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1956 Illinois Fighting Illini Roster

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Record: 2-5-2, .333 W-L% (82nd of 111)
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 1-4-2 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Ray Eliot (2-5-2)

PS/G: 13.8 (74th of 111) ▪ PA/G: 17.1 (67th of 111)
SRS: 8.43 (33rd of 111) ▪ SOS: 12.87 (2nd of 111)


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

Player Class Pos Summary
Hiles Stout* QB 20 Cmp, 39 Att, 278 Yds, 2 TD
Tom Haller QB 9 Cmp, 25 Att, 129 Yds, 0 TD
Bill Offenbecher QB 16 Cmp, 36 Att, 258 Yds, 3 TD
Chuck Schrader QB 2 Cmp, 3 Att, 15 Yds, 0 TD
Bobby Mitchell* RB 36 Att, 125 Yds, 3.5 Avg
Ray Nitschke* RB 48 Att, 255 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Abe Woodson* RB 110 Att, 599 Yds, 5.4 Avg
L.T. Bonner RB 2 Att, 4 Yds, 2.0 Avg
Jack Delveaux RB 43 Att, 181 Yds, 4.2 Avg
Harry Jefferson RB 64 Att, 320 Yds, 5.0 Avg
Rolla McMullen RB 24 Att, 81 Yds, 3.4 Avg
Dale Smith RB 90 Att, 509 Yds, 5.7 Avg
Gary Francis* WR 7 Rec, 92 Yds, 13.1 Avg
Rod Hanson* WR 10 Rec, 133 Yds, 13.3 Avg
Charlie Butler WR
Bob Delaney WR
Larry Stewart WR 2 Rec, 28 Yds, 14.0 Avg
Carl Johnson* OL
Jim Minor* OL
Dick Nordmeyer* OL
Percy Oliver* OL
Dave Walker* OL
Paul Adams OL
Dick Miller OL
Ron Nietupski OL
Dick Perez OL