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1979 Illinois Fighting Illini Roster

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Record: 2-8-1, .227 W-L% (120th of 140)
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 1-6-1 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Gary Moeller (2-8-1)

PS/G: 14.2 (115th of 140) ▪ PA/G: 24.2 (109th of 140)
SRS: -2.08 (82nd of 140) ▪ SOS: 6.74 (30th of 140)


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

Player Class Pos Summary
Lawrence McCullough* QB 130 Cmp, 228 Att, 1254 Yds, 7 TD
Tim McAvoy QB 28 Cmp, 51 Att, 255 Yds, 2 TD
Rich Weiss QB 5 Cmp, 11 Att, 56 Yds, 0 TD
Mike Holmes* RB 147 Att, 792 Yds, 5.4 Avg
Calvin Thomas* RB 122 Att, 469 Yds, 3.8 Avg
Mitchell Brookins RB 29 Att, 181 Yds, 6.2 Avg
Joe Curtis RB 28 Att, 71 Yds, 2.5 Avg
Mike Murphy RB 17 Att, 68 Yds, 4.0 Avg
Wayne Strader RB 30 Att, 110 Yds, 3.7 Avg
Greg Foster* WR 11 Rec, 130 Yds, 11.8 Avg
Larry Powell* WR 13 Rec, 170 Yds, 13.1 Avg
John Lopez WR 16 Rec, 296 Yds, 18.5 Avg
Mike Martin WR 1 Rec, 7 Yds, 7.0 Avg
Kenny Shaw WR 4 Rec, 55 Yds, 13.8 Avg
Lee Boeke* TE 18 Rec, 166 Yds, 9.2 Avg
Doug Cozen TE 12 Rec, 142 Yds, 11.8 Avg
Mike Sherrod TE 17 Rec, 227 Yds, 13.4 Avg
Mike Carrington* OL
Bob McClure* OL
Troy McMillin* OL
John Mulchrone* OL
Mike Priebe* OL
Tom Coady OL
Bob Noelke OL
Kenny Durrell* DL
Dave Dwyer* DL
Stanley Ralph* DL
Scott Doney DL
Ken Gillen DL
Earnest Adams* LB
Kelvin Atkins* LB
John Gillen* LB
Jack Squirek* LB
Bonji Bonner* DB
Rick George* DB
Dave Kelly* DB
Lloyd Levitt* DB
Sam Clear DB
Ken McDonald DB