1954 Michigan Wolverines football team
The 1954 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1954 Big Ten Conference football season. In its seventh year under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan compiled a 6–3 record (5–2 against conference opponents), tied for second place in the Big Ten, outscored opponents by a combined total of 139 to 87, and was ranked No. 15 in the final AP and Coaches Polls.
|1954 Michigan Wolverines football|
|Conference||Big Ten Conference|
|1954 record||6–3 (5–2 Big Ten)|
|Head coach||Bennie Oosterbaan (7th season)|
|Home stadium||Michigan Stadium|
|1954 Big Ten football standings|
|No. 1 Ohio State $||7||–||0||–||0||10||–||0||–||0|
|No. 9 Wisconsin||5||–||2||–||0||7||–||2||–||0|
|No. 15 Michigan||5||–||2||–||0||6||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
Two Michigan players received All-American honors: left end Ron Kramer was selected as a first-team All-American by the Central Press Association, and left tackle Art Walker received first-team honors from the All-America Board and the Football Writers Association of America.
|September 25||at Washington*||W 14–0||35,076|
|October 2||Army*||L 7–26||69,161|
|October 9||No. 4/5 Iowa||W 14–13||64,283|
|October 16||at Northwestern||W 7–0||32,972|
|October 23||No. 8/6 Minnesota||W 34–0||70,740|
|October 30||Indiana||No. 11/11||L 9–13||49,817|
|November 6||Illinois||W 14–7||58,777|
|November 13||Michigan State||No. NR/20||W 33–7||97,239|
|November 20||at No. 1/2 Ohio State||No. 12/11||L 7–21||78,447|
|Player||Attempts||Net yards||Yards per attempt||Touchdowns|
|Player||TD (rush)||TD (rec.)||TD (oth.)||Other type||PAT att||PAT made||Points|
|Ron Kramer||0||2||1||Blk Punt||14||13||31|
The starting lineup of the 1954 football team was made up of the following players. Players who started at least four games are shown with their names in bold.
- Fred Baer – started 6 games at fullback
- Lou Baldacci – started 5 games at quarterback, 1 game at fullback
- James Bates – started 4 games at center
- Tony Branoff – started 2 games at right halfback
- Ted Cachey – started 9 games at left guard
- Daniel Cline – started 9 games at left halfback
- Ronald Geyer – started 6 games at right tackle
- Edward Hickey – started 1 game at right halfback
- Dave Hill – started 2 games at fullback
- Ron Kramer – started 9 games at left end
- Jim Maddock – started 1 game at quarterback
- Duncan McDonald – started 3 games at quarterback
- Tom Maentz – started 5 games at right end
- Ed Meads – started 9 games at right guard
- John Morrow – started 3 games at right tackle
- John Peckham – started 2 games at center
- Ed Shannon – started 6 games at right halfback
- Gene Snider – started 3 games at center
- Art Walker – started 9 games at left tackle
- Jerry Williams – started 4 games at right end
Awards and honorsEdit
Honors and awards for the 1954 season went to the following individuals.
Michigan's 1954 coaching, training, and support staff included the following persons.
- "1954 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "1954 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- Walter Johns (November 28, 1954). "Penn State's Lenny Moore Named To Captains' All-America". Reading Eagle. p. 34.
- ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1236. ISBN 1401337031.
- "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America.
- "1954 Michigan Wolverines Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
- "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". University of Michigan. Retrieved November 6, 2017.(statistics retrieved by entering "1954" in the box for "Games & Totals by Season" and then, at the next screen, choosing "Display Season Totals")
- Peter Chatfield Kinyon, born December 5, 1929, died November 16, 2012. Played football at Michigan 1948–1951 (varsity 1950–51). Coached football at Michigan 1954–56.