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1959 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
1959 record4–5 (3–4 Big Ten)
Head coachBump Elliott (1st season)
MVPTony Rio
CaptainGeorge Genyk
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1958
1960 →
1959 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Wisconsin 5 2 0     7 3 0
#NR/16 Michigan State 4 2 0     5 4 0
Purdue 4 2 1     5 2 2
#13/12 Illinois 4 2 1     5 3 1
Northwestern 4 3 0     6 3 0
Iowa 3 3 0     5 4 0
Michigan 3 4 0     4 5 0
Indiana 2 4 1     4 4 1
Ohio State 2 4 1     3 5 1
Minnesota 1 6 0     2 7 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1959 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1959 college football season. The team's head coach was Bump Elliott. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 26, 1959* Missouri Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI L 20–15   52,756
October 3, 1959 Michigan State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 34–8   103,234
October 10, 1959* Oregon State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 18–7   76,020
October 17, 1959 #2/2 Northwestern Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 20–7   68,393
October 24, 1959 at Minnesota Memorial StadiumMinneapolis, MN W 14–7   56,082
October 31, 1959† #10/9 Wisconsin Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI L 19–10   68,756
November 7, 1959 at #NR/16 Illinois Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 20–15   44,768
November 14, 1959 at Indiana Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN L 26–7   24,171
November 21, 1959 Ohio State Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 23–14   88,804
*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
Fred Julian722894.02
Bennie McRae762423.21
Darrell Harper672243.32

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Stan Noskin115611553.069711.4546

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Robert Johnson2026413.2020
Bennie McRae410225.5146
Tony Rio89011.3226

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Bennie McRae714821.1030
Fred Julian59018.0021
Darrell Harper46215.5022

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Darrell Harper310133.7183
Reid Bushong46215.5021
Jim Raeder33812.7025

PlayersEdit

  • Jared Bushong - started 5 games at right tackle
  • Alex Callahan - started 8 games at right guard
  • Donald R. Deskins - started 2 games at right tackle
  • Mike Fillichio - started 1 game at left guard, 1 games at right guard
  • George Genyk - started 8 games at left guard
  • John Halstead - started 9 games at left end
  • Darrell Harper - started 9 games at left halfback
  • Willard Hildebrand - started 1 game at right tackle
  • Thomas Jobson - started 9 games at left tackle
  • Robert Johnson - started 9 games at right end
  • Fred Julian - started 7 games at right halfback
  • Brad Myers - started 2 games at right halfback
  • Stan Noskin - started 9 games at quarterback
  • Tony Rio - started 9 games at fullback
  • Jon Schopf - started 2 games at right tackle
  • Jerry Smith - started 9 games at center

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Captain: George Genyk
  • Most Valuable Player: Tony Rio
  • Meyer Morton Award: Willard Hildebrand
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Bob Brown

Coaching staffEdit

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