Four starters on Nebraska's 1970 National Championship team were from the state of Michigan.
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Michigan Had Big Impact on 1970 National Champions

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If you’re looking for evidence on what kind of impact the state of Michigan has had on Nebraska football, look beyond the Huskers’ only two consensus first-team All-Americans from the Great Lakes State – Wayne Meylan and Freeman White. In fact, check the starting lineups for Nebraska’s 1970 national champions – the team that beat LSU, 17-12, in the Orange Bowl and leapfrogged Ohio State and Notre Dame, the two teams ranked ahead of the Huskers before the bowl games.

Of the four Michigan natives that started on that trailblazing 1970 title team, three were named first-team All-Big Eight that season – Donnie McGhee, an offensive tackle from Flint; the late Ed Periard, a middle guard who walked on from Birch Run; and Dave Walline, a defensive tackle from Ypsilanti. The fourth starter from Michigan in ‘70 was the late Jerry List, a tight end from Bay City, the same hometown as Meylan. In addition, three more Michigan natives played important roles as prominent backups on the '70 team: Woody Cox, a split end from Grosse Point; John Decker, a safety from Saginaw; and John Pitts, a linebacker from Flint. Pitts played behind starters Jerry Murtaugh and Bob Terrio.

Walline became a second-team Academic All-American and was a graduate assistant on the Huskers’ 1971 national championship team. He graduated from dental school and has practiced dentistry in Columbus, Neb., since 1977. McGhee is a senior staff administrator at Honda of America in Urbana, Ohio. List and his wife, Susan, died in a plane crash in October of 1993, and Periard, who had seven tackles in the national championship game, died in a car accident two months after the Lists were killed.

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Husker Letterwinners from Michigan

Name                                Hometown                      Pos.              Years Lettered

Leonard Alexander           Detroit, Mich.            LB             1994

Tom Alward                      Flint, Mich.               OG            1972-73-74

Grant Campbell               Southfield, Mich.         P              1981-82

Zeke Cisco                        Monroe, Mich.          S               1991-92-93

Lawrence Cooley            Monroe, Mich.            OG              1976-77-78

Woody Cox                      Grosse Point, Mich.    SE              1970-71

Dick Czap                         Essexville, Mich.       DT                1964-65-66

John Decker                     Saginaw, Mich.         S                  1968-69-70

Bill Hornbacher               Rogers City, Mich.     MG                1968-69

Sherwin Jarmon              Detroit, MIch.           DE                    1968-69

Bob Lints                       Brown City, Mich.       MG                        1966

Jerry List                   Bay City, Mich.              TE                 1970-71-72

Donnie McGhee       Flint, Mich.                      OT                1968-69-70

Wayne Meylan ¹        Bay City, Mich.              MG                1965-66-67

Chris Patrick             Ithaca, Mich.                  OL                    2005-06

Jerry Patton               Saginaw, Mich.             DT                1965-66-67

Ed Periard                  Birch Run, Mich.            MG                1968-69-70

John Pitts                 Flint, Mich.                      LB                1970-71-72

Ralph Powell            Detroit, Mich.                 FB                    1972-73

Glen A. Preston          Kalamazoo, Mich.         QB                    1921-22

Dave Walline ²         Ypsilanti, Mich.               DT                1968-69-70

Freeman White Jr. ³   Detroit, Mich.                 RE                1963-64-65

 ¹ Consensus First-Team All-American (1966 & 1967); College Football Hall of Fame (1991)

² Second-Team Academic All-American (1970)

³ Consensus First-Team All-American (196


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