1970 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1970 Michigan Wolverines football
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 7
AP No. 9
1970 record 9–1 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (2nd year)
Defensive coordinator Jim Young (2nd year)
MVP Henry Hill, Don Moorhead
Captain Henry Hill
Captain Don Moorhead
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5 Ohio State $ 7 0 0     9 1 0
#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.0.

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 First, no Big Ten team could play in any bowl except the Rose Bowl, a rule which would not be repealed until 1975.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 That rule was repealed for the 1972 season.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]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 19 Arizona* No. 8/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20–9   80,386
September 26 at No. NR/19 Washington* No. 10/10 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 17–3   57,500
October 3 Texas A&M* No. 9/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–10   71,732
October 10 at Purdue No. 7/8 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 29–0   69,022
October 17 Michigan State No. 6/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Paul Bunyan Trophy) W 34–20   103,580
October 24 Minnesotadagger No. 5/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Little Brown Jug) W 39–13   83,496
October 31 at Wisconsin No. 5/7 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 29–15   72,389
November 7 Illinois No. 5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI (Series) W 42–0   70,781
November 14 Iowa No. 5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 55–0   66,189
November 21 at No. 5/4 Ohio State No. 4/5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH (Rivalry) ABC L 9–20   87,331
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game summaries[edit]

Washington[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 0 0 10 7 17
Washington 3 0 0 0 3

[1]

Iowa[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 21 14 7 13 55


[2]

Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[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
  • Dana Coin, kicker and linebacker, junior, Pontiac, Michigan
  • John W. Daniels, defensive back, sophomore, Newark, Ohio
  • Thom Darden, defensive back, junior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 9 games at strong side defensive halfback
  • Gerald Dutcher, defensive back, senior, Corunna, Michigan
  • 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
  • Gregory A. Ellis, sophomore, Connersville, Indiana
  • Frank Gusich, wolf, junior, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started all 10 games at cornerback
  • Gregory W. Harrison, defensive back, senior, Jackson, Michigan
  • 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
  • Thomas G. Kee, wolf, sophomore, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Mike Keller, defensive end, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 7 games at right defensive end and 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, senior, Alliance, Ohio
  • 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
  • Clinton Spearman, defensive end, sophomore, Hamilton, Ohio
  • 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

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wolverines use late charge to whip Washington, 17-3." Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 Sept. 26.
  2. ^ "Michigan Blasts Iowa, 55-0." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 15.

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