1944 Football Team

Overall Record: 8-2 Conference Record: 5-2
Conference Finish: 2nd place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 8
Coach: Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler
Captain: Bob Wiese*
All-Conference: Bob Wiese, Milan Lazetich, Joe Ponsetto
Most Valuable Player: Donald Lund
Meyer Morton Award: [no award given due to disruption caused by WWII]
Trainer: Ray Roberts
Assistant coaches: William Barclay, Ray Fisher, Earl Martineau, Clarence Munn, Bennie Oosterbaan, Arthur Valpey, Walter Weber
Manager: William Hart, Rawland Sylvester

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Iowa Pre-Flight 09/16 H W 12-7 20,243
Marquette 09/23 A W 14-0 12,366
Indiana 09/30 H L 0-20 18,477
Minnesota 10/07 A W 28-13 37,256
Northwestern 12/- 10/14 H W 27-0 30,861
Purdue 10/- 10/28 H W 40-14 44,276
Pennsylvania 10/- 11/04 A W 41-19 39,557
Illinois (HC)   8/10 11/11 H W 14-0 43,922
Wisconsin   5/- 11/18 H W 14-0 20,885
Ohio State   6/3 11/25 A L 14-18 70,449
Total204-91 338,292

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*   Don Lund and Joe Ponsetto acted as co-captains after Wiese left for military service on November first.

Starting Lineups                  
PositionPlayer
left end Bruce Hilkene (9)
Art Renner
left tackle Milan Lazetich (8)
Art LeRoux (2)
left guard George Burg (10)
center John Lintol (5)
Harold Watts (5)
right guard Quentin Sickels (10)
right tackle Clement Bauman (10)
right end Art Renner (9)
Dick Rifenburg
quarterback Joseph Ponsetto (10)
fullback Bob Wiese (7)
Don Lund (3)
left halfback Gene Derricotte (9)
William Culligan
right halfback Bob Nussbaumer (7)
Ralph Chubb (3)

View full 1944 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)


1944 Team Photo

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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Ray Roberts (trainer), Earl Martineau (Backfield coach), Cecil Freihofer, Jack Weisenburger, Dick Rifenburg, Quentin Sickels, Jerry Brielmaier, Warren Bentz, Benny Oosterbaan (End Coach), Clarence Munn (Line coach)
3rd Row
Henry Hatch (Custodian of Equipment), Tom Peterson, Harold Watts, John Lintol, George Burg, Tom Swift, Roger Chiaverini, Eugene Derricotte, Rawland Sylvester (Manager)
2nd Row
Ed Grier, Charles Wahl, John Weyers, Bill Culligan, Art LeRoux, Howard Yerges, Howard Mehaffey, Ralph Chubb
Front Row
Milan Lazetich, Bruce Hilkene, Joe Ponsetto, Fritz Crisler (Coach), Don Lund, Art Renner, Clem Bauman

1944 Full Squad Photo

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