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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.

ScheduleEdit

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.

PreseasonEdit

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]

PlayersEdit

OffenseEdit

DefenseEdit

  • 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 honorsEdit

  • 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 chartEdit

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 leadersEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attemptTouchdownsLong
Ed Shuttlesworth1577134.51123
Chuck Heater1406694.8422
Dennis Franklin1424973.5529

PassingEdit

Player AttemptsCompletions InterceptionsComp %YardsYds/CompTDLong
Dennis Franklin12359248.081813.9652
Larry Cipa114136.45112.80

ReceivingEdit

Player ReceptionsYards Yds/RecpTDLong
Paul Seal1824313.5335
Bo Rather1519713.1224
Clint Haslerig917519.4052

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
Gil Chapman827634.5173
Chuck Heater26231.0040
Clint Haslerig24020.0024

Punt returnsEdit

Player ReturnsYards Yds/ReturnTDLong
David Brown1118917.2183
Gil Chapman201809.01

Coaching staffEdit

Game summariesEdit

Game 1: NorthwesternEdit

Game 2: UCLAEdit

Game 3: TulaneEdit

Game 4: NavyEdit

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 StateEdit

Game 7: IllinoisEdit

Game 8: MinnesotaEdit

Game 9: IndianaEdit

Game 10: IowaEdit

Game 11: PurdueEdit

Game 12: Ohio StateEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sports Illustrated, 11 Sept 1972 [1]
  2. College Football Belt [2]

External linksEdit

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