Photoshop Phriday: Sione Houma
The 2015 football season may have come to a close but I’m not done highlighting some of the players from this year’s campaign. Sione Houma is a graduating senior at Michigan who put in four years of hard work as a fullback and on special teams. For most offenses in the country a fullback would be just another run blocker who rarely if ever touches the ball. Not so with Jim Harbaugh at the helm. Under Brady Hoke from 2012-14 Houma saw playing time but had no carries and just two receptions. This season Houma hauled in eight receptions and carried the ball 43 times, scoring five touchdowns.
Houma made a habit this year of bulldozing through offensive lines for short but important gains, averaging just over 4 yards per carry. He scored a touchdown in the Citrus Bowl against Florida and demonstrated that when needed he had the moves to fool the defense. Along with defensive tackle Bryan Mone, Houma was born and raised in Utah and has Tongan heritage. What gave Houma the strength to bowl over several hundred pounds of defensive lineman? Certainly his skill and relentless work ethic helped, but one also has to give credit to his favorite maple oatmeal loaf (Photo credit Rob Foldy).