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1954 Michigan Wolverines football team

1954 Michigan Wolverines football
1954 Michigan team.jpg
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 15
APNo. 15
1954 record6–3 (5–2 Big Ten)
Head coachBennie Oosterbaan (7th season)
MVPFred Baer
CaptainTed Cachey
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
Seasons
← 1953
1955 →
1954 Big Ten football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
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
Minnesota 4 2 0     7 2 0
Iowa 4 3 0     5 4 0
Purdue 3 3 0     5 3 1
Indiana 2 4 0     3 6 0
Michigan State 1 5 0     3 6 0
Northwestern 1 5 0     2 7 0
Illinois 0 6 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

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.[1][2]

Left guard Ted Cachey was the team captain, and fullback Fred Baer received the team's most valuable player award,[2]

Two Michigan players received All-American honors: left end Ron Kramer was selected as a first-team All-American by the Central Press Association,[3] and left tackle Art Walker received first-team honors from the All-America Board and the Football Writers Association of America.[4][5]

The team's statistical leaders included quarterback Jim Maddock with 293 passing yards, Fred Baer with 439 rushing yards, and Ron Kramer with 303 receiving yards.[6]

Schedule

DateOpponentRankSiteResultAttendance
September 25at Washington*W 14–035,076
October 2Army*L 7–2669,161
October 9No. 4/5 Iowa
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 14–1364,283
October 16at NorthwesternW 7–032,972
October 23No. 8/6 Minnesotadagger
W 34–070,740
October 30IndianaNo. 11/11
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
L 9–1349,817
November 6Illinois
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (series)
W 14–758,777
November 13Michigan StateNo. NR/20
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (rivalry)
W 33–797,239
November 20at No. 1/2 Ohio StateNo. 12/11L 7–2178,447

[1][2]

Statistical leaders

Michigan's individual statistical leaders for the 1954 season include those listed below.[6][7]

Rushing

Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns
Fred Baer 107 439 4.1 3
Dan Cline 97 340 3.5 3
Ed Hickey 45 169 3.8 0
Lou Baldacci 46 152 3.3 4

Passing

Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Jim Maddock 35 16 5 45.7 293 18.3 1 33
Dan Cline 43 15 4 34.9 281 18.7 3 63
Duncan McDonald 36 15 6 41.7 237 15.8 1 32

Receiving

Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Ron Kramer 23 303 13.2 2 29
Lou Baldacci 8 211 26.4 1 63
Dan Cline 6 61 10.2 0 33

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Dan Cline 8 164 20.5 0 34
Ed Hickey 2 32 16.0 0 24

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Dan Cline 13 113 8.7 0 22
Tom Hendricks 1 67 67.0 1 67
Terry Barr 4 56 14.0 0 25
Ron Kramer 3 43 14.3 0 26

Scoring

Player TD (rush) TD (rec.) TD (oth.) Other type PAT att PAT made Points
Ron Kramer 0 2 1 Blk Punt 14 13 31
Lou Baldacci 4 1 0 1 1 31
Fred Baer 3 0 0 0 0 18
Dan Cline 3 0 0 0 0 18

Players

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.[2]

Team captain Ted Cachey
  • 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 honors

Honors and awards for the 1954 season went to the following individuals.[2]

  • Captain: Ted Cachey
  • All-Americans: Art Walker
  • All-Conference: Art Walker, Ron Kramer
  • Most Valuable Player: Fred Baer
  • Meyer Morton Award: Don Dugger

Coaching staff

Michigan's 1954 coaching, training, and support staff included the following persons.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "1954 Michigan Wolverines Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "1954 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  3. ^ Walter Johns (November 28, 1954). "Penn State's Lenny Moore Named To Captains' All-America". Reading Eagle. p. 34.
  4. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1236. ISBN 1401337031.
  5. ^ "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America.
  6. ^ a b "1954 Michigan Wolverines Statistics". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved November 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "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")
  8. ^ 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.