1971 Michigan Wolverines football
Big Ten champion
Rose Bowl, L 12–13 vs. Stanford
ConferenceBig Ten Conference
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 6
Record11–1 (8–0 Big Ten)
Head coach
Defensive coordinatorJim Young (3rd season)
MVPBilly Taylor
Home stadiumMichigan Stadium
← 1970
1972 →
1971 Big Ten Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Michigan $ 8 0 0 11 1 0
Northwestern 6 3 0 7 4 0
Ohio State 5 3 0 6 4 0
Michigan State 5 3 0 6 5 0
Illinois 5 3 0 5 6 0
Wisconsin 3 5 0 4 6 1
Minnesota 3 5 0 4 7 0
Purdue 3 5 0 3 7 0
Indiana 2 6 0 3 8 0
Iowa 1 8 0 1 10 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1971 Michigan Wolverines football team was an American football team that represented the University of Michigan in the 1971 Big Ten Conference football season. In their third season under head coach Bo Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled an 11–1 record, outscored opponents 421 to 83, won the Big Ten Conference championship, and were ranked No. 4 in the final UPI Poll and No. 6 in the final AP Poll. Defensive back Frank Gusich and center Guy Murdock were the team captains.

The Wolverines were undefeated in the regular season, including three consecutive shutout victories over Virginia (56–0), UCLA (38–0), and Navy (46–0). Two later victories over Indiana (61–7) and Iowa (63–7) were the Wolverines' highest point totals since a 69-point tally in 1947. The Michigan-Ohio State game set an NCAA record with a crowd of 104,016 at Michigan Stadium. In the 1972 Rose Bowl, Michigan lost to Stanford, 13–12, on a field goal with 12 seconds remaining.

Four Michigan players received first-team honors on the 1971 College Football All-America Team. They are:

Linebacker Dana Coin set an NCAA record by successfully converting 55 of 55 extra points without a miss during the 1971 season. He was also the team's leading scorer with 79 points.


September 11at No. 20 NorthwesternNo. 4W 21–642,472
September 18Virginia*No. 4W 56–081,391
September 25UCLA*No. 4
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 38–088,042
October 2Navy*No. 2
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 46–068,168
October 9at Michigan StateNo. 2W 24–13 80,093
October 16IllinoisNo. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI (series)
W 35–673,406
October 23at MinnesotaNo. 3W 35–744,176
October 30IndianadaggerNo. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 61–775,751
November 6IowaNo. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, MI
W 63–772,467
November 13at PurdueNo. 3W 20–1756,485
November 20Ohio StateNo. 3
  • Michigan Stadium
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan (rivalry)
W 10–7104,016
January 1, 1972vs. No. 16 Stanford*No. 4NBCL 12–13103,154
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game

Season summary


The 1970 Michigan team compiled a 9–1 record and was ranked No. 7 in the final Coaches Poll and No. 9 in the final AP Poll. The 1970 team was not permitted to accept a bowl invitation, as Big Ten policy prescribed that the Rose Bowl was the only bowl game in which a conference team could participate. In March 1971, Michigan coach Bo Schembechler launched a public campaign to change the Big Ten's restrictive bowl participation policy. He noted that lesser teams had played in major bowl games and said, "It was a crime what happened to us last season. We were the greatest team in the country not to play in a bowl game."[1] The conference eventually rescinded its one-bowl policy in 1975.

Schembechler also spoke in opposition to the extension of the football schedule from 10 to 11 games for the 1971 season: "I think the NCAA made a mistake in going to 11 games. . . . I love the game and I love to coach it but I also realize that in college they still have to go to school. . . . it does take away somewhat from their academic pursuits. I was concerned about that."[2]

Important players lost from the 1970 team included quarterback Don Moorhead, who had set 24 school records, including those for most yards of total offense and most passing yards. The candidates to take Moorhead's spot as the team's starting quarterback included Tom Slade, Kevin Casey, and Larry Cipa.[3] After the first spring scrimmage, Schembechler criticized the play of his quarterbacks: "We have a lousy offense. We're going to have to run the ball every play."[4] Slade and Casey ended up starting eight and four games, respectively. Cipa was the only one of the trio who went on to play quarterback in the NFL.

Other key players lost from the 1970 season included offensive lineman Dan Dierdorf, middle guard Henry Hill, and linebacker Marty Huff.[5]

Michigan was ranked No. 4 in the final pre-season poll.[6]


Michigan's recruiting class for 1971 included quarterback Dennis Franklin, running backs Chuck Heater and Gil Chapman, defensive back Dave Brown, linebacker Steve Strinko, and offensive lineman Dennis Franks. Chapman was the most heralded rookie back, having scored 564 points in high school.[7]


Week 1: Michigan at Northwestern
1 234Total
Michigan 0 7140 21
Northwestern 0 006 6
  • Date: September 11
  • Location: Evanston, IL
  • Game attendance: 42,472

Michigan opened its 1971 season with a 21–6 victory over Northwestern in front of 42,472 spectators at Dyche Stadium in Evanston, Illinois. Sophomore Kevin Casey started at quarterback and completed only four of 11 passes for 34 yards and had one pass intercepted. Michigan's first touchdown was scored in the second quarter by split end Bo Rather on "an 18-yard razzle-dazzle end around TD run", with Jim Brandstatter making a key block.[6] Rather scored again in the third quarter after a 51-yard field goal attempt by Dana Coin was knocked down by a Northwestern player as it fell short; Rather fell on the ball in the end zone, and the officials ruled it a live ball and fumble recovery. Tailback Billy Taylor scored Michigan's third touchdown on a five-yard touchdown run later in the third quarter. Taylor totaled 105 rushing yards on 28 carries in the game. Kicker Dana Coin converted all three point after touchdown attempts. On defense, Frank Gusich had two interceptions. Northwestern scored its touchdown in the fourth quarter on a short pass. After the game, coach Schembechler told the press, "It was no masterpiece, but it was effective."[6]

After a review of game films, center Guy Murdock was named Michigan's offensive champion, and Gusich, with his two interceptions, was named defensive champion.[8]


Week 2: Virginia at Michigan
1 234Total
Virginia 0 000 0
Michigan 14 21147 56
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 81,391

On September 18, Michigan defeated Virginia, 56–0, in the home opener before a crowd of 81,391 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan took a 35–0 lead at halftime and used its reserves extensively, including five quarterbacks and 11 running backs. Michigan's offense was heavily skewed in favor of the ground game, with 83 rushing carries and only 10 passes. The Wolverine backs carried the ball 83 times and totaled 495 rushing yards, including 107 yards by Ed Shuttlesworth and 89 yards, all in the first half, by Billy Taylor. Michigan scored seven rushing touchdowns, two each by Taylor and Alan Walker and one each by Shuttlesworth, Bob Thornbladh and Fritz Seyferth. Michigan's eighth touchdown was scored by Dave Elliott, the son of former Michigan player Pete Elliott, who fell on the ball after a Michigan kickoff was not fielded by Virginia as it made its way into the end zone. Kevin Casey started his second game at quarterback and completed two of five passes for 43 yards. Virginia completed only one pass and threw three interceptions. In total offense, Michigan out-gained Virginia, 566 yards to 78 yards. After the game, Virginia coach Don Lawrence praised Michigan's running backs: "Those are the best six running backs I've ever seen together. We were there, but we just got knocked down."[9] Coach Schembechler opined, "There's not much to say, is there? We were bigger and stronger physically than they were."[9]


Week 3: UCLA at Michigan
1 234Total
UCLA 0 000 0
Michigan 17 7014 38
  • Date: September 25
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 89,177

On September 25, Michigan defeated UCLA, 38–0, before a crowd of 89,177 in the rain at Michigan Stadium. Michigan led 24–0 at halftime on touchdown runs by Fritz Seyferth and Ed Shuttlesworth, a 31-yard field goal by Dana Coin, and a 32-yard touchdown pass from Kevin Casey to Bo Rather. Casey's touchdown pass to Rather was the first of the year for Michigan. In the fourth quarter, Michigan added two more touchdowns on a 92-yard interception return by Thom Darden and a short run by Harry Banks.[10] With 91 rushing yards, Billy Taylor passed 2,000 career rushing yards to move into third place among Michigan's career rushing leaders.[11] On defense, Michigan held UCLA to 39 rushing yards and sacked UCLA quarterback nine times. After the game, UCLA coach Pepper Rodgers said, "I've never had a team dominated the way we were today."[10]

After defeating UCLA, Michigan jumped to #2 in the AP and UPI polls.[12]


Week 4: Navy at Michigan
1 234Total
Navy 0 000 0
Michigan 7 81021 46
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 68,168

On October 2, Michigan defeated Navy, 46–0, in front of 68,168 spectators in Michigan Stadium. The game marked the first time since 1948 that a Michigan football team had shut out three consecutive opponents. Michigan's running backs scored five rushing touchdowns, two by Alan Walker and one each by Billy Taylor, Harry Banks, and Fritz Seyferth. With 76 rushing yards, Taylor passed Tom Harmon and moved into second place among Michigan's career rushing leaders. Ed Shuttlesworth also ran for a two-point conversion in the second quarter. Kevin Casey started his fourth game at quarterback and completed only one pass for eight yards, as Tom Slade, Larry Cipa and Jack McBride replaced him after the first quarter and jointly completed eight of 13 passes for 145 yards. Cipa threw a 49-yard touchdown pass to Mike Oldham with three minutes remaining in the game. Dana Coin converted five points after touchdown and kicked a field goal. Michigan out-gained Navy by 428 yards to 71 yards.[13]

During a halftime ceremony, Michigan honored the crew of Apollo 15, James Irwin, David Scott, and Alfred Worden, all Michigan alumni.[13]

Michigan State

Week 5: Michigan at Michigan State
1 234Total
Michigan 7 3014 24
Michigan State 0 706 13

On October 9, Michigan won its fifth consecutive game, defeating Michigan State, 24–13, in front of 80,093 spectators, the largest crowd to that time in the history of Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, Michigan. Billy Taylor rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries. Tom Slade started his first game at quarterback, completed three of nine passes for 45 yards, and rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown.[14] With Michigan State athletic director Biggie Munn in critical condition following a stroke,[15] the Spartans kept the game close. Michigan State trailed 10–7 late in the third quarter and had the ball at Michigan's 14-yard line. At that point, Michigan's Butch Carpenter forced a fumble that was recovered by Mike Keller. The Wolverines then sealed the game with a two-yard touchdown run by Taylor and a seven-yard touchdown run by Slade. Michigan kicker Dana Coin converted three point after touchdown attempts and kicked a 27-yard field goal.[14]

In the weekly polling after the Michigan-Michigan State game, the Wolverines dropped from #2 to #3 in both the Coaches and AP Polls. Oklahoma narrowly edged ahead of Michigan after an upset victory over Texas.[16]


Week 6: Illinois at Michigan
1 234Total
Illinois 6 000 6
Michigan 7 14014 35
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 73,406

On October 16, Michigan defeated Illinois, 35–6, at Michigan Stadium. Quarterback Tom Slade threw an interception on the first play from scrimmage, setting up an Illinois touchdown only one minute and 23 seconds into the game. Slade then settled in, ran 25 yards for Michigan's first touchdown, and completed five of seven passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. Defensive back Thom Darden set up Michigan's second touchdown with a 47-yard punt return. Wingback Glenn Doughty was the star of the game for Michigan, as he rushed for 48 yards and two touchdowns on six carries and caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Billy Taylor led the rushing attack with 103 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.[17]


Week 7: Michigan at Minnesota
1 234Total
Michigan 7 7714 35
Minnesota 0 700 7
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Minneapolis
  • Game attendance: 44,176

On October 23, in the annual Little Brown Jug game, Michigan defeated Minnesota, 35–7, in front of 44,176 spectators in Minneapolis. Billy Taylor rushed for 166 and two touchdowns on 33 carries. He also surpassed Ron Johnson's career total of 2,524 rushing yards to become Michigan's all-time career rushing leader. Michigan rushed for 391 yards in all, including 96 yards for Ed Shuttlesworth, 62 yards and a touchdown for Glenn Doughty, and 25 yards and a touchdown to Fritz Seyferth. Michigan's passing game never got on track, as Tom Slade completed only one of seven passes for 13 yards. Coming into the game in the second half, Larry Cipa threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Larry Gustafson. Dana Coin converted all five point after touchdown kicks for Michigan.[18]


Week 8: Indiana at Michigan
1 234Total
Indiana 0 007 7
Michigan 14 17921 61
  • Date: October 30
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 75,751

On October 30, Michigan defeated Indiana, 61–7, before a crowd of 75,751 at Michigan Stadium. Michigan's 61 points was its highest score since a 69-point tally in 1947. Billy Taylor led the offense with 172 rushing yards, including touchdown runs of 43 and 66 yards, on 11 carries, an average of 15.6 yards per carry. Michigan rushed for a total of 452 yard, with addition touchdowns scored by third-string fullback Bob Thornbladh (2), quarterback Tom Slade (2), and Alan Walker. Thom Darden returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown, and Michigan also scored on a safety when the Indiana returner took the ball at the one-yard line, took a step back, and downed the ball in the end zone. Michigan also recovered four fumbles and played its reserves extensively, with a total of 68 players seeing game action. Dana Coin added a field goal and five extra points. After the game, coach Bo Schembechler sent his regrets to his close friend and Indiana coach John Pont; Schembechler told the press, "I hate to beat anybody that bad, especially somebody I like."[19]


Week 9: Iowa at Michigan
1 234Total
Iowa 0 700 7
• Michigan 14 72814 63
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game attendance: 72,476

On November 6, Michigan defeated Iowa, 63–7, in front of 72,467 "shivering fans" at Michigan Stadium. Fullback Ed Shuttlesworth rushed for three touchdowns in the first half to give Michigan a 21–0 lead at halftime. Shuttlesworth ended up with 112 yards on 16 carries. Michigan's backs totaled 493 rushing yards, including 98 yards and two touchdowns for Alan "Cowboy" Walker, 80 yards and one touchdown for Billy Taylor, Glenn Doughty with 57 yards and one touchdown, and Bob Thornbladh with 51 yard and a touchdown. Quarterback Tom Slade completed two of four passes for 32 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Bo Rather. Dana Coin kicked seven extra points, giving him an NCAA record with 51 consecutive successful extra point kicks.[20]


Week 10: Michigan at Purdue
1 234Total
Michigan 7 076 20
Purdue 3 077 17

On November 13, Michigan defeated Purdue, 20–17. For the second consecutive week, Ed Shuttlesworth led Michigan in rushing, totaling 125 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries. Billy Taylor added 98 yards and Glenn Doughty 93 yards. Dana Coin added two field goals, including the winning field goal with 46 seconds left in the game. Purdue quarterback Gary Danielson, who attended high school in Dearborn, Michigan, kept the game close with touchdown passes of nine and 66 yards.[21]

Ohio State

Week 11: Ohio State at Michigan
1 234Total
Ohio State 0 070 7
Michigan 0 307 10
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Ann Arbor, MI
  • Game start: 1:00 pm
  • Game attendance: 104,000
  • Game weather: 41 F
  • Referee: Jerry Markbreit

On November 20, Michigan defeated Ohio State, 10–7, before an NCAA record crowd of 104,016 persons in attendance at Michigan Stadium.[22] Michigan took a 3–0 lead at halftime on a 32-yard field goal by Dana Coin. Ohio State took the lead in the third quarter on an 85-yard punt return by Campana. Billy Taylor, assisted by a "devastating block" by Fritz Seyferth, put Michigan back in the lead with a 21-yard touchdown run with two minutes and seven seconds left in the game.[23] Ohio State's final drive ended when Thom Darden intercepted a pass with one-and-a-half minutes remaining. After the interception, Ohio State coach Woody Hayes ran across the field, berating each of the officials. The officials assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct against Hayes. When another penalty was assessed against Ohio State linebacker Randy Gradishar for punching Michigan's backup quarterback, Larry Cipa. When the official moved the first-down markers to assess the penalty, Hayes pulled the markers from ground, threw one onto the field and threw the other to the ground, proceeding to then rip the plastic flag from the pole with his hand.[24] The victory gave Michigan an undefeated record in the regular season for the first time since 1948.[23]

1972 Rose Bowl

Main article: 1972 Rose Bowl

The game was the first Rose Bowl meeting between the two schools since the inaugural Rose Bowl in 1902, in which Michigan crushed Stanford, 49–0. In the 1972 rematch, Michigan was ranked #3 in the country and favored by 10½ points. Michigan's Dana Coin kicked a 30-yard field goal in the second quarter for the only first half scoring. In the first series of the second half, Stanford stopped the Wolverines on fourth and one at Stanford's four-yard line, then tied the game on a 42-yard field goal. Early in the fourth quarter, Michigan's Fritz Seyferth scored on a one-yard dive to put Michigan up 10–3. After Stanford got the ball back, the Indians faced fourth and ten from their own 33. Stanford ran a fake punt, with Jim Kehl receiving the snap and handing the ball forward to Jackie Brown through Brown's legs. Brown ran 33 yards for a first down, and followed up a minute later with a 24-yard touchdown run to tie the game. Late in the fourth quarter, Michigan recovered a Stanford fumble near midfield. Facing fourth down with time running down, the Wolverines attempted a 42-yard field goal. The kick was short, and Stanford safety Jim Ferguson caught the ball and attempted to run it out of the end zone. Instead, he was knocked back into the end zone by Ed Shuttlesworth for a controversial Michigan safety, as replays seemed to show that Ferguson's forward progress was to the three-yard line. This made the score 12–10 with just over three minutes to play, and Michigan due to get the ball on a free kick. Following the free kick, Stanford held Michigan to a three-and-out and got the ball back on their own 22-yard line with 1:48 to go. Bunce then threw five consecutive completions to take Stanford to the Michigan 17-yard line with 22 seconds left. The Indians ran twice to get to the Michigan 14-yard line with 12 seconds left. From there, Stanford kicked a 31-yard field goal to give Stanford a 13–12 victory with 12 seconds left.[25]

Ranking and honors

Record-setting running back Billy Taylor
Record-setting running back Billy Taylor
Consensus All-American Reggie McKenzie (No. 65) blocking for Glenn Doughty (No. 22)
Consensus All-American Reggie McKenzie (No. 65) blocking for Glenn Doughty (No. 22)

In their third season under coach Schembechler, the Wolverines compiled an 11–1 record, outscored opponents 421 to 83, won the Big Ten Conference championship, and played in their second Rose Bowl in three years.[26] In early January 1972, the Associated Press (AP) released its final post-season college football poll for the 1971 season. The 1971 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team was ranked No. 1, and Michigan dropped from No. 4 to No. 6.[27]

After setting Michigan's career rushing record, Billy Taylor received numerous honors at the end of the 1971 season, including the following:

Four other Michigan players won first-team All-American honors as follows:

Linebacker and placekicker Dana Coin set an NCAA record by successfully converting 55 of 55 extra points without a miss during the 1971 season. He was also the team's leading scorer with 79 points.[20][39]

Fifteen Michigan players received honors on the 1971 All-Big Ten Conference football team. Thom Darden, Reggie McKenzie, Billy Taylor, and Mike Taylor received first-team honors from both the AP and UPI, and Mike Keller received first-team honors from the AP. Players receiving second-team honors were Tom Coyle (AP-2, UPI-2), Guy Murdock (AP-2, UPI-2), Ed Shuttlesworth (UPI-2), Glenn Doughty (UPI-2), Paul Seymour (UPI-2), Chris Tucker (AP-2), Jim Brandstatter (UPI-2), Jim Coode (UPI-2), Alden Carpenter (UPI-2), and Tom Beckman (AP-2).[40][41]

Team awards went to Billy Taylor (Most Valuable Player), Guy Murdock (Meyer Morton Award), Dave Gallagher (John Maulbetsch Award), Tom Kee (Frederick Matthaei Award), and Bruce Elliott (Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award).[26]


The following individuals won varsity letters for their participation on the 1971 Michigan football team.[42] Players who started at least six games are highlighted in bold.


Tom Slade (No. 17), Jim Brandstatter (No. 76), and Fritz Seyferth (No. 32)
Tom Slade (No. 17), Jim Brandstatter (No. 76), and Fritz Seyferth (No. 32)
Running back Ed Shuttlesworth
Running back Ed Shuttlesworth
No. Name Position Games
Class Hometown Ht. Wt.
20 Harry Banks TB 0 Fr. St. Johns, Michigan 5'10" 177
76 Jim Brandstatter RT 10 Sr. East Lansing, Michigan 6'4" 245
12 Kevin Casey QB 4 Soph. Grand Rapids, Michigan 6'2" 175
13 Larry Cipa QB 1 (wolf) Jr. Cincinnati 6'3" 203
40 Gary R. Coakley SE 0 Jr. Detroit 6'2" 197
73 Jim Coode LT 10 Jr. Mayfield Hts., Ohio 6'3-1/2 235
60 Thomas J. Coyle RG 12 Jr. Chicago 6'0" 233
22 Glenn Doughty WB 12 Sr. Detroit 6'2" 204
59 Mark F. Duffy C 0 Sr. Chicago 5'11" 224
48 Larry Gustafson WB 0 Soph. Mays Landing, New Jersey 5'11" 176
56 William J. Hart C 0 Jr. Rockford, Michigan 5'11" 176
43 Clint Haslerig WB 0 Soph. Cincinnati 6'1" 182
61 Mike Hoban OG 0 Soph. Chicago 6'2" 232
52 Scott E. Hulke OT 0 Sr. Elgin, Illinois 6'5" 224
65 Reggie McKenzie LG 12 Sr. Highland Park, Michigan 6'4" 232
53 Guy Murdock C 12 Sr. Barrington, Illinois 6'2" 210
84 Michael Oldham SE 0 Sr. Cincinnati 6'3" 198
79 Thomas Poplawski LT 2 Jr. Warren, Michigan 6'4" 224
15 Bo Rather SE 11 Jr. Sandusky, Ohio 6'1" 180
63 Gerald F. Schumacher OG 0 Jr. Chicago 6'2" 224
83 Paul Seal TE 1 (SE) Soph. Detroit 6'6" 208
32 Fritz Seyferth FB 12 Sr. Darien, Connecticut 6'3" 218
85 Paul Seymour TE 12 Jr. Berkley, Michigan 6'5" 231
31 Ed Shuttlesworth FB 0 Soph. Cincinnati 6'2" 235
17 Tom Slade QB 8 Soph. Saginaw, Michigan 6'1" 198
42 Billy Taylor TB 11 Sr. Barberton, Ohio 5'11" 195
30 Bob Thornbladh FB 3 (DB) Soph. Plymouth, Michigan 6'2" 224
78 Chris Tucker RT 2 (RT)
2 (DT)
Soph. Cleveland 6'1" 234
49 Alan "Cowboy" Walker TB 1 Jr. Cincinnati 6'1-1/2" 243
16 David Zuccarelli WB 0 Jr. Chicago 6'0" 196


Third-team All-American Mike Keller
Third-team All-American Mike Keller
Defensive back Randy Logan
Defensive back Randy Logan
No. Name Position Games
Class Hometown Ht. Wt.
99 Tom Beckman DT 5 (MLB)
3 (RDT)
3 (RDE)
Sr. Chesaning, Michigan 6'5" 246
94 Alden "Butch" Carpenter LDE 12 Sr. Flint, Michigan 6'2" 215
36 Dana Coin LB, PK 2 (OLB) Sr. Pontiac, Michigan 6'1" 229
35 Thom Darden S 10 Sr. Sandusky, Ohio 6'2" 195
25 Barry Dotzauer DB 0 Soph. Cincinnati 6'1" 162
28 Thomas E. Drake DB 0 Soph. Midland, Michigan 5'11" 175
86 Donald R. Eaton DE 0 Jr. Lancaster, Ohio 6'4" 194
21 Bruce N. Elliott DB 12 Sr. Indianapolis 6'0" 175
45 Dave Elliott DB 0 Soph. Indianapolis 6'2" 170
68 Gregory A. Ellis MG 10 Jr. Connersville, Indiana 6'2" 223
71 Dave Gallagher DT 1 (MG) Soph. Piqua, Ohio 6'4" 225
92 Fred Grambau LDT 9 Jr. Ossineke, Michigan 6'2-1/2" 234
14 Frank Gusich Wolf back 8 Sr. Garfield Hts., Ohio 6'0" 188
37 Thomas G. Kee LB 9 RDT)
3 (OLB)
Jr. Wheaton, Illinois 5'11" 210
90 Mike Keller DE 6 (OLB)
5 (RDE)
Sr. Grand Rapids, Michigan 6'3" 215
41 Randy Logan DB 11 Jr. Detroit 6'2" 192
93 John P. Middlebrook LB 0 Sr. Jackson, Michigan 6'0" 210
95 Robert J. Rosema DE 0 Sr. Grand Rapids, Michigan 6'3" 193
55 Walter E. Sexton MG 1 (LDT)
1 (MG)
Soph. Massapequa, New York 5'11" 200
74 Tony L. Smith DT 0 Jr. Detroit 6'5" 230
96 Clinton Spearman DE 0 Jr. Hamilton, Ohio 6'3" 223
38 Geoffry Steger Wolf back 3 Soph. Winnetka, Illinois 6'0" 188
33 Mike Taylor LB 6 (MLB)
4 (RDE)
1 (OLB)
Sr. Detroit 6'1-1/2" 224
75 Douglas Troszak DT 0 Soph. Warren, Michigan 6'3" 241


The following individuals were on the team roster but did not win varsity letters.[42]

Statistical leaders


Player Attempts Net yards Yards per attempt Touchdowns Long
Billy Taylor 249 1297 5.2 13 66
Ed Shuttlesworth 182 875 4.8 6 28
Glenn Doughty 98 474 4.8 5 3


Player Attempts Completions Interceptions Comp % Yards Yds/Comp TD Long
Tom Slade 63 27 4 42.9 364 13.5 2 28
Kevin Casey 34 14 1 41.2 165 11.8 1 32
Larry Cipa 25 7 2 28.0 146 20.9 2 49


Player Receptions Yards Yds/Recp TD Long
Glenn Doughty 16 203 12.7 1 22
Bo Rather 11 181 16.4 2 32
Mike Oldham 7 136 19.4 1 49

Kickoff returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Bo Rather 12 240 20.0 0 30
Harry Banks 5 120 24.0 0 45
Glenn Doughty 3 50 16.7 0 21

Punt returns

Player Returns Yards Yds/Return TD Long
Thom Darden 23 237 10.3 0 47
Bruce Elliott 28 225 8.0 0 36

Professional football

Twenty-two members of the 1971 team went on to play professional football. They are: (1) Tom Beckman (St. Louis Cardinals, 1972, Memphis Grizzlies, 1974–1975), (2) Larry Cipa (New Orleans Saints, 1974–75); (3) Jim Coode (Ottawa Rough Riders, 1974–80); (4) Thom Darden (Cleveland Browns, 1972–1981), (5) Glenn Doughty (Baltimore Colts, 1972–1979), (6) Dave Gallagher (Chicago Bears, 1974, New York Giants, 1975–76, Detroit Lions, 1978–79), (7) Fred Grambau (Hamilton Tiger-Cats, 1973–75), (8) Clint Haslerig (Chicago Bears, 1974, Buffalo Bills, 1974–75, Minnesota Vikings, 1975, New York Jets, 1976), (9) Mike Hoban (Chicago Bears, 1974), (10) Mike Keller (Dallas Cowboys, 1972), (11) Randy Logan (Philadelphia Eagles, 1973–83), (12) Reggie McKenzie (Buffalo Bills, 1972–1982), (13) Seattle Seahawks, 1983–1984), (14) Guy Murdock (Houston Oilers, 1974; Chicago Fire/Winds, 1974–1975), (15) Bo Rather (Miami Dolphins, 1973, 1978; Chicago Bears, 1974–78), (16) Paul Seal (New Orleans Saints, 1974–76, San Francisco 49ers, 1977–78), (17) Fritz Seyferth (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), (18) Paul Seymour (Buffalo Bills, 1973–1977), (19) Ed Shuttlesworth (Toronto Argonauts, 1971–1973), (20) Billy Taylor (Calgary Stampeders, 1972), (21) Mike Taylor (New York Jets, 1972–73), and (22) Bob Thornbladh (Kansas City Chiefs, 1974).

Coaching staff


  1. ^ Joe Falls (March 25, 1971). "Bo Urges More Bowls for Big Ten Teams". Detroit Free Press. p. 3D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  2. ^ "Bo and Duffy Talk About M, MSU Football . . . And Themselves". Detroit Free Press. August 22, 1971. p. 42 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Curt Sylvester (April 17, 1971). "Wide-Open Grid Race – M's Bo". Detroit Free Press. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ "'Terrible' U-M Drill Has Bo A-Grumbling". Detroit Free Press. April 1, 1971. p. 2F – via Newspapers.com. open access
  5. ^ Curt Sylvester (August 22, 1971). "Big Ten Power? It's All Here in Michigan". Detroit Free Press. p. 7C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ a b c Curt Sylvester (September 12, 1971). "U-M, Spartans Both Win: It's Wolverines, 21–6". Detroit Free Press. p. 1E, 4E – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ "U-M, MSU sign prizes". Detroit Free Press. June 30, 1971. p. 5D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ Curt Sylvester (September 14, 1971). "'Casey Better Quarterback Than He Played' – Bo". Detroit Free Press. p. 2D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  9. ^ a b "U-M Buries Virginia, 56–0: Highest Total Since 1969". Detroit Free Press. September 19, 1971. pp. 1C, 4C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ a b "Wolverines Roll, 38–0". Detroit Free Press. September 26, 1971. pp. 4C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ Curt Sylvester (September 29, 1971). "U-M's Billy Taylor Is Filling Ron Johnson's Shoes". Detroit Free Press. p. 3D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ Curt Sylvester (September 28, 1971). "U-M Ranked 2nd ... But Bo Unimpressed". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 4D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ a b Curt Sylvester (October 3, 1971). "U-M Brushes Off Navy, 46–0". Detroit Free Press. p. 1C, 4C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  14. ^ a b Charlie Vincent (October 10, 1971). "It's U-M, 24–13". Detroit Free Press. p. 1C, 4C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  15. ^ "Munn Shows Improvement". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1971. p. 4C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  16. ^ "U-M Dropped To Third In Football Polls". Detroit Free Press. October 12, 1971. p. 3F – via Newspapers.com. open access
  17. ^ "U-M Rambles; UM 35, Illinois 6". Detroit Free Press. p. 1C, 7C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  18. ^ Curt Sylvester. "Taylor Cracks Record – It's M, 35–7: Billy Gains 166 Yards". Detroit Free Press. p. 1C.
  19. ^ Curt Sylvester (October 31, 1971). "Wowee! Michigan wins 61–7". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 2D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  20. ^ a b Curt Sylvester (November 7, 1971). "U-M Sniffs Roses . . . Blasts Iowa, 63–7". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 6D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  21. ^ Curt Sylvester (November 14, 1971). "M Wins Title, Bowl Trip: Purdue Puts Up Strong Battle, 20–17". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1D, 7D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  22. ^ "Here's Breakdown Of That M Crowd". Detroit Free Press. November 21, 1971. p. 7D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  23. ^ a b Curt Sylvester (November 21, 1971). "Whew! U-M 10, OSU 7: Woody Throws Tantrum Before 104,016". Detroit Free Press. p. 1D, 7D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  24. ^ "Oh, Was Woody Mad!". Detroit Free Press. November 21, 1971. pp. 1E, 7E – via Newspapers.com. open access
  25. ^ Curt Sylvester. "Stanford Jolts Michigan, 13–12". Detroit Free Press. pp. 1C, 5C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  26. ^ a b c d e f g "1971 Football Team". Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan. Retrieved May 11, 2016.
  27. ^ "Big 8 Sweeps Final Poll . . . U-M Is Sixth". Detroit Free Press. January 4, 1972. p. 1D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  28. ^ a b c "Walker, Majors All-Americans on Two Teams". The Nashville Tennessean. November 24, 1971. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  29. ^ a b c d e f g "All-America Lists". News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio). December 2, 1971. p. 42 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  30. ^ "MSU's Eric Wins 'Silver Football'". Detroit Free Press. December 26, 1971. p. 7C – via Newspapers.com. open access
  31. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2016.(to retrieve Michigan team statistics for the 1971 season, enter "1971" in the box for "Enter Year")
  32. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 22, 2014. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  33. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  34. ^ a b "1971 NEA All-America". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. November 27, 1971. p. 3D – via Newspapers.com. open access
  35. ^ a b "Arneson Named To Team: Sporting News Picks UA Star". Tucson Daily Citizen. December 9, 1971. p. 42.
  36. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2016.(to retrieve Taylor's statistics for the 1971 season, enter "Taylor" and "Mike" in the boxes for first and last name)
  37. ^ a b "Sullivan picked by Kodak". The Pantagraph. November 28, 1971. p. 19 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  38. ^ "Michigan Football Statistic Archive Query Page". Mgoblue.com. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved May 13, 2016.(to retrieve Darden's statistics for the 1971 season, enter "Darden" and "Thom" in the boxes for first and last name)
  39. ^ "Dowagiac Hires Dana Coin". The News-Palladium. August 2, 1972. p. 38 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  40. ^ "All Big Ten Selected". Daily Illini. November 24, 1971.
  41. ^ "Unbeaten Michigan Dominate UPI Team Picked by Coaches: Ohio State Places 7 On All-Big Ten Teams". The Times Recorder. Zanesville, Ohio. November 25, 1971. p. 9D – via Newspapers.com.
  42. ^ a b "1971 Michigan football roster". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Retrieved May 13, 2016.(players receiving varsity letters designated with the letter "v")