Less than a year after the bombing of Pearl Harbor thrust the United States into World War II, standout end Dave Schreiner returned to Madison in 1942 for his senior season.
Schreiner’s best individual performance came on Oct. 3, 1942, when Wisconsin defeated in-state rival Marquette 35-7. Schreiner caught three touchdown passes in the second quarter, a record that would stand until Jonathan Orr scored three touchdowns off passes from John Stocco in the fourth quarter of a win over Northwestern in 2005.
In 1942, the Lancaster native was a first-team All-American for the second consecutive season, while also being named the Big Ten MVP. That season he caught 16 passes for 350 yards, which was good for third in the nation.
Schreiner was drafted by the Detroit Lions with the first pick in the second round of the 1943 NFL draft, but he never played professional football. He instead joined the Marines and entered combat in WWII. Schreiner was killed in action in Okinawa on June 21, 1945.
Schreiner's number 80 was retired in 1945, and he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.