Today’s post celebrates the birth anniversary (#126) of Neil “Shorty” McMillan who was born on this date in 1890. McMillan came to Ann Arbor from Detroit, Michigan. He played for Fielding Yost during the 1910 and 1911 seasons. I call this time the “Independent Years” since Michigan was out of the Big Ten conference at that point.
According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Neil McMillan came to play quarterback at Michigan in 1909. He promptly led the freshman team to an undefeated season although the season record was not referenced. Neil McMillan won the starting quarterback job for the 1910 season and led the Wolverines to an undefeated season (3-0-3).
Neil McMillan came back to lead the Michigan offense in 1911 and had the Wolverines off to a perfect start (4-0-0) before he sustained a knee injury that ended his career. Michigan was not the same as they finished the 1911 season with a record of 5 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties.
Neil “Shorty” McMillan finished his varsity career with a perfect record of 7-0-3 which makes him one of the very few quarterbacks in Michigan football to never lose a game over the course of two seasons! Rest in Peace Wolverine and thanks for the memories!
Link to Wikipedia Article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shorty McMillan