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Posted on Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 6:32 p.m.

Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree breaks the single-game receiving yardage mark

By Michael Rothstein


Michigan receiver Roy Roundtree heads upfield for his second touchdown of the first half on Saturday.

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Standing outside Crisler Arena, Sheila Roundtree stood patiently while watching her son, Roy, sign autographs for fans, take pictures with others and talk to a reporter.

As she watched, she wasn’t completely sure what Roy Roundtree did the Michigan football team's 67-65 triple overtime victory against Illinois on Saturday. Naturally, she's seen son a redshirt sophomore receiver for Michigan, have big games before.

But this? She had to hear it from her son to really believe it.

“We didn’t know he did anything,” Sheila said. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. I heard that he broke a record, but I haven’t got a chance to talk to him to say ‘What record did you break?’”

Before Saturday, no Michigan receiver ever had a 200-yard day. Then Roy Roundtree obliterated it, catching nine passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

The 246 yards receiving smashed the previous record of 197 yards by tight end Jack Clancy on Sept. 17, 1966. It was the oldest standing individual single-game record in Michigan history until Roundtree's day.

A 200-yard day? Braylon Edwards never did that. Neither did Derrick Alexander. David Terrell and Desmond Howard never came close.

Even for Roundtree, this was different. He’d done similar things in high school in Trotwood, Ohio, but never at Michigan. Never on national television with a nation watching and his team needing a big day from him to clinch bowl eligibility for the first time since 2007.

“It’s crazy to see what I got today,” Roundtree said. “200 yards and more is a lot, and (those) are some great guys, Braylon Edwards. And just to see what I did today, just got to keep making me hungry.”

When his day started, hunger was an issue. Roundtree woke up at the team hotel Saturday morning and his first thought was about food.

So he went to the team breakfast. He ate. Then on Michigan’s first play, he shook his defender and ran wide open. Quarterback Denard Robinson hit him and 75 yards later, his big day began.

“Last year, when I got hauled down (versus Illinois), I just thought ‘Man, I’ve got the ball, I have to score,’” Roundtree said. “When I saw it wide open like that, I said ‘There ain’t nobody catching me today.’”

No one did, at least statistically.

By halftime, Roundtree realized he might be having a different type of day. He kept getting open and that he had deep passes coming his way.

“I was like ‘Roy, can we get some,’” junior wide receiver Junior Hemingway joked. “But I told him to keep doing that.”

It happened, in some ways, because of design. Michigan’s outside receivers ran deep routes. It opened the middle of the field for Roundtree to play single coverage. This was something Michigan saw on film earlier in the week.

On Saturday, in the midst of a game unlike any other in Michigan history with its offensive production, it showed.

And even though mom didn’t know what her son did, she wasn’t surprised it was possible.

“I’ve been watching him forever,” Sheila said. “So I’m used to it.

“One exceptional play after another.”

And one record for Roy Roundtree to call his own.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan basketball for He can be reached at (734) 623-2558, by e-mail at or follow along on Twitter @mikerothstein



Sun, Nov 7, 2010 : 5:23 p.m.

Individual Records are good, but winning the Big Ten and National championship is better than any indv record.


Sun, Nov 7, 2010 : 10:17 a.m.

BleedMazenBlue, Thanks for the correction. I think we will see lots of records fall and reset in the next few years. Bo Blue!


Sun, Nov 7, 2010 : 7:10 a.m.

Fabulous extraordinary (team) effort! A great win. This time last year I sat in the Caesars Sports Bar (Canada) to watch the Michigan Illinois game. Filled with Michigan fans sporting their Michigan paraphernalia, by half time these same fans were leaving the bar and returning without any semblance that they were anyway affiliated with Michigan. Simply stated, they and I were humiliated by a horrible offensive effort. Thanks Denard, Tate and Roy and TEAM; redemption is sweet! That said, how many more late and or illegal hits must Denard suffer as officials choose to turn their heads to these obvious infractions?

Rod Johnson

Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 7:29 p.m.

Good to know that he was hungry, so he went to breakfast and ate.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 7:29 p.m.

Jarhead I loved what you said, but here is a correction. No receiver has topped the 200 yard mark until today. In 1966 that receiver "only" got 196 yards.


Sat, Nov 6, 2010 : 6:23 p.m.

Seriously? Not since 1966 has a reciever broken the 200 yard mark? Bo switched to the pro-set and "stand in the pocket" passers way back in like 1980. (Michael Taylor,who I thought was great, was our last mobile QB) So for two decades and with pro-set, no one broke that? HMMMM. And lots said that we wont be able to recruit good receivers 'cause the spread is run orientated. Maybe the spread is way more balanced than we were led to believe. Maybe the spread really does take advantage of the def's weeknesses from game to game. HMMMM!