Here we rank the best kickers in the history of Michigan Football.
#11 – Mike Lantry: He made 21 field goals in his Michigan career (1972-74) including 2 over 50 yards. Lantry kicked the first field goal of 50 yards or more in school history in Michigan’s 1973 game against Stanford. In 1972 Lantry kicked a 30 yard game winning field goal with one second left against Purdue. He will probably be best remembered for missing two field goals in the final minute of Michigan’s 1973 10-10 tie with Ohio State. In his senior year with Michigan trailing Ohio State 12-10 and16 second left in the game he missed a 33 yard field goal.
#10 – Hayden Epstein: Connected on 26 field goals in his Michigan career (1998-01) which is 7th on the All Time list. Epstein’s 4 field goals over 50 yards are the most in school history. He also banged in 8 career field goals of 40 yards or better. Epstein’s career field goal percentage is 61.9% Epstein had a short stint in the NFL in 2002.
#9 – Jay Feely: A member of Michigan’s 1997 National Championship team, Feely made two field goals in 1997 as he shared the duties with Kraig Baker. In 1998 Feely made 17 field goals, which ties him for the 7th most in a single season at Michigan. His career 76.9 field goal percentage ranks 4th on the All Time list. Feely has been kicking in the NFL since 2001 and was a Pro Bowl alternate in 2005.
#8 – Ali-Haji Sheikh: Sheikh made 31 field goals in his Michigan career (1979-82) which ranks 5th on the All Time list. Sheikh set the school record in 1982 when he made 7 field goals of over 40 yards. He once made 76 consecutive PATs which is the second best streak in school history. Sheikh made eleven 40 plus yard field goals in his career which is tied for second in school history. Sheikh played in the NFL for three years with the New York Giants.
#7 – Bob Bergeron: His career field goal percentage of 82.9 is a school record. He made 3 field goals over 50 yards in his career. Bergeron kicked a 45 yard game winning field goal with 8 seconds left in the game in Michigan’s 1983 win over Iowa. He ranks 6th in school history with 29 made field goals.
#6 – Garrett Rivas: A four year kicker, Rivas set the school record with 64 career made field goals. Rivas owns a career field goal percentage of 78.0 which is second on the All Time list. He connected on 13 field goals of over 40 yards in his career which is tied for the school record. Rivas kicked a game winning 33 yard field goal in Michigan’s 31 point comeback win at Minnesota in 2003. Rivas finished his career as Michigan’s All Time leading scorer.
#5 – Tom Harmon: The 1940 Heisman winner, Harmon literally did it all for Michigan and that including kicking. He led the nation in scoring twice during his career in which he kicked 33 PATs and 2 field goals.
#4 – Frank Steketee: An outstanding all around player, Steketee was an excellent kicker during his Michigan career (1918, 1920-21). In the book Champions of the West they provide this account; “As a result of his prodigious field goals, Stek is given credit for Michigan victories over Syracuse, Illinois and Minnesota. In that game against the Orangeman, he intercepted a pass, ran for a touchdown and kicked three field goals.”
#3 – JD Carlson: Carlson nailed 39 field goals in his Michigan career (1989-91) which is the 4th best total in school history. His career field goal percentage of 68.4 is good for 9th on the All Time list. Carlson owns the Michigan record for making 126 consecutive PATs. In the 1990 showdown with Ohio State Carlson kicked a 37 yard game winning field goal as time expired. The kick earned Michigan a share of the Big Ten title. He also connected on a 24 yard game winning field goal with 1 second left in Michigan’s 1989 win at UCLA. In 1989 Carlson set the school record when he connected on 92.9% of his field goal attempts.
#2 – Mike Gillette: In 1986 Iowa and Michigan were both undefeated when they met in Ann Arbor. Gillette nailed a 34 yard field goal as time expired and Michigan won 20-17. Gillette made 57 field goals in his Michigan career (1985-88) which ranks third in school history. Against Minnesota in 1988 Gillette connected on 5 field goals and is one of only 3 kickers in school history to accomplish that feat. He also made 2 field goals over 50 yards in his career; a 53 yarder against Iowa in that 1986 game and a 56 yarder at Ohio State in 1988
#1 – Remy Hamilton: Michigan’s only All American kicker, Hamilton’s biggest kick was a 42 yard game winner at Notre Dame as time expired in 1994. Hamilton owns the record for most field goals in a season with 25 in 1994. He also is tied for second on the single season list with 19 field goals in 1995. Hamilton has 3 games with 4 made field goals; all 3 of those games were in the 1994 season. Hamilton’s career field goal percentage of 76.8 ranks 5th in school history. Hamilton made 63 field goals in his career which ranks second on the All Time list. Hamilton set a school record when he connected on 14 consecutive field goals in 1996
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