The 10 best tight ends in the history of Michigan Football. The list starts below with #10 Tony McGee and continues on to #1. If you don’t agree with the list or think we’ve left a deserving player off, leave a comment and let us know what you think.
#10 – Tony McGee: McGee blossomed in his senior season at Michigan when he caught 38 passes for 467 yards and 6 touchdowns. McGee saved his best game for last. In the 1993 Rose Bowl McGee caught 6 passes for 117 yards and 2 TDs.
#8 – Derrick Walker: Walker was also an outstanding blocker. He caught 33 passes for 446 yards and 5 touchdowns in his Michigan career. Walker was drafted in the 6th round of the 1990 NFL Draft and enjoyed a nine year career in the league.
He tallied 74 receptions, 706 yards and 3 touchdowns as a Wolverine. As a senior Riemersma caught 41 passes.
#6 – Sim Nelson: At the time he finished his Michigan career, Sim Nelson ranked 5th in school history with 84 career receptions. During his career, Nelson led the Wolverines in receptions and receiving yards in back-to-back seasons (1983 and ’84). In 1983, Nelson hauled in 41 receptions for 494 yards and 3 touchdowns. He followed that up in 1984 with 40 receptions for 459 yards and 3 TDs.
Nelson was named All-Big Ten honorable mention in 1983
#5 – Bennie Joppru: Joppru had a monster senior season in which he set a Michigan record for receptions by a tight end with 53 for 579 yards and 5 touchdowns. He was selected as an All American that season. Joppru finished his Michigan career with 85 catches for 800 yards and 8 TDs.
Joppru was selected in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.
#4 – Jerame Tuman: Tuman was a prolific receiving tight end at Michigan. He was a three time All Big Ten selection. During Michigan’s 1997 National Championship season Tuman was selected as an All American. In his career Tuman totaled 98 receptions, 1279 yards, and 13 touchdowns.
#3 – Jack Clancy: The debate will rage as to whether Clancy should be counted as a tight end or a wide receiver. If you open up Michigan’s record book you will find under the tight end receiving records that Clancy has the most career receptions by a Michigan tight end with 132. He played for Michigan at a time when the tight end position was still evolving (1963-66). We will count him with the tight ends here. Along with the most receptions by a tight end Clancy has the most career receiving yards by a Michigan tight end with 1,919. He was a 1966 All American selection. He played with the Miami Dolphins and caught 67 passes his rookie year.
#2 – Jim Mandich: Mandich was a great receiving tight end and a great blocking tight end. He was elected team captain in 1969 and was also the team MVP that year, as well as an All American. Mandich caught 119 passes for 1494 yards and 7 touchdowns in his 3 year career at Michigan.
Mandich was selected in the second round of the 1970 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
#1 – Ron Kramer: Kramer was a nine time letterman at Michigan (3 each in football, basketball, and track). Kramer was a two-time consensus All American (1955, 56) and his jersey number 87 is one of only 5 retired numbers at Michigan. In his career Kramer caught 53 passes for 880 yards and 8 touchdowns. Kramer played in the NFL for Vince Lomardi and the Green Bay Packers and was the first in a new breed of tight ends.
Sports Illustrated selected Kramer as the TE on Michigan’s All Time Team.
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