July 8, 2017 Happy Birthday Tim Massaquoi!

Michgian Football Team 2005 | bigbluefootballhistory.com
Tim Massaquoi (#88) is shown above with the 2005 Michigan Wolverine Football team. Tim is seated in the first row – seventh man from the right end of the row. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Tim Massaquoi. Arnold Timothy “Tim” Massaquoi was born on this day in New York, New York. He grew up to be an excellent athlete and starred at Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He was a highly recruited player and was rated the 6th best player in Pennsylvania during his senior year. When it came time to take his game to the next level, he decided to play for Michigan and Head Coach Lloyd Carr.

Tim Massaquoi arrived in Ann Arbor in 2001. He made his career debut as a freshman against Miami of Ohio. Unfortunately, he injured his knee and that was the end of his first season at Michigan. Tim spent the next eleven months recovering and getting ready for the 2002 season. He did not earn a letter in 2001, but still had four years of eligibility remaining.

Massaquoi started one game at tight end in 2002, but appeared in all 13 games of the season. He caught 2 passes for 20-yards on offense and made two tackles on special teams. He played well enough to earn his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses in Tim’s sophomore year. They posted a record of 6-2 in the conference which was good enough for second place.

Tim returned for his junior year, determined to make a bigger impact and win a Big Ten Championship. Massaquoi started a total of eight games (6 at tight end and 2 at flanker) during the 2003 season. Tim caught 15 passes for 199-yards and scored touchdowns. His first career scoring catch (21-yards) came in a 56-14 win over Illinois. Once again, Michigan posted an overall record of 10 wins and 3 losses, but they did better in the conference. Michigan won the Big Ten championship with a record of 7 wins and 1 loss. Massaquoi earned his second letter and a championship ring, so, it was a very good year!

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Tim Massaquoi played on the first Michigan team to win the Outback Bowl when the Wolverines defeated Florida 38-30 on January 1, 2003. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Massaquoi returned for his senior year in 2004. This time the goal was to play at a high level and defend the Big Ten Title. He started 11 games at tight end and caught 18 more passes for 184-yards. He averaged 10.2 yards per catch and blocked like crazy when he wasn’t running his routes. Tim’s hard work did not go unnoticed as he earned first team All-Big honors. He also helped Michigan win nine of twelve games. Michigan successfully defended their Big Ten Championship. They won seven of eight games and earned a share of the championship.

Tim Massaquoi returned for his final year of eligibility as a fifth-year senior in 2005. He started 9 more games while battling some injuries. Tim managed to catch 11 passes for 86-yards. He continued to be a force in the running game and made a ton of blocks for his teammates. Tim’s hard-nosed play earned him All-Big Ten First Team recognition for the second straight season. Unfortunately, Michigan slipped in 2005 and finished with a record of 7 wins and 5 losses. They ended with a record of 5-3 in the Big Ten which was only good enough for a tie for third place.

Massaquoi was an excellent player on some very good Michigan teams from 2002 to 2005. He, and his teammates, won a total of 36 regular season games. Their record of 25-7-0 in Big Ten play produced Michigan’s last two conference titles in 2003 and 2004. Tim Massaquoi had a very productive career at Michigan. He earned 4 varsity letters, two conference championships and Big Ten recognition for his efforts. Tim also earned the Meyer Morton Award and the Robert P. Ufer Award in 2005. Yes, he was a good one!

Tim Massaquoi is also connected to some football “firsts” at Michigan. Check these out:

  • Tim Massaquoi played in the first ever game against Utah on September 21, 2002. Michigan won a close one – 10-7.
  • Tim played on the first Michigan team to win the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2003 when the Wolverines defeated Florida 38-30. This was also the first ever game against the Gators.
  • Massaquoi played in the first two games ever played against San Diego State and Texas during the 2004 season. Michigan defeated San Diego State in September 2004 by a score of 24-21. The Wolverines lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl (37-38) in the 2005 Rose Bowl on January 1, 2005.
  • Tim played in the first ever game against Northern Illinois on September 3, 2005. Michigan won by a score of 33-17.
  • Massaquoi also played in the first, and only, back-to-back overtime wins over the same team (MSU) in 2004 and 2005. Go Blue!

So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Tim Massaquoi. He was an excellent player who gave his all to Michigan. Unfortunately, Tim holds the distinction of being a member of the last Michigan football team to win a Big Ten championship in 2004. Hopefully, that will change very soon! Thank you Tim Massaquoi for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Massaquoi

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/2005fbt.htm

 

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 Comment
  1. Marty Gallagher
    Marty Gallagher

    Henne was legit from day one, but having guys like Tim M must have made things a little easier.

    July 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm - Reply

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