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!