Western Illinois Leathernecks
Missouri Valley Football Conference
Head Coach: Jared Elliott
Overall Record: 1-11
Conference Record: 1-7
Biggest Win: Trailing at one time by 13 points, Western rallied to pull out a 38-34 thriller over South Dakota as Clint Ratkovich broke loose for a nine-yard touchdown run with 34 seconds left to delight the home crowd at Hanson Field.
Most Frustrating Loss: After forcing overtime in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter, the Leathernecks dropped a triple-OT heartbreaker to Missouri State 37-31. The loss not only opened the conference schedule but also came on homecoming.
Returning strengths for 2020: Western returns many of its key players at skill positions as well as experience in the offensive line.
Emerging Stars: RBs DeShon Gavin & Jordan Schippers
Giving Thanks: Despite winning just one game, Elliott and his staff held the team together in the toughest of times.
New Year’s Wish List: Injuries devastated the Leathernecks in 2019. May such afflictions avoid Macomb going forward.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: LB Zach Glisan, LB Tom Rehfeld, DL LaCale London, WR George Wahee
Next Up: Barry Bottino explores Five Burning Questions that face WIU football for 2020.