1981 Football Team

Overall Record: 9-3 Conference Record: 6-3
Conference Finish: 3rd place tie
National Ranking: AP - No. 12, UPI - No. 12
Coach: Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler
Captain: Kurt Becker, Robert Thompson
All-Americans: Kurt Becker, Ed Muransky, William "Bubba" Paris, Butch Woolfolk, Anthony Carter
All-Conference: Anthony Carter, Ed Muransky, Kurt Becker, Bubba Paris
Most Valuable Player: Butch Woolfolk
Meyer Morton Award: Stanley Edwards
Frederick Matthei Award: Lawrence Ricks
Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: Norm Betts
John Maulbetsch Award: Tom Dixon
Trainer: Russ Miller
Assistant coaches: Tirrel Burton, Lloyd Carr, Jerry Hanlon, Bill McCartney, Jerry Meter, Les Miles, Gary Moeller, Paul Schudel, Bob Thornbladh, Milan Vooletich
Managers: John D. Carr, Charles Fromm, Thomas Luxton, Greg Pearlman, Fred Spademan, Randall Tharp

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Preseason 1
Wisconsin  1/- 09/12 A L 14-21 68,733
Notre Dame 11/1 09/19 H W 25-7 105,888
Navy  7/- 09/26 H W 21-16 105,213
Indiana  8/- 10/03 A W 38-17 50,612
Michigan State  6/- 10/10 A W 38-20 77,923
Iowa  6/- 10/17 H L 7-9 105,915
Northwestern (HC) 18/- 10/24 H W 38-0 104,361
Minnesota 15/- 10/31 A W 34-13 52,875
Illinois 12/- 11/07 H W 70-21 105,570
Purdue 11/- 11/14 A W 28-10 69,736
Ohio State  7/- 11/21 H L 9-14 106,043
UCLA 16/19 12/31 1 W 33-14 50,107
Total Points355-1621,002,976

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1 - Bluebonnet Bowl, Houston, Texas

Starting Lineups Offense         
PositionPlayer
split end Vince Bean (12)
left tackle Bubba Paris (12)
left guard Kurt Becker (12)
center Tom Dixon (12)
right guard Stefan Humphries (8)
Jerry Diorio (4)
right tackle Ed Muransky (12)
tight end Norm Betts (12)
flanker Anthony Carter (12)
quarterback Steve Smith (12)
fullback Stan Edwards (11)
Jerald Ingram
tailback Butch Woolfolk (12)
Starting Lineups Defense         
PositionPlayer
defensive tackle Cedric Coles (6)
Winfred Carraway (3)
Clay Miller (3)
middle guard Al Sincich (5)
Doug James (5)
Winfred Carraway
Mike Hammerstein
defensive tackle Tony Osbun (10)
Winfred Carraway (2)
outside linebacker Robert Thompson (8)
Carlton Rose (4)
outside linebacker Ben Needham (10)
Mike Lemirande (2)
inside linebacker Paul Girgash (12)
inside linebacker Mike Boren (12)
wide corner back Brian Carpenter (8)
Evan Cooper (2)
Marion Body (2)
short corner back Jerry Burgei (6)
Marion Body (4)
Evan Cooper (2)
strong safety Keith Bostic (11)
Jeff Reeves
free safety Tony Jackson (12)

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1981 Team Photo
1981 football team photo
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