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1979 Houston Cougars Roster

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Record: 11-1, .917 W-L% (4th of 140) ▪ Rank: 5th in Final AP Poll
Conference: SWC  ▪ Conference Record: 7-1 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Bill Yeoman (11-1)

PS/G: 24.6 (32nd of 140) ▪ PA/G: 11.2 (10th of 140)
SRS: 19.16 (8th of 140) ▪ SOS: 8.75 (11th of 140)

Bowl Game: Won Cotton Bowl 17-14 versus Nebraska


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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
Delrick Brown* QB 59 Cmp, 117 Att, 737 Yds, 6 TD
Terry Elston QB 17 Cmp, 37 Att, 281 Yds, 0 TD
Mark Jermstad QB 1 Cmp, 1 Att, 10 Yds, 0 TD
Terald Clark* RB 193 Att, 1063 Yds, 5.5 Avg
John Newhouse* RB 126 Att, 678 Yds, 5.4 Avg
David Barrett RB 79 Att, 427 Yds, 5.4 Avg
Allen Polk RB 32 Att, 176 Yds, 5.5 Avg
Dallas Wiggins RB 20 Att, 78 Yds, 3.9 Avg
Eddie Wright RB 15 Att, 56 Yds, 3.7 Avg
Eric Herring* WR 11 Rec, 142 Yds, 12.9 Avg
Elrick Brown WR 1 Rec, 14 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Leon Felder WR 2 Rec, 31 Yds, 15.5 Avg
Lonell Phea WR 12 Rec, 261 Yds, 21.8 Avg
Garrett Jurgajtis* TE 23 Rec, 275 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Hubert Miller* TE 6 Rec, 75 Yds, 12.5 Avg
Jack Faniel* OL
Dennis Greenawalt* OL
Melvin Jones* OL
Robert Jones* OL
Randy Swisher* OL
Leonard Mitchell* DL
Red Oglesby* DL
Sam Proctor* DL
Hosea Taylor* DL
James Wilson* DL
Joe Redmon DL
David Hodge* LB
Grady Turner* LB
Joe Keys LB
Elvis Bradley* DB
Tommy Ebner* DB
Kenny Hatfield* DB
Donnie Love* DB
Gerald Cook DB