1963 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1963 Michigan Wolverines football
Conference Big Ten Conference
1963 record 3–4–2 (2–3–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bump Elliott (5th season)
MVP Tom Keating
Captain Joe O'Donnell
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1962
1964 →
1963 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Illinois $ 5 1 1     8 1 1
No. 9 Michigan State 4 1 1     6 2 1
Ohio State 4 1 1     5 3 1
Purdue 4 3 0     5 4 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     5 4 0
Wisconsin 3 4 0     5 4 0
Michigan 2 3 2     3 4 2
Iowa 2 3 1     3 3 2
Minnesota 2 5 0     3 6 0
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1963 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1963 Big Ten Conference football season. In its fifth year under head coach Bump Elliott, Michigan compiled a 3–4–2 record (2–3–2 against conference opponents), tied for fifth place in the Big Ten, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 131 to 127.[1]

The highlight of the season was an upset victory over No. 2 Illinois led by Dick Butkus; the game was the only loss suffered by the 1963 Illinois team.[2]

Left guard Joe O'Donnell was the team captain and was selected by the Associated Press as a first-team guard on the 1963 All-Big Ten Conference football team.[3][4] Left tackle Tom Keating received the team's most valuable player award and was selected as a first-team All-Big Ten player by the United Press International.[3][5]

The team's statistical leaders included Bob Timberlake with 593 passing yards, Mel Anthony with 394 rushing yards and 30 points scored, and John Henderson with 330 receiving yards.[6]

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponent#SiteResultAttendanceSource
September 28SMUW 27–1663,659[7]
October 5 No. 6 Navy
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
L 13–2655,877
October 12Michigan State (Paul Bunyan Trophy)
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
T 7–7101,450[8]
October 19Purdue
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
L 12–2345,557
October 26at Minnesota (Little Brown Jug)L 0–662,107
November 2Northwestern
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 27–651,088
November 9at No. 2 Illinois (series)W 14–855,810[9]
November 16Iowa
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
T 21–2146,582
November 30Ohio State (rivalry)
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
L 10–1436,424[10]
  • #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Statistical leaders[edit]

Michigan's individual statistical leaders for the 1963 season include those listed below.[6][11]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Mel Anthony 103 394 3.8 5
Bob Timberlake 98 228 2.3 1
Dick Rindfuss 58 211 3.6 3

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD
Bob Timberlake 98 47 4 48.0 593 12.6 3
Bob Chandler 33 16 2 48.5 216 13.5 3
Forest Evashevski, Jr. 23 12 3 52.2 154 12.8 1

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
John Henderson 27 330 12.2 4 10
Craig Kirby 13 166 12.8 0 24
Jim Conley 6 114 19.0 1 33

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jack Clancy 9 221 24.6 0 33
Harvey Chapman 2 62 31.0 0
Dick Rindfuss 4 56 14.0 0 23

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jack Clancy 10 105 10.5 0 15
Dick Rindfuss 11 96 8.7 0 4
Richard Wells 4 25 6.3 0

Points scored[edit]

Player Touchdowns Field goals Extra points Points scored
Mel Anthony 5 0 0 30
John Henderson 4 0 0 24
Dick Rindfuss 3 0 0 18

Players[edit]

Starters[edit]

The starting lineup of the 1963 football team was made up of the following players:[3]

  • Mel Anthony - started 3 games at fullback
  • Tom Cecchini - started 4 games at center
  • Jack Clancy - started 9 games at left halfback
  • Jim Conley - started 7 games at left end
  • Chuck Dehlin - started 2 games at fullback
  • Richard Hahn - started 6 games at right guard
  • John Henderson - started 3 games at right end
  • John Houtman - started 1 game at right tackle
  • Tom Keating - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Craig Kirby - started 2 games at left end
  • Bill Laskey - started 6 games at right end
  • John Marcum - started 3 games at right guard
  • Joe O'Donnell - started 9 games at left guard
  • Brian Patchen - started 5 games at center
  • Dick Rindfuss - started 9 games at right halfback
  • Wayne Sparkman - started 4 games at fullback
  • Bob Timberlake - started 9 games at quarterback
  • Bill Yearby - started 8 games at right tackle

Other letter winners[edit]

Other players who received varsity letters for their participation on the 1963 football team are:[12]

  • Dennis Alix, quarterback
  • Robert Chandler, quarterback
  • Harvey Chapman, Jr., halback
  • William Dodd, halfback
  • Forest Evashevski, Jr., quarterback
  • Ben Farabee, end
  • James Green, center
  • Jeffrey Hoyne, end
  • David Kovacevich, guard
  • David Kurtz, guard
  • Gerald Mader, tackle
  • Thomas Pritchard, quarterback
  • Richard Ries, guard
  • John Rowser, halfback
  • Charles Ruzicka, tackle
  • Stephen Smith, end
  • Richard Szymanski, center
  • Richard Wells, halfback
  • Paul Woodward, guard

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Captain: Joe O'Donnell[3]
  • All-Big Ten: Tom Keating, Joe O'Donnell[3][4][5]
  • Most Valuable Player: Tom Keating[3]
  • Meyer Morton Award: Tom Keating[3]
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Rick Sygar[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1963 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  2. ^ Lyall Smith (November 10, 1963). "Michigan KOs Illinois, 14 to 8". Detroit Free Press – via Newspapers.com. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "1963 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Reilly Selected for Big Ten First Team" (PDF). The Daily Iowan. November 30, 1983. p. 4. 
  5. ^ a b Ed Sainsbury (November 29, 1963). "Butkus, Eller Near Unanimous Choices for Big Ten All Stars". The Daily Register (Harrisburg, Illinois). p. 9. 
  6. ^ a b "1963 Michigan Wolverines Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
  7. ^ Bob Pille (September 29, 1963). "M Bowls Over SMU". Detroit Free Press. p. 1B, 2B – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ Bob Pille (October 13, 1963). "Wolverines, MSU Tie One On, 7-7". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 6D – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ Lyall Smith (November 10, 1963). "Michigan KOs Illinois, 14 to 8". Detroit Free Press. p. 1D, 3D – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ Jack Berry (December 1, 1963). "Buckeye Rally Trips M, 14-10". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 3D – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Retrieved November 5, 2017. (statistics retrieved by entering "1963" in the box for "Games & Totals by Season" and then, at the next screen, choosing "Display Season Totals")
  12. ^ "Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Football Rosters (1963)". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 5, 2017.