December 16, 2016. Happy Birthday Brandent Englemon!

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Brandent Englemon (#31) is shown here with the 2007 Michigan Football team. He is seated in the first row and is the second man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today, I want to wish a very Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Brandent Englemon. Brandent was born on this date in Kentucky and grew up to be an outstanding athlete. He was a record setting quarterback at Holmes High School in Covington, Kentucky. He also played basketball, baseball and ran track. Englemon earned Kentucky’s High School Heisman Award in 2003 as well as all-state honors as a senior. Englemon was a two-time all-conference athlete in football and earned numerous honors in basketball as well. He was also an excellent defender on the football field and that is why Brandent was recruited by Michigan.

Brandent Englemon enrolled at Michigan in the fall of 2003. Like many freshman, he spent his first year in Ann Arbor learning the ways of Michigan football and college life at the big “U.” He got his picture in the team photo and practiced with the team, but he did not play, or letter, in year one.

Englemon came back ready to contribute in 2004. He played in nine games in 2004 and earned his first letter. Brandent made thirteen tackles (7 solo and 6 assists) and forced one fumble on the Big Ten Champion 2004 team. He was working his way up the depth chart and contributing on a very good football team.

During the 2005 season, Brandent started eight games at strong safety and one game at free safety. He recorded forty-two tackles, broke up three passes, recovered two fumbles and had two sacks. Englemon  played his best game in a win (34-31) at Michigan State. Englemon stopped ten Spartans dead in their tracks  and assisted on three stops for a career high thirteen tackles. So, the 2005 season was very good for Brandent, but not so good for Michigan. The Wolverines finished at 7 wins and 5 losses and dropped to a tie for third place in the conference.

Brandent, and the rest of the Wolverines, vowed to come back strong in 2006 and that’s exactly what happened. Englemon started five games at free safety and played in a total of ten games. Michigan started fast with four straight victories in September and never let up. The Wolverines won seven more games without a loss before losing to Ohio State the day after Bo Schembechler died of a heart attack. Michigan went on to lose to USC in the Rose Bowl to finish at 11 wins and 2 losses. Certainly, a much better season than 2005, but the last two games left a bad taste in the mouth of every Wolverine!

Expectations were running high in Ann Arbor to start the 2007 season. The fifth ranked Wolverines had a ton of returning stars and plenty of very good players like Brandent Englemon. Everyone was expecting great things from Michigan in 2007. Unfortunately, Appalachian State and Oregon did not” buy in “ to all the pre-season hype about Michigan. The Wolverines lost their first two home games for the first time since 1959. Michigan was now on a four-game losing streak dating back to the last two games of the 2006 season. It was time to see what the Wolverines were made of.

As it turned out, Michigan was a very good football team. They bounced back to win eight straight games and were right in the middle of the race for the Big Ten title. Unfortunately, they lost the last two games of the regular season to Wisconsin and Ohio State to finish second in the Big Ten. Lloyd Carr had announced his retirement earlier in the season and the Wolverines sent him out on a high note with a 41-35 win over Florida in the Capital One Bowl.

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Brandent Englemon was a four year letterman for Lloyd Carr and the Michigan Wolverines. He left Ann Arbor with impressive athletic and academic resumes. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Athletic Department.

Brandent Englemon had a solid season in his fifth year at Michigan. He played in all thirteen games and started twelve of them. Englemon recorded eighty-six tackles, one sack, broke up four passes and forced one fumble. He also had three interceptions for the year. Englemon’s excellent work on the field and in the class room did not go unnoticed. Brandent earned the Dr. Arthur Robinson Scholarship for being the leading scholar on the 2007 football team. He also won the Charles Woodson Award as the team’s best defensive back.

So, all in all, Brandent Englemon accomplished a lot on the football field and in the classrooms at Michigan. Thank you Brandent for your contributions to the winningest program in college football history. Happy Birthday Brandent Englemon. Enjoy your special today and Go Blue!

To read more about the football career and accomplishments of Brandent Englemon check out the link below:

http://statsarchive.ath.umich.edu/VS-Football/cmaster.php

 

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher

Barry Gallagher is a self-proclaimed Michigan Football Archeologist. He spends a considerable amount of his time digging into the 138-year history of Wolverine Football. He is on a mission to share his findings with Maize and Blue football fans everywhere. He is the author of one book about Michigan Football titled "21-194-13 Michigan Football's Greatest Era". His second book titled, "The Legend of Bo Schembechler-How an Unknown Buckeye Became the Winningest Coach in Michigan Football History" was released on September 12, 2017. You can learn something about Michigan Football everyday by going to his website at: bigbluefootballhistory.com. You can also follow him on Social Media.
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