1968 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1968 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches #15
AP #12
1968 record 8–2 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bump Elliott (10th year)
MVP Ron Johnson
Captain Ron Johnson
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1967 1969 »
1968 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#1/1 Ohio State 7 0 0     10 0 0
#12/15 Michigan 6 1 0     8 2 0
#10/11 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
#NR/18 Minnesota 5 2 0     6 4 0
Indiana 4 3 0     6 4 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 5 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     5 5 0
Illinois 1 6 0     1 9 0
Northwestern 1 6 0     1 9 0
Wisconsin 0 7 0     0 10 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1968 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1968 college football season. Bump Elliott served as the team's head coach for his tenth and final season. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 21, 1968 California* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 7–21   71,386
September 28, 1968 at Duke* Wallace Wade StadiumDurham, NC W 31–10   25,000
October 5, 1968 Navy* Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 32–9   56,501
October 12, 1968 #12/NA Michigan State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–14   102,785
October 19, 1968 at #19/NR Indiana #18/18 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 27–22   51,951
October 26, 1968 Minnesotadagger #12/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 33–20   69,384
November 2, 1968 at Northwestern #9/10 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 35–0   40,101
November 9, 1968 Illinois #7/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 36–0   56,775
November 16, 1968 Wisconsin #4/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 34–9   51,117
November 23, 1968 at #2/2 Ohio State #4/4 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–50   85,371
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

  • James Banar, defensive tackle, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Tom Curtis, defensive halfback, junior, Aurora, Ohio - started all 10 games at left safety (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Thomas Doane, linebacker, junior, Wauseon, Ohio
  • Alan Francis, defensive guard, junior, Euclid, Ohio
  • Terry Frysinger, defensive tackle, senior, Ecorse, Michigan
  • Tom Goss, defensive tackle, senior, Knoxville, Tennessee - started all 10 games at left defensive tackle (also started 1 game at left tackle on offense)
  • Gerald "Jerry" Hartman, defensive halfback, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 4 games at left defensive halfback and 2 games at right safety
  • Brian Healy, defensive halfback, junior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 6 games at left defensive halfback (also started 1 game at quarterback on offense)
  • Henry Hill, defensive guard, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan - started 7 games at middle guard
  • George Hoey, defensive halfback, senior, Flint, Michigan - started all 10 games at right defensive halfback (also started 1 game at fullback and 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Marty Huff, linebacker, sophomore, Toledo, Ohio
  • Timothy Killian, linebacker, sophomore, Lincoln Park, Michigan
  • Jon E. Kramer, defensive end, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started 1 game at right defensive end
  • John Lynch, defensive back, freshman, Chicago, Illinois
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, sophomore, Alliance, Ohio
  • Gerald Miklos, defensive guard, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at middle guard (also started 1 game at center on offense)
  • Edward M. "Ed" Moore, linebacker, sophomore, Youngstown, Ohio - started all 10 games at linebacker (also started 1 game at right guard on offense)
  • Pete Newell, defensive end, sophomore, Park Ridge, Illinois
  • Daniel Parks, defensive tackle, sophomore, Birmingham, Michigan - started all 10 games at right defensive tackle (also started 1 game at right tackle on offense)
  • Barry Pierson, defensive halfback, junior, St. Ignace, Michigan
  • Cecil Pryor, linebacker, junior, Corpus Christi, Texas - started 8 games at right defensive end (also started 1 game at right end on offense)
  • Elijah Sansom, defensive halfback, senior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Phil Seymour, defensive end, junior, Berkley, Michigan - started all 10 games at left defensive end (also started 1 game at left end on offense)
  • Dennis Sirosky, linebacker, senior, Ecorse, Michigan
  • Tom Stincic, defensive end, senior, Cleveland, Ohio - started all 10 games at linebacker (also started 1 game at left guard on offense)
  • Robert Wedge, defensive halfback, senior, Port Huron, Michigan - started 8 games at right safety (also started 1 game at right halfback on offense)
  • Mark Werner, defensive halfback, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • James Wilhite, defensive guard, junior, Bay City, Michigan - started 1 game at right defensive end
  • Edwin Woolley, defensive end, junior, Pitman, New Jersey

Game notes[edit]

Duke[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Ron Johnson 255 1391 5.5 19 53
Garvie Craw 81 307 3.8 1 14
Dennis Brown 115 215 1.9 1 5

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Dennis Brown 229 109 10 47.6 1562 14.3 12 33
Don Moorhead 25 10 2 40.0 122 12.2 1 10

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Mandich 42 565 13.4 3 12
Bill Harris 16 369 23.1 4 69
Jerry Imsland 19 269 14.2 1 33

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
George Hoey 12 221 18.4 0 39
Ron Johnson 9 147 16.3 0 24
Lance Scheffler 3 69 23.0 0 48

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
George Hoey 19 238 12.5 0 63
Tom Curtis 8 49 6.1 0 21

Awards and honors[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book, Pt. 1
  2. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book, Pt. 1
  3. ^ William Dodd, born c. 1942, played fullback for Michigan in 1962 and 1963. He listed his hometown as Virden, Illinois. He coached high school football in Northlake, Illinois for two years and then became the freshman coach at Michigan in 1967 and 1968. In 1969, he became a backfield assistant at the University of Idaho, joining the staff of Y C McNease. See Spokane Daily Chronicle.
  4. ^ Robert "Bob" Shaw, a native of Clarion, Pennsylvania, was a football coach at Niles High School in Niles, Ohio. He became an assistant coach at Bucknell in 1967 before joining Bump Elliott's staff in 1968. See Youngstown Vindicator.

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