Michigan Wolverines football statistical leaders

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Career leader in passing yards, Chad Henne
Career leader in rushing yards, Mike Hart
Career leader in receiving yards, Braylon Edwards

The lists of Michigan Wolverines football statistical leaders identify individual statistical leaders of the Michigan Wolverines football program in various offensive categories, including passing, rushing, and receptions. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season and career leaders in yardage, number (receptions, rushes or passes), and touchdowns. Statistics accumulated after transferring from or before transferring to Michigan are not included here. The Michigan Wolverines football program is a college football team that represents the University of Michigan in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Big Ten Conference.

Passing leaders. Michigan's career leader in passing yardage is Chad Henne with 9,715 passing yards from 2004 to 2007. Henne also holds the career records in completions (828) and touchdown passes (87). John Navarre holds the records for passing yards in a single season (3,331), set during the 2003 season. Devin Gardner holds the record for passing yards in a single game against Indiana in 2013. Tom Brady holds the school's record for most completions in a game, having completed 34 passes against Alabama in the 2000 Orange Bowl.

Rushing leaders. Michigan's career leader in rushing yards is Mike Hart with 5,040 rushing yards from 2004 to 2007. Hart also holds the career record with 1,050 carries. Tim Biakabutuka holds the single season record with 1,818 rushing yards during the 1995 season. Ron Johnson holds the single game record with 347 rushing yards in a game against Wisconsin during the 1967 season. Willie Heston, who played on Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" teams from 1901 to 1904, holds the career record for rushing touchdowns with 72. Albert Herrnstein holds the records for most rushing touchdowns in a season (26) and in a single game (7), having set those records for the 1902 team.

Receiving leaders. Michigan receiving records are dominated by Braylon Edwards who played for Michigan from 2001 to 2004. When Edwards finished, he held the records for most career receiving yards (3,541),[1] receptions (252),[2] and touchdowns (39).[3] In 2004, Edwards also set the single-season records for receiving yards (1,330) and receptions (97).[4] However, in 2013 his single-season record for receiving yards was surpassed by Jeremy Gallon, who finished the season with 1,373 yards.[5] Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard holds the single season record with 19 touchdown catches during the 1991 season.[6] Michigan's single-game records are held by Jeremy Gallon (369 receiving yards, Indiana, October 19, 2013),[7] Marquise Walker (15 receptions twice, Ohio State, November 24, 2001 and Washington, September 8, 2001), and Derrick Alexander (4 touchdown receptions, Minnesota, October 24, 1992).[8]

Historical caveats. Although Michigan began competing in intercollegiate football in 1879,[9] the school's official statistical database only tracks offensive statistics since 1949.[10] The tracking of defensive statistics dates back to an even shorter period of time.

Because the official database commences in 1949, many statistical achievements are overlooked in these lists. For example, Dick Rifenburg's career receiving statistics are not included in the official database despite the fact that his 16 career and eight single-season touchdowns were recognized as school records until 1980.[11]

Where pre-1949 records are available from reliable sources, they have been included below with yellow shading. Because there is no complete database of pre-1949 records, such records are incomplete and may not be considered "official" records.

With playing seasons extending progressively from relatively short four-games seasons in the 19th century to the current 12-game regular seasons, conference championship games, and bowl games,[12] and with players being eligible to play four years of college football starting in 1972,[13] the lists tend to be dominated by more recent players.

Passing[edit]

Completions[edit]

Passing yards[edit]

Passing touchdowns[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Rushing yards[edit]

Rushing touchdowns[edit]

Records for years prior to 1949 are not included in the University of Michigan's statistical records database. Where pre-1949 records are available from reliable sources, they have been included below with yellow shading. Because there is no complete database of pre-1949 records, such records are incomplete and may not be considered "official" records. Unless otherwise indicated, touchdown totals in this section are taken from the 2011 Michigan Football Record Book.[17]

Receiving[edit]

Receptions[edit]

Receiving yards[edit]

Receiving touchdowns[edit]

Total offense[edit]

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[20]

Total offense yards[edit]

Total touchdowns[edit]

Defense[edit]

Interceptions[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Sacks[edit]

Kicking[edit]

Field goals made[edit]

Field goal percentage[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Career Leaders and Records for Receiving Yards". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Career Leaders and Records for Receptions". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Career Leaders and Records for Receiving Touchdowns". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Single Season Leaders and Records for Receptions". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Single Season Leaders and Records for Receiving Yards". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Single Season Leaders and Records for Receiving Touchdowns". Sports-Reference: College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Michigan's Jeremy Gallon Sets Big Ten Record for Most Receiving Yards in a Game". Bleacher Report. Bleacher Report, Inc./Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. October 19, 2013. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Michigan Football Record Book" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive Advanced Media. Retrieved July 28, 2014. 
  9. ^ "University of Michigan Football Annual Team Records". mgoblue.com. Retrieved October 8, 2011. 
  10. ^ "2015 Michigan Football Media Guide" (PDF). MGoBlue.com. Retrieved August 21, 2016. 
  11. ^ Northrop, Milt (December 7, 1994). "Delectable Subplots Await in Season's Homestretch". Buffalo News. 
  12. ^ "1887 Football Team". The Regents of the University of Michigan. March 31, 2007. 
  13. ^ "Big Ten Football: Individual Records (All Games)" (PDF). The Big Ten Conference. Retrieved December 5, 2007. 
  14. ^ a b c "No. 14 Michigan hangs on for 48-41 win over Indiana in 2OT". ESPN.com. November 14, 2015. 
  15. ^ a b "Devin Gardner, Jeremy Gallon set records in Michigan's shootout win". ESPN.com. October 19, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c "Ohio State surives whem Michigan's 2-point attempt fails". ESPN.com. November 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Michigan Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Michigan. 2011. p. 122. 
  18. ^ "NCAA Football's Finest" (PDF). NCAA. 2002. Retrieved May 4, 2012. (In 2002, the NCAA published "NCAA Football's Finest," researched and compiled by the NCAA Statistics Service. The compilers were able to find rushing statistics for only 17 of Heston's 36 games for Michigan.)
  19. ^ Paul Magoffin's total is for all touchdowns during the 1907 game against Michigan Agricultural College. No breakdown is readily available to determine whether any of his touchdowns were receiving touchdowns.
  20. ^ "Official 2007 NCAA Division I Football Record Book" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association. August 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 1, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2008. 
  21. ^ "Michigan's Denard Robinson caps stellar performance with winning TD". ESPN.com. September 11, 2010. 
  22. ^ "Denard Robinson scores with 17 seconds left as Michigan breaks Indiana". ESPN.com. October 2, 2010. 
  23. ^ "Michigan erases 10-point halftime deficit to beat Northwestern". ESPN.com. October 8, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Michigan scores with 2 seconds left, stuns Irish". ESPN.com. September 10, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Denard Robinson carries Michigan to hard-fought win over Air Force". ESPN.com. September 8, 2012. 
  26. ^ "Denard Robinson accounts for 4 TDs as No. 17 Michigan routs Umass". ESPN.com. September 15, 2012. 
  27. ^ "Denard Robinson leads Michigan in opening of bigger Big House". ESPN.com. September 4, 2010.