March 24, 2017 Happy Birthday Jerame Tuman!

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Jerame Tuman (#80) is shown above with the 1998 Michigan Wolverine Championship football team. Tuman is seated in the front row – he is the 6th man from the right. Photo courtesy of the Bentley Historical Library.

Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Jerame Tuman. Jerame is simply one of the most prolific tight ends in Michigan Football history.  Jerame Dean Tuman was born on this day in Liberal, Kansas. He grew up to be an outstanding athlete at Liberal High School. He starred in football and track and field. He was a highly rated prospect coming out of high school and he decided to play for Michigan.

Jeremy didn’t play in his first year in 1994. He burned his red-shirt and focused on learning  Gary Moeller’s offense and getting acclimated to the life of a Big Ten student-athlete. Jerame started a couple games for Lloyd Carr in 1995 and played enough to earn a letter. He caught 9 passes for 71 yards. He scored the first touchdown of his career against Indiana.

Tuman came back in 1996 hoping to play a bigger role for the Wolverines and that’s exactly what happened! Jerame started twelve games at tight end. He caught33 passes for 524 yards and five touchdowns. He had his first 100-yard receiving game (101) against Minnesota when he caught 3 passes. One of them was good for a career best 63-yards! Tuman lettered in his second year and earned first team All-Big Ten honors in his first year as a starter. Michigan finished season with a record of 8 wins and 4 losses. They posted a final mark of 5 wins and 3 losses in the conference which was only good enough for a fifth-place tie. Jerame, and his teammates, wanted more and worked hard in the off-season to make improvements!

The good news for Jeremy, and Michigan, was that the improvements worked! Michigan finished the magical 1997 season with a perfect record of 12 wins and no losses or ties. They ended the historic year as conference champions, Rose Bowl Champions and National Champions! It doesn’t get any better than that! But wait, it got better for Jerame as he was named All-Conference for the second consecutive season and he also earned All-American honors for his stellar play.

Jerame Tuman returned for his final year in 1998. He was fully prepared to defend Michigan’s Big Ten Championship and that’s what happened! The Wolverines weren’t perfect in 1998, but they were very good. Michigan finished the season with a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. They went 7-1-0 in the big Ten and earned a share of a second straight championship. Jerame totaled 27 receptions for 247-yards and 2 more touchdowns. He was named the Big Ten’s All-Conference tight end for the third straight year!

Jerame Tuman ended his Michigan career with some very impressive numbers. His name is still on the records page for tight ends. He finished his Wolverine career with a total of 98 receptions for 1,279 yards. He scored fifteen touchdowns and averaged 13.1-yards per reception. Of course, there is no stat for bone-crunching blocks, but he had a ton of those as well! Jerame’s achievements put him at fourth in career receptions and in career yards. He is tied for fifth place in tight end season receiving touchdowns with five which he did in both 1996 and 1997. He is first in career receiving touchdowns for tight ends with 15 scoring catches.

During his career, Jerame Tuman was part of some important Michigan football “firsts.” Here are the ones that I came up with:

·         Played on the first Lloyd Carr football team in 1995.

·         Played on the first, and only, Michigan team to post a perfect record of 12 wins 0 losses and 0 ties in 1997.

·         Played on Lloyd Carr’s first Big Ten Championship team in 1997.

·         Played on Lloyd Carr;’s first bowl winning team in January 1998.

·         Played on Lloyd Carr’s first, and only, National Championship team in 1997.

·         Played on the first, and only, Michigan team to post a perfect record of 12 wins 0 losses and 0 ties in 1997.

·         Finished his career as the first, and only, Michigan tight end to record 15 touchdown receptions from 1995-1998.

·         First, and only, Michigan tight end to earn first team All-Big Ten recognition for three consecutive seasons (1996-1998).

So, today is a good day to remember the very prolific and successful Michigan football career of Jerame Tuman.  He was an outstanding player who brought Michigan fans to their feet more times than I can remember. Jerame gave everything he had to his coaches and to Michigan. He left Michigan with four letters, two Big Ten Championships, a Rose Bowl victory, and the 1997 National Championship! Tuman also earned Big Ten honors and All-American honors. He left Ann Arbor with his head held high and enough good memories to last a lifetime. Thank you Jerame Tuman for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!

To find out more about Jerame Tuman check out the links below:

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

http://bentley.umich.edu/athdept/football/fbteam/1997fbt.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1997_Michigan_Wolverines_football_team

 

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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