1958 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1958 Michigan Wolverines football
1958 Michigan football team.jpg
Conference Big Ten Conference
1958 record 2–6–1 (1–5–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bennie Oosterbaan (11th season)
MVP Bob Ptacek
Captain John Herrnstein
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1957
1959 →
1958 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Iowa $ 5 1 0     8 1 1
No. 7 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
No. 8 Ohio State 4 1 2     6 1 2
No. 13 Purdue 3 1 2     6 1 2
Indiana 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 4 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 1 5 1     2 6 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     1 8 0
Michigan State 0 5 1     3 5 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1958 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1958 Big Ten Conference football season. In its 11th and final year under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan compiled a 2–6–1 record (1–5–1 against conference opponents), finished in eighth place in the Big Ten, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 211 to 132.[1][2]

The team got off to a promising start with a 20–19 victory over USC and a 12–12 tie with a Michigan State team that was ranked No. 2 in the Coaches Poll. After two games, Michigan was ranked No. 12 in the Coaches Poll. The team then lost six of its final seven games. Bennie Oosterbaan resigned after the 1958 season.

Fullback John Herrnstein was the team captain, and quarterback Bob Ptacek received the team's most valuable player award.[2] The team's statistical leaders included Bob Ptacek with 763 passing yards, left halfback Darrell Harper with 309 rushing yards, and left end Gary Prahst with 313 receiving yards.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 27 USC* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan W 20–19   76,603
October 4 at No. 4/2 Michigan State No. 16/15 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, Michigan (Paul Bunyan Trophy) T 12–12   75,071
October 11 No. 12/13 Navy* No. 14/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan L 14–20   80,756
October 18 at No. 17/19 Northwestern No. 19/19 Dyche StadiumEvanston, Illinois L 24–55   34,852
October 25 Minnesotadagger Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Little Brown Jug) W 20–19   72,591
November 1 No. 2/1 Iowa Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan L 14–37   68,918
November 8 Illinois Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan (Series) L 8–21   58,608
November 15 Indiana Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, Michigan L 6–8   47,590
November 22 at No. 11/9 Ohio State Ohio StadiumColumbus, Ohio (Rivalry) L 14–20   79,771
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Sources: SR/College Football,[1] Bentley Historical Library[2]

Statistical leaders[edit]

Michigan's individual statistical leaders for the 1958 season include those listed below.[3][4]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Darrell Harper 55 309 5.6 2
Brad Myers 82 202 2.5 3
Fred Julian 45 180 4.0 0

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Bob Ptacek 115 65 9 56.5 760 11.7 3 37
Stan Noskin 29 13 1 44.8 204 15.7 1 33
Darrell Harper 14 8 0 57.1 131 16.4 0 56

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Gary Prahst 22 313 14.2 2 37
Brad Myers 17 169 9.9 0 35
Darrell Harper 13 137 10.5 1 36

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Brad Myers 8 173 21.6 0 29
Bob Ptacek 6 134 22.3 0 41
Fred Julian 5 88 17.6 0 25

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Bob Ptacek 8 73 9.1 0 19
Brad Myers 7 63 9.0 0 20
Darrell Harper 5 33 6.6 0 15

Players[edit]

The starting lineup of the 1958 football team was made up of the following players. Players who started at least four games are shown with their names in bold.[2]

  • Jared Bushong – started 1 game at right tackle
  • Alex Callahan – started 9 games at left guard
  • Donald R. Deskins – started 8 games at right tackle
  • James Dickey – started 9 games at center
  • George Genyk – started 9 games at left tackle
  • Darrell Harper – started 3 games at left halfback
  • John Herrnstein – started 3 games at fullback
  • Fred Julian – started 9 games at right halfback
  • Walter Johnson – started 9 games at right end
  • Jerry Marcinak – started 9 games at right guard
  • Brad Myers – started 6 games at left halfback
  • Gary Prahst – started 9 games at left end
  • Bob Ptacek – started 9 games at quarterback
  • Tony Rio – started 2 games at fullback
  • Gene Sisinyak – started 4 games at fullback

Other players on the team included the following:

Awards and honors[edit]

Team honors and awards for the 1958 season went to the following individuals.[2]

  • Captain: John Herrnstein
  • Most Valuable Player: Bob Ptacek
  • Meyer Morton Award: Dick Syring
  • John Maulbetsch Award: John Walker

Coaching staff[edit]

Michigan's 1958 coaching, training, and support staff included the following persons.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1958 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1958 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "1958 Michigan Wolverines Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 6, 2017. (statistics retrieved by entering "1958" in the box for "Games & Totals by Season" and then, at the next screen, choosing "Display Season Totals")