1949 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1949 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
AP #7
1949 record 6–2–1 (4–1–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan (2nd year)
MVP Dick Kempthorn
Captain Alvin Wistert
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1948 1950 »
1949 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Ohio State § 4 1 1     7 1 2
#7 Michigan § 4 1 1     6 2 1
#8 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     3 4 2
Iowa 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1949 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1949 college football season. The team's head coach was Bennie Oosterbaan. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium. The 3rd game of the season against Army was the first loss in 25 games.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 24, 1949 Michigan State* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 7–3   97,239
October 1, 1949 at Stanford* Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–7   87,123
October 8, 1949 #7 Army* #1 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–21   97,239
October 15, 1949 at Northwestern #7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 20–21   54,816
October 22, 1949 #3 Minnesotadagger #12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–7   97,239
October 29, 1949 at Illinois #6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 13–0   71,119
November 5, 1949 Purdue #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–12   95,207
November 12, 1949 Indiana #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–7   79,200
November 19, 1949 #7 Ohio State #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 7–7   97,239
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Statistical leaders[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Don Dufek 122 392 3.2 2
Chuck Ortmann 105 329 3.1 0
Leo Koceski 55 247 4.5 2

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Chuck Ortmann 126 45 3 35.7 627 13.9 2 51
Wally Teninga 32 8 4 25.0 62 7.8 1 16
Bill Putich 8 5 0 62.5 45 9.0 2 12

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Harry Allis 23 338 14.7 2 51
Irv Wisniewski 11 126 11.4 1 14
John Ghindia 8 77 9.6 0 16

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Leo Koceski 8 158 19.8 0 24
Chuck Ortmann 4 149 37.3 0 82

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Charlie Lentz 17 169 9.9 0 17
Wally Teninga 16 160 10.0 0 13

Players[edit]

  • Harry Allis, Flint, Michigan - started 9 games at left end; also placekicker and punter
  • James L. Atchinson, Cleveland, Ohio[1] - started 3 games at right tackle
  • Oswald V. Clark, Montclair, New Jersey[2] - started 2 games at right end
  • Don Dufek, Evanston, Illinois - started 2 games at fullback, 1 game at right halfback
  • Robert F. Erben, Akron, Ohio - started 6 games at center
  • John Ghindia, Ecorse, Michigan - started 7 games at quarterback
  • Lloyd A. Heneveld, Holland, Michigan[3] - started 3 games at left guard, 1 game at right guard
  • Allen M. Jackson, Dearborn, Michigan - started 4 games at left guard; later, wrote a watershed article for the Atlantic Monthly, "Too Much Football", decrying overemphasis of football in universities.
  • Thomas Johnson, Muskegon Heights, Michigan - started 3 games at left tackle
  • Dick Kempthorn, Canton, Ohio - started 7 games at fullback
  • Leo Koceski, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania - started 5 games at right halfback
  • Donald B. McClelland, Calumet, Michigan - started 8 games at right guard, 1 game at left guard
  • Tony Momsen - started 3 games at center
  • Chuck Ortmann, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - started 7 games at left halfback
  • Wally Teninga, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at right halfback
  • Robert Wahl, Oak Park, Illinois - started 4 games at right tackle
  • Irv Wisniewski, Lambertville, Michigan - started 7 games at right end, 2 games at right tackle
  • Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Illinois - started 6 games at left tackle

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ James L. Atchison, born March 19, 1927, died June 14, 2010, SSN issued Ohio, last address Roswell, Georgia
  2. ^ Oswald V. Clark, born November 18, 1927, died October 29, 2006, SSN issued New Jersey, last address Traverse City, Michigan
  3. ^ Lloyd A. Heneveld, born March 1, 1925, died November 24, 2000, SSN issued Michigan, last address Baldwin, Lake, Michigan

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