Saturday, July 01, 2006

Trivia: Who are the only 2 Wolverines to be 4-time All-Big 10 performers?

Trivia Question: Who are the only two Michigan Wolverines to be named All-Big 10 performers four times?


Answer: Mark Messner (1985-1988) and Steve Hutchinson (1997-2000)

Since 1902, 261 Michigan players have been named All-Big Ten first team a total of 374 times, the most of any conference school. However, out of all those players during all those years only two Wolverines have been named four-time All-Big 10 performers. Those two are defensive tackle Mark Messner and offensive guard Steve Hutchinson.

Mark Messner was a co-Captain of the 1988 team that finished #4 in the rankings and gave Bo his second and last Rose Bowl victory. Messner was a two-time All-American performer having been awarded the honor in both 1987 and 1988. Messner holds nearly all of Michigan's records for sacks and tackles for loss.
He holds the records for most sacks in a game (5), most sacks in a career (36), most sack yardage in a career (273), most tackles for loss in a season (26), most tackles for loss in a career (70), and most tackles for loss yardage in a career (376). Among his other accomplishments, Messner was named the MVP of the Jan. 1, 1986 Fiesta Bowl (a 27-23 win over Nebraska) in which he had 9 tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble to his credit.

Steve Hutchinson was a freshman starter on the 1997 National Championship team and was a two-time tri-Captain serving in that leadership role both in 1999 and 2000. Hutchinson was a two-time All-American who started 45 games for the Wolverines and he did not allow a sack during his final two seasons. Hutchinson was named the Big 10 Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2000.

Of all the great lineman Michigan has had on both sides of the ball, Messner and Hutchinson stand out as two of the all-time best. Go Blue!

*Note: The photo of Mark Messner was taken by Brad Mills, a former U of M student photographer.

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