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1953 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 19
APNo. 20
1953 record6–3 (3–3 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (6th season)
MVPTony Branoff
CaptainDick O'Shaughnessy
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1952
1954 →
1953 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Michigan State § 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Illinois § 5 1 0     7 1 1
#15/14 Wisconsin 4 1 1     6 2 1
#NR/20 Ohio State 4 3 0     6 3 0
Minnesota 3 3 1     4 4 1
#20/19 Michigan 3 3 0     6 3 0
#9/10 Iowa 3 3 0     5 3 1
Purdue 2 4 0     2 7 0
Indiana 1 5 0     2 7 0
Northwestern 0 6 0     3 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1953 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1953 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 26, 1953* Washington Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 50–0   44,086
October 3, 1953* Tulane #4/NA Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 26–7   51,960
October 10, 1953 Iowa #5/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–13   49,551
October 17, 1953 Northwestern #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–12   64,420
October 24, 1953 at Minnesota #5/5 Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN L 22–0   62,795
October 31, 1953*† Penn #16/13 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 24–14   56,795
November 7, 1953 at #4/4 Illinois #17/NR Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il L 19–3   69,507
November 14, 1953 at #4/4 Michigan State Macklin StadiumEast Lansing, MI L 14–6   51,421
November 21, 1953 #NR/17 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 20–0   87,048
*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
Tony Branoff1005015.05
Ted Kress1013393.45
Bob Hurley472826.01

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Duncan McDonald4620343.529314.7449
Lou Baldacci5121641.228513.6136
Ted Kress4319744.223812.5144

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Gene Topp2333114.4266
Gene Knutson1120118.3133
Tony Branoff1115113.7144

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Ted Kress1020320.3033
Tony Branoff613021.7028

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Tony Branoff89011.3018
Ted Kress12635.3016

PlayersEdit

File:Dick O'Shaughnessy.png
  • Lou Baldacci - started 9 games at quarterback
  • James Balog - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Richard Balzhiser[1] - started 9 games at fullback
  • Richard Beison - started 9 games at right guard
  • Tony Branoff - started 9 games at right halfback
  • Donald Dugger - started 9 games at left end
  • Gene Knutson - started 8 games at right end
  • Ted Kress - started 9 games at left halfback
  • John Morrow - started 4 games at center
  • Dick O'Shaughnessy - started 5 games at center
  • Dick Strozewski - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Gene Topp - started 8 games at left end, 1 game at right end
  • Jerry Williams - started 1 game at left end

Awards and honorsEdit

Coaching staffEdit

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ReferencesEdit

  1. 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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