1956 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1956 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #7
AP #7
1956 record 7–2 (5–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan (9th year)
MVP Dick Hill
Captain Tom Maentz
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Iowa 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/9 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9/10 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15/NR Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1956 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1956 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, 1956 UCLA* #13/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 42–13   70,159
October 6, 1956 #2/2 Michigan State #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 0–9   101,001
October 13, 1956 #15/11 Army* #12/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 48–14   93,402
October 20, 1956 Northwestern #8/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 34–20   81,718
October 27, 1956 #NR/14 Minnesotadagger #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–20   85,566
November 3, 1956 at #7/8 Iowa #17/13 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 17–14   55,896
November 10, 1956 Illinois #10/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 17–7   75,735
November 17, 1956 Indiana #10/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–26   58,515
November 24, 1956 at #12/13 Ohio State #9/10 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 19–0   78,830
*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
Jim Pace 103 498 4.8 2
John Herrnstein 123 475 3.9 7
Terry Barr 60 366 6.1 6

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Bob Ptacek 23 15 2 65.2 245 16.3 3 25
Jim Van Pelt 33 15 1 45.5 221 14.7 1 37
Jim Maddock 42 19 3 45.2 213 11.2 0 18

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Ron Kramer 18 353 19.6 2 70
Jim Pace 7 155 22.1 0 37
Jim Maddock 5 79 15.8 1 23
Tom Maentz 6 70 11.7 0 17

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jim Pace 11 274 24.9 0 39
Jim Van Pelt 4 84 21.0 0 36

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Terry Barr 6 118 19.7 0 51
Ed Shannon 7 38 5.4 0 9
Bob Ptacek 6 36 6.0 0 12

Players[edit]

Varsity letter winners[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Captain: Tom Maentz
  • All-Americans: Ron Kramer
  • All-Conference: Ron Kramer
  • Most Valuable Player: Dick Hill
  • Meyer Morton Award: John Herrnstein
  • John Maulbetsch Award: John Herrnstein

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

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