1951 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1951 Michigan Wolverines football
1951 Michigan Football Team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1951 record 4–5 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan (4th year)
MVP Don Peterson
Captain Bill Putich
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1950 1952 »
1951 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Illinois 5 0 1     9 0 1
#NR/14 Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8/8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1951 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1951 college football season. The team's head coach was Bennie Oosterbaan. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29, 1951 #2/NA Michigan State* #17/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 0–25   96,541
October 6, 1951 Stanford* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 13–23   54,824
October 13, 1951 Indiana Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 33–14   60,165
October 20, 1951 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 21–0   45,215
October 27, 1951 Minnesotadagger Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–27   83,060
November 3, 1951 at #3/2 Illinois #15/19 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il L 0–7   68,997
November 10, 1951 at Cornell* #NR/17 Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 7–20   33,752
November 17, 1951 Northwestern Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 0–6   57,634
November 24, 1951 #NR/14 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 7–0   93,411
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' 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 Peterson 152 549 3.6 4
Wes Bradford 64 348 5.4 2
Bill Putich 115 268 2.3 3

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Bill Putich 77 32 7 41.6 390 12.2 2 55
Don Peterson 13 6 3 46.1 184 30.7 1 43
Ted Topor 26 9 2 34.6 171 19.0 2 71

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Lowell Perry 16 395 24.7 3 71
Frederick Pickard 10 204 20.4 2 55
Ted Topor 9 81 9.0 0

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Bill Putich 3 88 29.3 0 36
Ted Topor 3 72 24.0 0 27
Don Oldham 3 52 17.3 0

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Lowell Perry 17 197 11.6 1 75
Bill Putich 11 71 6.5 0 0
Merritt Green 1 10 10.0 0 10

Players[edit]

  • Wes Bradford - started 6 games at right halfback
  • Donald Dugger - started 5 games at defensive left guard, 1 game at offensive left guard
  • Merritt Green - started 9 games at defensive left end
  • Tom Johnson - started 9 games at left tackle (offense and defense)
  • Peter Kinyon - started 7 games at offensive left guard, 1 game at offensive right guard
  • Don Oldham - started 7 games at defensive back, 1 game at left halfback
  • Dick O'Shaughnessy - started 9 games at center
  • Russ Osterman - started 9 games at defensive right end
  • Ben Pederson - started 8 games at right tackle
  • Lowell Perry - started 8 games at offensive left end, 1 game at right halfback, 3 games at safety
  • Don Peterson
  • Fred Pickard - started 8 games at offensive right end
  • Bill Putich - started 6 games at left halfback, 2 games at quarterback, 6 games at safety
  • Ralph Stribe[1] - started 7 games at offensive right tackle
  • Robert Timm - started 9 games at defensive right guard
  • David Tinkham - started 9 games at defensive back, 2 games at left halfback
  • Ted Topor - started 7 games at quarterback, 8 games at linebacker
  • Jim Wolter - started 8 games at offensive right guard, 1 game at offensive left guard
  • Roger Zatkoff - started 9 games at linebacker, 1 game at fullback

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ralph C. Stribe, Jr., born on March 12, 1928, died December 24, 2010. Graduated from UM 1953 with a degree in religion and ethics. Served as pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in Birmingham, Michigan, chairman of the general council of the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Alma College.
  2. ^ Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS". Chicago Daily Tribune. 

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