1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football team

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1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football
1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football team.jpg
Conference Western Conference
1897 record 6–2 (1–1 Western)
Head coach George Huff (3rd season)
Captain Don Sweney
Home stadium Illinois Field
Seasons
← 1896
1898 →
1897 Western Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Wisconsin $ 3 0 0     9 1 0
Chicago 3 1 0     11 1 0
Michigan 2 1 0     6 1 1
Illinois 1 1 0     6 2 0
Purdue 1 2 0     5 3 1
Northwestern 0 2 0     5 3 0
Minnesota 0 3 0     4 4 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1897 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1897 Western Conference football season. In their third season under head coach George Huff, the Illini compiled a 6–2 record and finished in fourth place in the Western Conference.[1] Tackle Don Sweney was the team captain.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 2 Eureka* Illinois FieldChampaign, IL W 26–0  
October 9 Physicians & Surgeons* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 6–0  
October 16 Lake Forest* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 36–0  
October 23 Purdue Illinois Field • Champaign, IL (Series) W 34–4  
October 30 Chicago Illinois Field • Champaign, IL L 12–18[3]  
November 12 Knox* Illinois Field • Champaign, IL W 64–0  
November 20 vs. Carlisle* Normal ParkChicago, IL L 6–23  
November 25 at Eureka* Eureka Field • Eureka, IL W 6–0  
*Non-conference game.

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Roster[edit]

Official Roster
  • Beadle, Thomas B. LE
  • Coffeen, Harry C. RE
  • Enochs, Claude D. RHB
  • Fischer, Leon E. LG
  • Forbes, Stuart F. FB
  • Johnston, Arthur R. LHB
  • McLane, E.C. C
  • Merker, Henry F. RG
  • Shuler, Hugh M. QB
  • Sweney, Don LT (captain)
  • Von Oven, Frederick W. RT
  • Wilmarth, Geo H. QB/E
 

Substitutes

  • Adsit, Bertram W. E
  • Atwood, James R. HB
  • Branch, James M. T/E/HB
  • Clinton, Edgar M. HB
  • Eggleston, J.L. HB
  • Francis, Frank D. HB
  • Frazier, E.A. RG
  • Hall, Arthur R. HB
  • Jack, R.D. E/T
  • Jordan, Geo T. HB
  • King, Wesley E. C/G
  • Lippincott, C.A. RT
  • Logan, Harry R. HB
  • McCormick, Roscoe C. LG
  • Schacht, Frederick W. RE/LHB
  • Webb, Otto HB

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1897 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini Football Record Book" (PDF). University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ "Is Won by Chicago: Fiercest Football Game in Years at Champaign". Chicago Tribune. October 31, 1897. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com. 
  4. ^ FightingIllini.com All-Time Rosters