1977 Football Team

Overall Record: 10-2 Conference Record: 7-1
Conference Finish: 1st place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 9, UPI - No. 8
Coach: Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler
Captains: Dwight Hicks, Walt Downing
All-Americans: Mark Donahue, John Anderson, Walt Downing
All-Conference: Mark Donahue, Walt Downing, Rick Leach, John Anderson, Mike Keen, Dwight Hicks, Jim Pickens
Most Valuable Player: Russell Davis
Meyer Morton Award: John Anderson
Frederick Matthei Award: Jerry Meter
Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: John Anderson
John Maulbetsch Award: Ron Simpkins
Trainer: Lindsy McLean
Assistant coaches: Dennis Brown, Tirrel Burton, Jerry Hanlon, Jack Harbaugh, Bill McCartney, Don Nehlen, Tom Reed, Paul Schudel
Manager: Donald G. Di Paolo

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Illinois 2/- 09/10 A W 37-9 60,477
Duke 1/- 09/17 H W 21-9 104,072
Navy 1/- 09/24 H W 14-7 101,800
Texas A&M 3/5 10/01 H W 41-3 104,802
Michigan State 3/- 10/08 A W 24-14 78,183
Wisconsin 1/14 10/15 H W 56-0 104,892
Minnesota 1/- 10/22 A L 0-16 44,165
Iowa (HC) 6/- 10/29 H W 23-6 104,617
Northwestern 6/- 11/05 H W 63-20 103,211
Purdue 6/- 11/12 A W 40-7 68,003
Ohio State 5/4 11/19 H W 14-6 106,024
Washington 4/13 01/01 1 L 20-27 105,312
Totals: 353-124 1,085,558

Starting Lineups Offense         
PositionPlayer
wide receiver Richard White (12)
left tackle Mike Kenn (11)
Jon Giesler
left guard Mark Donahue (12)
center Walt Downing (12)
right guard Gerry Szara (9)
Greg Bartnik (2)
John Arbeznik
right tackle John Powers (10)
Jon Giesler
tight end Gene Johnson (9)
Mark Schmerge
quarterback Rick Leach (12)
wing back Ralph Clayton (8)
Max Richardson (4)
fullback Russell Davis (12)
tailback Harlan Huckleby (12)
Starting Lineups Defense         
PositionPlayer
defensive tackle Dale Keitz (8)
Chris Godfrey (4)
middle guard Steve Graves (12)
defensive tackle Curtis Greer (9)
Dale Keitz
William Jackson
Chris Godfrey
outside linebacker Dominic Tedesco (12)
outside linebacker John Anderson (12)
inside linebacker Ron Simpkins (11)
Mel Owens
inside linebacker Jerry Meter (12)
ws cornerback Mike Jolly (11)
Mike Harden
ss cornerback Derek Howard (10)
Jim Pickens (2)
wolfman Dwight Hicks (11)
Derek Howard
safety Jim Pickens (10)
Derek Howard
Mike Harden

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1977 Team Photo

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Back Row
Asst. coaches Bob Thornbladh, Tom Reed, Jerry Hanlon, Tirrel Burton, Tim Davis, Bill McCartney, Jack Harbaugh, Paul Schudel, Dennis Brown, Don Nehlen, Barry Pierson, Jerry Zuver, Eqp. Mgr. Jon Falk, Trainer Lindsy McLean
8th Row
Marcus Bond, Chuck Christian, Greg Wunderli, Kurt Becker, Tony Osbun, Dan Kwiatkowski, Tom Wandersleben, Fred Motley, Andy Cannavino, Mike Kligis, Jim Breaugh, Oliver Johnson
7th Row
Kirk Yearian, B.J. Dickey, Alan Mitchell, Rodney Feaster, Stanley Edwards, Mike Trgovac, Dave Nicolau, Jeff Jackson, Neal Ginley, Kelley Keough, John Prepolec, Ben Needham, Stuart Harris, Rick Jones
6th Row
Larry Crockett, Tony Woodford, Jay Allen, James Humphries, David Payne, Tom Keller, Ron Pratl, Rich Novak, David Angood, Craig Page, Dan Murray, Thomas Moss, Larry Jones, Brian Virgil
5th Row
Roger Gaudette, Virgil Williams, Gerald Diggs, Gene Bell, Dave Kadela, Gary Quinn, Ralph Clayton, Chuck Hetts, Mel Owens, Gary Weber, John Wangler, Keith Gilmore, Irvin Johnson, Tony Leoni, Jim Kozlowski
4th Row
Sr. Mgr. Don DiPaolo, Nick Labun, Mike Harden, Michael Davis, Lawrence Reid, Mike Jolly, John Powers, Chris Godfrey, Jeff Bednarek, George Lilja, Mike Leoni, Doug Marsh, Ron Simpkins, Roosevelt Smith, Gregg Willner, Tim Malinak
3rd Row
Ed Kasparek, Mark Braman, Bob Patek, Stacy Johnson, Dale Keitz, John Arbeznik, Curtis Greer, Jon Giesler, Chip Pederson, Mark DeSantis, Mark Torzy, Rock Lindsay, William Jackson, Bob Hollway, Tom Melita
2nd Row
Max Richardson, Curt Stephenson, Derek Howard, Steve Graves, John Anderson, Bill Dufek, Mark Donahue, Co-captain Walt Downing, Garry Szara, Mike Kenn, Rick White, Dominic Tedesco, Jim Pickens, Kevin King, Co-captain Dwight Hicks, Head Coach "Bo" Schembechler
Front Row
Raymond Johnson, Roger Bettis, Mike Smith, Russell Davis, Tom Seabron, Gene Johnson, Steve Nauta, Rex Mackall, Greg Bartnick, Dave Harding, Mark Schmerge, Jerry Meter, Rick Leach, Harlan Huckleby, Woody Brown