1970 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1970 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 9
1970 record9–1 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (2nd season)
MVPHenry Hill, Don Moorhead
CaptainHenry Hill
CaptainDon Moorhead
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
No. 9 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1970 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1970 Big Ten Conference football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan entered the season knowing it could not play in a bowl game due to two Big Ten rules in place. First, no Big Ten team could play in any bowl except the Rose Bowl, a rule which would not be repealed until 1975. Second, no team could represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl in consecutive seasons. That rule was repealed for the 1972 season.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 19Arizona*No. 8/NAW 20–980,386
September 26at No. NR/19 Washington*No. 10/10W 17–357,500
October 3Texas A&M*No. 9/9
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 14–1071,732
October 10at PurdueNo. 7/8W 29–069,022
October 17Michigan StateNo. 6/7
W 34–20103,580
October 24MinnesotadaggerNo. 5/7
W 39–1383,496
October 31at WisconsinNo. 5/7W 29–1572,389
November 7IllinoisNo. 5/6
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (series)
W 42–070,781
November 14IowaNo. 5/5
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 55–066,189
November 21at No. 5/4 Ohio StateNo. 4/5ABCL 9–2087,331

Season summary[edit]

Preseason[edit]

Michigan's 1970 recruiting class included Dave Brandon, Dave Gallagher, Clint Haslerig, Mike Hoban, Paul Seal, Ed Shuttlesworth, Tom Slade, and Bob Thornbladh.[1]

Arizona[edit]

Dana Coin kicked a school-record 42 yard field goal to open the scoring seven minutes into the game. Four minutes later, Billy Taylor sprinted past several Arizona defenders on a 29-yard touchdown run followed by Tim Killian's extra point. Arizona would close within 10–9 before Michigan put the game out of reach in the final four minutes in the fourth quarter.

[2]

Washington[edit]

1 234Total
Michigan 0 0107 17
Washington 3 000 3

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Texas A&M[edit]

Purdue[edit]

Michigan State[edit]

Minnesota[edit]

Wisconsin[edit]

Illinois[edit]

Iowa[edit]

1 234Total
Iowa 0 000 0
Michigan 21 14713 55


[4]

Ohio State[edit]

Players[edit]

Full roster[edit]

1970 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
FB 28 Bill Berutti Sr
T 76 Jim Brandstatter Jr
G 60 Thomas Coyle So
T 72 Dan Dierdorf Sr
TB 22 Glenn Doughty Jr
G 75 Werner Hall Sr
T 71 Jack Harpring Sr
WR 80 William Harris Sr
C 56 William Hart So
WB 44 Preston Henry Jr
TE 89 Thomas Huiskens Jr
K/G 57 Timothy Killian Sr
QB 25 John McBride So
G 65 Reggie McKenzie Jr
QB 27 Don Moorhead Sr
C 53 Guy Murdock Jr
TE 83 Thomas Nieman Sr
WR 84 Michael Oldham Jr
TB 45 Lance Scheffler Sr
TE 81 Gerald Schumacher So
FB 32 Fritz Seyferth Jr
TE 85 Paul Seymour Jr
WR 30 Paul Staroba Sr
RB 42 Billy Taylor Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 99 Tom Beckman Jr
S 23 Jim Betts Sr
DE 94 Alden Carpenter Jr
K/LB 36 Dana Coin Jr
DB 19 John Daniels So
DB 35 Thom Darden Jr
DB 46 Gerald Dutcher Sr
DB 86 Donald Eaton So
DB 21 Bruce Elliott Jr
MN 68 Gregory Ellis So
CB 14 Frank Gusich Jr
DB 17 Gregory Harrison Sr
MG 39 Henry Hill Sr
LB 70 Marty Huff Sr
W 37 Thomas Kee So
DE 90 Mike Keller Jr
DT 78 Richard McCoy Jr. Sr
LB 97 Edward Moore Sr
DT 82 Pete Newell Sr
DB 15 Bo Rather So
DE 91 Philip Seymour Sr
DT 74 Tony Smith So
DE 96 Clinton Spearman So
LB 33 Mike Taylor Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster

Offensive starters[edit]

Defensive starters[edit]

  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, junior, Chesaning, Michigan - started all 10 games (8 at left defensive tackle and 2 at right defensive end)
  • Jim Betts, safety, senior, Cleveland, Ohio - started all 10 games at safety
  • Alden J. Carpenter, defensive end, junior, Flint, Michigan - started 2 games at left defensive end
  • Thom Darden, defensive back, junior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 9 games at strong side defensive halfback
  • Donald R. Eaton, defensive back, sophomore, Lancaster, Ohio - started 1 game at wide linebacker
  • Bruce N. Elliott, defensive back, junior, Indianapolis, Indiana - started 7 games at weak side defensive halfback
  • Frank Gusich, wolf, junior, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started all 10 games at cornerback
  • Henry Hill, middle guard, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 10 games at middle guard
  • Marty Huff, linebacker, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started all 10 games at middle linebacker
  • Mike Keller, defensive end, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 7 games at right defensive end and 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Edward M. Moore, linebacker, senior, Youngstown, Ohio - started 2 games at wide linebacker 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Pete Newell, defensive tackle, senior, Park Ridge, Illinois - started 9 games at defensive right tackle
  • Bo Rather, defensive back, sophomore, Sandusky, Ohio - started 2 games at weak side defensive halfback
  • Philip Seymour, defensive end, senior, Berkley, Michigan - started 7 games at defensive end
  • Tony L. Smith, defensive tackle, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan - started 1 game at right defensive tackle
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 5 games at wide linebacker, 1 game at weak side defensive halfback and 1 game at strong side defensive halfback

Awards and honors[edit]

Professional football[edit]

Fifteen members of the 1970 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974-1975), Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972-1981), Dan Dierdorf (St. Louis Cardinals, 1971-1983), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972-1979), Marty Huff (San Francisco 49ers, 1972; Edmonton Eskimos, 1973; Charlotte Hornets, 1974-1975), Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972-1982; Seattle Seahawks, 1983-1984), Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974-1975), Pete Newell (BC Lions, 1971); Bo Rather (Miami Dolphins, 1973, 1978; Chicago Bears, 1974-78); Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972); Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973-1977), Paul Staroba (Cleveland Browns, 1972; Green Bay Packers, 1973), Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), and Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972-73).

Statistical leaders[edit]

Rushing[edit]

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Billy Taylor 197 911 4.6 10
Don Moorhead 97 368 3.8 2
Fritz Seyferth 86 333 3.9 6

Passing[edit]

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD
Don Moorhead 190 87 6 45.8 1167 13.4 8

Receiving[edit]

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Paul Staroba 35 519 14.8 2 14
Glenn Doughty 22 298 13.6 0 14
Paul Seymour 13 194 14.9 1 16

Kickoff returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Glenn Doughty 7 116 16.6 0 20
Preston Henry 6 104 17.3 0 20
Bo Rather 3 62 20.7 0 38

Punt returns[edit]

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Thom Darden 18 153 8.5 0 21
Bruce Elliott 12 57 4.8 0 11
Bo Rather 1 44 44.0 0 44

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1970 Michigan Football Roster". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 Sep 20. Retrieved 2018-Nov-04.
  3. ^ "Wolverines use late charge to whip Washington, 17-3." Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 Sept. 26.
  4. ^ "Michigan Blasts Iowa, 55-0." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 15.

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