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1956 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 7
1956 record7–2 (5–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (9th season)
MVPDick Hill
CaptainTom Maentz
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#3/3 Iowa 5 1 0     9 1 0
#7/7 Michigan 5 2 0     7 2 0
#12/9 Minnesota 4 1 2     6 1 2
#9/10 Michigan State 4 2 0     7 2 0
#15/NR Ohio State 4 2 0     6 3 0
Northwestern 3 3 1     4 4 1
Purdue 1 4 2     3 4 2
Illinois 1 4 2     2 5 2
Wisconsin 0 4 3     1 5 3
Indiana 1 5 0     3 6 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1956 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1956 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, 1956* UCLA #13/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 42–13   70,159
October 6, 1956 #2/2 Michigan State #5/4 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 9–0   101,001
October 13, 1956* #15/11 Army #12/10 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 48–14   93,402
October 20, 1956 Northwestern #8/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 34–20   81,718
October 27, 1956† #NR/14 Minnesota #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 20–7   85,566
November 3, 1956 at #7/8 Iowa #17/13 Iowa StadiumIowa City, IA W 17–14   55,896
November 10, 1956 Illinois #10/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 17–7   75,735
November 17, 1956 Indiana #10/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 49–26   58,515
November 24, 1956 at #12/13 Ohio State #9/10 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH W 19–0   78,830
*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
Jim Pace1034984.82
John Herrnstein1234753.97
Terry Barr603666.16

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Bob Ptacek2315265.224516.3325
Jim Van Pelt3315145.522114.7137
Jim Maddock4219345.221311.2018

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Ron Kramer1835319.6270
Jim Pace715522.1037
Jim Maddock57915.8123
Tom Maentz67011.7017

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Jim Pace1127424.9039
Jim Van Pelt48421.0036

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Terry Barr611819.7051
Ed Shannon7385.409
Bob Ptacek6366.0012

PlayersEdit

Varsity letter winnersEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Captain: Tom Maentz
  • All-Americans: Ron Kramer
  • All-Conference: Ron Kramer
  • Most Valuable Player: Dick Hill
  • Meyer Morton Award: John Herrnstein
  • John Maulbetsch Award: John Herrnstein

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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