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1970 Michigan Wolverines football
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 9
1970 record9–1 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (2nd season)
MVPHenry Hill
MVPDon Moorhead
CaptainHenry Hill
CaptainDon Moorhead
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1969
1971 →
1970 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#5/2 Ohio State 7 0 0     9 1 0
#9/7 Michigan 6 1 0     9 1 0
Northwestern 6 1 0     6 4 0
Iowa 3 3 1     3 6 1
Wisconsin 3 4 0     4 5 1
Michigan State 3 4 0     4 6 0
Minnesota 2 4 1     3 6 1
Purdue 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 1 6 0     3 7 0
Indiana 1 6 0     1 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1970 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1970 college football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 19, 1970* Arizona #8/NA Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 20–9   80,386
September 26, 1970* at #NR/19 Washington #10/10 Husky StadiumSeattle, WA W 17–3   57,500
October 3, 1970* Texas A&M #9/9 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 14–10   71,732
October 10, 1970 at Purdue #7/8 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN W 29–0   69,022
October 17, 1970 Michigan State #6/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 34–20   103,580
October 24, 1970† Minnesota #5/7 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 39–13   83,496
October 31, 1970 at Wisconsin #5/7 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI W 29–15   72,389
November 7, 1970 Illinois #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–0   70,781
November 14, 1970 Iowa #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 55–0   66,189
November 21, 1970 at #5/4 Ohio State #4/5 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 20–9   87,331
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Game notesEdit

WashingtonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Michigan 0 0 10 7 17
Washington 3 0 0 0 3

[1]


IowaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Iowa 0 0 0 0 0
Michigan 21 14 7 13 55


[2]

PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, junior, Chesaning, Michigan - started all 10 games (8 at left defensive tackle and 2 at right defensive end)
  • Jim Betts, safety, senior, Cleveland, Ohio - started all 10 games at safety
  • Alden J. Carpenter, defensive end, junior, Flint, Michigan - started 2 games at left defensive end
  • Dana Coin, kicker and linebacker, junior, Pontiac, Michigan
  • John W. Daniels, defensive back, sophomore, Newark, Ohio
  • Thom Darden, defensive back, junior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 9 games at strong side defensive halfback
  • Gerald Dutcher, defensive back, senior, Corunna, Michigan
  • Donald R. Eaton, defensive back, sophomore, Lancaster, Ohio - started 1 game at wide linebacker
  • Bruce N. Elliott, defensive back, junior, Indianapolis, Indiana - started 7 games at weak side defensive halfback
  • Gregory A. Ellis, sophomore, Connersville, Indiana
  • Frank Gusich, wolf, junior, Garfield Heights, Ohio - started all 10 games at cornerback
  • Gregory W. Harrison, defensive back, senior, Jackson, Michigan
  • Henry Hill, middle guard, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 10 games at middle guard
  • Marty Huff, linebacker, senior, Toledo, Ohio - started all 10 games at middle linebacker
  • Thomas G. Kee, wolf, sophomore, Wheaton, Illinois
  • Mike Keller, defensive end, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan - started 7 games at right defensive end and 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, senior, Alliance, Ohio
  • Edward M. Moore, linebacker, senior, Youngstown, Ohio - started 2 games at wide linebacker 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Pete Newell, defensive tackle, senior, Park Ridge, Illinois - started 9 games at defensive right tackle
  • Bo Rather, defensive back, sophomore, Sandusky, Ohio - started 2 games at weak side defensive halfback
  • Philip Seymour, defensive end, senior, Berkley, Michigan - started 7 games at defensive end
  • Tony L. Smith, defensive tackle, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan - started 1 game at right defensive tackle
  • Clinton Spearman, defensive end, sophomore, Hamilton, Ohio
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 5 games at wide linebacker, 1 game at weak side defensive halfback and 1 game at strong side defensive halfback

Awards and honorsEdit

Professional footballEdit

Fifteen members of the 1970 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974-1975), Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972-1981), Dan Dierdorf (St. Louis Cardinals, 1971-1983), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972-1979), Marty Huff (San Francisco 49ers, 1972; Edmonton Eskimos, 1973; Charlotte Hornets, 1974-1975), Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972-1982; Seattle Seahawks, 1983-1984), Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974-1975), Pete Newell (BC Lions, 1971); Bo Rather (Miami Dolphins, 1973, 1978; Chicago Bears, 1974-78); Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972); Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973-1977), Paul Staroba (Cleveland Browns, 1972; Green Bay Packers, 1973), Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), and Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972-73).

Statistical leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdowns
Billy Taylor1979114.610
Don Moorhead973683.82
Fritz Seyferth863333.96

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTD
Don Moorhead19087645.8116713.48

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Paul Staroba3551914.8214
Glenn Doughty2229813.6014
Paul Seymour1319414.9116

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Glenn Doughty711616.6020
Preston Henry610417.3020
Bo Rather36220.7038

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Thom Darden181538.5021
Bruce Elliott12574.8011
Bo Rather14444.0044

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Wolverines use late charge to whip Washington, 17-3." Eugene Register-Guard. 1970 Sept. 26.
  2. "Michigan Blasts Iowa, 55-0." Palm Beach Post. 1970 Nov 15.

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