Saturday, August 20, 2016

College Stars: Football

Rushing

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Att.

Yards

Avg.

TDs

Merwin Hodel

West

Colorado

1949-51

502

2,181

4.3

26

Jerry Latin

East

Northern Illinois

1972-74

294

1,651

5.6

14

Ira Matthews

East

Wisconsin

1975-78

325

1,640

5.0

10

Troy King

Freeport

Wisconsin

1979-82

261

1,439

5.5

9

Cal Cummins

Freeport

Iowa State

1976-77

226

915

4.0

5

Tyreis Thomas

Boylan

South Alabama

2015-16

186

852

4.6

8

Mike Strasser

Hononegah

Northern Illinois

1986-90

156

797

5.1

8

Russell Pope

East

Purdue

1977-78

191

795

4.2

5

Marshall Starks

West

Illinois

1958-60

170

678

4.0

7

Lenny Williams

Guilford

Northwestern

1990-93

538

520

1.0

11

Montell Clanton

Guilford

Northern Illinois

2005-08

77

455

5.9

3

Ricky Mitchell

West

Northern Illinois

1980-84

114

366

3.2

0

 

Passing

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Att.

Comp.

Pct.

Yards

TD

Lenny Williams

Guilford

Northwestern

1990-93

1,076

644

59.9%

7,487

44

Chris Finlen

Hononegah

Northern Illinois

1997-01

910

502

55.2%

6,551

42

Sean Cook

Guilford

Texas Southern

1984-87

1,019

419

41.1%

6,297

45

Mitch Anderson

East

Northwestern

1972-74

609

287

47.1%

3,839

26

Steve Prince

Hononegah

Duke

1989-92

202

99

49.0%

1,221

7

Demry Croft

Boylan

Minnesota

2015

17

7

41.2%

34

0

Jack Beynon

Rockford

Illinois

1932-34

NA

NA

NA

NA

9

 

Receiving

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Rec.

Yards

Avg.

TD

Shawn Wax

Harlem

Illinois

1988-90

101

1,588

15.7

12

Todd Jenkins

Freeport

Northwestern

1980-83

76

1,186

15.3

5

Reggie Sims

West

Northern Illinois

1982-84

72

848

11.8

2

Ira Matthews

East

Wisconsin

1975-78

49

628

12.8

4

Merwin Hodel

West

Colorado

1949-51

48

540

11.3

2

David Olson

Freeport

Illinois

1990-93

52

461

8.9

5

Russell Pope

East

Purdue

1977-78

46

454

9.9

2

Marshall Starks

West

Illinois

1958-60

24

388

16.2

3

Mike Strasser

Hononegah

Northern Illinois

1986-90

19

282

14.8

2

Otha Brooks

Freeport

Northern Illinois

1992-94

16

257

16.1

1

Troy King

Freeport

Wisconsin

1979-82

22

229

10.4

1

Ron Carlson

East

Wisconsin

1960-62

15

168

11.2

0

 

Tackles

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Tackles

Mike Junkin

Belvidere

Duke

1983-86

513

Brock Spack

East

Purdue

1980-83

384

Kevin Selover

Hononegah

Northern Illinois

1997-00

307

Leonard Bell

Jefferson

Indiana

1983-86

296

Bobby Anderson

Auburn

Northwestern

1979-82

275

Lee Hicks

West

Northern Illinois

1981-84

274

Carlos Polk

Guilford

Nebraska

1997-00

227

Paul Johnson

Boylan

Western Michigan

1988-91

172

Stuart Walker

East

Colorado

1975-78

159

Tim Scharf

Boylan

Northwestern

1993-96

150

Dean Lowry

Boylan

Northwestern

2012-15

139

Reggie Harris

East

Northern Illinois

1984-87

113

Joe Coniglio

Boylan

Miami of Ohio

2005-08

106

Earl Upton

Jefferson

Northern Illinois

1989-90

100

Austin Smaha

Belvidere North

Northern Illinois

2013-16

40

Mike Larson

Hononegah

Indiana

1987-88

32

Adam Schroeder

Boylan

Northern Illinois

2004-06

24

Josh Black

Harlem

Syracuse

2016

21

Russell Pope

East

Purdue

1975-76

21

 

Tackles for loss

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Tackles

Carlos Polk

Guilford

Nebraska

1997-00

32

Joe Coniglio

Boylan

Miami of Ohio

2005-08

31.5

Mike Junkin

Belvidere

Duke

1983-86

31

Dean Lowry

Boylan

Northwestern

2012-15

31

Stuart Walker

East

Colorado

1975-79

24

Paul Johnson

Boylan

Western Michigan

1988-91

19

Leonard Bell

Jefferson

Indiana

1983-86

13

Lee Hicks

West

Northern Illinois

1981-84

13

Brock Spack

East

Purdue

1980-83

11

Tim Scharf

Boylan

Northwestern

1993-96

10

Reggie Harris

East

Northern Illinois

1984-87

8

Austin Smaha

Belvidere North

Northern Illinois

2013-15

7.5

Bobby Anderson

Auburn

Northwestern

1979-82

5

Josh Black

Harlem

Sycracuse

2016

4

 

Interceptions

Player

H.S.

College

Years

Tackles

Seth Miller

Auburn

Arizona State

1967-69

11

Lee Hicks

West

Northern Illinois

1981-84

10

Leonard Bell

Jefferson

Indiana

1983-86

9

Bobby Anderson

Auburn

Northwestern

1979-82

8

Earl Upton

Jefferson

Northern Illinois

1989-90

5

Mike Junkin

Belvidere

Duke

1983-86

4

Jerry Stalcup

East

Wisconsin

1957-59

3

Dean Lowry

Boylan

Northwestern

2012-15

3

Ron Carlson

East

Wisconsin

1960-62

2


Notes:

* The NIC-10 Sports History book eventually will try to get games, games started and all-conference honors for offensive linemen.

* These are the stats I have so far. Some schools don’t have statistics on players … even when they should. Ray Robey (Auburn) played at Northwestern in the mid-1990s. Northwestern doesn’t have any stats on Robey even though they have stats for guys like Bobby Anderson (Auburn) who played there in the early 1980s. I was able to dig up some statistics on Tim Scharf through newspaper clippings.

* Stats on players before 1970s are very sparse. Jerry Stalcup (East) likely had a ton of tackles for Wisconsin and Marshall Starks (West) was a two-way player at Illinois, but the Illin juist have his offensive numbers. There’s nothing on the real old-timers such as Laurie Walquist and Samuel Behr of Rockford, who played at Illinois and Wisconsin, or Ralph “Moon” Baker, who was so good for Northwestern that he’s in the College Football Hall of Fame.

* If there are players I’ve missed, email me at alexgary87@gmail.com.

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