1979 Michigan Wolverines football team

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1979 Michigan Wolverines football
Michigan Wolverines Logo.svg
Gator Bowl, L 17–15 vs. North Carolina
Conference Big Ten Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 19
AP No. 18
1979 record 8–4 (6–2 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (11th year)
MVP Ron Simpkins
Captain John Arbeznik
Captain Ron Simpkins
Home stadium Michigan Stadium
Seasons
« 1978 1980 »
1979 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4 Ohio State $ 8 0 0     11 1 0
#10 Purdue 7 1 0     10 2 0
#18 Michigan 6 2 0     8 4 0
#19 Indiana 5 3 0     8 4 0
Iowa 4 4 0     5 6 0
Minnesota 3 5 1     4 6 1
Michigan State 3 5 0     5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0     4 7 0
Illinois 1 6 1     2 8 1
Northwestern 0 9 0     1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1979 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 8, 1979 Northwestern No. 7/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 49–7   100,790
September 15, 1979 No. 9/11 Notre Dame* No. 6/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 10–12   105,111
September 22, 1979 Kansas* No. 11/12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–7   103,698
September 29, 1979 at California* No. 11/13 California Memorial StadiumBerkeley, CA W 14–10   57,000
October 6, 1979 at No. 16/18 Michigan State No. 11/12 Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ABC W 21–7   79,311
October 13, 1979 Minnesota No. 11/11 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 31–21   104,677
October 20, 1979 at Illinois No. 11/11 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 27–7   43,370
October 27, 1979 Indianadagger No. 10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 27–21   104,832
November 3, 1979 Wisconsin No. 10/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–0   104,952
November 10, 1979 at No. 14/15 Purdue No. 10/10 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN L 21–24   69,829
November 17, 1979 No. 2/3 Ohio State No. 13/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI ABC L 15–18   106,255
December 28, 1979 vs. North Carolina* No. 14/14 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl) ABC L 15–17   70,407
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notes[edit]

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Northwestern 0 0 0 7 7
• Michigan 21 14 14 0 49

[1]

Michigan State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Michigan 7 0 7 7 21
Michigan St 0 0 7 0 7

[2]

Indiana[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Indiana 0 14 0 7 21
Michigan 7 0 14 6 27

[3]

Players[edit]

Offense[edit]

Defense[edit]

Kickers[edit]

Awards[edit]

  • All-Americans: Curtis Greer, Ron Simpkins
  • All-Conference: John Arbeznik, Curtis Greer, Ron Simpkins, Mike Jolly, Mike Trgovac, Butch Woolfolk
  • Most Valuable Player: Ron Simpkins
  • Meyer Morton Award: Curtis Greer
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Tony Jackson
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Mike Trgovac
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Dan Murray

Professional football[edit]

Twenty-five (25) members of the 1979 Michigan football team went on to play professional football. They are:

  • Kurt Becker (Chicago Bears, 1982–88, 1990, Los Angeles Rams, 1989)
  • Marion Body (Michigan Panthers, 1983)
  • Keith Bostic (Houston Oilers, 1983–88, Cleveland Browns, 1990)
  • Andy Cannavino (Michigan Panthers, 1983, Chicago Blitz, 1984)
  • Brian Carpenter (New York Giants, 1982, Washington Redskins, 1983-84, Buffalo Bills, 1984)
  • Anthony Carter (Michigan Panthers, 1983–84, Oakland Invaders, 1985, Minnesota Vikings, 1985–93, Detroit Lions, 1994-95)
  • Ralph Clayton (St. Louis Cardinals, 1981)
  • Craig Dunaway (Pittsburgh Steelers, 1983)
  • Stanley Edwards (Houston Oilers, 1982–86, Detroit Lions, 1987)
  • Paul Girgash (Michigan Panthers, 1984)
  • Chris Godfrey (New York Jets, 1980, New York Giants, 1984-87, Seattle Seahawks, 1988)
  • Curtis Greer (St. Louis Cardinals, 1980–87)
  • Ali Haji-Sheikh (New York Giants, 1983–85, Atlanta Falcons, 1986, Washington Redskins, 1987)
  • Mike Harden (Denver Broncos, 1980–88, Los Angeles Raiders, 1989–90)
  • Mike Jolly (Green Bay Packers, 1980–83)
  • George Lilja (Los Angeles Rams, 1982, New York Jets, 1983–84, Cleveland Browns, 1984–86, Dallas Cowboys, 1987)
  • Doug Marsh (St. Louis Cardinals, 1980–86)
  • Ed Muransky (Los Angeles Raiders, 1982–84, Orlando Renegades, 1985)
  • Mel Owens (Los Angeles Rams, 1981–89)
  • Bubba Paris (San Francisco 49ers, 1983–90, Indianapolis Colts, 1991, Detroit Lions 1991)
  • Lawrence Ricks (Kansas City Chiefs, 1983–84)
  • Ron Simpkins (Cincinnati Bengals, 1980–86, Green Bay Packers, 1988)
  • Rich Strenger (Detroit Lions, 1983–87)
  • Robert Thompson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 1983–84, Detroit Lions, 1987)
  • Butch Woolfolk (New York Giants, 1982–84, Houston Oilers, 1985-86, Detroit Lions, 1987–88)

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palm Beach Post. 1979 Sept 9.
  2. ^ "Michigan Tops Spartans as Carter Scores TD." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 7.
  3. ^ "Carter's Last-Second Touchdown Catch Lifts Wolverines." Palm Beach Post. 1979 Oct 27.

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