Today is a great day to wish happy birthday to a Michigan Wolverine named Jeremy Le Sueur. According to the Wikipedia article linked below, Jeremy E. LeSueur was born on this day in Holly Springs, Mississippi. He grew up to be an excellent athlete and starred at Holly Springs High School. When it came time to take his game to the next level, he decided to head north and play for Lloyd Carr at Michigan.
Jeremy arrived in Ann Arbor in 1999. He did not play as a freshman and burned his redshirt. Instead, he focused on getting stronger, learning the Michigan Football system and learning how to be a successful student-athlete at a big-time university.
LeSueur started two games at cornerback in 2000 and played well enough to earn his first varsity letter. Michigan finished the season with an overall record of 9 wins and 3 losses in Jeremy’s second year. They posted a record of 6-2 in the conference which was good enough for a share of the conference championship.
Jeremy LeSueur returned for his third season in 2001. He started five games a t cornerback. Unfortunately, Michigan’s overall record slipped to 8 wins and 4 losses. Once again, they posted a record of 6 wins and 2 losses in the Big Ten which was only good enough for second place. Jeremy earned his second varsity letter for his play in 2001.
LeSueur returned for his fourth season in 2002. This time the goal was to play at a high level and regain the Big Ten Title. He started 7 more games at free safety and continued to play well in the Wolverine defensive backfield. His solid play helped Michigan win ten of thirteen games. The Wolverines posted another 6-2 record in the conference and earned their second straight second finish in the Big Ten.
Jeremy LeSueur was back as a fifth-year senior in 2003. He started twelve games and helped lead Michigan to a final record of 10 wins and 3 losses. More importantly, Michigan posted a 7-1 record in the conference and won the Big Ten Championship. He earned his fourth varsity letter at the end of the season.
Jeremy was an excellent player on some very good Michigan teams from 2000 to 2003. He, and his teammates, won a total of 37 regular season games. Their record of 25-7-0 in Big Ten play produced a winning rate of just over seventy-eight percent (.781). Michigan won two Big Ten Conference titles during LeSueur’s career. He finished his career with 4 interceptions (including a 60-yard pick six), 167 tackles (131 solo and 36 assists) 3 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble.
Le Sueur is also connected to some interesting football “firsts” at Michigan:
· Jeremy LeSueur played in the first games ever against Florida and Utah in 2002. (Both wins!)
· LeSueur played on the first Michigan team to win the Outback Bowl on January 1, 2002 when the Wolverines defeated Florida 38-30.
· Jeremy LeSueur played in the first two game 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.
So, today is a good day to remember the Michigan football career of Jeremy LeSueur. He was a solid player who gave his all to Michigan. Le Sueur holds the distinction of being a four-time letter winner and a two-time Big Ten Champion at Michigan. Thank you Jeremy LeSueur for your contributions to the great history that is Michigan football. I hope you have a very happy birthday today! Go Blue!
Note: The second link below takes you to a ton of Getty Image Photos of #21 Jeremy LeSueur.