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1959 Northwestern Wildcats Roster

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Record: 6-3, .667 W-L% (26th of 112)
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 4-3 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Ara Parseghian (6-3)

PS/G: 19.3 (29th of 112) ▪ PA/G: 14.9 (55th of 112)
SRS: 14.71 (11th of 112) ▪ SOS: 10.60 (3rd 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
John Talley* QB 44 Cmp, 90 Att, 783 Yds, 4 TD
Bobby Eickhoff QB 8 Cmp, 12 Att, 53 Yds, 1 TD
Chip Holcomb QB 17 Cmp, 39 Att, 236 Yds, 2 TD
Dick Thornton QB 3 Cmp, 7 Att, 13 Yds, 1 TD
Larry Wood QB
Ron Burton* RB 62 Att, 348 Yds, 5.6 Avg
Ray Purdin* RB 59 Att, 306 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Mike Stock* RB 109 Att, 400 Yds, 3.7 Avg
Gene Ascani RB 5 Att, 14 Yds, 2.8 Avg
Al Faunce RB 4 Att, 10 Yds, 2.5 Avg
Mark Johnston RB 73 Att, 282 Yds, 3.9 Avg
Jim Knowles RB 5 Att, 8 Yds, 1.6 Avg
Mike Somers RB 1 Att, 4 Yds, 4.0 Avg
Irv Cross* WR 6 Rec, 124 Yds, 20.7 Avg
Elbert Kimbrough* WR 16 Rec, 235 Yds, 14.7 Avg
Doug Asad WR 3 Rec, 66 Yds, 22.0 Avg
Paul Yanke WR 9 Rec, 94 Yds, 10.4 Avg
Joe Abbatiello* OL
Jim Andreotti* OL
Pete Arena* OL
Gene Gossage* OL
Dewitt Hoopes* OL
Russ Asala OL