1915 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team

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1915 Michigan State Normal Normalites football
Conference Independent
1915 record 4–2–1
Head coach Elmer Mitchell (1st season)
Captain John B. Hartman
← 1914
1916 →

The 1915 Michigan State Normal Normalites football team represented Michigan State Normal College (later renamed Eastern Michigan University) during the 1915 college football season. The team compiled a record of 4–2–1, shut out five of their seven opponents (including a scoreless tie with the Michigan Wolverines freshman team), and outscored their opponents by a combined total of 154 to 25. John B. Hartman was the team captain.[1]

Elmer Mitchell, formerly a high school coach in Grand Rapids, was hired to coach the school's football team in May 1915.[2][3] At the start of fall practice, 60 students tried out for the football team, the largest number in school history up to that time. As the team lacked any players weighing 200 pounds or more, coach Mitchell was compelled to build his team around speed.[4]


October 9at AssumptionSandwich, Windsor, ONW 33–0[5]
October 16at Michigan freshmenAnn Arbor, MIT 0–0
October 23Detroit
W 46–0[6]
October 30Hillsdale
  • Normal Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 28–0
November 6at KalamazooKalamazoo, MIL 0–19
November 13Battle Creek Physical Training School
  • Normal Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 47–0[7]
November 20at HillsdaleHillsdale, MIL 0–6