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1979 Baylor Bears Roster

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Record: 8-4, .667 W-L% (31st of 140) ▪ Rank: 14th in Final AP Poll
Conference: SWC  ▪ Conference Record: 5-3 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Grant Teaff (8-4)

PS/G: 21.5 (59th of 140) ▪ PA/G: 15.6 (36th of 140)
SRS: 14.06 (20th of 140) ▪ SOS: 9.48 (8th of 140)

Bowl Game: Won Peach Bowl 24-18 versus Clemson


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Mike Brannan* QB 31 Cmp, 90 Att, 604 Yds, 2 TD
Mickey Elam QB 17 Cmp, 48 Att, 411 Yds, 4 TD
Steve Smith QB 5 Cmp, 14 Att, 91 Yds, 1 TD
Walter Abercrombie* RB 171 Att, 886 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Dennis Gentry* RB 106 Att, 511 Yds, 4.8 Avg
Robert Easley RB 1 Att, -1 Yds, -1.0 Avg
Fred Hall RB 2 Att, 2 Yds, 1.0 Avg
Mike Lively RB 21 Att, 100 Yds, 4.8 Avg
Ken Matthews RB 1 Att, 1 Yds, 1.0 Avg
Frank Pollard RB 48 Att, 208 Yds, 4.3 Avg
Phillip Ward RB 35 Att, 183 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Robert Holt* WR 8 Rec, 152 Yds, 19.0 Avg
Robert Mitchell* WR 10 Rec, 192 Yds, 19.2 Avg
Mike Fisher WR 1 Rec, 10 Yds, 10.0 Avg
Gordon Marshall WR 4 Rec, 116 Yds, 29.0 Avg
Bo Taylor WR 8 Rec, 156 Yds, 19.5 Avg
Raymond Cockrell* TE 4 Rec, 118 Yds, 29.5 Avg
Sam Houston TE 2 Rec, 14 Yds, 7.0 Avg
Ron Barnes* OL
Frank Ditta* OL
Billy Glass* OL
Buzzy Nelson* OL
Arland Thompson* OL
Thomas Brown* DL
Joe Campbell* DL
Gary Don Johnson* DL
Andrew Melontree* DL
Doak Field* LB
Mike Singletary* LB
Lester Ward* LB
Kirk Collins* DB
Howard Fields* DB
Ken Griffin* DB
Vann McElroy* DB