1886 Michigan Wolverines football
1886 record2–0
Head coachNone
CaptainHorace Greely Prettyman
Home stadiumAnn Arbor Fairgrounds
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The 1886 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1886 college football season. The team played only two games, both against Albion College. Michigan won both games by a combined score of 74 to 0.[1] Charles D. Wright, a senior from Minneapolis, Minnesota,[2] scored six touchdowns in the first game.[3] The manager and goalkeeper was John L. Duffy, a senior from Ann Arbor.[1][2]


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 16, 1886 at Albion Albion, MI W 50–0    
October 30, 1886 Albion Ann Arbor FairgroundsAnn Arbor, MI W 24–0    
All times are in Eastern Time.

Horace PrettymanEdit

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The team's captain was Horace Greely Prettyman,[1] from Bryan, Ohio.[2] Prettyman played eight years for the Michigan football team and was captain of the Michigan team three straight years from 1884 to 1886.[1][4][5] No other player in the history of Michigan football has been selected as captain three times.[6][7] In Prettyman's three years as captain, Michigan never lost a game, winning seven games and outscoring opponents 192 to 10.[1][4][5]

Game notesEdit

Game one: Michigan 50, Albion 0Edit

The first game was played on October 16, 1886, at Albion, with Michigan winning by a score of 50–0.[1] The Michigan Argonaut described the game as "a walk-over for our team."[3] The score was already 37 to 0 when time was called for the half, and the Argonaut singled out Wright, Prettyman and Frank Higgins for their fine play. The writer noted that the Albion team was "not in fine trim" and failed to get the ball near the Michigan goal.[3] Perhaps trying to find something favorable to say about the opponent, the Argonaut reporter observed that "the Albion team did their best work in tackling."[3]

Game two: Michigan 24, Albion 0Edit

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The second game was played at the Ann Arbor Fairgrounds on October 30, 1886, as part of a "field day" that included various athletic events. Michigan won the football game against Albion 24 to 0.[1] The Michigan Argonaut noted, "The most striking difference between the elevens was that of weight, U. of M. presenting a much heavier team. It was evident, however, that Albion had come to play ball, and what they lacked in avoirdupois was in great measure made up by neat and rapid playing."[8] The teams agreed to play "two innings of thirty minutes each," and the "rugby game" started at 3:35 with referee George W. Whyte calling, "Play."[8] Michigan lost the toss, and Jaycox kicked off for Michigan, sending the ball near Albion's goal line. Michigan scored its first touchdown seven minutes into the game to take the lead 6 to 0.[8] Jaycox and Jim Duffy made several fine runs, and "Prettyman's play was characterized by his usual heavy rushing."[8] Michigan scored a second touchdown "just before the inning was called," and led 12 to 0 at the intermission. The second inning began at 4:40 p.m., and the Argonaut reported that "Albion played a much better game in this inning that did Michigan, and several times it looked as though they would score."[8] Jaycox and Jim Duffy made several bad fumbles in the second inning, and Morrow, "who had been serving in first-class style one-fourth back, made several poor throws to the half backs and lost ground for Michigan." Jim Duffy made two brilliant runs in the inning, and Jaycox ran for a touchdown shortly before the game ended.[8] Albion objected that the field was "overrun with spectators," and also claimed that Jaycox had run out of bounds on his touchdown run, but the claim was overruled. The Argonaut concluded its report on the game by noting, "The Albion boys were gentlemen, and played a square game."[8]


Varsity letter winnersEdit


  • William C. Malley, Chicago, Illinois - substitute
  • Clifford C. Smith, Cleveland, Ohio - substitute
  • Ernest Sprague, Farmington, Michigan - rusher
  • William R. Trowbridge, Ann Arbor, Michigan - substitute


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "1886 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on 2 March, 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "1886 Michigan Football Team Roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Rugby at Albion". The Michigan Argonaut. October 23, 1886.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "1884 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on 4 March, 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "1885 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on 4 March, 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  6. Madej, Bruce (1997). Michigan: Champions of the West. Sport Publishing. ISBN 1-57167-115-3.
  7. "University of Michigan Football Team Captains". University of Michigan. Archived from the original on 3 March, 2009. Retrieved 17 February 2009.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 "Rugby Game". The Michigan Argonaut. 1886-11-06.
  9. Frank F. Bumps, born June 26, 1861, in Bangor, Maine, was a star athlete in wrestling, track, baseball and football. He became one of the most prominent attorneys in Michigan. He died in July 1914. FRANK F. BUMPS, NOTED IN STATE AS ATTORNEY, IS DEAD: Figured in Some of Most Famous of Michigan Criminal Trials, Detroit Free Press, July 9, 1914.
  10. As of 1901, John M. Jaycox maintained an office in the Harrison Building in Philadelphia.
  11. Alexander Campbell Kiskadden returned to Tiffin, Ohio, as a lawyer and, later, as a probate judge of Seneca County. He ran for Congress as a Republican in 1916. He died August 28, 1920.
  12. Charles D. Wright became a surgeon in eye and ear work at Minneapolis. He scored six touchdowns in the first game of the 1886 season.

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