Here we rank the best kickers in Michigan Football history, starting at #10.
#10 – Mike Lantry: He made 21 field goals in his Michigan career (1972-74) including two 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.
#9 – Hayden Epstein: Connected on 26 field goals in his Michigan career (1998-01) which is ninth on the Michigan’s all-time list. Epstein’s four field goals over 50 yards are the most in school history. He also banged in eight career field goals of 40 yards or better. Epstein’s career field goal percentage is 61.9% ranks 15th in school history.
#8 – Jay Feely: A member of Michigan’s 1997 National Championship team, Feely made two field goals that season as he shared kicking duties with Kraig Baker. In 1998, Feely made 17 field goals, which ties him for the eighth most in a single season at Michigan. His career 76.9 field goal percentage ranks fifth on Michigan’s all-time list. Feely kicked in the NFL for 14 years.
#7 – Ali-Haji Sheikh: Sheikh made 31 field goals in his Michigan career (1979-82) which ranks seventh on Michigan’s all-time list. Sheikh set the school record in 1982 when he booted seven field goals of over 40 yards. He once made 76 consecutive PATs which is the fourth best streak in school history. Sheikh converted 11 field goals of 40+ yards in his career, which is tied for second in school history.
#6 – JD Carlson: Carlson nailed 39 field goals in his Michigan career (1989-91) which is the fifth best total in school history. His career field goal percentage of 68.4 is good for 12th on the Michigan’s 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 one 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. Carlson is the only kicker in school history to kick five field goals in a game and to also kick four field goals in game.
#5 – Bob Bergeron: His career field goal percentage of 82.9 is a school record. He made three field goals over 50 yards in his career. Bergeron kicked a 45 yard game-winning field goal with eight seconds left in Michigan’s 1983 win over Iowa. He ranks eighth in school history with 29 made field goals.
#4 – Kenny Allen: Allen’s 82.2% conversion rate on field goals is second all-time in school history behind Bob Bergeron (82.9%). His 37 career field goals is the sixth highest total in Michigan Football history. In 2016, Allen joined an exclusive club with Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, as the only players in school history to lead the team in punting average and to score at least 100 points in the same season. Allen is the only kicker in Michigan’s history to post two seasons of 100 or more points. He joins Harmon and Anthony Thomas as the only Wolverines to ever accomplish that feat.
Allen successfully converted all 99 of his point after attempts during his career. He was a third-team All-Big Ten selection in 2015 and was an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016.
#3 – Garrett Rivas: A four-year kicker, Rivas set the school record with 64 made field goals in his career. Rivas owns a career field goal percentage of 78.0 which is third on the all-time list at Michigan. 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
#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 to give Michigan a 20-17 victory. Gillette made 57 field goals in his Michigan career (1985-88) which ranks third in school history. Against Minnesota in 1988 Gillette connected on five field goals and is one of only three kickers in school history to accomplish that feat.
During Michigan’s 1988 victory over Michigan State, Gillette ran a fake punt 40 yards for a touchdown. Gillette converted 13 field goals of 40 yards or more during his Michigan career, which is tied for the school record. He also made two 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. In 1988 Gillette was a first-team All-Big Ten selection.
#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 school record for most field goals in a season with 25 in 1994. He is also tied for second on the single season list with 19 made field goals (1995). Hamilton had three games with four made field goals; all three of those games were in the 1994 season. Hamilton’s career field goal percentage of 76.8 ranks sixth in school history. Hamilton converted 63 field goals in his career which ranks second on the all-time list at Michigan. Hamilton set a school record when he connected on 14 consecutive field goals in 1996.
Honorable mentions: Frank Steketee, Jeff Del Verne, Bob Wood
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