1896 Detroit College football team

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1896 Detroit College football
Conference Independent
1896 record 5–2
Head coach William S. Robinson (1st season)
Seasons
1897 →

The 1896 Detroit College football team represented Detroit College (renamed the University of Detroit in 1911) during the 1896 college football season. Detroit outscored opponents by a combined total of 66 to 40 and finished with a 5–2 record in their first year of intercollegiate football,[1][2] the team's head coach was William S. Robinson.

Fullback Leo J. Keena

In the only intercollegiate football game of the season, Detroit was shut out by St. Ignatius College by a 20 to 0 score on Thanksgiving Day.[3]

Leo J. Keena played at the fullback position for the 1896 Detroit team,[4] and later played for Michigan from 1897 to 1899. Ernest O'Brien was the captain of the 1896 team.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Source
October 15 Detroit School for Boys
  • Detroit Athletic Club grounds
  • Detroit
W 20–0 [5][6]
October 22 Hubbard Cadets
  • Michigan Athletic Association grounds
  • Detroit
W 24–0 [7]
October 29 Kappa Gamma Psi of Detroit High School
  • Michigan Athletic Association grounds
  • Detroit
L 0–16 [8]
Detroit alumni W 30–0 [1]
November 12 Union Athletic Club
  • Michigan Athletic Association grounds
  • Detroit
W 32–0 [4]
November 19 Hubbard Cadets Detroit W [9][10]
November 26 St. Ignatius College
  • Michigan Athletic Association grounds
  • Detroit
L 0–20 [3]

Players[edit]

The team included the following players:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Detroit Yearly Results (1896-1900)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved November 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "University of Detroit Football Collection". University of Detroit. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Garnet and Gold Won: St. Ignatius College Beat the Detroit Boys 20 to 0". Detroit Free Press. November 27, 1896. p. 4. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "College Boys Won". The Detroit Free Press. November 13, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  5. ^ "First Game for Detroit College". The Detroit Free Press. October 15, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  6. ^ "The College Juniors Won the Game". The Detroit Free Press. October 16, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Football: Students Shut Out Soldiers". The Detroit Free Press. October 23, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Football: College and High School To-Day". The Detroit Free Press. October 29, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  9. ^ "College and Cadets Meet To-day". The Detroit Free Press. November 19, 1896. p. 2 – via Newspapers.com. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "The Detroit College Beat the Cadets". The Detroit Free Press. November 20, 1896. p. 6 – via Newspapers.com. 
  11. ^ "Ernest A. O'Brien, Federal Judge, Dies". Detroit Free Press. October 10, 1948. p. 10 – via Newspapers.com. 
  12. ^ "Ex-Dem Chairman Debo Dies". Detroit Free Press. March 8, 1960. p. 18 – via Newspapers.com. 
  13. ^ "Msg. M. W. Chawke, Flint Pastor, Dies at 79". Detroit Free Press. January 30, 1950. p. 13 – via Newspapers.com.