1915 Michigan Wolverines football
1915 record4–3–1
Head coachFielding H. Yost (15th season)
MVPJohn Maulbetsch
CaptainWilliam D. Cochran
Home stadiumFerry Field
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The 1915 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1915 college football season. The team's head coach was Fielding H. Yost. The Wolverines played their home games at Ferry Field.


Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 6, 1915 Lawrence Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 39–0    
October 9, 1915 Mount Union Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–0    
October 13, 1915 Marietta Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–6    
October 16, 1915 Case Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–3    
October 23, 1915 Michigan Agricultural Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 0–24   21,000
October 30, 1915 Syracuse Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–14    
November 6, 1915† Cornell Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 7–34   22,000
November 13, 1915 at Penn Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA T 0–0    
Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.


Letter winnersEdit

Player Position Games
Hometown HeightWeightAge
Clyde E. Bastian Halfback
Williamsport, PA 5-8 168 22
James Bland Catlett[1] Halfback 3 Brookings, SD
William D. Cochran Guard8 Houghton, MI 5-8 235
Maurice F. Dunne[2] End 3 Springfield, IL 6-0 164
John Maulbetsch Halfback 7 Ann Arbor, MI5-8 168
Frank Millard Guard 3Ann Arbor, MI 5-7 212
Walter Neimann Center
Hermansville, MI 5-11 165 21
John K. NortonTackle
Ontonagon, MI
Fred Rehor Guard 2Hastings, MI 6-0 262 21
Lawrence Roehm Quarterback 7Detroit, MI5-8½ 16822
Cedric C. Smith Fullback 5Bay City, MI 6-0 190 20
Karl S. Staatz[3] End 5Tacoma, WA 5-10 16822
Robert W. Watson[4] Tackle 8Ludington, MI 5-9 174
Richard F. "Dick" Weske[5]Guard
New London, CT 6-0 190
James L. Whalen[6]Tackle
Savannah, NY 5-10 188


  • Leland Benton, Valparaiso, IN, started 3 games at end, 4 games at halfback
  • Alan W. Boyd,[7] Indianapolis, IN, started 1 game at guard
  • Harry L. Calvin, Jr., Detroit, MI, quarterback
  • Otto Eberwein,[8] Ann Arbor, MI, started 2 games at halfback
  • Egmont Goetz Hildner,[9] Ann Arbor, MI, started 2 games at end
  • Hepburn Ingham, Des Moines, IA, started 1 game at end
  • Hoyne Howe, Oak Park, IL, started 3 games center
  • Philip T. Raymond,[10] Saginaw, MI, started 2 games at fullback
  • Lewis Reimann, Iron River, MI, started 1 game at tackle
  • James H. Sharpe,[11] Sault Ste. Marie, MI, halfback
  • Harold M. Zeigler,[12] Pueblo, CO, started 1 game at quarterback

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit


  1. James Bland Catlett, born February 21, 1893, Estelline, South Dakota. Died September 22, 1986, San Antonio, Texas.
  2. Maurice Francis Dunne, born March 12, 1895, River Forest, Illinois. His father, Edward F. Dunne, was the mayor of Chicago from 1905 to 1907 and Governor of Illinois from 1913 to 1917. After graduating from Michigan, he became a lawyer practicing in Chicago. He was also the proprietor of a business manufacturing foundry tools. He died in August 1974 at Evanston, Illinois.
  3. Staatz was born August 21, 1890. He graduated from the University of Washington in 1912. He became a surgeon. He died July 1973.
  4. Robert William Watson, born April 20, 1893, Ludington, Michigan.
  5. Richard Ferdinand Weske, sometimes listed as Ferdinand Richard Weske, born August 15, 1894, in Petrograd, Russia (now known as Saint Petersburg). He came to the United States in June 1903 with his parents, Peter and Agnela Weske, and sister, Juliana. He was raised in New London, Connecticut. At the time of the 1910 Census, he was living in New London with his father, Peter (a 41-year-old machinist), and sister Juliana (age 14). He became a naturalized U.S. citizen and enrolled at the University of Michigan as an engineering student. At the time of the 1930 Census, he was living in Salt Lake City with his wife Wanda, daughters Jacqueline and Juliana, and was working as a civil engineer for a railroad. He died in October 1971 in Nevada City, Nevada.
  6. James Lawrence Whalen, born January 17, 1893, Savannah, New York. He was a student at Michigan when the U.S. entered World War I. He entered Ft. Sheridan R.O.T.C. as a reserve officer. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant with the American Expeditionary Forces in France.
  7. Alan W. Boyd, born March 11, 1897, Indianapolis, Indiana. He was awarded the medal for being Michigan's best athlete and student for the year 1917–1918. He became a lawyer practicing in Indiana. He died in May 1987 in Indianapolis.
  8. Otto Eberwein was born July 22, 1893, died October 1968.
  9. Hildner was born December 29, 1894, died January 1966.
  10. Philip Titus Raymond, born July 29, 1894, Dundee, Michigan. He served as an ensign in the engineering branch of the U.S. Navy during World War I. He was the superintendent of a construction company in Saginaw, Michigan in 1921. In 1930, he was living in Miami, Florida, working as an engineer in building construction. He died January 16, 1966, El Cajon, California.
  11. James Harrison Sharpe, born October 26, 1896, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. He served in the U.S. Field Artillery Service in France from October to December 1918. He worked as a mechanical engineer in Sault Ste. Marie. He died at Lakewood, Ohio, June 30, 1957.
  12. Harold Morris Zeiger, born December 8, 1895 in Colorado. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I. At the time of the 1920 Census, he lived in Long Beach, California, and working as a salesman of auto supplies. In 1930, he was living in Long Beach, working as a petroleum inspector. He died October 12, 1984, Rialto, California.
  13. "Eck Puts Him On All-American". La Crosse Tribune. 1915-12-06.
  14. "Monty Picks All-Star Team: Maulbetsch of Michigan Lands on Second Eleven; He is Only 'Westerner' to Be Honored by the Writer". Fort Wayne News.
  15. Tommy Clark (1915-12-05). "The All American Eleven for Season of 1915". The Lexington Herald.

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