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1956 Northwestern Wildcats Roster

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Record: 4-4-1, .500 W-L% (53rd of 111)
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 3-3-1 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Ara Parseghian (4-4-1)

PS/G: 11.9 (89th of 111) ▪ PA/G: 12.4 (42nd of 111)
SRS: 8.57 (32nd of 111) ▪ SOS: 8.24 (18th of 111)


  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
  • Read more about our data coverage.

Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Dale Pienta* QB 14 Cmp, 43 Att, 178 Yds
Jack Ellis QB 19 Cmp, 44 Att, 248 Yds
Willmer Fowler* RB 63 Att, 304 Yds, 4.8 Avg
Bob McKeiver* RB 115 Att, 592 Yds, 5.1 Avg
Edward Quinn* RB 94 Att, 358 Yds, 3.8 Avg
George Gondek RB 1 Att, 3 Yds, 3.0 Avg
Charles Jerasa RB 52 Att, 181 Yds, 3.5 Avg
Frank Jeske RB 7 Att, 19 Yds, 2.7 Avg
Sam Johnson RB 6 Att, 31 Yds, 5.2 Avg
James Thompson RB 12 Att, 46 Yds, 3.8 Avg
Larry Van Dusen RB 7 Att, 25 Yds, 3.6 Avg
Ben Napolski* WR 8 Rec, 83 Yds, 10.4 Avg
Clifford Peart* WR 6 Rec, 99 Yds, 16.5 Avg
Dick Moser WR 2 Rec, 19 Yds, 9.5 Avg
Andy Cvercko* OL
John Lohbauer* OL
Ted Ringer* OL
John Smith* OL
Al Viola* OL
Al Weyhrich OL
Tom Williams OL