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1989 Michigan Wolverines football team

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Conference  Big Ten Conference
AP  No. 7
Coaches  No. 8
1989 record  10–2 (8–0 Big Ten)
1989 Michigan Wolverines football team
Head coach  Bo Schembechler (21st year)
Offensive coordinator  Gary Moeller (3rd year)

The 1989 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. Bo Schembechler served as the team's head coach for his 21st and final season. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The team won the second of five consecutive Big Ten Conference championships.



The Wolverines lost their season opener to Notre Dame but won ten consecutive games to finish the regular season. Highlights of the winning streak included the defeat of Minnesota by 34 points for the Little Brown Jug and a victory over Ohio State in their home finale.

The team leaders included running back Tony Boles, who rushed for 839 yards, and Michael Taylor, who threw for 1,081 yards. Greg McMurtry was the Wolverine's leading receiver with 41 catches for 711 yards. Schembechler retired after the Rose Bowl, which the Wolverines lost to USC by a touchdown.

Ohio State

Todd Plate's second interception of the day with 2:48 left in the game sealed the game and the Big Ten title for the Wolverines.

Rose Bowl

The 1990 Rose Bowl was a remach of the previous Rose Bowl in which Michigan won 22 to 14. USC scored the first points in the second quarter with a one-yard run by Todd Marinovich. Michigan got a field goal to make it 7 to 3 but the Trojans added another field goal before the half to take a 10 to 3 lead at halftime. Although Michigan tied the score, Ricky Ervins had a fourteen-yard touchdown run which clinched the Rose Bowl for the Trojans.


  • Derrick Alexander, wide receiver, freshman, Detroit, Michigan
  • Tony Boles, running back, senior, Westland, Michigan - started 9 games at tailback
  • Jarrod Bunch, running back, senior, Ashtabula, Ohio - started 5 games at fullback ;Bill Prichard fullback
  • Alfie Burch, wide receiver, freshman, Warren, Ohio
  • Chris Calloway, wide receiver, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started all 12 games at flanker
  • Joe Cocozzo, offensive tackle, sophomore, Mechanicville, New York - started 2 games at right offensive guard
  • Dave Diebolt, tight end, junior, Mayfield, Ohio
  • Dean Dingman, offensive guard, junior, East Troy, Wisconsin - started 10 games at left offensive guard
  • Robert Doherty, offensive line, sophomore, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Tom Dohring, offensive tackle, senior, Dearborn, Michigan - started all 12 games at left offensive tackle
  • Matt Elliott, center, junior, Carmel, Indiana - started 9 games at right offensive guard, 2 at left offensive guard
  • Steve Everitt, offensive guard - center, sophomore, Miami, Florida
  • Elvis Grbac, quarterback, sophomore, Willoughby Hills, Ohio - started 4 games at quarterback
  • Leroy Hoard, fullback, senior, New Orleans, Louisiana - started 5 games at fullback, 3 games at tailback
  • Desmond Howard, flanker, sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Allen Jefferson, tailback, senior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Dan Jokish, split end, junior, Clarkston, Michigan
  • Dave Knight, wide receiver, senior, Riverview, Michigan
  • Burnie Legette, running back, freshman, Colorado Springs, Colorado - started 2 games at fullback
  • Tony McGee, tight end, freshman, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • Greg McMurtry, split end, senior, Brockton, Massachusetts - started all 12 games at split end
  • Marc Ramirez, center/guard, senior, Prairie View, Illinois - started 1 game at right offensive guard
  • Doug Skene, offensive tackle, sophomore, Fairview, Texas
  • Greg Skrepenak, offensive tackle, junior, Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania - started all 12 games at right offensive tackle
  • Ken Sollom, quarterback, junior, Canyon Country, California
  • Michael Taylor, quarterback, senior, Lincoln Heights, Ohio - started 8 games at quarterback
  • Yale Van Dyne, wide receiver, junior, Kearney, Missouri
  • Jon Vaughn, tailback, sophomore, Florissant, Missouri
  • Derrick Walker, tight end, senior, Glenwood, Illinois - started all 12 games at tight end
  • Steve Zacharias, tight end, senior, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Defense

  • Bobby Abrams, defensive back, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Erick Anderson, outside linebacker, junior, Glenview, Illinois - started all 12 games at inside linebacker
  • Chris Bohn, inside linebacker, junior, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Corwin Brown, free safety, sophomore, Chicago, Illinois
  • Dave Caputo, middle guard, junior, Chelsea, Michigan
  • Doug Daugherty, offensive guard, senior, Romeo, Michigan
  • Martin Davis, outside linebacker, sophomore, Chesapeake, Virginia
  • Lance Dottin, defensive back, junior, Cambridge, Massachusetts - started 6 games at cornerback
  • Mike Evans, defensive tackle, junior, Roxbury, Massachusetts - started 7 games at defensive tackle
  • Chris Feaster, linebacker, senior, Flint, Michigan
  • Rusty Fichtner, linebacker, junior, Meadville, Pennsylvania
  • J. J. Grant, inside linebacker, senior, Liverpool, New York - started 9 games at inside linebacker
  • Chris Hutchinson, defensive tackle, sophomore, Houston, Texas - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • David Key, defensive back, senior, Columbus, Ohio - started all 12 games at cornerback
  • Curt Mallory, inside linebacker, sophomore, Bloomington, Illinois
  • Alex Marshall, outside linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at outside linebacker - started 11 games at outside linebacker
  • Matt McCoy, defensive tackle, senior, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • John Milligan, linebacker, senior, Trenton, Michigan - started 3 games at inside linebacker
  • Vada Murray, free safety, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started all 12 games at free safety
  • T. J. Osman, defensive tackle, senior, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Todd Plate, cornerback, senior, Brooklyn, Michigan - started 6 games at cornerback
  • David Ritter, strong safety, junior, Hickory Hills, Illinois
  • Cornelius Simpson, outside linebacker, junior, Highland Park, Michigan
  • Scott Smykowski, inside linebacker, senior, Sterling Heights, Michigan
  • Marc Spencer, linebacker, senior, Troy, Michigan
  • Sylvester "Buster" Stanley, defensive tackle, freshman, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Mike Teeter, middle guard, senior, Fruitport, Michigan - started all 12 games at middle guard
  • Brian Townsend, linebacker, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started 1 game at outside linebacker
  • Eric Traupe, inside linebacker, Ashland, Massachusetts
  • Coleman Wallace, SC, sophomore, Willingboro, New Jersey
  • Dwayne Ware, cornerback, sophomore, Willingboro, New Jersey
  • Tripp Welborne, strong safety, junior, Greensboro, North Carolina - started all 12 games at strong safety
  • Brent White, defensive tackle, senior, Dayton, Ohio - started 5 games at defensive tackle
  • Timothy Williams, outside linebacker, senior, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Kickers

  • J. D. Carlson, place-kicker, junior, Tallahassee, Florida
  • Gulam Kahn, place-kicker, senior, Shaker Heights, Ohio
  • Chris Stapleton, punter / place-kicker, freshman, Springfield, Illinois
  • Awards and honors

  • All-Americans: Tripp Welborne
  • All-Conference: Tony Boles, J.D. Carlson, Dean Dingman, Derrick Walker, Tripp Welborne
  • Most Valuable Player: Tony Boles
  • Meyer Morton Award: Chris Calloway
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Steve Everitt
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Dean Dingman
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Tim Williams
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mike Teeter
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Derrick Walker
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: Chris Calloway
  • Professional football

    The following players were claimed in the 1990 NFL Draft.

    A total of 25 players from the 1989 team went on to play professional football. They are Bobby Abrams (New York Giants 1990-91, Cleveland Browns 1992, New York Giants 1992, Dallas Cowboys 1992-93, Minnesota Vikings 1993-94, New England Patriots 1995), Derrick Alexander (Cleveland Browns 1994–95, Baltimore Ravens 1996–97, Kansas City Chiefs 1998–01, Minnesota Vikings 2002), Erick Anderson (Kansas City Chiefs 1992-93, Washington Redskins 1994-95), Tony Boles (Dallas Cowboys 1991; San Antonio Riders 1992), Jarrod Bunch (New York Giants 1991–93, Los Angeles Raiders 1994), Corwin Brown (New England Patriots 1993–96, New York Jets 1997–98, Detroit Lions 1999–00), Chris Calloway (Pittsburgh Steelers 1990-91, New York Giants 1992-98, Atlanta Falcons 1999, New England Patriots 2000), Joe Cocozzo (San Diego Chargers 1993-97), Tom Dohring (Kansas City Chiefs 1992), Matt Elliott (Washington Redskins 1992, Carolina Panthers 1995-97), Steve Everitt (Cleveland Browns 1993-95, Baltimore Ravens 1996, Philadelphia Eagles 1997-99), Elvis Grbac (San Francisco 49ers 1993-96, Kansas City Chiefs 1997-00, Baltimore Ravens 2001), Leroy Hoard (Cleveland Browns 1990-95, Baltimore Ravens 1996, Carolina Panthers 1996, Minnesota Vikings 1996-99), Desmond Howard (Washington Redskins 1992-94, Jacksonville Jaguars 1995, Green Bay Packers 1996, Oakland Raiders 1997-98, Green Bay Packers 1999, Detroit Lions 2000-02), Burnie Legette (New England Patriots 1993-94), Tony McGee (Cincinnati Bengals 1993-01, Dallas Cowboys 2002-03, New York Giants 2003), Greg McMurtry (New England Patriots 1990-93, Chicago Bears 1994), Doug Skene (New England Patriots 1994), Greg Skrepenak (Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 1992-95, Carolina Panthers 1996-97), Buster Stanley (New England Patriots 1994, Rhein Fire 1996-97, Grand Rapids Rampage 1999-00), Mike Teeter (Indianapolis Colts 1990, Frankfurt Galaxy 1991, Minnesota Vikings 1991, Houston Oilers 1993–94, Carolina Panthers 1995), Brian Townsend (Cincinnati Bengals 1992), Jon Vaughn (New England Patriots 1991-92, Seattle Seahawks 1993-94, Kansas City Chiefs 1994), Derrick Walker (San Diego Chargers 1990-93, Kansas City Chiefs 1994-97, Oakland Raiders 1999), and Tripp Welborne (Minnesota Vikings 1992).

    Coaching staff

  • Head coach: Bo Schembechler
  • Assistant coaches: Tirrel Burton, Cam Cameron, Lloyd Carr, Jerry Hanlon, Bill Harris, Jim Herrmann, Les Miles, Gary Moeller, Bobby Morrison, Tom Reed
  • Trainer: Russ Miller
  • Managers: Jeff Tack (senior manager), Chris Carr, Scott Hanel, Mark Jacobson, Tom Lewand, John Myers, Dave Schueler, Chris Smith, Jim Sullivan
  • References

    1989 Michigan Wolverines football team Wikipedia

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