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April 7, 2018 Happy Birthday Markus J. Curry!

Posted on April 7, 2018 by Barry Gallagher

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Markus J. Curry. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Markus Jermain Curry was born on this day in Detroit, Michigan. He grew up to be an excellent athlete and starred in multiple sports at Bishop Gallagher High School. When it came time to take his game to the next level, he decided to follow his brother, Julius, who was enjoying success at Michigan.

Part I. Wolverine of the Day – Markus J. Curry

Markus J. Curry arrived in Ann Arbor in 2001. He did not play as a freshman. Instead, he focused on getting stronger, learning the Michigan Football system and learning how to be a successful student-athlete at a big-time university.

Curry started three games at free safety in 2002 and played well enough to earn his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in Curry’s sophomore year. They posted a record of 6-2 in the conference which was good enough for second place. However, Curry and his teammates wanted more!

Markus Curry returned for his junior year, determined to make a bigger impact and win a Big Ten Championship. Markus started thirteen games a t cornerback. Once again, Michigan posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses, but they did better in the conference. Michigan won the Big Ten championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Curry earned his second letter and a championship ring, so, it was a very good year!

Markus J. Curry was back for his senior year in 2004. This time the goal was to play at a high level and defend the Big Ten Title. He started 6 more games at cornerback, but battled some injuries. However, he still played well enough to earn All-Big Ten Second Team honors. He also helped Michigan win nine of twelve games. Michigan successfully defended their Big Ten Championship. They won seven of eight games and earned a share of the championship.

2002 OUtback Bowl | bigbluefootballhistory.com

Markus J. Curry played on the first Michigan team to win the Outback Bowl. The Wolverines defeated Florida 38-30 on January 1, 2002. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library at The University of Michigan.

Markus Curry was an excellent player on some very good Michigan teams from 2001 to 2004. He, and his teammates, won a total of 37 regular season games. Their record of 26-6-0 in Big Ten play produced a winning rate of just over eighty-one percent (.813). Michigan won two straight conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Of course, 2004 is the last time the Wolverines accomplished that feat!

So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Markus J. Curry. He was a solid player who gave his all to Michigan. Curry holds the distinction of being a member of the last Michigan football team to win a Big Ten championship in 2004. Thank you Markus for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Markus_Curry http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/2004fbt.htm

Part II. Trivia Question of the Day – April 6, 2018

Who was the first Michigan Wolverine quarterback to throw for over two hundred sixty yards against Ohio State?

Part II. Trivia Question – Answer of the Day April 6, 2018 – James Joseph Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh put himself in an interesting position the week before the 1986 Michigan game at Ohio State. He predicted a win over the Buckeyes which surprised a lot of people since Bo’s players did more playing than talking. Now, he had to produce a BIG game in the BIGGEST game of the season! Wow, no pressure!

Well, as it turned out, Jim had a great game that day along with Jamie Morris who rushed for 210-yards. Harbaugh completed 19 of 29 passes and totaled 261—yards in the air. Michigan needed every yard and left the Horseshoe with a hard-earned victory over the Buckeyes.

Part III. Trivia Question of the Day – April 7, 2018

Who was the first, and only, Michigan Wolverine to return a kickoff for a touchdown against Ohio State?

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