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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.

Schedule

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 leaders

Rushing

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Jim Pace 103 498 4.8 2
John Herrnstein 123 475 3.9 7
Terry Barr 60 366 6.1 6

Passing

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Bob Ptacek 23 15 2 65.2 245 16.3 3 25
Jim Van Pelt 33 15 1 45.5 221 14.7 1 37
Jim Maddock 42 19 3 45.2 213 11.2 0 18

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Ron Kramer 18 353 19.6 2 70
Jim Pace 7 155 22.1 0 37
Jim Maddock 5 79 15.8 1 23
Tom Maentz 6 70 11.7 0 17

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Jim Pace 11 274 24.9 0 39
Jim Van Pelt 4 84 21.0 0 36

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Terry Barr 6 118 19.7 0 51
Ed Shannon 7 38 5.4 0 9
Bob Ptacek 6 36 6.0 0 12

Players

Varsity letter winners

  • Terry Barr, halfback, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 7 games at right halfback
  • Thomas E. Berger, guard, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Alex Bochnowski, guard, junior, Munster, Indiana
  • David C. Bowers, end, junior, Traverse City, Michigan
  • Charles Books, end, senior, Marshall, Michigan
  • James Byers, fullback, sophomore, Evansville, Indiana
  • Clement Corona, guard, senior, Berwick, Pennsylvania
  • James H. Davies, tackle, senior, Muskegon Heights, Michigan
  • James A. Dickey, fullback, junior, Miamisburg, Ohio
  • Lawrence Faul, guard, junior, River Forest, Illinois
  • John Greenwood, halfback, senior, Bay City, Michigan
  • John Herrnstein, fullback, sophomore, Chillicothe, Ohio - started 9 games at fullback
  • Richard B. Heynen, tackle, senior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Dick Hill, guard, sophomore, Gary, Indiana - started 9 games at left guard
  • Walter N. Johnson, end, sophomore, Dearborn, Michigan
  • Ron Kramer, end, senior, East Detroit, Michigan - started 9 games at left end
  • Jack Lousma, quarterback, sophomore, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Jim Maddock, quarterback, senior, Chicago, Illinois
  • Tom Maentz, end, senior, Holland, Michigan - started 9 games at right end
  • Jerry Marciniak, fullback, sophomore, Chicago, Illinois
  • Marvin R. Nyren, guard, junior, Des Plaines, Illinois - started 9 games at right guard
  • James B. Orwig, tackle, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Jim Pace, halfback, junior, Little Rock, Arkansas - started 7 games at left halfback
  • Gary Prahst, end, sophomore, Berea, Ohio
  • Bob Ptacek, halfback, sophomore, Cleveland, Ohio - started 2 games at left halfback
  • David F. Rentschler, halfback, junior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mike Rotunno, center, senior, Canton, Ohio - started 8 games at center
  • Edward J. Shannon, running back, senior, River Forest, Illinois - started 2 games at right halfback
  • Michael Shatusky, halfback, senior, Menominee, Michigan
  • Lionel Albert Sigman, tackle, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan - started 9 games at right tackle
  • Eugene Sisinyak, fullback, sophomore, Monroe, Michigan
  • Willie Smith, tackle, sophomore, Little Rock, Arkansas - tackle
  • Eugene "Gene" Snider, center, junior, Hamtramck, Michigan - started 1 game at center
  • John Spidel, quarterback, sophomore, Greenville, Ohio
  • Jim Van Pelt, quarterback, junior, Evanston, Illinois - started 9 games at quarterback
  • Raymond L. Wine, center, sophomore, Port Huron, Michigan

Awards and honors

  • 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 staff

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