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1949 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
APNo. 7
1949 record6–2–1 (4–1–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (2nd season)
MVPDick Kempthorn
CaptainAlvin Wistert
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1948
1950 →
1949 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6 Ohio State § 4 1 1     7 1 2
#7 Michigan § 4 1 1     6 2 1
#8 Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Wisconsin 3 2 1     5 3 1
Illinois 3 3 1     3 4 2
Iowa 3 3 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     4 5 0
Purdue 2 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 0 6 0     1 8 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1949 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1949 college football season. The team's head coach was Bennie Oosterbaan. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 24, 1949* Michigan State Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 7–3   97,239
October 1, 1949* at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA W 27–7   87,123
October 8, 1949* #7 Army #1 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 21–7   97,239
October 15, 1949 at Northwestern #7 Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL L 21–20   54,816
October 22, 1949† #3 Minnesota #12 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–7   97,239
October 29, 1949 at Illinois #6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 13–0   71,119
November 5, 1949 Purdue #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–12   95,207
November 12, 1949 Indiana #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–7   79,200
November 19, 1949 #7 Ohio State #5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI T 7–7   97,239
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Statistical leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdowns
Don Dufek122392 3.2 2
Chuck Ortmann105 3293.1 0
Leo Koceski552474.5 2

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Chuck Ortmann12645335.762713.9 251
Wally Teninga32 8 4 25.0 62 7.8 116
Bill Putich 8 5062.545 9.0 212

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Harry Allis2333814.7 251
Irv Wisniewski1112611.4114
John Ghindia8779.6016

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Leo Koceski 8 15819.8 024
Chuck Ortmann414937.3082

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Charlie Lentz171699.9017
Wally Teninga1616010.0013

PlayersEdit

  • Harry Allis, Flint, Michigan - started 9 games at left end; also placekicker and punter
  • James L. Atchinson, Cleveland, Ohio[1] - started 3 games at right tackle
  • Oswald V. Clark, Montclair, New Jersey[2] - started 2 games at right end
  • Don Dufek, Evanston, Illinois - started 2 games at fullback, 1 game at right halfback
  • Robert F. Erben, Akron, Ohio - started 6 games at center
  • John Ghindia, Ecorse, Michigan - started 7 games at quarterback
  • Lloyd A. Heneveld, Holland, Michigan[3] - started 3 games at left guard, 1 game at right guard
  • Allen M. Jackson, Dearborn, Michigan - started 4 games at left guard; later, wrote a watershed article for the Atlantic Monthly, "Too Much Football", decrying overemphasis of football in universities.
  • Thomas Johnson, Muskegon Heights, Michigan - started 3 games at left tackle
  • Dick Kempthorn, Canton, Ohio - started 7 games at fullback
  • Leo Koceski, Canonsburg, Pennsylvania - started 5 games at right halfback
  • Donald B. McClelland, Calumet, Michigan - started 8 games at right guard, 1 game at left guard
  • Tony Momsen - started 3 games at center
  • Chuck Ortmann, Milwaukee, Wisconsin - started 7 games at left halfback
  • Walt Teninga, Chicago, Illinois - started 3 games at right halfback
  • Robert Wahl, Oak Park, Illinois - started 4 games at right tackle
  • Irv Wisniewski, Lambertville, Michigan - started 7 games at right end, 2 games at right tackle
  • Alvin Wistert, Chicago, Illinois - started 6 games at left tackle

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. James L. Atchison, born March 19, 1927, died June 14, 2010, SSN issued Ohio, last address Roswell, Georgia
  2. Oswald V. Clark, born November 18, 1927, died October 29, 2006, SSN issued New Jersey, last address Traverse City, Michigan
  3. Lloyd A. Heneveld, born March 1, 1925, died November 24, 2000, SSN issued Michigan, last address Baldwin, Lake, Michigan

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