1954 Football Team

Overall Record: 6-3 Conference Record: 5-2
Conference Finish: 2nd place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 15, UPI - No. 15
Coach: Bennie G. Oosterbaan
Captain: Ted Cachey
All-Americans: Arthur Walker
All-Conference: Art Walker, Ron Kramer
Most Valuable Player: Fred Baer
Meyer Morton Award: Don Dugger
Trainer: Jim Hunt
Assistant coaches: Jack Blott, Don Dufek, Robert Holloway, Clifford Keen, Pete Kinyon, Matt Patanelli, Don Robinson, Walter Weber, J.T. White
Manager: Glenn Bearss

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Washington   -/- 09/25 A W 14-0 35,076
Army   -/- 10/02 H L 7-26 69,161
Iowa   -/4 10/09 H W 14-13 64,283
Northwestern   -/- 10/16 A W 7-0 32,972
Minnesota (HC)   -/8 10/23 H W 34-0 70,740
Indiana 11/- 10/30 H L 9-13 49,817
Illinois   -/- 11/06 H W 14-7 58,777
Michigan State   -/- 11/13 H W 33-7 97,239
Ohio State 12/1 11/20 A L 7-21 78,447
Totals 139-87 556,512

Starting Lineups                  
PositionPlayer
left end Ron Kramer (9)
left tackle Art Walker (9)
left guard Ted Cachey (9)
center James Bates (4)
Gene Snider (3)
John Peckham (2)
right guard Ed Meads (9)
right tackle Ronald Geyer (6)
John Morrow (3)
right end Tom Maentz (5)
Jerry Williams (4)
quarterback Lou Baldacci (5)
Duncan McDonald (3)
Jim Maddock
fullback Fred Baer (6)
Dave Hill (2)
Lou Baldacci
left halfback Daniel Cline (9)
right halfback Ed Shannon (6)
Tony Branoff (2)
Edward Hickey

View full 1954 roster (from all-time roster database, includes non-lettermen and freshmen)


1954 Team Photo

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[Note: photo includes only varsity letter winners]

Back Row
Jim Hunt, Gerry Williams, James Maddock, Terry Barr, Edward Shannon, Glen Bearss
4th Row
Richard Hill, Louis Baldacci, Michael Rotunno, Jerry Goebel, Gene Snyder, Ron Kramer, Charles Brooks, Thomas Maentz
3rd Row
Thomas Hendricks, James Bates, John Peckham, William Kolesar, John Morrow, James Fox, George Corey, Robert Marion, Tony Branoff
2nd Row
Daniel Cline, Dave Hill, Charles Ritter, Ronald Geyer, John Veselenak, Donald Drake, Stanley Knickerbocker, Edward Hickey
Front Row
Duncan McDonald, Fred Baer, Fritz Crisler, Ted Cachey, Bennie Oosterbaan, Edgar Meads, Arthur Walker