Today is a great day to wish a BIG BLUE Happy Birthday to a Wolverine named Mike Massey. Mike Massey is another Buckeye who saw the light. He was an excellent player at St. Ignatius High School in Brecksville, Ohio. Lloyd Carr convinced him to leave Ohio and continue his education and his football at Michigan.
Mike Massey arrived in Ann Arbor in 2004. Lloyd Carr decided that it would be best to burn a red-shirt so he put the talented Massey on the shelf for his freshman season.
Massey earned one start in his sophomore year and earned his first letter. He caught 8 passes that year for 51-yards and 2 touchdowns. He caught his first career touchdown with a 10-yard grab against Northwestern. So, Mike Massey’s career was off to a good start. Unfortunately, Michigan did not have a great year in 2005. The Wolverines won 7 games but lost 5 contests. It was the worst season of the Lloyd Carr Era.
Mike Massey came back in 2006. He, and his teammates, were determined to improve on the 2005 season. Mike earned two more starts at tight end in 2006 and caught 8 more passes for 72-yards. He earned his second letter and helped Michigan post a final record of 11 wins and 2 losses.
Michigan was expected to have a great year in 2007, but it didn’t work out that way. Things went south in the first game against Appalachian State and got worse with another loss against Oregon. Michigan was sitting on a record of 0 wins and 2 losses after the first two games of the 2007 season. Fortunately, the Wolverines were able to turn it around and finish with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses in what turned out to be Lloyd Carr’s final season. Mike Massey continued to contribute with a ton of blocks and 4 more receptions for 38-yards in 2007. He earned his third letter at the end of the season.
The hiring of Rich Rodriguez brought a lot of changes to Michigan Football, especially on offense. There were a lot of changes, especially for the tight ends, but Mike Massey handled it well. Mike received a great honor from the 2008 Michigan Football team when he was named one of the co-captains of the 2008 Michigan Football team.
Although his productivity went down in the “Spread Offense” Mike Massey did his best to lead his teammates and play hard for Michigan. Of course, the 2008 season was not a memorable season for the Wolverines. They set a record by losing nine games in one season which was not a good way to end your career at Michigan.
Mike Massey certainly played hard for Michigan and he did everything his coaches asked him to do. He earned four letters and helped Michigan win 30 games during his four-year playing career. He was honored for his love of Michigan and his enthusiasm for all things Maize and Blue when he received the Robert Ufer Award at the end of the 2008 season. Here are some firsts that connect Mike Massey and Michigan Football:
· Played on the first team coached by Rich Rodriguez in 2008.
· Played on the first Michigan team to lose 9 games in one season in 2008.
· Became one of the first co-captains (4) on a Rich Rodriguez Football team in 2008.
So, today is a great day to appreciate the contributions of Mike Massey to Michigan Football. He is an important part of the long and glorious history of Wolverine football. Thanks to Mike for all his hard work and dedication to Michigan. I hope Make Massey enjoys a very Happy Birthday today. Go Blue!