1915 Illinois Fighting Illini football
Western Conference co-champion
ConferenceWestern Conference
1915 record5–0–2 (3–0–2 Western)
Head coachRobert Zuppke (3rd season)
Offensive schemeI formation
CaptainJack Watson
Home stadiumIllinois Field
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Template:1915 Western Conference football standings The 1915 Illinois Fighting Illini football team was an American football team that represented the University of Illinois during the 1915 college football season. In their third season under head coach Robert Zuppke, the Illini compiled a 5–0–2 record and finished as co-champions of the Western Conference.[1] Center John W. Watson was the team captain.[2]


October 2Haskell*W 36–0
October 9[[{{{school}}}|Missouri Mines]]*
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 75–7
October 16Ohio StateT 3–3
October 23Northwestern
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 36–6
October 30Minnesotadagger
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
T 6–6
November 13Wisconsin
  • Illinois Field
  • Champaign, IL
W 17–3
November 20at ChicagoW 10–0
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming


Player Position
John Wesley Watson (captain) Center
Amos Lloyd Brennememan Right end
Reynold Kraft Right end
Ross Petty Right tackle
Olay Madsen Right tackle
Roland A. Cowell Right tackle
Frank Stewart Right guard
Phillip Harry Potter Center
Clarence Applegran Left guard
Fred R. Hanschman Left guard
Elmer Rundquist Left Tackle
Harlan Brown Graham Left tackle
George Kasson Squier Left end
Henry W. Markwardt Left end
George Clark Quarterback
Frank Pursell Quarterback
Bart Macomber Right halfback
Frank Howard Pethybridge Right halfback
John Ward Nelson Fullback
Bernard Hallstrom Fullback
Harold Pogue Left halfback
David E. Connell Left halfback

Awards and honorsEdit

  • Second-team selection by Frank G. Menke for the 1915 All-America team[4]
  • Third-team selection by Walter Camp for the 1915 All-America team


  1. "1915 Illinois Schedule and Results". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 16, 2015.
  2. "Fighting Illini Football Record Book". University of Illinois. 2015. p. 156. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  3. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  4. "Covers Wide Scope In Choosing His All-American Gridironers". The Washington Post. December 5, 1915.

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