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1951 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1951 record4–5 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (4th season)
MVPDon Peterson
CaptainBill Putich
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1950
1952 →
1951 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/3 Illinois 5 0 1     9 0 1
#NR/14 Purdue 4 1 0     5 4 0
#8/8 Wisconsin 5 1 1     7 1 1
Michigan 4 2 0     4 5 0
Ohio State 2 2 2     4 3 2
Northwestern 2 4 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 1 4 1     2 6 1
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Iowa 0 5 1     2 5 2
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1951 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1951 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 29, 1951* #2/NA Michigan State #17/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 25–0   96,541
October 6, 1951* Stanford Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 23–13   54,824
October 13, 1951 Indiana Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 33–14   60,165
October 20, 1951 at Iowa Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 21–0   45,215
October 27, 1951† Minnesota Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 54–27   83,060
November 3, 1951 at #3/2 Illinois #15/19 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il L 7–0   68,997
November 10, 1951* at Cornell #NR/17 Schoellkopf FieldIthaca, NY L 20–7   33,752
November 17, 1951 Northwestern Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 6–0   57,634
November 24, 1951 #NR/14 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 7–0   93,411
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Statistical leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdowns
Don Peterson1525493.6 4
Wes Bradford643485.4 2
Bill Putich1152682.33

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Bill Putich7732741.639012.2255
Don Peterson136346.118430.7143
Ted Topor269234.617119.0271

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Lowell Perry1639524.7371
Frederick Pickard1020420.4255
Ted Topor9819.00

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Bill Putich38829.3036
Ted Topor37224.0027
Don Oldham35217.30

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Lowell Perry1719711.6175
Bill Putich11716.500
Merritt Green11010.0010

PlayersEdit

  • Wes Bradford - started 6 games at right halfback
  • Donald Dugger - started 5 games at defensive left guard, 1 game at offensive left guard
  • Merritt Green - started 9 games at defensive left end
  • Tom Johnson - started 9 games at left tackle (offense and defense)
  • Peter Kinyon - started 7 games at offensive left guard, 1 game at offensive right guard
  • Don Oldham - started 7 games at defensive back, 1 game at left halfback
  • Dick O'Shaughnessy - started 9 games at center
  • Russ Osterman - started 9 games at defensive right end
  • Ben Pederson - started 8 games at right tackle
  • Lowell Perry - started 8 games at offensive left end, 1 game at right halfback, 3 games at safety
  • Don Peterson
  • Fred Pickard - started 8 games at offensive right end
  • Bill Putich - started 6 games at left halfback, 2 games at quarterback, 6 games at safety
  • Ralph Stribe[1] - started 7 games at offensive right tackle
  • Robert Timm - started 9 games at defensive right guard
  • David Tinkham - started 9 games at defensive back, 2 games at left halfback
  • Ted Topor - started 7 games at quarterback, 8 games at linebacker
  • Jim Wolter - started 8 games at offensive right guard, 1 game at offensive left guard
  • Roger Zatkoff - started 9 games at linebacker, 1 game at fullback

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ralph C. Stribe, Jr., born on March 12, 1928, died December 24, 2010. Graduated from UM 1953 with a degree in religion and ethics. Served as pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in Birmingham, Michigan, chairman of the general council of the Presbyterian Synod of Michigan, and a member of the Board of Trustees of Alma College.
  2. Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS". Chicago Daily Tribune. https://secure.pqarchiver.com/chicagotribune/access/498371282.html?dids=498371282:498371282&FMT=ABS&FMTS=ABS:AI&type=historic&date=Dec+09,+1951&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=PLAYERS+NAME+1951+ALL-AMERICA+TEAMS&pqatl=google.

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