Happy Birthday Michigan Man Dean Dingman!

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Dean Dingman #78 was a Maize and Blue force to be reckoned with. Photo courtesty of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today’s post takes us back to another outstanding player from the last years of the Bo Era and then the beginning of the Moeller Era at Michigan. Dean Dingman was born on this date in East Troy, Wisconsin. Somehow, he escaped Badger Nation and came to play offensive line for Bo.

Right from the start, Dean Dingman was an impressive football player. He did what very few offensive lineman have ever done at Michigan. He earned playing time as a freshman! He started three games for Schembechler in 1987 which was almost unheard of in the Bo Era. Dingman was just that good. Bo had to play him because he knew a great offensive lineman when he saw one!

Dean Dingman continued to impress Bo and his line coach Jerry Hanlon. Dingman would start thirty-four games from 1988 to 1990. He was a devastating blocker who knew how to open holes and protect his quarterbacks. His stellar play helped Michigan earn three straight conference championships (1988, 1989, 1990).  Check out the numbers that he and his teammates put up for Bo, Mo and Michigan Nation.

Year Overall Record Big Ten Record/Finish Big Ten Finish
1988 9-2-1 7-0-1 First
1989 10-2-0 8-0-0 First
1990 9-3-0  6-2-0 First (Tie)
Total 28-7-1 21-2-1  


Dean Dingman was fortunate to be part of three teams that finished in the top eight in the nation for three straight years! He played on Bo’s last Rose Bowl winning team in 1989. He was a Co-MVP for Mo in the Gator Bowl along with his four lineman teammates (Greg Skrepenak, Tom Dohring, Matt Elliott and Steve Everitt) for leading the offense to a record-setting 715 total yards – wow! His other individual accomplishments included two All-Conference selections (1989 and 1990) as well as All-American honors in 1990. He won Michigan’s prestigious Fred Matthaei Award in 1989 and the Hugh Rader Award in 1990.

Bottom line – there aren’t too many Michigan football players who were fortunate enough to enjoy the team success and individual accomplishments that Dean Dingman achieved. He was one of Schembechler’s best and he became a champion, just like Bo promised! Happy Birthday Dean Dingman. Thanks for your stellar play and the contributions you made to Michigan Football. Hail to the Victors! Go Blue!

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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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