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1987 Michigan Wolverines football team

Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #18
AP #19
1987 record 8–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (19th year)
Offensive coordinator Gary Moeller (1st year)
Defensive coordinator Lloyd Carr (1st year)
MVP Jamie Morris
Captain Doug Mallory
Captain Jamie Morris
Home stadium Michigan Stadium

The 1987 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 12, 1987 #16/16 Notre Dame* #9/8 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 7–26   106,098
September 19, 1987 Washington State* #19/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 44–18   103,521
September 26, 1987 Long Beach State* #14/16 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–0   101,714
October 3, 1987 Wisconsin #12/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–0   104,410
October 10, 1987 at Michigan State #12/12 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 11–17   77,424
October 17, 1987 Iowa Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 37–0   105,406
October 24, 1987 at #15/12 Indiana #20/17 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 10–14   51,240
October 31, 1987 Northwestern Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 29–6   104,101
November 7, 1987 at Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN W 30–20   55,481
November 14, 1987 at Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 17–14   64,496
November 21, 1987 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 20–23   106,031
January 2, 1988 vs. Alabama* Tampa StadiumTampa, FL (Hall of Fame Bowl) NBC W 28–24   60,156
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.




  • Bobby Abrams, defensive back, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 7 games at outside linebacker, 2 games at inside linebacker
  • David Arnold, defensive back, junior, Warren, Ohio - started 9 games at cornerback
  • Allen Bishop, defensive back, senior, Miami, Florida - started 8 games at cornerback
  • Ernest F. Bock, defensive back, senior, Northville, Michigan
  • Carlitos Bostic, outside linebacker, senior, Ypsilanti, Michigan
  • Erik Campbell, defensive back, senior, Gary, Indiana - started all 12 games (7 at cornerback, 5 at free safety)
  • Keith Cooper, outside linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 4 games at outside linebacker, 3 games at inside linebacker
  • John Duerr, outside linebacker, senior, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Dave Folkertsma, defensive tackle, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • J. J. Grant, inside linebacker, junior, Liverpool, New York - started 7 games at inside linebacker
  • Billy Harris, middle guard, Xenia, Ohio - started 10 games at middle guard
  • Rick Hassel, defensive back, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Scott Herrala, defensive back, junior, Muskegon, Michigan
  • John Herrmann, defensive tackle, junior, Sussex, Wisconsin - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • Joseph H. Holland, outside linebacker, junior, Birmingham, Michigan
  • David Key, defensive back, sophomore, Columbus, Ohio
  • Sean Lafountaine, defensive back, sophomore, Hanover Park, Illinois
  • Don Lessner, defensive back, senior, Trenton, Michigan
  • Doug Mallory, strong safety, senior, DeKalb, Illinois - started all 12 games at strong safety
  • Warde Manuel, defensive tackle, sophomore, New Orleans, Louisiana - started 5 games at outside linebacker
  • Andree McIntyre, inside linebacker, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at inside linebacker
  • Mark Messner, defensive tackle, senior, Hartland, Michigan - started all 12 games at defensive tackle
  • John Milligan, linebacker, sophomore, Trenton, Michigan - started 5 games at inside linebacker
  • Anthony Mitchell, defensive back, junior, Titusville, Florida - started 7 games at free safety
  • Vada Murray, defensive back, sophomore, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • T. J. Osman, defensive tackle, sophomore, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - started 2 games at middle guard
  • Cornelius Simpson, linebacker, freshman, Highland Park, Michigan - started 4 games at inside linebacker
  • Bob Stites, inside linebacker, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Rick Stites, inside linebacker, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mike Teeter, middle guard, sophomore, Fruitport, Michigan
  • Steven Thibert, outside linebacker, senior, Union Lake, Michigan - started 2 games at outside linebacker
  • Brent White, defensive tackle, junior, Dayton, Ohio
  • Timothy Williams, linebacker, sophomore, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - started 1 game at inside linebacker
  • John Willingham, outside linebacker, senior, Dayton, Ohio - started 5 games at outside linebacker


Game notes


1 234Total
Wisconsin 0 000 0
Michigan 21 2170 49


Hall of Fame Bowl

Awards and honors

  • Captains: Jamie Morris, Doug Mallory
  • All-Americans: Jumbo Elliott, Mark Messner
  • All-Conference: Mark Messner, John Elliott, Jamie Morris, John Vitale, Mike Husar
  • Most Valuable Player: Jamie Morris
  • Meyer Morton Award: Jamie Morris
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tim Williams
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Derrick Walker
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Dave Mandel
  • Dick Katcher Award: Mark Messner
  • Hugh Rader Jr. Award: John "Jumbo" Elliott
  • Robert P. Ufer Award: Jamie Morris

Coaching staff


External links

  • 1987 Football Team -- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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