Dinkel played his first two years with the Notre Dame football team at the right end position. But during his senior season in 1894, new head coach James L. Morison installed an offense based upon speed running to the outside. Seeking to capitalize on this philosophy, Dinkel swapped positions with then-Irish quarterback Charles Zeitler and led the team from under center.
After graduating, Dinkel returned to his home in Springfield, Ohio, where in 1896 he was involved in a controversial 24-6 victory by Wittenberg College over Ohio State: Allegedly, Dinkel was not enrolled at Wittenberg but merely played for them as a "ringer" at right tackle.
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish|
|College||Notre Dame (1892–1894)|
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|Died:||May 14, 1919 (aged 45)|
Charles W. Zeitler (August 1871 – 1903) was an American football player from South Bend, Indiana. Zeitler was the first quarterback for the University of Notre Dame to win four games.
Zeitler was born to a family of Bavarian immigrants in Clay Township, just north of South Bend, Indiana. His father, John V. Zeitler, was a very wealthy landowner and farmer who had held local office as a trustee and assessor.
Joining the Notre Dame football team in 1893 at a time when the program had just begun to schedule major opponents in earnest, Zeitler made the most of the opportunity, beginning the season 4-0 with victories over Kalamazoo, Albion, DeLasalle and Hillsdale, before finally falling 0-8 to Chicago in a road game on New Year's Day. The following season, Zeitler moved to the right end position, yielding the quarterback job to Nicholas Dinkel.
Zeitler returned to his homestead after graduation. In 1903 he died of typhoid fever. He is buried in the South Bend City Cemetery.Dinkel (surname)
Dinkel is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
Nicholas Dinkel (1874-1919), American football player
Tom Dinkel (born 1956), American football player
William Francis Melchert-Dinkel (born 1962), American nurseList of Notre Dame Fighting Irish starting quarterbacks
The following individuals have started games at quarterback for the University of Notre Dame football team, updated through the 2018 season.
The year of induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, if applicable, is designated alongside the respective player's final season.