1988 Football Team

Overall Record: 9-2-1 Conference Record: 7-0-1
Conference Finish: 1st place
National Ranking: AP - No. 4, UPI - No. 4
Coach: Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler
Captain: Mark Messner, John Vitale
All-Americans: Mark Messner, John Vitale
All-Conference: Mark Messner, John Vitale, Mike Husar, John Kolesar, Tony Boles, Mike Gillette, David Arnold
Most Valuable Player: Mark Messner
Meyer Morton Award: John Vitale
John Maulbetsch Award: Tripp Welborne
Frederick Matthei Award: Warde Manuel
Arthur Robinson Scholarship Award: David Weil
Dick Katcher Award: Mark Messner
Hugh Rader Jr. Award: Mark Messner
Robert P. Ufer Award: John Kolesar
Trainer: Russ Miller
Assistant coaches: Tirrel Burton, Cam Cameron, Lloyd Carr, Jerry Hanlon, Bill Harris, Jim Herrmann, Les Miles, Gary Moeller, Bobby Morrison, Tom Reed
Manager: Pat Perkins, Scott Boyle

OpponentRankDateSiteResult Attend.
Notre Dame  9/13 09/10 A L 17-19 59,075
Miami (Fla.) 15/1 09/17 H L 30-31 105,834
Wake Forest 19/- 09/24 H W 19-9 102,776
Wisconsin 19/- 10/01 A W 62-14 61,180
Michigan State 17/- 10/08 H W 17-3 106,208
Iowa 15/- 10/15 A T 17-17 67,700
Indiana (HC) 20/14 10/22 H W 31-6 106,104
Northwestern 14/- 10/29 A W 52-7 33,647
Minnesota 14/- 11/05 H W 22-7 102,171
Illinois 13/- 11/12 H W 38-9 105,714
Ohio State 12/- 11/19 A W 34-31 90,176
USC 11/5 01/02 1 W 22-14 101,688
Totals361-167 1,042,273

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1 - Rose Bowl, Pasadena, California

Starting Lineups Offense         
PositionPlayer
split end Greg McMurtry (10)
Chris Calloway
Derrick Walker
left tackle Tom Dohring (10)
Mike Husar (2)
left guard Mike Husar (10)
Dave Chester (2)
center John Vitale (12)
right guard Dean Dingman (12)
right tackle Greg Skrepenak (12)
tight end Jeffrey Brown (11)
Derrick Walker
flanker John Kolesar (7)
Chris Calloway (5)
quarterback Michael Taylor (9)
Demetrius Brown (3)
tailback Tony Boles (10)
Leroy Hoard
Tracy Williams
fullback Leroy Hoard (6)
Jarrod Bunch (5)
Chris Horn
Starting Lineups Defense     
PositionPlayer
defensive tackle Brent White (9)
John Herrmann (2)
Mike Evans
middle guard T.J. Osman (12)
defensive tackle Mark Messner (12)
outside linebacker Bobby Abrams (12)
outside linebacker Alex Marshall (9)
Tim Williams (2)
Anthony Mitchell
inside linebacker J.J. Grant (9)
Marc Spencer (3)
inside linebacker John Milligan (6)
Erick Anderson (6)
cornerback David Key (12)
cornerback David Arnold (10)
Todd Plate (2)
strong safety Tripp Welborne (12)
free safety Vada Murray (12)

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Back Row
Jon Falk, Brad Andress, Alozie Okezie, Eddie Azcona, John Albertson, Randy Stark, Chris Hutchinson, Barry Kelley, Erik Knuth, Paul Manning, Pat Maloney, John Woodlock, John Ellison, Curt Mallory, Kevin Heading, Assayan Jordan, Ira Pintel, Phil Bromley, Scott Woolf
7th Row
Pat Perkins, Bob Bland, Mike Filander, John Becker, Doug Cohen, D.J. Brown, Elvis Grbac, Steve Everitt, Rob Doherty, Doug Skene, Joe Cocozzo, Brian Wallace, Mortin Davis, Bill Schaffer, Livetius Johnson, Coleman Wallace, Corwin Brown, Dave Herrick, Dennis Blanchard
6th Row
Russ Miller, Ken Mouton, Jim Plocki, Jon Vaughn, Desmond Howard, Dwayne Ware, Ra-Mon Watkins, Shawn Watson, Dave Caputo, Eric Traupe, James Sinclair, Mike Evans, Matt McCoy, Yale VanDyne, J.D. Carlson, Bill Madden, Leon Morton, Kevin Kolcheff, Jim Herrmann
5th Row
Paul Schmidt, Jeff Long, Dave Knight, Ron Zielinski, Lance Dottin, Dave Ritter, Erick Anderson, Dave Diebolt, Dan Jokisch, Greg Skrepenak, Alex Marshall, Brian Townsend, Matt Elliott, Chris Bohn, Rusty Fichtner, Marc Soehnlen, Mike Gittleson, Cam Cameron
4th Row
Jon Heacock, Bill Harris, Eric Bush, Otis Williams, Steve Zacharias, Jeff Tubo, Trey Walker, Dean Dingman, Marc Spencer, Scott Smykowski, Marc Ramirez, Doug Daugherty, Tripp Welborne, Neil Simpson, Todd Plate, Wilbur Odom, Ken Sollom, Tirrel Burton, Bobby Morrison
3rd Row
Bob Chmiel, Gulam Khan, Chris Horn, Tracy Williams, Leroy Hoard, Tim Williams, John Milligan, Tom Dohring, Jarrod Bunch, Warde Manuel, Greg McMurtry, Chris Feaster, Mike Teeter, T.J. Osman, Doug Matton, Mark Gutzwiller, Kevin Owen, Tom Reid, Les Miles
2nd Row
Jerry Hanlon, Bobby Abrams, David Key, Joel Boyden, Anthony Mitchell, Rick Hassel, Frank Petroff, Keith Mitchell, Pat Olszewski, David Weil, Joe Holland, Sean LaFountaine, Vincent Washington, Chris Calloway, Allen Jefferson, Tony Boles, Vada Murray, Gary Moeller, Lloyd Carr
Front Row
Mike Gillette, John Kolesar, John Herrmann, David Arnold, Dave Chester, John Vitale, Mark Messner, Michael Dames, Mike Husar, Jeff Brown, Derrick Walker, J.J. Grant, Brent White, Michael Taylor, "Bo" Schembechler