1941 Football Team

Overall Record: 6-1-1 Conference Record: 3-1-1
Conference Finish: 2nd place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 5
Coach: Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler
Captain: Bob Westfall
All-Americans: Robert Westfall
All-Conference: Bob Ingalls, Bob Westfall
Most Valuable Player: Reuben Kelto
Meyer Morton Award: Mervin Pregulman
Trainer: Charles Hoyt
Assistant coaches: Clifford Keen, Archie Kodros, Earl Martineau, Ernest McCoy, Clarence Munn, Bennie Oosterbaan, Hercules Renda, Walter Weber
Manager: William L. Hurley, Edward K. Aldworth (ass't), James D. Kline (ass't), Howard F. DeYoung (ass't), Albert L. Gruenewald (ass't)

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Michigan State 09/27 H W 19-7 66,389
Iowa 10/04 H W 6-0 29,807
Pittsburgh 10/11 H W 40-0 33,848
Northwestern 6/5 10/18 A W 14-7 43,264
Minnesota (HC) 3/- 10/25 H L 0-7 84,658
Illinois 7/- 11/01 A W 20-0 31,554
Columbia 7/- 11/15 A W 28-0 31,181
Ohio State 7/14 11/22 H T 20-20 84,581
Totals147-41 405,282

Starting Lineups                  
PositionPlayer
left end Harlin Fraumann (8)
left tackle Albert Wistert (8)
left guard Robert Kolesar (8)
center Don Ingalls (8)
right guard Mervin Pregulman (6)
William Melzow (2)
right tackle Reuben Kelto (8)
right end Joe Rogers (5)
Philip Sharpe (2)
Rudy Smeja
quarterback George Ceithaml (8)
fullback Bob Westfall (8)
left halfback Tom Kuzma (7)
David Nelson
right halfback Harold Lockard (5)
Paul White (3)

View full 1941 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)


1941 Team Photo
1941 team photo
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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Charles Hoyt (Trainer), Don Boor, Harold Lockard, William Hurley manager
Fourth Row
Jack Karwales, Elmer Madar, Merv Pregulman, Phil Sharpe, Paul White, Tom Kuzma, Julius Franks
Third Row
Rudy Smeja, John Laine, William Melzow, Bob Flora, Albert Wistert, George Ceithaml
Second Row
Leo Cunningham, Ted Kennedy, H.O. "Fritz" Crisler, Bob Westfall (Capt.), Bob Ingalls, Reuben Kelto, Harlin Fraumann
Front Row
Don Robinson, David Nelson

1941 Full Squad Photo
1941 team photo
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