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1959 Illinois Fighting Illini Roster

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Record: 5-3-1, .611 W-L% (31st of 112) ▪ Rank: 13th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 4-2-1 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Ray Eliot (5-3-1)

PS/G: 12.3 (79th of 112) ▪ PA/G: 10.3 (20th of 112)
SRS: 11.43 (18th of 112) ▪ SOS: 9.54 (12th of 112)


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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
Mel Meyers* QB 32 Cmp, 63 Att, 495 Yds, 2 TD
John Easterbrook QB 19 Cmp, 43 Att, 292 Yds, 0 TD
Bob Hickey QB 3 Cmp, 8 Att, 40 Yds, 0 TD
Russ Martin QB 1 Cmp, 5 Att, 14 Yds, 0 TD
Ethan Blackaby* RB 43 Att, 122 Yds, 2.8 Avg
Bill Brown* RB 89 Att, 504 Yds, 5.7 Avg
Johnny Counts* RB 80 Att, 416 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Ed O'Bradovich* RB 7 Att, 25 Yds, 3.6 Avg
Jim Brown RB 56 Att, 234 Yds, 4.2 Avg
Dejustice Coleman RB 22 Att, 61 Yds, 2.8 Avg
Gary Kolb RB 12 Att, 24 Yds, 2.0 Avg
Joe Krakoski RB 6 Att, 20 Yds, 3.3 Avg
Bob Salata RB 5 Att, 13 Yds, 2.6 Avg
Marshall Starks RB 41 Att, 136 Yds, 3.3 Avg
Doug Wallace RB 7 Att, -1 Yds, -0.1 Avg
Jerry Patrick* WR
Bruce Beckman WR
Gary Hembrough WR
Ernie McMillan WR
Gerald Patrick WR 2 Rec, 24 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Gerald Wood WR 1 Rec, 12 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Dave Ash* OL
Bill Burrell* OL
John Gremer* OL
Cliff Roberts* OL
Joe Rutgens* OL
Gary Brown OL
Darrell Dedecker OL
Pat Lennon OL
Tony Parilli OL
Don Yeazel OL