Jun 062016

The Raiders announced they had expanded their roster to 67 players with the signing of seven new members:

Joe Barbee, a 6’3″, 250-pound tackle from Kent State. He was named first-team All-Mid American Conference in 1954 and signed with the Colts as a free agent in 1955. He failed to make the team out of camp, however, and spent most of the rest of the decade playing on service teams with the Air Force in Texas and Ohio.

Claude Boyette, tackle, had had his signing rights assigned to Oakland in March by the league, but only now was signed to a contract by the team.

Dave Holden, a 6’6″, 248-pound tackle from Los Angeles State. A junior college transfer from Los Angeles Valley College in Van Nuys, he was an All-California Collegiate Athletic Association honorable mention player with the Diablos his senior year and an 18th round draft choice of the Lions in 1959.

Billy Ray Locklin, a 6’2″, 225-pound tackle from New Mexico State. He played both end and guard for the Aggies before switching to tackle and made 1st team All-Border Conference his junior year. He spent much of his senior season nursing an ankle injury, but capped off the year with a fumble recovery in the end zone in his team’s 28-8 win over North Texas State in the Sun Bowl. The Chargers drafted him, but let him go, giving Oakland the chance to pick him up.

Irv Nikolai, a 6’2″, 205-pound end from Stanford. An Alameda High School product and junior college transfer, he was a prolific, but injury-prone, pass catcher for the Indians. He was originally a Boston Patriots draft choice before coming back home to the Raiders.

Ron Sabal, a 6’3″, 250-pound guard from Purdue. He made 3rd team All-Big Ten as a senior and was picked in the 19th round of the 1958 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. Sabal impressed coaches in camp and started a pre-season game, but was ultimately cut before the regular season and moved on to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian leagues in 1959.

Mac Starnes, a 6’3″, 215-pound center from Abilene Christian. In 1956, he made 1st-team All-Gulf Coast Conference as a junior and 2nd-team All-Lone Star Conference the following year. He was drafted in 1958 by the Chicago Cardinals in the 17th round, but didn’t make the regular season roster.

Kent State Football Media Guide
New Mexico State Football Media Guide
Oakland Tribune
Stanford Football Media Guide