1976 Football Team

Overall Record: 10-2 Conference Record: 7-1
Conference Finish: 1st place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 3, UPI - No. 3
Coach: Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler
Captain: Rob Lytle, Calvin O'Neal, Kirk Lewis
All-Americans: Rob Lytle, Calvin O'Neal, Jim Smith, Mark Donahue
All-Conference: Jim Smith, Greg Morton, Calvin O'Neal, Bill Dufek, Mark Donahue, Walt Downing, Rick Leach, Rob Lytle, John Anderson
Most Valuable Player: Rob Lytle
Meyer Morton Award: Greg Morton
John Maulbetsch Award: Rick Leach
Frederick Matthei Award: John Anderson
Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Kirk Lewis
Trainer: Lindsy McLean
Assistant coaches: Dennis Brown, Tirrel Burton, Jerry Hanlon, Jack Harbaugh, Bill McCartney, Gary Moeller, Tom Reed, Paul Schudel, Chuck Stobart
Manager: Robert I. Brown

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Wisconsin 2/- 09/11 H W 40-27 101,347
Stanford 1/- 09/18 H W 51-0 103,741
Navy 1/- 09/25 H W 70-14 101,040
Wake Forest 1/- 10/02 H W 31-0 103,241
Michigan State 1/- 10/09 H W 42-10 104,211
Northwestern 1/- 10/16 A W 38-7 31,045
Indiana 1/- 10/23 A W 35-0 39,385
Minnesota (HC) 1/- 10/30 H W 45-0 104,426
Purdue 1/- 11/06 A L 14-16 57,205
Illinois 4/- 11/13 H W 38-7 104,107
Ohio State 4/8 11/20 A W 22-0 88,250
USC 2/3 01/01 1 L 6-14 106,182
Totals432-95 1,044,180

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1 - Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Starting Lineups Offense         
PositionPlayer
split end Curt Stephenson (12)
left tackle Mike Kenn (12)
left guard Gerry Szara (7)
Mark Donahue (5)
center Walt Downing (12)
right guard Mark Donahue (7)
Gerry Szara (4)
Kirk Lewis
right tackle Bill Dufek (12)
tight end Gene Johnson (12)
wing back Jim Smith (12)
quarterback Rick Leach (12)
fullback Rob Lytle (9)
Russell Davis (3)
tailback Harlan Huckleby (9)
Rob Lytle (3)
Starting Lineups Defense         
PositionPlayer
defensive end Dominic Tedesco (10)
Tom Seabron (2)
defensive tackle Greg Morton (12)
middle guard Bob Lang (9)
Steve Graves (3)
defensive tackle John Hennessy (12)
defensive end John Anderson (10)
Rex Mackall
Dominic Tedesco
middle linebacker Calvin O'Neal (12)
wide linebacker Jerry Vogele (8)
Jerry Meter (4)
ws cornerback Jim Bolden (12)
ss cornerback Jim Pickens (7)
Derek Howard (5)
wolfman Jerry Zuver (11)
Derek Howard
safety Dwight Hicks (7)
Jim Pickens (5)

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Back Row
Assistant Coaches: Larry Gustafson, Bob Thornbladh, Jerry Hanlon, Tirrel Burton, Dennis Brown, Chuck Stobart, Paul Schudel, Gary Moeller, Bill McCartney, Jack Harbaugh, Tom Reed, Dave Elliott, Tim Davis, Lou Angelo, Eqp. Mgr. Jon Falk, Trainer Lindsy McLean
8th Row
Roger Gaudette, Jim Kozlowski, Virgil Williams, Chris Godfrey, Ron Pratl, Dick Novak, Doug Marsh, Irvin Johnson, Keith Gilmore, Jim Humphries, * , Dan Murray, * , Dave Angood
7th Row
Mike Harden, Mel Owens, Michael Davis, George Lilja, Mark Kochanski, John Powers, Chuck Hetts, Bob Taylor, Garrett Quinn, Mike Jolly, Ralph Clayton, John Wangler, David Payne
6th Row
Gerald Diggs, Gary Weber, Lawrence Reid, Gene Bell, Ron Simpkins, Roosevelt Smith, Lewis Smith, William Jackson, Stacy Johnson, Jeff Bednarek, Mike Leoni, Tony Leoni, Jay Allen, Larry Crockett
5th Row
Woody Brown, Gregg Willner, Chris Grieves, Tim Malinak, Mark Braman, * , Jon Giesler, Dave Kadela, Kyron Williams, * , * , Nick Labun, Tom Keller, * .
4th Row
Mgr. Bob Brown, Chip Pederson, Bob Patek, Dale Keitz, Curtis Greer, Tom Seabron, Jerry Meter, John Arbeznik, Mark DeSantis, Bob Hollway, Tom Melita, Mark Torzy, Rock Lindsay, Ed Kasparek
3rd Row
Roger Bettis, * , Dave Harding, Kevin King, Steve Nauta, Max Richardson, Dom Tedesco, Mark Schmerge, Gene Johnson, Russell Davis, Rick Leach, Greg Bartnick, Harlan Huckleby, Mike Smith, Ray Johnson, * .
2nd Row
Roger Szafranski, Jim Pickens, Dwight Hicks, Mark Donahue, Walt Downing, Steve Anderson, Eric Phelps, Rick White, Curt Stephenson, Phil Andrews, Steve Graves, John Anderson, Bill Dufek, Mike Kenn, Derek Howard, Rex Mackall
Front Row
Jim Hackett, Gerry Szara, Jerry Zuver, John Hennessy, Greg Morton, Co-Capt. Calvin O'Neal, Co-Capt. Kirk Lewis, Co-Capt. Rob Lytle, Jim Smith, Bob Wood, Jim Bolden, Bob Lang, Jerry Vogele, John Ceddia, Head Coach "Bo" Schembechler

* = left team