1953 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1953 Michigan Wolverines football
1953 Michigan Football Team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #19
AP #20
1953 record 6–3 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan (6th year)
MVP Tony Branoff
Captain Dick O'Shaughnessy
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1952 1954 »
1953 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan State § 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Illinois § 5 1 0     7 1 1
#15/14 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
#NR/20 Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
#20/19 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
#9/10 Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     3 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1953 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1953 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 26, 1953 Washington* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 50–0   44,086
October 3, 1953 Tulane* #4/NA Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 26–7   51,960
October 10, 1953 Iowa #5/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–13   49,551
October 17, 1953 Northwestern #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–12   64,420
October 24, 1953 at Minnesota #5/5 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 0–22   62,795
October 31, 1953 Penn*dagger #16/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–14   56,795
November 7, 1953 at #4/4 Illinois #17/NR Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il L 3–19   69,507
November 14, 1953 at #4/4 Michigan State Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 6–14   51,421
November 21, 1953 #NR/17 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–0   87,048
*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
Tony Branoff 100 501 5.0 5
Ted Kress 101 339 3.4 5
Bob Hurley 47 282 6.0 1

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Duncan McDonald 46 20 3 43.5 293 14.7 4 49
Lou Baldacci 51 21 6 41.2 285 13.6 1 36
Ted Kress 43 19 7 44.2 238 12.5 1 44

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Gene Topp 23 331 14.4 2 66
Gene Knutson 11 201 18.3 1 33
Tony Branoff 11 151 13.7 1 44

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Ted Kress 10 203 20.3 0 33
Tony Branoff 6 130 21.7 0 28

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Tony Branoff 8 90 11.3 0 18
Ted Kress 12 63 5.3 0 16

Players[edit]

Dick O'Shaughnessy, captain of the 1953 team
  • Lou Baldacci - started 9 games at quarterback
  • James Balog - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Richard Balzhiser[1] - started 9 games at fullback
  • Richard Beison - started 9 games at right guard
  • Tony Branoff - started 9 games at right halfback
  • Donald Dugger - started 9 games at left end
  • Gene Knutson - started 8 games at right end
  • Ted Kress - started 9 games at left halfback
  • John Morrow - started 4 games at center
  • Dick O'Shaughnessy - started 5 games at center
  • Dick Strozewski - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Gene Topp - started 8 games at left end, 1 game at right end
  • Jerry Williams - started 1 game at left end

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Oosterbaan lifted to players' shoulders after 20-0 win over Ohio State

References[edit]

  1. ^ Balzhiser was the first University of Michigan athlete to be inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

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