Bill Huston Jr.
Bill Huston Jr.

 

Bill Huston Jr. (1965)

Billy "The Bullet" Huston earned high school football All-State and All-American honors as a junior and senior. As a senior, Huston was selected captain of the Chicago Daily News 44-man All-State football squad. He was also named to the News-Gazette All-State team for the second consecutive season. Huston was named to two high school All-American teams by national Coach and Athlete and Scholastic Magazine magazines. At the time he was inducted into the Hall, Bill Jr. held the Champaign records for rushing in one game (216 yards in 21 attempts against Galesburg in 1963); in one season (1,261 yards in 1964); and in a career (2,485 yards). As a senior, Huston averaged over 10 yards per carry. He scored 198 points during his career and graduated as the school's all-time leading scorer in football. Bill Jr. was also the Big 12 100-yard dash champion as a sophomore., junior, and senior and placed third in the State as a senior. He ran the fastest 100 in Big 12 history, a wind-aided 9.6. He also became only the third pole vaulter in state history to clear 14 feet. As a Maroon basketball player, Bill Jr. played the high post as a Junior. The younger Huston stood only 5-7 but, according to Stewart , his shiftiness made him a talented running back. Huston went on to earn three football letters at the University of Illinois. As a sophomore, he was the squad's leading ground gainer with 420 yards in 89 carries. He earned honorable mention on the Associated Press All-Big 10 team.