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1972 Michigan Wolverines football team

Big Ten Co-Champions
Conference Big Ten Conference
Coaches #6
AP #6
1972 record 10–1 (7–1 Big Ten)
Head coach Bo Schembechler (4th year)
Defensive coordinator Jim Young (4th year)
MVP Randy Logan
Captain Tom Coyle
Captain Randy Logan
Home stadium Michigan Stadium

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.


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 11–14   87,040
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.


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]




  • 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


Randy Logan

Craig Mutch Tom Kee
Steve Strinko
Dave Brown
Barry Dotzauer
Tom Drake

Don Coleman Dave Gallagher Gregory Ellis Fred Grambeau Clint Spearman
Larry Johnson Walt Sexton Tony Smith Walt Williamson
Roy Burks
Bo Rather
Gil Chapman
Jim Coode Mike Hoban Bill Hart Tom Coyle Paul Seymour
Jerry Schumacher
Paul Seal
Clint Haslerig
Dennis Franklin
Chuck Heater
Harry Banks
Ed Shuttlesworth
Bob Thornbladh
Special Teams
PK Mike Lantry

Statistical leaders


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


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


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


1 234Total
Northwestern 0 000 0
Michigan 0 700 7





1 2 34Total
Navy 0 0 077
Michigan 0 7 28035

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.[3]

Game 6: Michigan State

1 234Total
Michigan St 0 000 0
Michigan 0 307 10




1 234Total
Minnesota 0 000 0
Michigan 14 14140 42





Ohio State


External links

  • Football -- Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan Athletics History
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