1941 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1941 Michigan Wolverines football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #5
1941 record 6–1–1 (3–1–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Fritz Crisler (4th year)
Offensive scheme Single-wing formation
MVP Reuben Kelto
Captain Bob Westfall
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1940 1942 »
1941 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1 Minnesota 5 0 0     8 0 0
#5 Michigan 3 1 1     6 1 1
#13 Ohio State 3 1 1     6 1 1
#11 Northwestern 4 2 0     5 3 0
Wisconsin 3 3 0     3 5 0
Iowa 2 4 0     3 5 0
Purdue 1 3 0     2 5 1
Indiana 1 3 0     2 6 0
Illinois 0 5 0     2 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1941 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1941 college football season. The 1941 team compiled a record of 6–1–1 and was ranked No. 5 in the final Associated Press poll.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result Attendance
September 27, 1941 Michigan State* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 19–7   66,389
October 4, 1941 Iowa Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 6–0   29,807
October 11, 1941 Pittsburgh* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 40–0   33,848
October 18, 1941 at #5 Northwestern #6 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 14–7   43,264
October 25, 1941 #1 Minnesotadagger #3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 0–7   84,658
November 1, 1941 at Illinois #7 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL W 20–0   31,554
November 15, 1941 at Columbia* #7 Baker FieldNew York, NY W 28–0   31,181
November 22, 1941 #14 Ohio State #7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 20–20   84,581
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Players[edit]

Varsity letter winners[edit]

Non-starters[edit]

  • John G. Allerdice,[7] halfback, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ralph H. Amstutz,[8] guard, Oak Park, IL
  • Harry F. Anderson, guard, Chicago, IL
  • James J. Brown, halfback, St. Ignace, MI
  • Norman D. Call,[9] halfack, Norwalk, OH
  • Harrison H. Caswell,[10] tackle, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Otto E. Chady,[11] end, Highland Park, Mich.
  • Fred Dawley, quarterback, Detroit, MI
  • Theodore E. Denise, tackle, Lansing, MI
  • Walter B. Freihofer,[12] end, Indianapolis, IN
  • John J. Greene, quarterback, Pittsburgh, PA
  • James Grissen, fullback, Holland, MI
  • John F. Harrigan, quarterback, Detroit MI
  • Charles J. Haslam, quarterback, Duluth, MN
  • George H. Hildebrandt, tackle, Hamburg, NY
  • Joseph Joseph, fullback, Highland Park, MI
  • Charles F. Kennedy, halfback, Van Wert, OH
  • Theodore Kennedy, center, Saginaw, MI
  • William E. Kuyper, tackle, Newtonville, MA
  • William M. MacConnachie, end, Upper Mt. Clair, NJ
  • William J. MacDougall, tackle, Highland Park, MI
  • Robert L. McFaddin, center, Detroit
  • Austin S. Miller, fullback, Mt. Pleasant, MI
  • Robert L. Morrison, halfback, Minocqua, WI
  • Jack Petoskey, end, Dearborn, MI
  • Bill Pritula, center, Detroit
  • Reino J. Romo,[13] halfback, Bessemer, MI
  • Vincent C. Secontine, tackle, Detroit
  • Robert W. Shemky,[14] end, Crystal Falls, MI
  • Ray B. Sowers, halfback, Bay City, MI
  • Robert P. Stenberg, fullback, Chicago
  • Alfred S. Thomas, halfback, Detroit
  • Angelo E. Trogan,[15] guard, Saginaw, MI
  • Clifford C. Wise, halfback, Grand Haven, MI
  • Louis K. Woytek, center

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Touchdowns Extra points Field goals Points
Tom Kuzma 8 0 0 48
Bob Westfall 7 0 0 42
William Melzow 0 12 0 12
Harlin Fraumann 2 0 0 12
David M. Nelson 1 0 0 6
Don Robinson 1 0 0 6
Donald Boor 1 0 0 6
Harold Lockard 1 0 0 6
Joe Rogers 1 0 0 6
Robert Ingalls 0 3 0 3

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching and training staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald Boor, born July 16, 1920, died June 1985, SSN issued Michigan, last address Northville, Michigan
  2. ^ Robert L. Flora, born in Muskegon, Michigan, November 23, 1915. Served in WWII from 1942 to 1945. He coached football at Washington State and the University of Iowa and wa assistant athletic director at Iowa under Forrest Evashevski. He later served as an assistant coach at Michigan State under Biggy Munn. He last worked as athletic facilities director at the University of Michigan. He died in an automobile accident on December 4, 2007, near St. Ignace, Michigan.
  3. ^ Harlin E. Fraumann, born March 3, 1919, died December 2, 2006, last residence Clinton, Michigan
  4. ^ Harold Lockard, February 7, 1920, died February 1971, SSN issued Ohio
  5. ^ William Melzow, born December 6, 1919, died September 30, 2001, last address, Holt, Michigan
  6. ^ Philip E. Sharpe, born July 17, 1921, died September 1, 2005, SSN issued Ohio, last address Seattle, Washington
  7. ^ John G. Allerdice was the son of Yost era star Dave Allerdice. He transferred to Princeton in the fall of 1941.
  8. ^ Ralph Howard Amstutz, born in Chicago and graduated from Oak Park/River Forest High School. He lived in Naples, Floria, and had previously lived at Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He was the vice president of engineering for Schick Electric in Lancaster. He was also a real estate developer in Lancaster. He died November 5, 2007, at age 85.
  9. ^ Norman D. Call. Graduated from Norwalk High School in 1938. Served as an ensign in the Coast Guard after attending Michigan. He died in 1944 while helping rescue a navy destroyer that had been torpedoed by a German U-boat off the coast of North Carolina. He was inducted into the Norwalk Hall of Fame in 2003.
  10. ^ Harrison H. Caswell, Jr., born May 2, 1921, died December 7, 1996. Buried at Bethlehem Cemetery in Ann Arbor.
  11. ^ Otto E. Chady, born January 2, 1921, died June 17, 2009. He was a resident of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania.
  12. ^ Walter B. Freihofer, born May 26, 2012 at Albany, New York. He grew up in Indianapolis and attended Shortridge High School. He served in the U.S. Army in Europe during WWII. He practiced law in Grand Rpaids for over 50 years. He was also Kentwood City Attorney for over 20 years. He died May 26, 2012.
  13. ^ Reino J Romo, born on July 25, 1921, died on February 13, 1994.
  14. ^ Robert Shemky was from Crystal Falls, Michigan. He coached St. Joseph's (Ind.) College to an NAIA national football championship in the 1950s. He was inducted into the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.
  15. ^ Angelo E. Trogan, born August 22, 1920, died July 30, 1973. Buried Mount Olivet Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan.

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