1943 Football Team

Overall Record: 8-1 Conference Record: 6-0
Conference Finish: 1st place tie (Purdue)
National Ranking: AP - No. 3
Coach: Herbert O. &Fritz" Crisler
Captain: Paul White
All-Americans: William Daley, Mervin Pregulman
All-Conference: Fred Negus, Bill Daley, Bob Wiese
Most Valuable Player: Bob Wiese
Meyer Morton Award: Clem Bauman
Trainer: Ray Roberts
Assistant coaches: William Barclay, Ray Fisher, Earl Martineau, Clarence Munn, Bennie Oosterbaan, Arthur Valpey, Walter Weber
Manager: James D. Kline

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Camp Grant 09/18 A W 26-0 11,000
Western Michigan 09/25 H W 57-6 14,008
Northwestern 10/02 A W 21-7 32,077
Notre Dame  2/1 10/09 H L 12-35 86,408
Minnesota (HC) 10/11 10/23 H W 49-6 42,966
Illinois 10/30 A W 42-6 15,724
Indiana  6/- 11/06 H W 23-6 19,759
Wisconsin  4/- 11/13 H W 27-0 15,047
Ohio State  4/- 11/20 H W 45-7 39,139
Total302-73 276,128

Starting Lineups                  
PositionPlayer
left end Rudy Smeja (8)
left tackle Robert Hanzlik (8)
left guard John Gallagher (5)
George Kraeger (3)
center Fred Negus (8)
right guard George Kraeger (3)
John Gallagher (3)
Rex Wells (2)
right tackle Mervin Pregulman (5)
Robert Derleth (3)
right end Arthur Renner (5)
Bob Rennebohm
Henry Olshanski
Jack Petoskey
quarterback Bob Wiese (5)
Jack Wink (2)
Don Lund
fullback Bill Daley (5)
Bob Wiese (3)
left halfback Elroy Hirsch (6)
Bob Nussbaumer (2)
Don Lund
right halfback Walter Dreyer (4)
Paul White (4)

View full 1943 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)


1943 Team Photo

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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Trainer Ray Roberts, Howie Wikel, Jack Trump, Cliff Myll, Vince Mroz, Fenwick Crane, Fred Bryan, Bob Kennedy, Henry Hatch
Third Row
Earl Maves, Wally Dreyer, Bob Nussbaumer, Joe Ponsetto, Don Lund, John Greene, Frank Kern, Jim Aliber, Harold Watts
Second Row
Bob Rennebohm, Farnham Johnson, Rex Wells, Fred Negus, Art Renner, Elroy Hirsch, George Kraeger, Hank Olshanski
Front Row
Johnny Gallagher, Jack Wink, Bob Wiese, Coach Fritz Crisler, Rudy Smeja, Bob Hanzlik, Bob Derleth

1943 Full Squad Photo

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