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1972 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten Co-Champions
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 6
APNo. 6
1972 record10–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (4th season)
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (4th season)
MVPRandy Logan
CaptainTom Coyle
CaptainRandy Logan
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1971
1973 →
1972 Big Ten football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#6/6 Michigan § 7 1 0     10 1 0
#9/3 Ohio State § 7 1 0     9 2 0
Purdue 6 2 0     6 5 0
Michigan State 5 2 1     5 5 1
Minnesota 4 4 0     4 7 0
Indiana 3 5 0     5 6 0
Illinois 3 5 0     3 8 0
Iowa 2 6 1     3 7 1
Wisconsin 2 6 0     4 7 0
Northwestern 1 8 0     2 9 0
§ – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1972 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1972 college football season. The team's head coach was Bo Schembechler. The Wolverines played their home games at Michigan Stadium.

Schedule

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16, 1972 Northwestern #11/10 Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, MI W 7–0   71,757
September 23, 1972* at #6/7 UCLA #12/11 Los Angeles Memorial ColiseumLos Angeles, CA W 26–9   57,129
September 30, 1972* #18/NR Tulane #8/8 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 41–7   84,162
October 7, 1972* Navy #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 35–7   81,131
October 14, 1972 Michigan State #5/6 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 10–0   103,735
October 21, 1972 at Illinois #6/6 Memorial StadiumChampaign, Il W 31–7   64,290
October 28, 1972† Minnesota #5/5 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 42–0   84,190
November 4, 1972 at Indiana #4/5 Memorial StadiumBloomington, IN W 21–7   41,336
November 11, 1972 at Iowa #4/5 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA W 31–0   43,176
November 18, 1972 Purdue #3/3 Michigan Stadium • Ann Arbor, MI W 9–6   88,423
November 25, 1972 at #9/8 Ohio State #3/3 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH L 14–11   87,040
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Preseason

Michigan was ranked 18th by Sports Illustrated heading into the 1972 season but there was little doubt in Ann Arbor that their recent success under Bo Schembechler would continue even with the loss of 13 starters to graduation.[1]

At quarterback, Schembechler was expected to alternate three quarterbacks but favorite to win the job was Dennis Franklin and the position would be secure by the time the Wolverines had to play Purdue and Ohio State at year's end.

Gil Chapman had wowed coaches and alumni by scoring on a 60-yard pass play in the spring game as Schembechler was quoted as saying "He's the fastest player I've ever had at Michigan."[1]

Ed Shuttlesworth, one of the few to return from the 1971 team, was predicted to build off what he had done the previous year with more playing time. [1]

With Chapman, Shuttlesworth and others, Michigan would have more speed but the success would once again fall on two linemen, Fred Grambau on defense and Paul Seymour on offense. Schembechler was shifting Seymour from tight end but his replacement, Paul Seal, would ensure there would be no drop off in physicality at the position.[1]

Players

Offense

  • Harry Banks, tailback, junior, Cleveland, Ohio - started 4 games at tailback
  • Kevin Casey, quarterback, junior, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  • Gil Chapman, wing back, sophomore, Elizabeth, New Jersey - started 5 games at split end
  • Larry Cipa, quarterback, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Gary R. Coakley, split end, senior, Detroit, Michigan
  • Jim Coode, offensive tackle, junior, Mayfield Heights, Ohio - started all 12 games at left tackle
  • Thomas J. Coyle, offensive guard, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started all 12 games at right guard
  • John W. Daniels, split end, senior, Newark, Ohio - started 1 game at split end
  • Greg DenBoer, tight end, sophomore, Kentwood, Michigan
  • Dennis Franklin, quarterback, sophomore, Massillon, Ohio - started all 12 games at quarterback
  • Dennis Franks, center, sophomore, Bethel Park, Pennsylvania
  • Larry Gustafson, wing back, junior, Mays Landing, New Jersey
  • Gary Hainrihar, center, junior, Cicero, Illinois
  • William J. "Bill" Hart, center, senior, Rockford, Michigan - started all 12 games at center
  • Clint Haslerig, wing back, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started all 12 games at wing back
  • Chuck Heater, tailback, sophomore, Tiffin, Ohio - started 8 games at tailback
  • Mike Hoban, offensive guard, junior, Chicago, Illinois - started 11 games at left guard
  • Charles J. Kupec, tight end, sophomore, Oak Lawn, Illinois
  • Mike Lantry, place-kicker, sophomore, Oxford, Michigan
  • David F. Metz, offensive guard, sophomore, Harrison, Ohio
  • Thomas Poplawski, offensive tackle, senior, Warren, Michigan
  • Bo Rather, split end, senior, Sandusky, Ohio - started 6 games at split end
  • Gerald F. "Jerry" Schumacher, offensive guard, senior, Chicago, Illinois - started 1 game at left guard
  • Paul Seal, tight end, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at tight end
  • Paul Seymour, tight end, senior, Berkley, Michigan - started 11 games at right tackle
  • Ed Shuttlesworth, fullback, junior Cincinnati, Ohio - started 8 games at fullback
  • Tom Slade, quarterback, junior, Saginaw, Michigan
  • Bob Thornbladh, fullback, junior, Plymouth, Michigan - started 4 games at fullback
  • Curtis Tucker, offensive tackle, junior, Cleveland, Ohio

Defense

  • Dave Brandon, defensie end (JV), junior, Plymouth, Michigan
  • Dave Brown, safety, sophomore, Akron, Ohio - started all 12 games at safety
  • Roy W. Burks, defensive back, sophomore, Midland, Michigan - started all 12 games at strong-side defensive halfback
  • Donald A. Coleman, defensive end, junior, Daly City, Ohio - started 10 games at right defensive end
  • Barry Dotzauer, defensive back, junior, Cincinnati, Ohio - started 11 games at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Thomas E. Drake, defensive back, junior, Midland, Michigan - started 1 game at weak-side defensive halfback
  • Gregory A. Ellis, middle guard, senior, Connersville, Indiana
  • Dave Gallagher, defensive tackle, junior, Piqua, Ohio - started all 12 games at right defensive tackle
  • Fred Grambau, defensive tackle, senior, Ossineke, Michigan - started 11 games at left defensive tackle
  • Linwood Harden, defensive back, sophomore, Detroit, Michigan
  • Bill Hoban, defensive end, sophomore, Chicago, Illinois
  • Larry L. Johnson, defensive end, junior, Munster, Indiana - started one game at right defensive end
  • James D. Johnston, wolf, junior, Dallas, Texas
  • Thomas G. Kee, linebacker, senior, Wheaton, Illinois - started all 12 games at outside linebacker
  • Gregory Koss, safety, junior, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
  • Randy Logan, wolf, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started all 12 games at wolfman
  • Craig A. Mutch, linebacker, junior, Detroit, Michigan - started 11 games at middle linebacker
  • John A. Pighee, safety, senior, Cleveland Ohio
  • Carl Russ, linebacker, sophomore, Muskegon Heights, Michigan
  • Walter E. Sexton, middle guard, junior, Massapequa, New York - started 1 games at right offensive tackle
  • Tony L. Smith, defensive tackle, senior, Detroit, Michigan - started 1 game at left defensive tackle
  • Clinton Spearman, defensive end, senior, Hamilton, Ohio - started 11 games at left defensive end
  • Geoffrey Steger, wolf, junior, Winnetka, Illinois
  • Steve Strinko, linebacker, sophomore, Middletown, Ohio - started 1 game at middle linebacker
  • Douglas Troszak, defensive tackle, junior, Warren, Michigan
  • Walter Williamson, defensive end, junior, Detroit, Michigan started 1 game at left defensive end, 1 game at right defensive end
  • David Zuccarelli, wolf, senior, Chicago, Illinois

Awards and honors

  • All-Americans: Randy Logan, Paul Seymour
  • All-Big Ten: Paul Seymour, Tom Coyle, Clint Spearman, Fred Grambau, Randy Logan, Ed Shuttlesworth, Dave Brown
  • Most Valuable Player: Randy Logan
  • Meyer Morton Award: Randy Logan
  • John Maulbetsch Award: Dennis Franklin
  • Frederick Matthei Award: Tom Drake
  • Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Dave Zucarelli

Depth chart

Defensive Starters
[2]


FS
Randy Logan


MLB OLB
Craig Mutch Tom Kee
Steve Strinko
SS
Dave Brown
CB
Barry Dotzauer
Tom Drake


DE DT NT DT DE
Don Coleman Dave Gallagher Gregory Ellis Fred Grambeau Clint Spearman
Larry Johnson Walt Sexton Tony Smith Walt Williamson
CB
Roy Burks
Offensive Starters
[3]
SE
Bo Rather
Gil Chapman
LT LG C RG RT
Jim Coode Mike Hoban Bill Hart Tom Coyle Paul Seymour
Jerry Schumacher
TE
Paul Seal
WB
Clint Haslerig
QB
Dennis Franklin
RB
Chuck Heater
Harry Banks
FB
Ed Shuttlesworth
Bob Thornbladh
Special Teams
PK Mike Lantry





Statistical leaders

Rushing

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Ed Shuttlesworth 157 713 4.5 11 23
Chuck Heater 140 669 4.8 4 22
Dennis Franklin 142 497 3.5 5 29

Passing

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Dennis Franklin 123 59 2 48.0 818 13.9 6 52
Larry Cipa 11 4 1 36.4 51 12.8 0

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Paul Seal 18 243 13.5 3 35
Bo Rather 15 197 13.1 2 24
Clint Haslerig 9 175 19.4 0 52

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Gil Chapman 8 276 34.5 1 73
Chuck Heater 2 62 31.0 0 40
Clint Haslerig 2 40 20.0 0 24

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
David Brown 11 189 17.2 1 83
Gil Chapman 20 180 9.0 1

Coaching staff

Game summaries

Game 1: Northwestern

Game 2: UCLA

Game 3: Tulane

Game 4: Navy

1 2 3 4 Total
Navy 0 0 0 7

7

Michigan 0 7 28 0

35

at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

  • Date: October 7
  • Game attendance: 81,131

CB Roy Burks recovered WR Ike Owens fumble on the second half kickoff. Six plays later, Dennis Franklin found Bo Rather for a nine-yard touchdown pass.[4]

Game 6: Michigan State

Game 7: Illinois

Game 8: Minnesota

Game 9: Indiana

Game 10: Iowa

Game 11: Purdue

Game 12: Ohio State

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sports Illustrated, 11 Sept 1972 [1] Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SI" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SI" defined multiple times with different content Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "SI" defined multiple times with different content
  2. College Football Belt [2]

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