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1917 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1917 record8–2 (0–1 Big Ten)
Head coachFielding H. Yost (17th season)
CaptainCedric C. Smith
Home stadiumFerry Field
Seasons
← 1916
1918 →
1917 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 4 0 0     8 0 1
Minnesota 3 1 0     4 1 0
Northwestern 3 2 0     5 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 0     4 2 1
Illinois 2 2 1     5 2 1
Chicago 2 2 1     3 2 1
Indiana 1 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 0 1 0     8 2 0
Iowa 0 2 0     3 5 0
Purdue 0 4 0     3 4 0
† – Conference champion

The 1917 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1917 college football season. The team's head football coach was Fielding H. Yost. The Wolverines played their home games at Ferry Field.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 6, 1917* Case Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 41–0   4,035
October 10, 1917* Western Reserve Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 17–13   2,906
October 13, 1917* Mount Union Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 69–0   3,657
October 17, 1917* Detroit Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–3   4,419
October 20, 1917* Michigan Agricultural College FieldEast Lansing, MI W 27–0   9,038
October 27, 1917* Nebraska Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–0   5,022
November 3, 1917* Kalamazoo Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 62–0   4,345
November 10, 1917*† Cornell Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–0   16,733
November 17, 1917* at Penn Franklin FieldPhiladelphia, PA L 0–16   12,851
November 24, 1917 at Northwestern Northwestern Field • Evanston, IL L 12–21   5,232
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

RosterEdit

Varsity letter winnersEdit

  • Alan Boyd[1] - started 5 games at left guard, 3 games at right end, 1 game at left tackle
  • Oscar Cartwright - started 6 games at right end
  • Abe Cohn - started 5 games at left halfback, 2 games at fullback, 1 game at right halfback
  • William R. Cruse - halfback
  • Frank Culver - started 4 games at left guard, 3 games at left tackle, 1 game at right guard
  • William Fortune - started 5 games at right guard
  • Gerald Froemke - started 3 games at left halfback, 1 game at quarterback
  • Lowell Genebach[2] - started 1 game at quarterback, 1 game at right halfback
  • Angus Goetz - started 9 games at left end
  • John Goodsell[3] - started 5 games at left tackle, 3 games at right guard, 2 games at center
  • Joseph Hanish [4] - started 7 games at right halfback, 1 game at right end
  • Oscar Lambert - started 6 games at center
  • Chester C. Morrison - started 1 game at right guard
  • Harold Rye - started 1 game at left halfback, 1 game at right halfback
  • Cliff Sparks - started 2 games at quarterback, 1 game at left halfback
  • Richard F. "Dick" Weske[5] - started 10 games at right tackle
  • Archie Weston - started 6 games at quarterback
  • Elton Wieman - started 8 games at fullback, 1 game at left tackle

aMa letter winnersEdit

  • Charles Beath - started 2 games at center
  • Lee Bonar - end
  • Harold M. Cherry - center
  • John H. Emery - end
  • Thomas C. Garrett - fullback
  • Fred Hendershott - end
  • L.O. Lindstrom - guard

OthersEdit

  • Elmer Cress - started 1 game at left end (designated as reserve)
  • Julius St. Clair - started 1 game at left guard

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

File:Trainer Harry Tuthill and Head Coach Fielding Yost.png

ReferencesEdit

  1. 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.
  2. Lowell Burke Genebach, born October 13, 1898, Michigan; died September 1978, Battle Creek, Michigan.
  3. John Orton Goodsell, Jr., born September 29, 1897, Lowell, Michigan. He became an oral surgeon, practicing in Saginaw, Michigan, starting in approximately 1922. He died in January 1977 at Saginaw.
  4. Joseph Anthony Hanish, born January 11, 1896, Grand Rapids, Michigan. At the outbreak of World War II, he was living in Oak Park, Illinois, working for Buick Motor Division. He died March 1984 in Grand Rapids, 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.

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