Happy Birthday Ken Mouton!

Ken Mouton
Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library 4th Row Ken Mouton, Ernie Holloway, David Arnold, Jeffrey Brown, Dave Dever, Dave Herrick, Michael Dames, Dave Chester, Bob Cernak, Rick Sutkiewicz, John Kolesar, Allen Bishop Note: Ken Mouton appears to be wearing jersey number “3” because the “8” part of his number is blocked in this picture. He is actually seated behind one of my favorite Michigan players – #23 Jamie Morris!

Today’s post jumps forward 1861 to 1965. Instead of talking about team number ten we will be talking about team number one hundred and seven.

Kenneth “Ken” Mouton was born on this date in 1965 which is the year I graduated from high school! He came to play football for Bo Schembechler and the Michigan Wolverines in 1984. Mouton was recruited to play defensive back for Michigan out of Naples, Florida.

Ken Mouton was listed on the 1984 and 1985 Michigan football team roster as a defensive back wearing number seven. In 1986 he switched numbers and wore number thirty-eight for the season. According to the Bentley Historical Library, Ken Mouton did not earn any starts in his Michigan career, but he did enough to earn his letter in 1986. His name did not appear on the 1987 or 1988 rosters so it looks like 1986 was Mouton’s last season at Michigan.

If that is the case, he definitely saved the best for last. Of course, the 1984 team that was racked by injuries was a tough team to be on since they ended with a regular season mark of 6-5-0 and added another bowl loss to BYU to finish at 6-6-0.

The 1985 team bounced back with an excellent mark of 10-1-1 with lots of healthy players on both sides of the ball. That team finished second in the Big Ten and second in the final rankings – pretty good year.

The 1986 team, led by Captains Jim Harbaugh and Andy Moeller made Bo’s promise of “those who stay will be champions” come true for a lot of Michigan Men that season. The Wolverines went 7-1-0 in the Big Ten and won Michigan’s first conference championship since 1982.

So, Ken Mouton ended his Michigan career on a high note with a letter and a Big Ten Championship ring to boot. On a personal note, Ken Mouton has two sons who are playing football at the Naval Academy which probably makes him a very proud father indeed! Check out the article link below:


Thanks for your contributions to Michigan football Ken Mouton and Happy Birthday Wolverine!

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.
  1. Marty Gallagher
    Marty Gallagher

    Those who stay!

    September 21, 2016 at 12:25 pm - Reply
    • Barry Gallagher

      Yes, big promise from a man with vision for a sagging football program. Hopefully, this will be the year they get back to fulfilling that promise!

      October 7, 2016 at 11:38 am - Reply

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