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Chad Henne was Lloyd Carr's last starting quarterback.
Michigan wide receiver Lowell Perry was a trailblazer on and off the playing field.

The University of Michigan (known as Michigan or U of M for short) sports teams are known as the Michigan Wolverines. The men's American football team is one of 22 varsity sports teams at Michigan that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879.[1] Michigan is credited with teaching the game to students at University of Notre Dame in 1887 and have a longstanding rivalry with their Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. The two sports programs continue to have the most well known and famous fight songs. However, Notre Dame is not a member of the Big Ten and does not play Michigan every season. Michigan is involved in a rivalry with the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. This is the oldest college football rivalry game contesting a trophy, the Little Brown Jug.[2][3] Michigan also has a rivalry with the Michigan State Spartans football that contests the Paul Bunyan Trophy.[4] However, Michigan's most fierce football rival is with the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The two have played a season-ending game almost every year since 1935.

The Michigan football program has won more conference championships than any football program in any football conference. Michigan holds Division I-A records for most wins, most winning seasons, best winning percentage,[5] and most undefeated seasons. For a program to succeed at this level, its athletes must succeed individually. Thus, Michigan's program has produced numerous elite athletes who have established high standards of performance. In college football, the programs that have produced the most All-American American football players are Notre Dame, Michigan, and Ohio State.[6] In football, offensive performances have been tracked statistically much longer than defensive ones.[7] Thus, there are extensive records that document high achievement on offense by Michigan athletes. This list documents the records according to the publicly available University statistical archives.

There are three controversies with this list. The archives only include statistics since 1949. Thus, many statistical achievements are ignored. There are two additional biases that give more weight to recent athletic excellence. In 1972, the NCAA allowed freshmen to participate in college football competition.[8] In addition, college football season have lengthened significantly since Michigan began playing football. Michigan played just three games in 1887.[9] By 1927, the season had lengthened to eight games,[10] and by 1967, the Michigan team was playing 10 games a season.[11] The 2009 Michigan Wolverines football team will play 12 regular-season games and a bowl game if they achieve six wins.

When freshmen were ineligible to play and seasons were as short as 7 or 8 games, players could not play more than 25 games in their entire career. Now, a thirteen-game season is common for modern Michigan football teams and a player may be eligible to play over 50 games in his career. Single-season records and career records are naturally held by more recent players who have been eligible to play more games in a season and who have been eligible to play more seasons. There are several controversies among the lists below resulting from these biases. The most prominent of these include the fact that no Michigan receiver has surpassed Jack Clancy's single-season receptions and single-season yardage records in a 10-game period similar to Clancy's 1966 season. Also controversial is the history of Dick Rifenburg, whose career ended at Michigan in 1948 and whose statistics are not included in the publicly-available statistical archive despite the fact that his 16 career and 8 single-season touchdowns were school records until 1980.[12]

In addition to these biases, football has changed. Originally, football had no passing until 1906 when the rules committee (including Amos Alonzo Stagg) took action to lessen onfield deaths. Passing did not really become popular until the 1930s when both the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Football League adopted standardized football sizes.[13]

Below are top-25 lists of Michigan Wolverines football receptions, rushing and passing since 1949. The lists include single-game, single-season and career records for each of three statistics: yardage, number (receptions, rushes or passes) , and touchdowns.

Table of contents
Passing

YardageCompletionsTouchdowns

Rusing

RushesYardsTouchdowns

Receiving

ReceptionsYardsTouchdowns

References

Passing

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Yardage

Jim Harbaugh is one of four Michigan Pro Bowl quarterbacks since 1995.
Yards[7]
Top 20 career
Name Yards Start End
Chad Henne 9715 2004 2007
John Navarre 9254 2000 2003
Elvis Grbac 6460 1989 1992
Todd Collins 5858 1991 1994
Jim Harbaugh 5449 1983 1986
Tom Brady 5351 1996 1999
Steve Smith 4860 1980 1983
Brian Griese 4383 1995 1997
Rick Leach 4284 1975 1978
John Wangler 2994 1976 1980
Drew Henson 2946 1998 2000
Scott Dreisbach 2920 1995 1998
Don Moorhead 2550 1968 1970
Dennis Brown 2534 1966 1968
Dick Vidmer 2400 1965 1967
Dennis Franklin 2285 1972 1974
Michael Taylor 2194 1987 1989
Tate Forcier 2050 2009 present
Demetrius Brown 2026 1987 1988
Bob Timberlake 1656 1962 1964
Top 20 single-season
Name Yards Year
John Navarre 3331 2003
John Navarre 2905 2002
Chad Henne 2743 2004
Jim Harbaugh 2729 1986
Tom Brady 2636 1998
Tom Brady 2586 1999
Chad Henne 2526 2005
Todd Collins 2518 1994
Todd Collins 2509 1993
Chad Henne 2508 2006
John Navarre 2435 2001
Brian Griese 2293 1997
Drew Henson 2146 2000
Elvis Grbac 2085 1991
Tate Forcier 2050 2009
Scott Dreisbach 2025 1996
Jim Harbaugh 1976 1985
Elvis Grbac 1911 1990
Steve Smith 1735 1982
Steve Smith 1661 1981
Top 20 single-game
Name Yards Year Opponent
John Navarre 389 2003 Iowa
Tom Brady 375 1998 Ohio State
Chad Henne 373 2007 Florida
Scott Dreisbach 372 1995 Virginia
Tom Brady 369 1999 Alabama
John Navarre 360 2003 Oregon
John Navarre 353 2003 Minnesota
Todd Collins 352 1994 Minnesota
Chad Henne 328 2004 Minnesota
Chad Henne 328 2004 Ohio State
Brian Griese 323 1995 Penn State
John Navarre 319 2002 Florida
Chad Henne 316 2004 Indiana
Drew Henson 312 2000 Northwestern
Jim Harbaugh 310 1986 Wisconsin
Chad Henne 309 2006 USC
Tom Brady 307 1999 Illinois
Drew Henson 303 2000 Ohio State
Jim Harbaugh 300 1986 Indiana
Elvis Grbac 296 1990 Mississippi

Completions

Completions[7]
Top 20 career
Name Completions Start End
Chad Henne 828 2004 2007
John Navarre 765 2000 2003
Elvis Grbac 522 1989 1992
Todd Collins 457 1991 1994
Tom Brady 443 1996 1999
Jim Harbaugh 387 1983 1986
Brian Griese 355 1995 1997
Steve Smith 324 1980 1983
Rick Leach 250 1975 1978
Drew Henson 214 1998 2000
Scott Dreisbach 208 1995 1998
John Wangler 197 1976 1980
Don Moorhead 196 1968 1970
Dennis Brown 194 1966 1968
Dick Vidmer 181 1965 1967
Tate Forcier 166 2009 present
Michael Taylor 163 1987 1989
Dennis Franklin 153 1972 1974
Bob Timberlake 133 1962 1964
Demetrius Brown 128 1987 1988
Top 20 single-season
Name Completions Year
John Navarre 270 2003
John Navarre 248 2002
Chad Henne 240 2004
Chad Henne 223 2005
Tom Brady 214 1999
Tom Brady 214 1998
John Navarre 207 2001
Chad Henne 203 2006
Brian Griese 193 1997
Todd Collins 189 1993
Todd Collins 186 1994
Jim Harbaugh 180 1986
Tate Forcier 166 2009
Elvis Grbac 165 1991
Chad Henne 162 2007
Elvis Grbac 155 1990
Scott Dreisbach 149 1996
Drew Henson 146 2000
Jim Harbaugh 145 1985
Elvis Grbac 129 1992
Top 20 (plus ties) single-game
Name Completions Year Opponent
Tom Brady 34 1999 Alabama
John Navarre 33 2003 Minnesota
Chad Henne 33 2004 Minnesota
Tom Brady 31 1998 Ohio State
Tom Brady 30 1999 Michigan State
Todd Collins 29 1992 Oklahoma State
John Navarre 28 2003 Oregon
Scott Dreisbach 27 1995 Virginia
John Navarre 27 2002 Penn State
John Navarre 27 2003 USC
Chad Henne 27 2004 Ohio State
Drew Henson 26 2000 Purdue
John Navarre 26 2001 Washington
John Navarre 26 2003 Iowa
Chad Henne 26 2005 Michigan State
Chad Henne 26 2006 USC
Chad Henne 25 2007 Florida
Chad Henne 25 2004 Notre Dame
Chad Henne 25 2005 Ohio State
Bob Ptacek 24 1958 Ohio State
Brian Griese 24 1995 Penn State
Chad Henne 24 2004 Michigan State
Tate Forcier 24 2009 Ohio State

Touchdowns

Touchdowns[7]
Top 20 career
Name TDs Start End
Chad Henne 87 2004 2007
John Navarre 72 2000 2003
Elvis Grbac 71 1989 1992
Rick Leach 48 1975 1978
Steve Smith 42 1980 1983
Todd Collins 37 1991 1994
Tom Brady 35 1996 1999
Brian Griese 33 1995 1997
Jim Harbaugh 31 1983 1986
John Wangler 26 1976 1980
Drew Henson 24 1998 2000
Dennis Brown 20 1966 1968
Dennis Franklin 18 1972 1974
Michael Taylor 17 1987 1989
Demetrius Brown 17 1987 1988
Scott Dreisbach 15 1995 1998
Don Moorhead 15 1968 1970
Tate Forcier 13 2009 present
Dick Vidmer 11 1965 1967
Jim VanPelt 10 1955 1957
Dave Glinka 10 1960 1962
Top 20 (plus ties) single-season
Name TDs Year
Chad Henne 25 2004
Elvis Grbac 25 1991
John Navarre 24 2003
Chad Henne 23 2005
Chad Henne 22 2006
Elvis Grbac 21 1990
John Navarre 21 2002
Tom Brady 20 1999
John Navarre 19 2001
Jim Harbaugh 18 1985
Drew Henson 18 2000
Chad Henne 17 2007
Rick Leach 17 1978
Brian Griese 17 1997
Todd Collins 17 1993
Elvis Grbac 17 1992
John Wangler 16 1980
Steve Smith 15 1981
Tom Brady 15 1998
Rick Leach 15 1977
Top 20 single-game
Name TDs Year Opponent
Steve Smith 4 1983 Purdue
Chris Zurbrugg 4 1984 Purdue
Michael Taylor 4 1989 Minnesota
Elvis Grbac 4 1990 Mississippi
Elvis Grbac 4 1991 Florida State
Todd Collins 4 1992 Houston
Elvis Grbac 4 1992 Minnesota
Brian Griese 4 1995 Minnesota
Scott Dreisbach 4 1996 Michigan State
Tom Brady 4 1999 Alabama
John Navarre 4 2000 Bowling Green
Drew Henson 4 2000 Northwestern
John Navarre 4 2002 Western Michigan
John Navarre 4 2002 Illinois
Chad Henne 4 2004 Michigan State
Chad Henne 4 2004 Texas
Chad Henne 4 2007 Michigan State

Rushing

Mike Hart is prominent among Michigan's rushing leaders.

This table omits the first 70 years of Michigan football when rushing was prevalent. Willie Heston continues to be the career rushing touchdowns leader with 71.[14]

Rushes

Rushes[7]
Top 25 career
Name Rushes Start End
Mike Hart 1015 2004 2007
Anthony Thomas 924 1997 2000
Chris Perry 811 2000 2003
Jamie Morris 806 1984 1987
Butch Woolfolk 717 1978 1981
Tyrone Wheatley 688 1991 1994
Billy Taylor 587 1969 1971
Rob Lytle 557 1973 1976
Lawrence Ricks 541 1979 1982
Gordon Bell 535 1973 1975
Ed Shuttlesworth 532 1971 1973
Ricky Powers 526 1990 1993
Russell Davis 523 1975 1978
Harlan Huckleby 500 1975 1978
Rick Leach 487 1975 1978
Ron Johnson 477 1966 1968
Tim Biakabutuka 472 1993 1995
Stan Edwards 468 1977 1981
Clarence Williams 467 1995 1998
Rick Rogers 435 1981 1984
Chris Howard 418 1994 1997
Chuck Heater 407 1972 1974
Tony Boles 394 1987 1989
Dennis Franklin 351 1972 1974
B.J. Askew 343 1999 2002
Top 25 single-season
Name Rushes Year
Chris Perry 338 2003
Anthony Thomas 319 2000
Mike Hart 318 2006
Tim Biakabutuka 303 1995
Anthony Thomas 301 1999
Jamie Morris 282 1987
Mike Hart 282 2004
Gordon Bell 273 1975
Chris Perry 267 2002
Lawrence Ricks 266 1982
Mike Hart 265 2007
Tony Boles 262 1988
Ron Johnson 255 1968
Butch Woolfolk 253 1981
Billy Taylor 249 1971
Ricky Powers 240 1991
Russell Davis 225 1977
Rob Lytle 221 1976
Jon Vaughn 216 1990
Tyrone Wheatley 210 1994
Ron Johnson 210 1967
Jamie Morris 209 1986
Rick Rogers 209 1983
Tyrone Wheatley 207 1993
Clarence Williams 202 1996
Top 25 (plus ties) single-game
Name Rushes Year Opponent
Chris Perry 51 2003 Michigan State
Mike Hart 44 2007 Penn State
Anthony Thomas 42 1999 Indiana
Ron Johnson 42 1967 Northwestern
Mike Hart 40 2004 Illinois
Butch Woolfolk 39 1981 Michigan State
Ricky Powers 38 1991 Notre Dame
Tim Biakabutuka 37 1995 Ohio State
Anthony Thomas 37 2000 Northwestern
Tim Biakabutuka 37 1995 Michigan State
Mike Hart 36 2005 Michigan State
Anthony Thomas 35 2000 Illinois
Mike Hart 35 2007 Notre Dame
Tyrone Wheatley 35 1994 Iowa
Anthony Thomas 35 2000 Penn State
Mike Hart 35 2004 Minnesota
Gordon Bell 35 1975 Illinois
Tim Biakabutuka 34 1995 Northwestern
Ron Johnson 34 1968 Indiana
Anthony Thomas 34 1999 Penn State
Mike Hart 33 2004 Michigan State
Tony Boles 33 1988 Wake Forest
Mike Hart 33 2004 Purdue
Billy Taylor 33 1971 Minnesota
Tony Boles 33 1988 Miami
Ron Johnson 33 1968 Minnesota

Yards

Yards[7]
Top 25 career
Name Yards Start End
Mike Hart 5040 2004 2007
Anthony Thomas 4472 1997 2000
Jamie Morris 4392 1984 1987
Tyrone Wheatley 4178 1991 1994
Butch Woolfolk 3850 1978 1981
Chris Perry 3696 2000 2003
Rob Lytle 3307 1973 1976
Billy Taylor 3072 1969 1971
Gordon Bell 2902 1973 1975
Tim Biakabutuka 2810 1993 1995
Lawrence Ricks 2751 1979 1982
Harlan Huckleby 2624 1975 1978
Ricky Powers 2554 1990 1993
Russell Davis 2550 1975 1978
Ron Johnson 2417 1966 1968
Ed Shuttlesworth 2333 1971 1973
Tony Boles 2247 1987 1989
Stan Edwards 2206 1977 1981
Rick Leach 2176 1975 1978
Chuck Heater 1995 1972 1974
Clarence Williams 1986 1995 1998
Rick Rogers 1942 1981 1984
Chris Howard 1876 1994 1997
Steve Smith 1736 1980 1983
Leroy Hoard 1706 1987 1989
Top 25 single-season
Name Yards Year
Tim Biakabutuka 1818 1995
Anthony Thomas 1733 2000
Jamie Morris 1703 1987
Chris Perry 1674 2003
Mike Hart 1562 2006
Rob Lytle 1469 1976
Butch Woolfolk 1459 1981
Mike Hart 1455 2004
Tony Boles 1408 1988
Ron Johnson 1391 1968
Gordon Bell 1390 1975
Lawrence Ricks 1388 1982
Jon Vaughn 1364 1990
Mike Hart 1361 2007
Tyrone Wheatley 1357 1992
Anthony Thomas 1297 1999
Billy Taylor 1297 1971
Ricky Powers 1197 1991
Tyrone Wheatley 1144 1994
Tyrone Wheatley 1129 1993
Chris Perry 1110 2002
Russell Davis 1092 1977
Jamie Morris 1086 1986
Gordon Bell 1048 1974
Butch Woolfolk 1042 1980
Top 25 single-game
Name Yards Year Opponent
Ron Johnson 347 1968 Wisconsin
Tim Biakabutuka 313 1995 Ohio State
Jon Vaughn 288 1990 UCLA
Ron Johnson 270 1967 Navy
Butch Woolfolk 253 1981 Michigan State
Tyrone Wheatley 235 1992 Washington
Mike Hart 234 2004 Illinois
Jamie Morris 234 1987 Alabama
Chris Perry 232 2003 Central Michigan
Anthony Thomas 228 2000 Illinois
Billy Taylor 225 1969 Iowa
Mike Hart 224 2004 Michigan State
Tyrone Wheatley 224 1992 Iowa
Chris Perry 219 2003 Michigan State
Mike Hart 218 2005 Michigan State
Ted Kress 218 1952 Northwestern
Mike Hart 215 2007 Eastern Michigan
Tony Boles 213 1988 Wake Forest
Jamie Morris 210 1986 Ohio State
Gordon Bell 210 1975 Wisconsin
Mike Hart 206 2004 Purdue
Tim Biakabutuka 205 1995 Northwestern
Ron Johnson 205 1968 Duke
Jon Vaughn 201 1990 Notre Dame
Anthony Thomas 199 2000 Northwestern

Touchdowns

Touchdowns[7]
Top 25 career
Name TDs Start End
Anthony Thomas 55 1997 2000
Tyrone Wheatley 47 1991 1994
Mike Hart 41 2004 2007
Chris Perry 39 2000 2003
Rick Leach 34 1975 1978
Steve Smith 31 1980 1983
Billy Taylor 30 1969 1971
Butch Woolfolk 29 1978 1981
Gordon Bell 28 1973 1975
Rob Lytle 26 1973 1976
Ed Shuttlesworth 26 1971 1973
Jamie Morris 25 1984 1987
Harlan Huckleby 25 1975 1978
Ron Johnson 25 1966 1968
Lawrence Ricks 24 1979 1982
Tim Biakabutuka 24 1993 1995
Brandon Minor 20 2006 2009
Ricky Powers 19 1990 1993
Leroy Hoard 19 1987 1989
Russell Davis 18 1975 1978
Tony Boles 18 1987 1989
Chris Howard 17 1994 1997
Chuck Heater 17 1972 1974
B.J. Askew 17 1999 2002
Dave Raimey 17 1960 1962
Top 25 single-season
Name TDs Year
Ron Johnson 19 1968
Chris Perry 18 2003
Anthony Thomas 18 2000
Anthony Thomas 17 1999
Anthony Thomas 15 1998
Mike Hart 14 2006
Jamie Morris 14 1987
Chris Perry 14 2002
Rob Lytle 14 1976
Mike Hart 14 2007
Gordon Bell 13 1975
Billy Taylor 13 1971
Tyrone Wheatley 13 1993
Butch Woolfolk 13 1979
Tyrone Wheatley 13 1992
Tim Biakabutuka 12 1995
Tyrone Wheatley 12 1994
Rick Leach 12 1978
Steve Smith 12 1981
Garvie Craw 12 1969
Gordon Bell 11 1974
Ed Shuttlesworth 11 1972
Harlan Huckleby 11 1976
Leroy Hoard 11 1988
B.J. Askew 10 2001
Billy Taylor 10 1970
Rob Lytle 10 1975
Chris Howard 10 1996
Rick Leach 10 1976
Steve Smith 10 1983
Top 25 (plus ties) single-game
Name TDs Year Opponent
Ron Johnson 5 1968 Wisconsin
Chris Perry 4 2002 Florida
Rob Lytle 4 1975 Indiana
Ed Shuttlesworth 4 1972 Minnesota
Fritz Seyferth 4 1970 Minnesota
Chris Howard 4 1996 UCLA
Anthony Thomas 4 1998 Hawaii

Receiving

This table omits the first 70 years of Michigan football when rushing was prevalent. Willie Heston continues to be the career rushing touchdowns leader with 71.[15]

Receptions

Braylon Edwards holds the Big Ten Conference career touchdown receptions record.
Amani Toomer is the New York Giants' all-time leader in career receptions.
Receptions[7]
Top 25 career
Name Rec. Start End
Braylon Edwards 252 2001 2004
Marquise Walker 176 1998 2001
Jason Avant 169 2002 2005
Anthony Carter 161 1979 1982
Steve Breaston 156 2003 2006
David Terrell 152 1998 2000
Tai Streets 144 1995 1998
Amani Toomer 143 1992 1995
Mario Manningham 137 2005 2007
Desmond Howard 134 1989 1991
Jack Clancy 132 1963 1966
Derrick Alexander 125 1989 1993
Mercury Hayes 124 1992 1995
Jim Mandich 118 1967 1969
Greg McMurtry 111 1986 1989
Greg Mathews 110 2006 2009
Adrian Arrington 109 2004 2007
Jamie Morris 99 1984 1987
Jerame Tuman 98 1995 1998
Vince Bean 93 1981 1984
Anthony Thomas 88 1997 2000
Marcus Knight 88 1996 1999
Bennie Joppru 85 1999 2002
Sim Nelson 84 1982 1984
B.J. Askew 83 1999 2002
Top 25 single-season
Name Rec. Year
Braylon Edwards 97 2004
Marquise Walker 86 2001
Braylon Edwards 85 2003
Jason Avant 82 2005
Jack Clancy 76 1966
Mario Manningham 72 2007
David Terrell 71 1999
David Terrell 67 2000
Braylon Edwards 67 2002
Tai Streets 67 1998
Adrian Arrington 67 2007
Desmond Howard 63 1990
Desmond Howard 62 1991
Steve Breaston 58 2006
Amani Toomer 54 1994
Bennie Joppru 53 2002
Jack Clancy 52 1965
Anthony Carter 51 1980
Jim Mandich 51 1969
Anthony Carter 50 1981
Derrick Alexander 50 1992
Marquise Walker 49 2000
Martavious Odoms 49 2008
Mercury Hayes 48 1995
Jim Berline 48 1967
Top 25 (plus ties) single-game
Name Rec. Year Opponent
Marquise Walker 15 2001 Ohio State
Marquise Walker 15 2001 Washington
Braylon Edwards 13 2003 Oregon
Brad Myers 12 1958 Ohio State
Tai Streets 12 1996 Northwestern
Braylon Edwards 12 2004 Notre Dame
Jack Clancy 11 1966 Illinois
Chris Perry 11 2003 Minnesota
Braylon Edwards 11 2004 Michigan State
Braylon Edwards 11 2004 Ohio State
Jack Clancy 10 1966 Oregon State
Jack Clancy 10 1966 Minnesota
John Gabler 10 1967 Indiana
Jim Mandich 10 1969 Purdue
David Terrell 10 1999 Michigan State
David Terrell 10 1999 Alabama
Braylon Edwards 10 2002 Ohio State
Braylon Edwards 10 2003 Southern California
Braylon Edwards 10 2004 Minnesota
Braylon Edwards 10 2004 Texas
Jason Avant 10 2005 Michigan State
Mario Manningham 10 2007 Northwestern
Roy Roundtree 10 2009 Purdue
Jack Clancy 9 1966 Michigan State
Jim Mandich 9 1969 Michigan State
Anthony Carter 9 1980 Minnesota
Desmond Howard 9 1990 Indiana
Jay Riemersma 9 1995 Michigan State
Tai Streets 9 1998 Ohio State
Marquise Walker 9 2000 Purdue
David Terrell 9 2000 Northwestern
Marquise Walker 9 2000 Northwestern
Marquise Walker 9 2001 Michigan State
Marquise Walker 9 2001 Penn State
Braylon Edwards 9 2002 Utah
Braylon Edwards 9 2003 Northwestern
Jason Avant 9 2005 Northern Illinois
Mario Manningham 9 2007 Illinois
Adrian Arrington 9 2007 Florida
Roy Roundtree 9 2009 Ohio State

Yards

Receiving Yards[7]
Top 25 career
Name Yards Start End
Braylon Edwards 3541 2001 2004
Anthony Carter 3076 1979 1982
Amani Toomer 2657 1992 1995
David Terrell 2317 1998 2000
Mario Manningham 2310 2005 2007
Tai Streets 2284 1995 1998
Marquise Walker 2269 1998 2001
Jason Avant 2247 2002 2005
Greg McMurtry 2163 1986 1989
Desmond Howard 2146 1989 1991
Mercury Hayes 2144 1992 1995
Derrick Alexander 1977 1989 1993
Jack Clancy 1917 1963 1966
Steve Breaston 1696 2003 2006
Jim Smith 1687 1973 1976
Vince Bean 1509 1981 1984
Marcus Knight 1508 1996 1999
Jim Mandich 1489 1967 1969
Adrian Arrington 1438 2004 2007
John Kolesar 1425 1985 1988
Ralph Clayton 1393 1976 1979
Jerame Tuman 1279 1995 1998
Lowell Perry 1261 1950 1952
Greg Mathews 1195 2006 2009
Paul Jokisch 1088 1984 1986
Top 25 single-season
Name Yards Year
Braylon Edwards 1330 2004
Mario Manningham 1174 2007
Marquise Walker 1143 2001
Braylon Edwards 1138 2003
David Terrell 1130 2000
Amani Toomer 1096 1994
Jack Clancy 1077 1966
David Terrell 1038 1999
Braylon Edwards 1035 2002
Tai Streets 1035 1998
Desmond Howard 1025 1990
Jason Avant 1007 2005
Desmond Howard 985 1991
Anthony Carter 952 1981
Mercury Hayes 923 1995
Adrian Arrington 882 2007
Anthony Carter 844 1982
Anthony Carter 818 1980
Marcus Knight 794 1999
Jason Avant 772 2003
Jack Clancy 762 1965
Amani Toomer 758 1995
Derrick Alexander 740 1992
Tai Streets 730 1996
Jim Smith 714 1976
Top 25 single-game
Name Yards Year Opponent
Jack Clancy 197 1966 Oregon State
Tai Streets 192 1998 Minnesota
Braylon Edwards 189 2004 Michigan State
Derrick Alexander 188 1993 Illinois
Jim Smith 184 1975 Purdue
Jack Clancy 179 1966 Illinois
Amani Toomer 179 1994 Boston College
Mercury Hayes 179 1995 Virginia
Paul Staroba 178 1970 Wisconsin
Amani Toomer 177 1995 Minnesota
Jason Avant 175 2003 Iowa
Braylon Edwards 172 2004 Ohio State
Tom Maentz 169 1955 Iowa
Desmond Howard 167 1990 Mississippi
Jack Clancy 166 1966 Minnesota
Lowell Perry 165 1951 Indiana
Ken Higgins 165 1986 Wisconsin
Greg McMurtry 165 1989 Minnesota
Braylon Edwards 165 2004 Indiana
Mario Manningham 162 2007 Minnesota
Marquise Walker 160 2001 Ohio State
Marquise Walker 159 2001 Washington
Amani Toomer 157 1994 Penn State
Jim Mandich 156 1969 Purdue
Desmond Howard 155 1991 Minnesota

Touchdowns

Receiving touchdowns[7]
Top 25 (plus ties) career
Name TDs Start End
Braylon Edwards 39 2001 2004
Anthony Carter 37 1979 1982
Desmond Howard 32 1989 1991
Mario Manningham 27 2005 2007
David Terrell 23 1998 2000
Derrick Alexander 22 1989 1993
Tai Streets 19 1995 1998
Amani Toomer 18 1992 1995
Marquise Walker 17 1998 2001
Adrian Arrington 16 2004 2007
Greg McMurtry 15 1986 1989
Jim Smith 14 1973 1976
Jason Avant 13 2002 2005
Jerame Tuman 13 1995 1998
John Kolesar 12 1985 1988
Mercury Hayes 12 1992 1995
Ralph Clayton 11 1976 1979
Jack Clancy 10 1963 1966
Steve Breaston 10 2003 2006
Eric Kattus 10 1982 1985
Doug Marsh 10 1977 1979
Ron Bellamy 9 2000 2002
Lowell Perry 9 1950 1952
Chris Calloway 8 1987 1989
Craig Dunaway 8 1980 1982
Ron Kramer 8 1954 1956
Marcus Knight 8 1996 1999
Bennie Joppru 8 1999 2002
Top 25 single-season
Name TDs Year
Desmond Howard 19 1991
Braylon Edwards 15 2004
Braylon Edwards 14 2003
Anthony Carter 14 1980
David Terrell 14 2000
Mario Manningham 12 2007
Tai Streets 11 1998
Marquise Walker 11 2001
Desmond Howard 11 1990
Derrick Alexander 11 1992
Braylon Edwards 10 2002
Mario Manningham 9 2006
Adrian Arrington 8 2006
Adrian Arrington 8 2007
Jason Avant 8 2005
Eric Kattus 8 1985
Ralph Clayton 8 1978
Anthony Carter 8 1981
Anthony Carter 8 1982
Amani Toomer 7 1995
Anthony Carter 7 1979
Greg McMurtry 7 1989
David Terrell 7 1999
Doug Marsh 6 1978
Mario Manningham 6 2005
Tony McGee 6 1992
Marcus Knight 6 1999
Jim Smith 6 1976
Derrick Alexander 6 1990
Amani Toomer 6 1994
Tai Streets 6 1997
Top 25 single-game
Name TDs Year Opponent
Derrick Alexander 4 1992 Minnesota
Ron Kramer 3 1955 Missouri
Greg McMurtry 3 1989 Minnesota
Desmond Howard 3 1991 Boston College
Desmond Howard 3 1991 Indiana
Derrick Alexander 3 1992 Northwestern
David Terrell 3 1999 Alabama
David Terrell 3 2000 Northwestern
Braylon Edwards 3 2004 Michigan State
Braylon Edwards 3 2004 Texas
Mario Manningham 3 2006 Notre Dame

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Lists of Michigan Wolverines football rushing records includes lists of Michigan Wolverines football rushing single–game, single–season and career records for yardage, carries and touchdowns by Michigan quarterback and running backs. The University of Michigan (known as Michigan or U of M for short) sports teams are known as the Michigan Wolverines. The men's American football team is one of 22 varsity sports teams at Michigan that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I and in the Big Ten Conference. Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879.[1] Michigan is credited with teaching the game to students at University of Notre Dame in 1887 and have a longstanding rivalry with their Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. The two sports programs continue to have the most well known and famous fight songs. However, Notre Dame is not a member of the Big Ten and does not play Michigan every season. Michigan is involved in a rivalry with the Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. This is the oldest college football rivalry game contesting a trophy, the Little Brown Jug.[2][3] Michigan also has a rivalry with the Michigan State Spartans football that contests the Paul Bunyan Trophy.[4] However, Michigan's most fierce football rival is with the Ohio State Buckeyes football team. The two have played a season-ending game almost every year since 1935.

The Michigan football program has won more conference championships than any football program in any football conference. Michigan holds Division I-A records for most wins, most winning seasons, best winning percentage,[5] and most undefeated seasons. For a program to succeed at this level, its athletes must succeed individually. Thus, Michigan's program has produced numerous elite athletes who have established high standards of performance. In college football, the programs that have produced the most All-American American football players are Notre Dame, Michigan, and Ohio State.[6] In football, offensive performances have been tracked statistically much longer than defensive ones.[7] Thus, there are extensive records that document high achievement on offense by Michigan athletes. This list documents the records according to the publicly available University statistical archives.

There are three controversies with this list. Unfortunately, the archives only include statistics since 1949. Thus, many statistical achievements are ignored. There are two additional biases that give more weight to recent athletic excellence. In 1972, the NCAA allowed freshmen to participate in college football competition.[8] In addition, college football season have lengthened significantly since Michigan began playing football. Michigan played just three games in 1887.[9] By 1927, the season had lengthened to eight games,[10] and by 1967, the Michigan team was playing 10 games a season.[11] The 2007 Michigan Wolverines football team will play 13 games: 12 regular-season games and the 2007 Capital One Bowl.[12]

When freshmen were ineligible to play and seasons were as short as 7 or 8 games, players could not play more than 25 games in their entire career. Now, a thirteen-game season is common for modern Michigan football teams and a player may be eligible to play over 50 games in his career. Single-season records and career records are naturally held by more recent players who have been eligible to play more games in a season and who have been eligible to play more seasons. There are several controversies among the lists below resulting from these biases.

In addition to these biases, football has changed. Originally, football had no passing until 1906 when the rules committee (including Amos Alonzo Stagg) took action to lessen onfield deaths. Passing did not really become popular until the 1930s when both the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the National Football League adopted standardized football sizes.[13] This table omits the first 70 years of Michigan football when rushing was prevalent. Willie Heston continues to be the career rushing touchdowns leader with 71.[14]

Contents

Rushes

Rushes[7]
Top 25 career
Name Rushes Start End
Mike Hart101520042007
Anthony Thomas92419972000
Chris Perry81120002003
Jamie Morris80619841987
Butch Woolfolk71719781981
Tyrone Wheatley68819911994
Billy Taylor58719691971
Rob Lytle55719731976
Lawrence Ricks54119791982
Gordon Bell53519731975
Ed Shuttlesworth53219711973
Ricky Powers52619901993
Russell Davis52319751978
Harlan Huckleby50019751978
Rick Leach48719751978
Ron Johnson47719661968
Tim Biakabutuka47219931995
Stan Edwards46819771981
Clarence Williams46719951998
Rick Rogers43519811984
Chris Howard41819941997
Chuck Heater40719721974
Tony Boles39419871989
Dennis Franklin35119721974
B.J. Askew34319992002
Top 25 single-season
Name Rushes Year
Chris Perry3382003
Anthony Thomas3192000
Mike Hart3182006
Tim Biakabutuka3031995
Anthony Thomas3011999
Jamie Morris2821987
Mike Hart2822004
Gordon Bell2731975
Chris Perry2672002
Lawrence Ricks2661982
Mike Hart2652007
Tony Boles2621988
Ron Johnson2551968
Butch Woolfolk2531981
Billy Taylor2491971
Ricky Powers2401991
Russell Davis2251977
Rob Lytle2211976
Jon Vaughn2161990
Tyrone Wheatley2101994
Ron Johnson2101967
Jamie Morris2091986
Rick Rogers2091983
Tyrone Wheatley2071993
Clarence Williams2021996
Top 25 (plus ties) single-game
Name Rushes Year Opponent
Chris Perry512003Michigan State
Mike Hart442007Penn State
Anthony Thomas421999Indiana
Ron Johnson421967Northwestern
Mike Hart402004Illinois
Butch Woolfolk391981Michigan State
Ricky Powers381991Notre Dame
Tim Biakabutuka371995Ohio State
Anthony Thomas372000Northwestern
Tim Biakabutuka371995Michigan State
Mike Hart362005Michigan State
Anthony Thomas352000Illinois
Mike Hart352007Notre Dame
Tyrone Wheatley351994Iowa
Anthony Thomas352000Penn State
Mike Hart352004Minnesota
Gordon Bell351975Illinois
Tim Biakabutuka341995Northwestern
Ron Johnson341968Indiana
Anthony Thomas341999Penn State
Mike Hart332004Michigan State
Tony Boles331988Wake Forest
Mike Hart332004Purdue
Billy Taylor331971Minnesota
Tony Boles331988Miami
Ron Johnson331968Minnesota

Yards

Yards[7]
Top 25 career
Name Yards Start End
Mike Hart504020042007
Anthony Thomas447219972000
Jamie Morris439219841987
Tyrone Wheatley417819911994
Butch Woolfolk385019781981
Chris Perry369620002003
Rob Lytle330719731976
Billy Taylor307219691971
Gordon Bell290219731975
Tim Biakabutuka281019931995
Lawrence Ricks275119791982
Harlan Huckleby262419751978
Ricky Powers255419901993
Russell Davis255019751978
Ron Johnson241719661968
Ed Shuttlesworth233319711973
Tony Boles224719871989
Stan Edwards220619771981
Rick Leach217619751978
Chuck Heater199519721974
Clarence Williams198619951998
Rick Rogers194219811984
Chris Howard187619941997
Steve Smith173619801983
Leroy Hoard170619871989
Top 25 single-season
Name Yards Year
Tim Biakabutuka18181995
Anthony Thomas17332000
Jamie Morris17031987
Chris Perry16742003
Mike Hart15622006
Rob Lytle14691976
Butch Woolfolk14591981
Mike Hart14552004
Tony Boles14081988
Ron Johnson13911968
Gordon Bell13901975
Lawrence Ricks13881982
Jon Vaughn13641990
Mike Hart13612007
Tyrone Wheatley13571992
Anthony Thomas12971999
Billy Taylor12971971
Ricky Powers11971991
Tyrone Wheatley11441994
Tyrone Wheatley11291993
Chris Perry11102002
Russell Davis10921977
Jamie Morris10861986
Gordon Bell10481974
Butch Woolfolk10421980
Top 25 single-game
Name Yards Year Opponent
Ron Johnson3471968Wisconsin
Tim Biakabutuka3131995Ohio State
Jon Vaughn2881990UCLA
Ron Johnson2701967Navy
Butch Woolfolk2531981Michigan State
Tyrone Wheatley2351992Washington
Mike Hart2342004Illinois
Jamie Morris2341987Alabama
Chris Perry2322003Central Michigan
Anthony Thomas2282000Illinois
Billy Taylor2251969Iowa
Mike Hart2242004Michigan State
Tyrone Wheatley2241992Iowa
Chris Perry2192003Michigan State
Mike Hart2182005Michigan State
Ted Kress2181952Northwestern
Mike Hart2152007Eastern Michigan
Tony Boles2131988Wake Forest
Jamie Morris2101986Ohio State
Gordon Bell2101975Wisconsin
Mike Hart2062004Purdue
Tim Biakabutuka2051995Northwestern
Ron Johnson2051968Duke
Jon Vaughn2011990Notre Dame
Anthony Thomas1992000Northwestern

Touchdowns

Touchdowns[7]
Top 25 career
Name TDs Start End
Anthony Thomas5519972000
Tyrone Wheatley4719911994
Mike Hart4120042007
Chris Perry3920002003
Rick Leach3419751978
Steve Smith3119801983
Billy Taylor3019691971
Butch Woolfolk2919781981
Gordon Bell2819731975
Rob Lytle2619731976
Ed Shuttlesworth2619711973
Jamie Morris2519841987
Harlan Huckleby2519751978
Ron Johnson2519661968
Lawrence Ricks2419791982
Tim Biakabutuka2419931995
Ricky Powers1919901993
Leroy Hoard1919871989
Russell Davis1819751978
Tony Boles1819871989
Chris Howard1719941997
Chuck Heater1719721974
B.J. Askew1719992002
Dave Raimey1719601962
Rick Rogers1619811984
Dennis Franklin1619721974
Top 25 single-season
Name TDs Year
Ron Johnson191968
Chris Perry182003
Anthony Thomas182000
Anthony Thomas171999
Anthony Thomas151998
Mike Hart142006
Jamie Morris141987
Chris Perry142002
Rob Lytle141976
Mike Hart142007
Gordon Bell131975
Billy Taylor131971
Tyrone Wheatley131993
Butch Woolfolk131979
Tyrone Wheatley131992
Tim Biakabutuka121995
Tyrone Wheatley121994
Rick Leach121978
Steve Smith121981
Garvie Craw121969
Gordon Bell111974
Ed Shuttlesworth111972
Harlan Huckleby111976
Leroy Hoard111988
B.J. Askew102001
Billy Taylor101970
Rob Lytle101975
Chris Howard101996
Rick Leach101976
Steve Smith101983
Top 25 (plus ties) single-game
Name TDs Year Opponent
Ron Johnson51968Wisconsin
Chris Perry42002Florida
Rob Lytle41975Indiana
Ed Shuttlesworth41972Minnesota
Fritz Seyferth41970Minnesota
Chris Howard41996UCLA
Anthony Thomas41998Hawaii

Notes

  1. "All-Time Scores". mgoblue.com. http://www.mgoblue.com/document_file/fbl-2007spring-victors2.pdf. Retrieved on 2007-12-06. 
  2. "Little Brown Jug endures century". The Daily Orange. 2003-10-09. http://media.www.dailyorange.com/media/storage/paper522/news/2003/10/09/Sports/Little.Brown.Jug.Endures.Century-523655.shtml. Retrieved on 2007-12-06. 
  3. "The Little Brown Jug - Minnesota vs. Michigan". gophersports.com. University of Minnesota. http://www.gophersports.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPSID=39876&SPID=3280&DB_OEM_ID=8400&ATCLID=271620. Retrieved on 2007-12-06. 
  4. "Football Trophies: Paul Bunyan trophy history". trophiesandawards.wordpress.com. http://trophiesandawards.wordpress.com/2007/11/02/football-trophies-paul-bunyan-trophy-history/. Retrieved on 2007-12-06. 
  5. "The University of Michigan Wolverines". football.com. http://www.football.com/collegefootball/michigan/index.html. Retrieved on 2007-12-27. 
  6. "All-America Roster". National Collegiate Athletic Association. Through 2000 selections. http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/football/footballs_finest/2002/154-174.pdf. Retrieved on 2007-12-05. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Regents of the University of Michigan. 2003. http://stats.ath.umich.edu/football/footstart.php. Retrieved on 2007-12-06. 
  8. "Big Ten Football: Individual Records (All Games)". The Big Ten Conference. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/big10/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/2007bigtenfbguide.pdf. Retrieved on 2007-12-05. 
  9. "1887 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1887fbt.htm. 
  10. "1927 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1927fbt.htm. 
  11. "1967 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. 2007-03-31. http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1967fbt.htm. 
  12. "Michigan Wolverines". ESPN Internet Ventures. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/clubhouse?teamId=130. Retrieved on 2007-12-07. 
  13. Albergotti, Reed (2007-12-08). "How to Throw Like a Pro". Wall Street Journal online. Dow Jones & Company, Inc.. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB119707054348217657.html. Retrieved on 2007-12-18. 
  14. "Willie Heston". National Football Foundation. http://www.collegefootball.org/famersearch.php?id=26. Retrieved on 2007-12-18. 

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