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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)

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

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