1952 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team

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1952 Michigan State Normal Hurons football
Conference Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
1952 record 5–3–1 (3–2–1 IIAC)
Head coach Fred Trosko (1st season)
MVP Chris Armelagos
Captain Chris Armelagos
Home stadium Walter O. Briggs Field
Seasons
← 1951
1953 →
1952 IIAC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Central Michigan $ 6 0 0     7 2 0
Western Illinois 5 1 0     7 2 0
Michigan State Normal 3 2 1     5 3 1
Northern Illinois State 2 4 0     3 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1952 Michigan State Normal Hurons football team represented Michigan State Normal College (renamed Eastern Michigan College in 1956 and Eastern Michigan University in 1959) in the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) during the 1952 college football season. In their first season under head coach Fred Trosko, the Hurons compiled a 5–3–1 record (3–2–1 against IIAC opponents), finished in third place in the IIAC, and outscored their opponents, 154 to 146.[1][2] The team was rated as the best team fielded by the school since 1945.[2]

Lineman Christopher J. Armelagos was the team captain.[3] He was also voted as the team's most valuable player.[2] The team's statistical leaders included Bob Middlekauff with 540 yards of total offense, Ed Skowneski with 328 rushing yards, and Dick Moseley with seven touchdowns and 42 points.[4] Chris Armelagos received the team's most valuable player award.[5]

Trosko was hired as the school's head coach in July 1952. In 1951, he had coached Owosso High School to an undefeated and was named Michigan's high school coach of the year by the Detroit Free Press.[6] He had previously played at the halfback position for the University of Michigan football team from 1937 to 1939. Trosko remained as the head football coach at Michigan State Normal/Eastern Michigan for 13 years through the 1964 season.

Schedule[edit]

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 19at HopeHolland, MIW 13–6
September 27Ball State
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 26–14
October 4Western Illinois
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
L 13–20
October 11Eastern Illinois
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 13–7
October 18Northern Illinois dagger
  • Briggs Field
  • Ypsilanti, MI
W 19–7
October 25at Central Michigan (rivalry)Mount Pleasant, MIL 7–26
October 31at WayneDetroitL 19–46
November 7at Illinois StateT 14–14
November 14at Southern IllinoisW 30–6
  • daggerHomecoming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Digital Media Guide: Eastern Michigan University" (PDF). Eastern Michigan University Football. pp. 169, 176. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c "Best Huron Eleven Since '45 Is Feted". Detroit Free Press. December 16, 1952. p. 22. 
  3. ^ 2014 Media Guide, p. 169.
  4. ^ 2014 Media Guide, pp. 178, 184, 189, 191.
  5. ^ 2015 Media Guide, p. 146.
  6. ^ "Trosko Quits Owosso to Coach Huron Eleven: '51 Prep Coach of the Year". Detroit Free Press. July 16, 1952. p. 22.