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1969 Michigan Wolverines football team

The 1969 Michigan Wolverines football team represented the University of Michigan in the 1969 Big Ten Conference football season. In their first year under head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled an 8–3 record (6–1 Big Ten), played in the 1970 Rose Bowl, and finished the season ranked #9 in the final AP poll and #8 in the final UPI poll.

1969 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten co-champion
Rose Bowl, L 3–10 vs. USC
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 9
1969 record8–3 (6–1 Big Ten)
Head coachBo Schembechler (1st season)
Offensive coordinatorChuck Stobart
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (1st season)
MVPJim Mandich
CaptainJim Mandich
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 4 Ohio State + 6 1 0     8 1 0
No. 9 Michigan + 6 1 0     8 3 0
No. 18 Purdue 5 2 0     8 2 0
Minnesota 4 3 0     4 5 1
Iowa 3 4 0     5 5 0
Indiana 3 4 0     4 6 0
Northwestern 3 4 0     3 7 0
Wisconsin 3 4 0     3 7 0
Michigan State 2 5 0     4 6 0
Illinois 0 7 0     0 10 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969 Michigan vs. Ohio State football game was considered one of the biggest upsets in college football history, as Ohio State came into the game with an 8–0 record, a 22-game winning streak and the #1 ranking in the polls. Michigan defeated Ohio State 24–12 in front of a crowd of 103,588 at Michigan Stadium to win the Big Ten Conference's berth in the Rose Bowl. The game was also the first in a series that came to be known as "The Ten-Year War," a 10-year span during which Michigan under Bo Schembechler battled Ohio State under Woody Hayes, under whom Schembechler had served as both a player at Miami University and an assistant coach at Ohio State. Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup.

Bo Schembechler suffered a heart attack the night before the 1970 Rose Bowl game against an undefeated (but once tied) USC team. The Wolverines lost the Rose Bowl in a defensive struggle by a score of 10–3.

Team captain and tight end Jim Mandich was selected as the 1969 team's most valuable player and as a first-team All-American. Defensive back Tom Curtis was also selected as a first-team All-American, and seven members of the team, including Dan Dierdorf, received first-team All-Big Ten honors. Sophomore tailback Billy Taylor was the team's leading rusher and an All-Big Ten honoree. Thirteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football, and four players (Mandich, Curtis, Dierdorf and offensive guard Reggie McKenzie) were inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 20Vanderbilt*W 42–1470,183
September 27Washington*No. 20/NR
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 45–749,684
October 4No. 9/9 Missouri*No. 13/11
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
L 17–4064,476
October 11No. 9/9 Purdue
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 31–2080,411
October 18at Michigan StateNo. 13/14L 12–2379,368
October 25at MinnesotaW 35–944,028
November 1Wisconsin No. 20/NR
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 35–760,438
November 8at IllinoisNo. 18/13W 57–035,270
November 15at IowaNo. 14/15W 51–645,981
November 22No. 1/1 Ohio StateNo. 12/12
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
ABCW 24–12103,588
January 1, 1970vs. No. 5/4 USC*No. 7/8NBCL 3–10103,878

Season summaryEdit

PreseasonEdit

Michigan's 1969 recruiting class included Larry Cipa, Jim Coode, Randy Logan, and Bo Rather.[1]

VanderbiltEdit

In Bo Schembechler's first game as head coach and Michigan's first game against Vanderbilt since 1923, Don Moorhead scored a pair of touchdowns as a fourth quarter surge helped the Wolverines crush their Southeastern Conference foe, 42–14.[2]

WashingtonEdit

1 234Total
Washington 0 070 7
• Michigan 6 61221 45

[3]

MissouriEdit

PurdueEdit

Michigan StateEdit

MinnesotaEdit

WisconsinEdit

Billy Taylor ran 37 and 51 yards for touchdowns in the first quarter and Barry Pierson added a 51-yard punt return in the second as Michigan overwhelmed Wisconsin in front of a wet, homecoming crowd. Taylor, playing in place of the injured Glenn Doughty, ran for 143 of Michigan's 183 rushing yards in the first half.[5]

IllinoisEdit

IowaEdit

Ohio StateEdit

#1 Ohio State Buckeyes (8–0) at #12 Michigan Wolverines (7–2)
1 2 34Total
Ohio St 6 6 0012
Michigan 7 17 0024

at Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan

Rose BowlEdit

PlayersEdit

RosterEdit

1969 Michigan Wolverines football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
T 73 Morris Abrahams Sr
G 60 Robert Baumgartner Sr
QB 28 Will Berutti Jr
QB 23 Jim Betts Jr
T 76 Jim Brandstatter So
G 56 Richard Caldarazzo Sr
FB 48 Garvie Craw Sr
T 72 Dan Dierdorf Jr
TB 22 Glenn Doughty So
FB 37 Eric Federico Sr
HB 18 John Gabler Sr
T 75 Werner Hall Sr
TE 81 Mike Hankwitz Sr
T 71 Jack Harpring Jr
E 80 William Harris Jr
WB 44 Preston Henry So
SE 86 Jerry Imsland Sr
C 57 Timothy Killian Jr
TE 88 Jim Mandich Sr
G 65 Reggie McKenzie So
QB 27 Don Moorhead Jr
C 53 Guy Murdock So
WR 84 Michael Oldham So
T 69 Robert Ritley Sr
C 59 Peter Sarantos Sr
TB 45 Lance Scheffler Jr
FB 32 Fritz Seyferth So
TE 85 Paul Seymour So
WR 30 Paul Staroba Jr
RB 42 Billy Taylor So
G 64 Frank Titas Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DT 99 Tom Beckman So
MG 34 Richard Brown Sr
DE 94 Al Carpenter So
K, DE 36 Dana Coin So
DB 25 Tom Curtis Sr
DB 35 Thom Darden So
DB 21 Bruce Elliott So
MG 31 Alan Francis Sr
DT 92 Fred Grambau So
CB 14 Frank Gusich So
DB 24 Brian Healy Sr
MG 39 Henry Hill Jr
LB 70 Marty Huff Jr
LB 63 Joseph Jones Sr
DE 90 Mike Keller So
DT 78 Richard McCoy Jr. Jr
LB 97 Ed Moore Jr
DT 82 Pete Newell Jr
DT 74 Daniel Parks Jr
DB 29 Barry Pierson Sr
LB 55 Cecil Pryor Sr
DE 13 Thomas Takach Sr
LB 33 Mike Taylor So
DB 41 Timothy Wadhams Sr
DB 49 Mark Werner Sr
DB 43 Robert White Sr
LB 58 George Zuganellis Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Roster

Offensive letter winnersEdit

The following players received varsity letters for their participation on the offensive unit of the 1969 Michigan football team. Players who were starters in the majority of Michigan's games are displayed in bold.

Defensive letter winnersEdit

The following players received varsity letters for their participation on the defensive unit of the 1969 Michigan football team. Players who were starters in the majority of Michigan's games are displayed in bold.

  • Tom Beckman, defensive tackle, sophomore, Chesaning, Michigan
  • Richard W. Brown, middle guard, senior, Auburn, Michigan
  • Al Carpenter, defensive end, sophomore, Flint, Michigan – started 1 game at offensive right guard
  • Dana Coin, defensive end and place-kicker,[9] sophomore, Pontiac, Michigan
  • Tom Curtis (No. 25), defensive back, senior, Aurora, Ohio – started all 11 games at safety
  • Thom Darden (No. 35), defensive back, sophomore, Sandusky, Ohio – started 10 games at wolfman (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Bruce Elliott, defensive back, sophomore, Indianapolis, Indiana – started 1 game at right halfback
  • Alan Francis, middle guard, senior, Euclid, Ohio
  • Fred Grambau (No. 92), defensive tackle, sophomore, Ossineke, Michigan – started all 11 games at left defensive tackle (also started 2 games at left tackle on offense)
  • Frank Gusich, defensive back, sophomore, Garfield Heights, Ohio – started 1 game at wolfman
  • Brian Healy (No. 24), defensive back, senior, Sandusky, Ohio – started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 2 games at right halfback on offense)
  • Henry Hill (No. 39), middle guard, junior, Detroit – started all 11 games at middle guard (also started 2 games at left guard and 1 at right guard on offense)
  • Marty Huff (No. 70), linebacker, junior, Toledo, Ohio – started all 11 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right tackle and 1 at left halfback on offense)
  • Joseph M. Jones, linebacker, senior, Evanston, Illinois
  • Mike Keller (No. 90), defensive end, sophomore, Grand Rapids, Michigan – started all 11 games at left defensive end (also started 2 games at left end on offense)
  • Richard McCoy, Jr., defensive tackle, junior, Alliance, Ohio
  • Edward M. Moore (No. 97), linebacker, junior, Youngstown, Ohio – started 10 games at linebacker (also started 2 games at right end on offense)
  • Pete Newell (No. 82), defensive tackle, junior, Park Ridge, Illinois – started all 11 games at right defensive tackle (also started 2 games at center and 1 at right tackle on offense)
  • Daniel Parks, defensive tackle, junior, Birmingham, Michigan
  • Barry Pierson (No. 29), defensive back, senior, St. Ignace, Michigan – started all 11 games at defensive halfback (also started 1 game at left halfback on offense)
  • Cecil Pryor (No. 55), defensive end, senior, Corpus Christi, Texas – started all 11 games at right defensive end (also started 1 game at left end and 1 at right end on offense)
  • Thomas Takach, defensive end, senior, Detroit
  • Mike Taylor, linebacker, sophomore, Detroit – started 1 game at linebacker
  • Timothy Wadhams,[10] defensive back, senior, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Mark Werner, defensive back, senior, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Robert E. White, defensive back, senior, Middleville, Michigan
  • George Zuganellis, linebacker, senior, Chicago

Non-letter winnersEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

1969 team players in the NFLEdit

The following players were claimed in the 1970 NFL Draft.[12]

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Jim Mandich Tight end 2 29 Miami Dolphins
Cecil Pryor Defensive end 5 120 Green Bay Packers
Barry Pierson Defensive back 5 127 St. Louis Cardinals

Eighteen members of the 1969 team went on to play professional football. They are: Tom Beckman (St.Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974–1975), Tom Curtis (Baltimore Colts, 1970–1971), Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972–1981), Dan Dierdorf (St. Louis Cardinals, 1971–1983), Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972–1979), Fred Grambau (Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Montreal Alouettes);[13][14] Marty Huff (San Francisco 49ers, 1972; Edmonton Eskimos, 1973; Charlotte Hornets, 1974–1975), Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), Jim Mandich (Miami Dolphins, 1970–1977; Pittsburgh Steelers, 1978), 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);[15] Cecil Pryor (Memphis Southmen),[16] 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). Mandich was the starting tight end for the unbeaten 1972 Miami Dolphins who won Super Bowl VII. Dierdorf would later be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

StatisticsEdit

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Billy Taylor 141 864 6.1 7
Glenn Doughty 150 732 4.9 4
Don Moorhead 170 625 3.7 9
Garvie Craw 117 344 2.9 12

PassingEdit

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Don Moorhead 210 99 7 47.1 1261 12.7 6 22
Jim Betts 33 16 0 48.5 293 18.3 2 59

ReceivingEdit

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Jim Mandich 51 676 13.3 3 32
Bill Harris 15 302 20.1 0 59
Mike Hankwitz 13 165 12.7 0 26
Paul Staroba 12 141 11.8 0 15

Kickoff returnsEdit

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Glenn Doughty 10 199 19.9 0 31
Billy Taylor 5 109 21.8 0 44
Preston Henry 6 83 13.8 0 23

Punt returnsEdit

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Barry Pierson 19 300 15.8 1 60
Marty Huff 1 31 31.0 1 31
Tom Curtis 11 21 1.9 0 12

Coaching staffEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1969 Michigan Football Roster". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  2. ^ Eugene Register Guard. 21 Sept 1969.
  3. ^ "Michigan crushes Huskies." Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Sept 28.
  4. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Oct 12.
  5. ^ Eugene Register-Guard. 1969 Nov 2.
  6. ^ University of Michigan Football Record Book Pt. 1
  7. ^ "Guard Baumgartner plans California trip". The Michigan Daily. November 6, 1968.
  8. ^ Harpring's son, Matt Harpring, played 12 years in the NBA.
  9. ^ Coin set the NCAA record in 1971 with 55 consecutive extra points without a miss. He also broke the Michigan record for longest field goal with a 42-yard field goal against Arizona in 1970.
  10. ^ Wadhams later became the CEO of Masco, a Fortune 400 company. See here.
  11. ^ "Bay County Sports Hall of Fame: Tom Huiskens brought passion to football field at Bay City Central, University of Michigan". Mlive.com. August 1, 2010.
  12. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". pro-football-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
  13. ^ "Grambau Signs". The Robesonian. March 12, 1976.
  14. ^ "Awards race at a glance". Edmonton Journal. October 23, 1974.
  15. ^ CFLpedia
  16. ^ "Former U-M Gridder, Board Member Pryor Passes Away". University of Michigan. October 20, 2005.
  17. ^ Elliot Legow (October 15, 1969). "Freshman football key to varsity Success". The Michigan Daily.

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