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1920 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1920 record5–2 (2–2 Big Ten)
Head coachFielding H. Yost (20th season)
CaptainAngus Goetz
Home stadiumFerry Field
Seasons
← 1919
1921 →
1920 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Ohio State 5 0 0     7 1 0
Wisconsin 4 1 0     6 1 0
Indiana 3 1 0     5 2 0
Illinois 4 2 0     5 2 0
Iowa 3 2 0     5 2 0
Michigan 2 2 0     5 2 0
Northwestern 2 3 0     3 4 0
Chicago 2 4 0     3 4 0
Purdue 0 4 0     2 5 0
Minnesota 0 6 0     1 6 0
† – Conference champion

The 1920 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1920 college football season. The team's head coach was Fielding H. Yost. The Wolverines played their home games at Ferry Field.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 9, 1920* Case Ferry FieldAnn Arbor, MI W 35–0   10,000
October 16, 1920* Michigan Agricultural Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–0   20,000
October 23, 1920 Illinois Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI L 6–7   30,000
October 30, 1920* Tulane Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–0    
November 6, 1920 at Ohio State Ohio FieldColumbus, OH L 7–14    
November 13, 1920† Chicago Ferry Field • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–0   25,000
November 20, 1920 at Minnesota Northrop FieldMinneapolis, MI W 3–0   22,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

PlayersEdit

Varsity letter winnersEdit

File:Crowd awaits return of Little Brown Jug at Ann Arbor train station 1920.png

The following 16 players received their "M" letter for their play on the 1920 football team.

  • Ted Bank, Flint, Michigan - started 3 games at quarterback
  • Franklin Cappon, Holland, Michigan - started 7 games at left end
  • Abe Cohn, Spokane, Washington - started 1 game at left halfback
  • John Dunn, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 4 games at quarterback
  • Robert J. Dunne, Chicago, Illinois - started 7 games at left guard
  • Paul G. Goebel, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 7 games at right end
  • Angus Goetz, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan - started 7 games at left tackle
  • James Edwards Johns, Lansing, Michigan - started 2 games at right tackle
  • Viggo O. Nelson, Ann Arbor, Michigan[1] - started 7 games at fullback
  • John S. Perrin, Escanaba, Michigan[2] - started 2 games at right halfback
  • Frank Steketee, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 3 games at right halfback, 1 game at left halfback
  • Eddie Usher, Toledo, Ohio - started 6 games at left halfback, 1 game at right halfback
  • William J. Van Orden, Ann Arbor, Michigan - guard (not listed as starter in any games)
  • Ernie Vick, Toledo, Ohio - started 7 games at center
  • Elton Wieman, Los Angeles, California - started 5 games at right tackle
  • Hugh E. Wilson, Grand Rapids, Michigan[3] - started 6 games at right guard

aMa letter winnersEdit

File:Angus Goetz attempting to block punt (1920).png

The following 13 players were awarded "aMa" letters for their work as backups on the 1920 team:

  • Grenville Andrews,[4] St. Louis, Missouri - halfback
  • Allen R. Bailey, Cedar Falls, Iowa - halfback
  • William Fortune, Springfield, Illinois - guard
  • George M. Gilmore, Ann Arbor, Michigan - tackle
  • Louis C. Lehman, Newark, New Jersey - end
  • Charles C. Kreis, Detroit, Michigan
  • Meyer Paper,[5] St. Paul, Minnesota - halfback
  • Charles C. Petro, Elyria, Ohio[6] - guard
  • George E. Planck, Lansing, Michigan - guard
  • Richard H. Rowland, Buffalo, New York - end
  • John G. Searle, Evanston, Illinois - quarterback
  • Charles E. Trout, Toledo, Ohio
  • Horace Wachter,[7] Toledo, Ohio - guard

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

File:Derrill Pratt (1920).png

ReferencesEdit

  1. Viggo O. Nelson, born January 16, 1895, Racine, Wisconsin. He was the son of Danish parents. In 1930, he was the secretary at the YMCA in Ann Arbor. Died February 1971, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  2. John Stephenson Perrin, born February 4, 1898, Escanaba, Michigan. Died June 1969, Detroit, Michigan.
  3. Hugh Edward Wilson, born June 14, 1899. In 1930, he was a lawyer living in Ionia, Michigan.
  4. Grenville Andrews, born April 24,1899, died October 1973, SSN issued Illinois, last address Des Moines, Iowa
  5. Meyer Paper, born April 28, 1899, died June 1980, SSN issued Minnesota, last address, St. Paul, MN
  6. Charles C. Petro, born September 25, 1900, Ohio. Died August 10, 1986, Westlake, Ohio.
  7. Horace Wachter, born November 26, 1900, died January 1982, SSN issued Ohio, last address Toledo, Ohio
  8. "Camp Names Gridiron Stars". Post-Standard (Syracuse). 1920-12-15.
  9. "Perry Selects the Best Foot Ball Players". Lebanon Daily News. 1920-12-02.

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