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1952 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1952 record5–4 (4–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (5th season)
MVPTed Topor
CaptainMerritt Green
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#11/10 Wisconsin § 4 1 1     6 3 1
#18/12 Purdue § 4 1 1     4 3 2
#17/15 Ohio State 5 2 0     6 3 0
Michigan 4 2 0     5 4 0
Minnesota 3 1 2     4 3 2
Illinois 2 5 0     4 5 0
Northwestern 2 5 0     2 6 1
Iowa 2 5 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1952 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1952 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 27, 1952* #1/1 Michigan State Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 27–13   96,490
October 4, 1952* at Stanford Stanford StadiumStanford, CA L 14–7   25,000
October 11, 1952 Indiana Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 28–13   53,840
October 18, 1952 at Northwestern Dyche StadiumEvanston, IL W 48–14   40,000
October 25, 1952† #NR/20 Minnesota #19/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–0   72,404
November 1, 1952 #NR/20 Illinois #15/14 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 22–13   65,595
November 8, 1952* Cornell Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–7   48,614
November 15, 1952 #10/9 Purdue #20/NR Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 21–10   58,964
November 22, 1952 at Ohio State #12/13 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 27–7   81,541
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

NorthwesternEdit


Statistical leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdowns
Ted Kress1356274.66
Tony Branoff863424.02
Dick Balzhiser753274.42

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Ted Kress8545752.955912.4452
Ted Topor5833456.944013.32 25
Duncan McDonald177241.29012.9238

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Lowell Perry3149215.9552
Ted Topor1820811.6432
Thad Stanford1220016.7048

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Tony Branoff614524.2031
Don Oldham712317.6030
Frank Howell610016.7026

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Lowell Perry12736.1015
Don Oldham5316.20
Dave Tinkham4276.806

PlayersEdit

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  • Fred Baer - started 3 games at fullback
  • James Balog - started 8 games as defensive right tackle
  • Richard Balzhiser[2] - started 5 games at fullback
  • Richard Beison - started 8 games at offensive right guard
  • Donald Bennett - started 4 games as offensive left tackle
  • Tony Branoff - started 6 games as right halfback
  • George Dutter - started 9 games as defensive right guard
  • Merritt Green - started 9 games as defensive left end
  • Frank Howell - started 3 games as right halfback, 1 game as safety
  • Gene Knutson - started 9 games as defensive right end
  • Ted Kress - started 9 games as left halfback
  • Laurence LeClair - started 9 games as linebacker
  • Don Oldham - started 4 games as defensive back, 2 games as safety
  • Dick O'Shaughnessy - started 9 games at center
  • Lowell Perry - started 9 games as offensive left end, 4 games as safety
  • Bernhardt Pederson -started 6 games at offensive right tackle
  • Russell Rescorla - started 3 games as defensive back
  • Thad Stanford - started 9 games at offensive right end
  • Dick Strozewski - started 5 games as offensive left tackle
  • Bob Timm - started 8 games as offensive left guard
  • David Tinkham - started 9 games as defensive back
  • Ted Topor - started 9 games as quarterback
  • Art Walker - started 9 games as defensive left tackle
  • Ronald Williams - started 7 games as defensive left guard
  • Roger Zatkoff - started 9 games as linebacker, 1 game as offensive right tackle

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  2. Balzhiser was the first University of Michigan athlete to be inducted into the Academic All-America Hall of Fame.

External linksEdit

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