-83) ||42 ||18|
|4. ||Todd Collins (1991-94) ||37 ||13|
|5. ||Brian Griese (1994-97) ||33 ||9|
|6. ||Jim Harbaugh (1983-86) ||31 ||7|
|7. ||John Wangler (1976-80) ||25 ||1|
|8. ||Tom Brady (1996- ) ||24 || |
Brady Climbs Career Passing Charts
Heading into the Northwestern game, Tom Brady needs 377 passing yards to join Todd Collins (1993 and 1994) as the only Wolverine quarterbacks reach 2,000 passing yards in back-to-back seasons. Brady has completed 134-of-209 passing attempts this season for 1,623 yards and nine touchdowns, moving his career statistics to 363-of-579 passing attempts for 4,388 yards. He leaped from seventh to fifth in career passing yardage, vaulting past Rick Leach (1975-78) and Brian Griese (1994-97), and surpassed Griese for fourth in career pass completions. Brady lists sixth career passing attempts.
Career Passing Attempts
| ||Player ||Attempts ||Years|
|1. ||Elvis Grbac ||835 ||1989-92|
|2. ||Todd Collins ||711 ||1991-94|
|3. ||Steve Smith ||648 ||1980-83|
|4. ||Jim Harbaugh ||620 ||1983-86|
|5. ||Brian Griese ||606 ||1994-97|
|6. ||Tom Brady ||579 ||1996-|
|7. ||Rick Leach ||537 ||1975-78|
|8. ||Don Moorhead ||425 ||1968-70|
|9. ||Dick Vidmer ||380 ||1965-67|
|10. ||Scott Dreisbach ||378 ||1995-98|
Career Pass Completions
| ||Player ||Comp. ||Years|
|1. ||Elvis Grbac ||522 ||1989-92|
|2. ||Todd Collins ||457 ||1991-94|
|3. ||Jim Harbaugh ||387 ||1983-86|
|4. ||Tom Brady ||363 ||1996-|
|5. ||Brian Griese ||355 ||1994-97|
|6. ||Steve Smith ||324 ||1980-83|
|7. ||Rick Leach ||250 ||1975-78|
|8. ||Scott Dreisbach ||206 ||1995-98|
|9. ||Don Moorhead ||200 ||1968-70|
|10. ||John Wangler ||197 ||1976-80|
Career Passing Yards
| ||Player ||Yards ||Years|
|1. ||Elvis Grbac ||6,460 ||1989-92|
|2. ||Todd Collins ||5,858 ||1991-94|
|3. ||Jim Harbaugh ||5,449 ||1983-86|
|4. ||Steve Smith ||4,860 ||1980-83|
|5. ||Tom Brady ||4,388 ||1996-|
|6. ||Brian Griese ||4,383 ||1994-97|
|7. ||Rick Leach ||4,284 ||1975-78|
|8. ||John Wangler ||2,994 ||1976-80|
|9. ||Scott Dreisbach ||2,894 ||1995-98|
|10. ||Don Moorhead ||2,550 ||1968-70|
Terrell Two from 50
Sophomore wide receiver David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) enters the Northwestern game needing two receptions for 50 this season. Terrell has a team-leading 48 receptions for 669 yards and three touchdowns. With two catches, Terrell would become the ninth different receiver in Michigan history to reach the 50-catch plateau in a season (12th time it would be reached as Jack Clancy, Desmond Howard and Anthony Carter each caught 50 passes twice in their careers). He hauled in six receptions for 100 yards at Indiana, his third 100-yard receiving effort this season, and added one rushing attempt for seven yards and returned one kickoff for 12 yards. Terrell ranks tied for 12th in Michigan season records with 48 receptions.
Michigan's Single-Season Receptions List
| ||Player (Year) ||Rec. ||Needed|
|1. ||Jack Clancy (1966) ||76 ||28|
|2. ||Tai Streets (1998) ||67 ||19|
|3. ||Desmond Howard (1990) ||63 ||15|
|4. ||Desmond Howard (1991) ||62 ||14|
|5. ||Jim Berline (1967) ||54 ||6|
| ||Amani Toomer (1994) ||54 ||6|
|7. ||Jack Clancy (1965) ||52 ||4|
|8. ||Anthony Carter (1980) ||51 ||3|
|9. ||Jim Mandich (1969) ||50 ||2|
| ||Anthony Carter (1981) ||50 ||2|
| ||Derrick Alexander (1992) ||50 ||2|
|12. ||David Terrell (1999) ||48 || |
| ||Mercury Hayes (1995) ||48 || |
Thomas Nears 1,000 Rushing Yards
Junior tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) enters the Northwestern game after setting career highs in rushing yards and attempts in a contest. Thomas equaled the Michigan record with 42 rushing attempts in the Indiana game (tied Ron Johnson's 42 attempts against Northwestern on Nov. 4, 1967), gained a career-best 197 yards and scored three TDs. He needs 47 rushing yards to surpass his previous season-best rushing total (893 yards last year) and 153 yards to reach 1,000 yards for the 23rd time in school history. Thomas has a career-high 201 carries for 847 rushing yards (4.2 avg.) and 12 rushing TDs this season. He has four 100-yard rushing games this season and 10 in his career.
Thomas' Career 100-Yard Rushing Games (10)
|Yards ||Att. ||Opponent, Year (Class)|
|197 ||42 ||at Indiana, 1999 (Jr.)|
|183 ||13 ||at Hawaii, 1998 (So.)|
|138 ||32 ||vs. Notre Dame, 1999 (Jr.)|
|132 ||21 ||vs. Arkansas in Citrus Bowl, 1999 (So.)|
|129 ||20 ||vs. Iowa, 1997 (Fr.)|
|128 ||21 ||vs. Illinois, 1999 (Jr.)|
|122 ||21 ||vs. Baylor, 1997 (Fr.)|
|117 ||15 ||vs. Eastern Michigan, 1998 (So.)|
|116 ||23 ||vs. Purdue, 1999 (Jr.)|
|102 ||13 ||vs. Wisconsin, 1998 (So.)|
Thomas Climbs All-Time Rushing List
With his career-best 197 yard rushing total on 42 carries at Indiana, junior tailback Anthony Thomas continued to climb Michigan's career rushing list. Thomas enters the Northwestern game with 505 carries for 2,289 yards in his career. He moved from 18th to 14th in career rushing with his output, sliding past 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon (1938-40), quarterback Rick Leach (1975-78) and running backs Stanley Edwards (1977-81) and Tony Boles (1987-89). Thomas needs 265 rushing yards to reach the top 10 in career rushing at Michigan and looks to become the sixth running back in school history to reach 3,000 yards. His 505 career rushing attempts rank 11th all-time at Michigan.
Michigan's All-Time Career Rushing List
| ||Player (Years) ||Att. ||Yards ||Needed|
|1. ||Jamie Morris (1984-87) ||809 ||4,392 ||2,103|
|10. ||Ricky Powers (1990-93) ||526 ||2,554 ||265|
|11. ||Russell Davis (1975-78) ||523 ||2,550 ||261|
|12. ||Ron Johnson (1966-68) ||487 ||2,440 ||151|
|13. ||Ed Shuttlesworth (1971-73) ||532 ||2,343 ||54|
|14. ||Anthony Thomas (1997- ) ||505 ||2,289 || |
Thomas Grabs Scoring Lead
With his three-touchdown performance against Indiana, Anthony Thomas grabbed the team scoring lead with 72 points (12 touchdowns). Thomas has gained all 12 scores on the ground this season and needs three rushing TDs to surpass his previous career best of 15 set last season. Thomas has five multiple-rushing-touchdown games this season and nine in his career. He is seven rushing touchdowns away from Ron Johnson's single-season record of 19 set in 1968. With 32 career rushing touchdowns, Thomas moved into third place on Michigan's career list and needs three TDs to surpass quarterback Rick Leach (1975-78) for second place. The school record for rushing touchdowns is 47 set by tailback Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94).
Thomas' Multiple Rushing Touchdown Games (9)
1999 -- Notre Dame (2), Rice (2), Purdue (2), Illinois (2), Indiana (3)
1998 -- Eastern Michigan (3), Wisconsin (2), Hawaii (4), Arkansas (3)
Michigan's All-Time Career Rushing TD List
| ||Player (Years) ||TDs ||Needed|
|1. ||Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94) ||47 ||15|
|2. ||Rick Leach (1975-78) ||34 ||2|
|3. ||Anthony Thomas (1997- ) ||32 || |
Thomas Nears 60 Career Receptions
In addition to his rushing prowess, Anthony Thomas has been a weapon for the Wolverines as a receiver out of the backfield. Thomas caught three passes for 24 yards at Indiana and needs just one reception to collect 60 in his career, and 20 receiving yards to surpass 500 in his career. He has 59 receptions for 480 yards in his career and looks to capture his first receiving touchdown. Thomas currently ranks fifth all-time among running backs in receptions and needs just 10 catches to jump into second place. Jamie Morris (1984-87), Michigan's all-time career rushing leader, holds the school record for receptions by a running back with 99 receptions for 756 yards.
Michigan's All-Time Career Receptions by a Running Back
| ||Player (Years) ||Rec. ||Yards|
|1. ||Jamie Morris (1984-86) ||99 ||756|
|2. ||Clarence Williams (1995-98) ||68 ||682|
|3. ||Gerald White (1984-86) ||64 ||564|
|4. ||Chris Howard (1994-97) ||60 ||429|
|5. ||Anthony Thomas (1997- ) ||59 ||480|
Epstein Does Triple Duty
Sophomore kicker Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) enters the Northwestern game after handling all three areas of the kicking game against Indiana. Epstein became the first player since Mike Gillette in 1988 to handle every aspect of the kicking duties. He scored a career-high 10 points (two field goals and four extra points) against the Hoosiers, including the game-winning 20-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in the game. Epstein punted six times for 212 yards (35.3-yard average), including a 50-yarder, and he dropped two punts inside the 20-yard line. He booted three-of-seven kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks against Indiana and has knocked 23-of-45 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks this season.
Hutchinson Eyes 30th Career Start
Senior/junior left guard Steve Hutchinson (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs HS) looks to make his 30th career starting assignment in the Northwestern game. Hutchinson, a Lombardi Award semifinalist and Outland Trophy candidate, has started seven of the eight games this season. He is second to senior/junior left tackle Jeff Backus (Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS) in terms of career starts by Michigan's current offensive lineman (Backus has started 33 straight contests).
Knight Continues Strong Play
Senior wide receiver Marcus Knight (Sylacauga, Ala./Comer HS) looks to make his 20th career start in the Northwestern game. Knight caught three passes for 60 yards against Indiana, including a 36-yard third-down grab that led to Michigan's first touchdown. He had his school-record-tying string of three consecutive 100-yard receiving games come to an end in the Indiana game. Knight is second on the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (630), while listing tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He ranks 14th in receptions (78) and receiving yards (1,344) in his career.
Michigan's All-Time Receptions List
| ||Player (Years) ||Rec. ||Needed|
|1. ||Anthony Carter (1979-82) ||161 ||83|
|8. ||Jim Mandich (1967-69) ||119 ||41|
|9. ||Greg McMurtry (1986-89) ||111 ||33|
|10. ||Jamie Morris (1984-87) ||99 ||21|
|11. ||Jerame Tuman (1995-98) ||98 ||20|
|12. ||Vince Bean (1981-84) ||93 ||15|
|13. ||Sim Nelson (1982-84) ||84 ||6|
|14. ||Marcus Knight (1996- ) ||78 || |
Michigan's All-Time Receiving Yards List
| ||Player (Years) ||Yards ||Needed|
|1. ||Anthony Carter (1979-82) ||3,076 ||1,732|
|8. ||Jack Clancy (1963-66) ||1,919 ||575|
|9. ||Jim Smith (1973-76) ||1,687 ||343|
|10. ||Vince Bean (1981-84) ||1,514 ||170|
|11. ||Jim Mandich (1967-69) ||1,508 ||164|
|12. ||John Kolesar (1985-88) ||1,425 ||81|
|13. ||Ralph Clayton (1976-79) ||1,393 ||49|
|14. ||Marcus Knight (1996- ) ||1,344 || |
Shea Nears 60 Career Receptions
Senior fullback Aaron Shea (Ottawa, Ill./Ottawa HS) heads into the Northwestern game needing three receptions for 60 in his career. Shea has 57 career catches for 514 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He hauled in two passes for 10 yards at Indiana and his blocking assisted in tailback Anthony Thomas' career-high rushing day. Shea is third on the team in receptions (27), fourth in receiving yards (229) and tied for first with three receiving touchdowns this season.
Johnson Contributing in Return Game
Senior wide receiver DiAllo Johnson (Detroit, Mich./Orchard Lake St. Mary's HS) enters the Northwestern game after contributing some big punt returns in the Indiana game. Johnson returned four punts for 41 yards (10.25 avg.) at Indiana, including an 18-yard long in the game. He has a team-leading 109 punt return yards on nine attempts, and is averaging 12.1 yards per return. Johnson has caught nine passes for 97 yards this season (10.8 avg.) and scored one touchdown.
Joppru Makes Big Grab
Redshirt freshman tight end Bennie Joppru enters the Northwestern game after collecting his first career touchdown. Joppru caught the game-tying TD on a seven-yard pass from Tom Brady in the fourth quarter. Joppru has two receptions this season for 16 yards.
Three Defensive Players Eye 45th Game Played
Seniors James Hall (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine HS), Tommy Hendricks (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS) and Josh Williams (Houston, Texas/Cypress Creek HS) look to play in their 45th career games for the Wolverines defense against Northwestern. Hendricks has started 33 consecutive games in the secondary, while Hall has made 32 straight starting assignments at rush linebacker. Williams made his 30th career start in last week's Indiana game.
Gold Grabs Tackles Lead
Senior inside linebacker Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS) leads the team in tackles this season with 58 stops (42 solo, 16 assists). Gold enters the Northwestern game needing 10 tackles to equal his career high of 68 set last year. He registered a team-leading eight tackles (all solo) at Indiana, including one TFL and one quarterback sack. Gold is tied for second on the team with seven TFLs (22 yards), while contributing two sacks, two PBUs and two forced fumbles. He has 166 tackles (121 solo, 45 assists), 18 TFLs, four sacks, five PBUs and one interception in his career.
Hobson Sets Career High for Second Straight Week
Redshirt freshman outside linebacker Victor Hobson (Mt. Laurel, N.J./St. Joseph's Prep) enters the Northwestern game after setting a career high in tackles for the second straight week. Hobson tallied six tackles (three solo, three assists) against Illinois a week ago and then surpassed that career-high effort with seven solo tackles and a career-best two tackles for loss (two yards) at Indiana. He made his first career starting assignment in the Indiana game and has played at outside linebacker in all eight contests this season. Hobson has 24 tackles (18 solo, six assists) and three TFLs (eight yards) in 1999.
Patmon Eyes 20th Start
Junior free safety DeWayne Patmon (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS) looks to make his 20th career start in this week's Northwestern game. Patmon has started all eight games this season and 10 straight contests dating back to last year (has started 18 of his last 19 games). He tied for second with seven tackles (four solo, three assists) against Indiana, including equaling his career high with two pass break-ups (tallied two vs. Michigan State in 1998). Patmon set a new career high with 44 tackles (32 solo, 12 assists) this season, including four PBUs and two interceptions. With 95 career tackles (69 solo, 26 assists), Patmon needs five stops to reach the 100-tackle plateau in his career.
Whitley Lists Fifth in Tackles
Junior cornerback James Whitley (Norfolk, Va./Norview HS) enters the Northwestern game fifth on the team with 43 tackles (36 solo, seven assists) this season. Whitley played an all-around game for the Wolverines against Indiana, registering five tackles (four solo), tallying one pass break-up, and forcing and recovering a fumble. In addition to his 43 tackles in 1999, Whitley has four PBUs, three TFLs, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack and one recovered fumble. He leads the team with 14 career PBUs and needs two to move into the top 10 all-time at Michigan.
Hendricks Hits 50-Tackle Plateau
Senior strong safety Tommy Hendricks (Houston, Texas/Eisenhower HS) heads into the Northwestern game with his third straight season with at least 50 tackles. Hendricks is third on the team with 50 tackles (37 solo, 13 assists) in 1999, including six TFLs, one sack and two pass break-ups. He contributed three tackles and one TFL against Indiana, raising his career totals to 203 career stops (136 solo, 67 assists) and 14 TFLs. Hendricks needs eight tackles to reach the all-time top five among Michigan defensive backs in career stops.
Michigan Defensive Backs All-Time Tackles
| ||Player (Years) ||Tackles ||Needed|
|1. ||Don Dufek Jr. (1973-75) ||249 ||46|
|2. ||Marcus Ray (1995-98) ||242 ||39|
|3. ||Tripp Welborne (1987-90) ||238 ||35|
|4. ||Garland Rivers (1983-86) ||222 ||18|
|5. ||Thom Darden (1969-71) ||211 ||8|
|-- ||Tommy Hendricks (1996-99) ||203 || |
Renes Leads Defensive Line
Senior nose tackle Rob Renes (Holland, Mich./West Ottawa HS), a National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete, heads into the Northwestern game tied for sixth in career starts along the defensive line at Michigan. Renes has started 33 consecutive games and is tied with a quartet of former Wolverine players in sixth: Buster Stanley (1991-93), Chris Hutchinson (1989-92), Curtis Greer (1977-79) and Dale Keitz (1977-79). Renes contributed two solo tackles against Indiana and continues to lead the defensive line with 37 tackles (29 solo, eight assists). He has contributed three TFLs, one sack, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble this season. A Lombardi Award semifinalist and Bronko Nagurski Award candidate, Renes has 142 career tackles (92 solo, 50 assists), 22 TFLs, five sacks, three fumble recoveries and two pass break-ups.
Michigan's Career Starts by a Defensive Lineman
| ||Player (Years) ||Starts ||Needed|
|1. ||Mark Messner (1985-88) ||49 ||16|
|2. ||Glen Steele (1994-97) ||37 ||4|
| ||Al Sincich (1981-84) ||37 ||4|
|4. ||Billy Harris (1985-87) ||35 ||2|
|5. ||Greg Morton (1974-76) ||34 ||1|
|6. ||Rob Renes (1996- ) ||33 || |
| ||Buster Stanley (1991-93) ||33 || |
| ||Chris Hutchinson (1989-92) ||33 || |
| ||Curtis Greer (1977-79) ||33 || |
| ||Dale Keitz (1977-79) ||33 || |
Hall Nears 175 Career Tackles
Senior rush linebacker and Butkus Award semifinalist James Hall enters the Northwestern game needing five tackles to collect 175 in his career (170 career stops; 109 solo and 61 assists). Hall tied for second on the team with seven tackles (six solo, one assist) at Indiana, including two TFLs. He enters the Northwestern game tied for seventh in career tackles for loss (38) and is fifth in career TFL yardage (219) at Michigan. He has recorded nine of his 24 career sacks in the month on November and has tallied at least one sack in four of his last six November contests. Hall is tied for second in career sacks and lists second in sack yardage (189 yards). Hall is sixth on the team with 39 tackles (27 solo, 12 assists) this season, while leading the squad in TFLs (10 for 53 yards) and sacks (six for 44 yards).
Michigan Career Tackles for Loss (Since 1980)
| ||Player ||TFLs ||Years|
|1. ||Mark Messner ||70 ||1985-88|
|2. ||Curtis Greer ||48 ||1976-77|
|3. ||Glen Steele ||45 ||1994-97|
|4. ||Jason Horn ||39 ||1992-95|
| ||William Carr ||39 ||1993-96|
| ||Sam Sword ||39 ||1995-98|
|7. ||James Hall ||38 ||1996-|
| ||Chris Hutchinson ||38 ||1989-92|
| ||Robert Thompson ||38 ||1979-82|
Michigan Michigan's Career Tackles for Loss Yardage (Since 1980)
| ||Player ||Yards ||Years|
|1. ||Mark Messner ||376 ||1985-88|
|2. ||Jason Horn ||236 ||1992-95|
|3. ||Curtis Greer ||234 ||1976-79|
|4. ||Chris Hutchinson ||221 ||1989-92|
|5. ||James Hall ||219 ||1996-|
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