Gallery: Marshall vs. Villanova, Nov. 6, 1976
Marshall University (dark jerseys) lost to Villanova (white jerseys) 10-23 on Nov. 6, 1976, at Fairfield Stadium. The 1976 team had a 5-6 record under coach Frank Ellwood. Team captains were John "Fuzzy" Filliez and Billy Yanossy.
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From 1966 to 1983, Marshall's football program suffered a dismal streak of losing seasons. In 1984, Marshall won its two final games on the road against Illinois State and East Tennessee State to finish with a 6-5 record for its first winning season in 20 years.
1976 Marshall University football roster from the media guide. Extra information courtesy of Woody Woodrum
10, Larry Berkery, QB, Junior, Sarasota, Fla. (Drafted by the Chicago White Sox out of high school, he - in the outfield - and Bob Birch helped the Herd to win the Southern Conference baseball crown in 1978 and advanced to the NCAA Regionals, where MU beat Clemson and Florida State before falling twice to Miami-Fla. at Coral Gables)
11, Steve Williams, TE, Junior, Huntington (current Huntington City Councilman)
12, "Cootie" Bob Wilt, QB, Junior, New Martinsville, W.Va.
14, Paul Kuzio, QB, Sophomore, New Cumberland, W.Va.
15, Herman "Bud" Nelson, QB, Sophomore, Mobile, Ala. (now a prison guard in Alabama)
16, Joe "The Hammer" Fox, QB/PK, Senior, Ravenswood, W.Va.
19, Mike Bailey, TB, Sophomore, Coalwood, W.Va.
20, Ken Lawson, CB, Junior, Patterson, N.J.
22, Todd Ellwood, WR, Freshman, Huntington (son of head coach Frank Ellwood)
24, Al Hall, TB, Sophomore, Ravenswood, W.Va.
25, Zack Qualls, TB, Junior, Huntington.
26, Luke Spencer, ILB, Freshman, Parkersburg, W.Va.
27, John "Fuzzy" Filliez, WR, Senior, New Martinsville, W.Va.
28, Mike "Greek" Johnson, Buff, Sophomore, South Charleston, W.Va.
29, Ed Hamrick, PK, Sophomore, Clendenin, W.Va.
30, Rodney "Boon" Gibson, S, Sophomore, Shenandoah Junction, W.Va.
32, Al Brown, CB, Junior, Little River, S.C.
32, Jim Wulf, FB, Senior, Williamsville, N.Y.
33, Bill "Slick" Forbes, ILB, Senior, New Martinsville, W.Va.
34, J.C. Felton, FB, Junior, Greensburg, Pa.
36, Charlie Perry, P, Freshman, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
37, Bob Campbell, FB, Sophomore, East Bank, W.Va. (He and Howie Harris played on East Bank state championship team coach by Marshall assistant coach Don Arthur. He still lives and works in Huntington.)
38, Mike Sprouse, ILB, Sophomore, Oak Harbor, Ohio.
39, Harold "Bar-rag" Wetzel, S, Junior, New Martinsburg, W.Va. (deceased)
41, Ray "Little Ray" Crisp, WR/KR/PR, Sophomore, Lima, Ohio (His brothers, Dave and George, also played at Marshall. His dad, Ray Sr., was one of the first African-Americans on the freshman team at Marshall in 1955, but suffered a broken leg and never played on the varsity.)
42, Manuel Glason, TB, Freshman, Columbus, Ohio.
43, Doug Sargent, CB, Senior, New Kensington, Pa.
43, Claude Smith, CB, Sophomore, McKees Rocks, Pa.
44, Kewyn "Chop-Chop" Williams, Buff, Sophomore, Holland, Ohio.
45, Kevin "Bop-Dude" Smith, DB, Freshman, Logan, W.Va. (Kevin, the younger brother of LaSalle Smith, is now a doctor,)
46, Don Burgoyne, FB, Junior, Tonawanda, N.Y.
47, LaSalle Smith, WR, Junior, Logan, W.Va. (younger brother was DB Kevin Smith)
50, Joe Brison, MG, Sophomore, Charleston, W.Va. (current principal of Huntington Middle School)
51, Greg Smith, C, Freshman, Proctorville, Ohio. (deceased)
52, Ed "Tag" McTaggart, OLB, Junior, Rochester, N.Y.
53, Wayne "Spuds" Sparks, DT, Senior, Portsmouth, Ohio.
55, Mark Mitchell, C, Sophomore, Hurricane, W.Va. (Businessman in Charleston, big Herd booster)
56, Scott Peterfy, OG, Freshman, Columbus, Ohio.
57, Paul Wheeler, OG, Sophomore, Beckley, W.Va.
59, Rick "McCoolu" McCarley, OG, Sophomore, Wellston, Ohio.
60, Sylvester Drobney, OG, Freshman, Massillon, Ohio.
61, Lew "The Human Torch" Shields, OG, Senior, Huntington. (Set himself on fire trying to demonstrate for speech class how lighter fluid can burn off without injury, but it didn't go so well.)
63, Matt "Net" Gaines, OG, Freshman, Charleston, W.Va.
64, Shawn "Doc" Burke, C, Senior, Clarksville, Ind.
65, Bob Shanta, ILB, Junior, Pittsburgh, Pa.
66, Big Jim Johnson, DT, Freshman, Columbus, Ohio.
67, Larry Bayes, ILB, Freshman, Milford, Ohio.
68, Dan Wells, OG, Sophomore, Middletown, Ohio (now in the Marshall Hall of Fame)
70, Bob Coleman, CB/LS, Junior, Huntington.
72, Larry Jones, MG, Junior, Franklin, Va.
73, Jerry Kline, OT, Freshman, Ironton, Ohio.
74, Randy "Tuna" Chafin, OT, Sophomore, Van, W.Va.
75, John Braswell, OH, Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio.
76, Mike Kesling, OT, Sophomore, Clarksburg, W.Va. (retired W.Va. State Trooper)
77, Brian "Hooter" Hite, DT, Freshman, Greensburg, Pa. (Policeman in Dunbar, W.Va.)
78, John Kirkling, DT, Freshman, Greensburg, Pa.
79, Howie Harris, OT, Freshman, East Bank, W.Va. (Part of what I like to call the "Hodges Hall Mafia" of Mike Hamrick - Harris, Bob Campbell, Mike Johnson and Dan Wells are his guys, and we all lived in Hodges in the 1970s)
80, Hobart Phillips, OLB, Freshman, Northfork, W.Va.
82, Bob "Bob-Low" Phillips, OLB, Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio.
84, Mike "Nose" Natale, TE, Freshman, Irwin, Pa. (Married to Marshall Hall of Famer Diana Carter. They attend all MU games at UAB, as they live near Birmingham.)
85, Ray Crabtree, OLB, Junior, Huntington. (Local State Farm agent.)
86, Bob "Walnut" Birch, DT, Senior, Wheeling, W.Va. (Relief pitcher for 1978 Southern Conference champion Herd baseball team)
87, John Arnold, TE, Junior, Proctorville, Ohio. (Paramedic in Dallas, Texas)
88, Bill Yanossy, ILB, Senior, Bradenville, Pa. and Captain (also threw javelin for MU track team, with double major in Spanish and mathmatics - a principal down in Florida these days)
89, Melvin Adderton, TE, Sophomore, Bishop, Va.
89, Mark Lawson, FB/TE, Sophomore, Trenton, Ohio.
91, Gary Patrick, ILB, Freshman, New Boston, Ohio
92, Mike Hamrick, OLB, Sophomore, Clendenin, W.Va. (MU's current Director of Athletics)
93, David Carpenter, TE, Freshman, Pennington Gap, Va.
95, Dennis Bellamy, OLB, Freshman, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Ron Coats, CB, Freshman, Montgomery, W.Va.
Steve Cook, Buff, Junior, Coal Grove, Ohio.
John Hale, OG, Senior, Powhaton, W.Va.
Randy Hall, TB, Sophomore, Coal Grove, Ohio.
Bob Hanna, FB, Freshman, Barboursville.
Rok Hoblitzell, FB, Freshman, East Bank, W.Va.
Terry Krebs, Buff, Freshman, Point Pleasant, W.Va.
Ron Lemon, OT, Senior, Davin, W.Va.
Jeff Meek, OT, Sophomore, Sciotoville, Ohio.
Jim Mullins, MG, Freshman, Charleston, W.Va.
Jackie Potter, ILB, Freshman, St. Albans, W.Va.
Dave Porter, OLB, Junior, Catlettsburg, Ky.
Bob "Turk" Tranquill, C, Senior, Wellsburg, W.Va.
Gary Watson, ILB, Freshman, Elizabeth, W.Va.