Today is a great day to wish a Happy Birthday to Michigan Man Doug Skene. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Douglas C. “Doug” Skene was born on this day in Clearview, Texas. Skene grew up to be an outstanding football at Allen High School in Fairview. He was recruited by many top schools, but Bo Schembechler persuaded him to become a “Michigan Man” and that was that!
Doug Skene arrived in Ann Arbor in 1988, but he burned his redshirt and sat out his freshman year. Doug was a big guy coming out of high school. He was listed as 6’ 7” and 290 pounds on the 1988 team roster, but there are tons of guys that big in the BIG Ten. So, Doug practiced hard and worked even harder in the weight room to get as strong as he could.
Skene went against the best every day in practice from 1989 to 1990. He didn’t earn any starts in his first two years on the varsity, but he did play enough to earn back-to-back letters. Doug proved himself to be a solid back-up who provided depth on the offensive line. Michigan was on a roll during Doug’s first three years. The Wolverines won three straight conference titles from 1988 to 1990.
Graduation opened up some spots on the offensive line in 1991 and Doug Skene earned 4 starts at left guard in his third year on the varsity. The talented Skene proved himself to be a strong and quick “big man” which made him very dangerous on sweeps and in the pass blocking sets. He earned his third varsity letter in 1991. Doug also helped Michigan finish the season with a final record of 10 wins and 2 losses. They ended the Big Ten season with a perfect record of 8-0-0 and stormed to their fourth consecutive conference championship! It was a great time to be a Michigan Wolverine!
Doug Skene came back in 1992 and was ready for his best season. He started all twelve games (9 at left guard and 3 at left tackle) and earned first team All-Big Ten honors for his outstanding play. Skene’s strong play helped Michigan go undefeated in 1992 with a record of 9-0-3. Again, the Wolverines were Big Ten champs for the fifth consecutive year. Doug Skene provided outstanding leadership on the offensive line in his final season.
Although Doug Skene’s Michigan career started slow, it finished STRONG! He had a good run in Ann Arbor from 1988 to 1992. In addition to making sixteen starts and earning four varsity letters, he was a proud member of four Big Ten Championship teams. Doug also earned some well-deserved recognition from the Big Ten writers for his outstanding senior season.
In addition to his solid career at Michigan, Doug Skene was also part of some important Michigan football “firsts.” Check them out:
- Played on the first Gary Moeller Team in 1990.
- Was a member of Gary Moeller’s first Big Ten Championship Team (1990).
- Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only losing bowl team (1992).
- Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only undefeated team (9-0-3) in 1992.
- Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only top 5 ranked team (5th in AP Poll and 5th in CNN/USA Coaches Poll) in 1992.
- Played on Gary Moeller’s first and only Rose Bowl winner in January 1993.
Doug Skene’s stock really rose in his senior year at Michigan. He was drafted by the New England Patriots, but only played in six games before a knee injury ended his career. It was a tough way to finish his football career, but that’s what happened!
So, today is a good day to remember the contributions of Doug Skene to Michigan Football. He, and his teammates, contributed thirty-eight wins to the all-time Wolverine victory total. They also won four-straight Big Ten titles which is something that very few Michigan football players can claim. Thanks for the Maize and Blue memories Doug Skene. I hope you enjoy your special day today. Go Blue!