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1972 Buffalo Bills

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.2, Offense: -1.6, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 257 points (18.4/g), 19th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 377 points (26.9/g), 24th.
 Differential of -120 points (-8.6/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 4.0-10.0.

Coach: Lou Saban (4-9-1)

Stadium: War Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Niagara University (Niagara Falls, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dennis Shaw 25 2 13 136 for 258, 1,666 yards, 14 td, 17 int, & 35 rushes for 138 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 30th pick / 1970
RB O.J. Simpson*+ 25 3 14 292 rushes for 1,251 yards, 6 td, & 27 catches for 198 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
FB Jim Braxton 23 1 13 116 rushes for 453 yards, 5 td, & 24 catches for 232 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
WR Bob Chandler 23 1 14 33 catches for 528 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
WR J.D. Hill* 24 1 14 52 catches for 754 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 11 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
TE Jan White 24 1 14 12 catches for 148 yards, 2 td Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1971
LT Dave Foley 25 3 11 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
LG Reggie McKenzie 22 Rook 14 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
C Remi Prudhomme 30 6 8 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 37th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 14th / 108th pick / 1964
RG Bob Penchion 23 Rook 7 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 108th pick / 1972
RT Donnie Green 24 1 14 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Walt Patulski 22 Rook 14 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
LDT Don Croft 23 Rook 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 5th / 115th pick / 1972
RDT Jerry Patton 26 1 13
RDE Al Cowlings 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
LLB Paul Guidry 28 6 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 8th / 73rd pick / 1966
MLB Ken Lee 24 1 6 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 204th pick / 1971
RLB Mike Stratton 31 10 8 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 13th / 100th pick / 1962
LCB Robert James* 25 3 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Tony Greene 23 1 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
SS Maurice Tyler 22 Rook 13 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
FS John Pitts 27 5 3 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
 Special Teams Starters
K John Leypoldt 26 1 0 16 of 24 field goals & 29 of 30 extra points
P Spike Jones 25 2 0 80 punts for a 38.8 average, 1 blocked Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
PR Alvin Wyatt 25 2 6 11 punt returns for a 7.7 average and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 6th / 154th pick / 1970
KR Alvin Wyatt 25 2 6 17 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 6th / 154th pick / 1970

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Bill Adams 22 6 0 255 6-2 Holy Cross 2/4/1950 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 161st pick / 1972
54 Tom Beard 24 12 1 280 6-6 Michigan St. 6/10/1948 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 8th / 187th pick / 1971
34 Jim Braxton 23 FB 14 13 243 6-1 West Virginia 5/23/1949 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 57th pick / 1971
81 Bob Chandler 23 WR 14 14 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1949 1 6 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 160th pick / 1971
52 Edgar Chandler 26 1 1 225 6-3 Georgia 8/31/1946 4 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1968
83 Bob Christiansen 23 4 0 230 6-4 UCLA 5/8/1949 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 125th pick / 1972
26 Linzy Cole 24 8 0 172 5-11 TCU 4/21/1948 2 0 Chicago Bears / 9th / 210th pick / 1970
75 Frank Cornish 28 6 1 282 6-4 Grambling St. 6/20/1944 6 2 Chicago Bears / 11th / 144th pick / 1965
79 Paul Costa 31 9 6 268 6-6 Notre Dame 12/7/1941 7 0 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 55th pick / 1964
Kansas City Chiefs / 14th / 106th pick / 1964
82 Al Cowlings 25 RDE 14 14 255 6-5 USC 6/16/1947 2 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
72 Don Croft 23 LDT 14 12 254 6-4 Texas-El Paso 1/7/1949 Rook 4 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 115th pick / 1972
63 Dick Cunningham 28 t 9 7 245 6-3 Arkansas 10/12/1944 5 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 136th pick / 1966
73 Jeff Curchin 25 1 1 260 6-7 Florida St. 12/17/1947 2 1 Chicago Bears / 6th / 139th pick / 1970
57 Dale Farley 23 7 1 225 6-3 West Virginia 9/27/1949 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 74th pick / 1971
78 Dave Foley 25 LT 12 11 255 6-5 Ohio St. 10/28/1947 3 3 New York Jets / 1st / 26th pick / 1969
47 Leon Garror 24 12 5 180 6-0 Alcorn St. 5/2/1948 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 105th pick / 1972
74 Donnie Green 24 RT 14 14 272 6-7 Purdue 7/12/1948 1 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
43 Tony Greene 23 RCB 14 14 170 5-10 Maryland 8/29/1949 1 5
59 Paul Guidry 28 LLB 14 12 227 6-3 LSU,McNeese St. 1/14/1944 6 4 Buffalo Bills / 8th / 73rd pick / 1966
28 Dwight Harrison 24 7 0 187 6-1 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/12/1948 1 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 35th pick / 1971
62 Dick Hart 29 5 3 253 6-2 none 3/4/1943 5 2
10 Leo Hart 23 qb 2 1 203 6-3 Duke 3/3/1949 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 59th pick / 1971
40 J.D. Hill* 24 WR 14 14 202 6-1 Arizona St. 10/30/1948 1 9 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
33 Randy Jackson 24 5 0 220 6-0 Wichita St. 11/13/1948 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 79th pick / 1972
20 Robert James* 25 LCB 14 14 184 6-1 Fisk 7/7/1947 3 6
51 Bruce Jarvis 24 1 1 250 6-7 Washington 11/3/1948 1 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1971
11 Spike Jones 25 P 14 0 197 6-2 Georgia 7/9/1947 2 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
37 Ted Koy 25 14 0 212 6-2 Texas 9/15/1947 2 0 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 50th pick / 1970
56 Ken Lee 24 MLB 12 6 230 6-4 Washington 9/3/1948 1 3 Detroit Lions / 8th / 204th pick / 1971
3 John Leypoldt 26 K 14 0 229 6-2 Northern Virginia CC 3/31/1946 1 4
50 Jeff Lyman 22 1 0 235 6-3 BYU 8/21/1950 Rook 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 82nd pick / 1972
53 John Matlock 28 11 4 249 6-4 Miami (FL) 10/19/1944 5 2
76 Mike McBath 26 2 1 251 6-4 Penn St. 5/29/1946 4 1 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 119th pick / 1968
67 Reggie McKenzie 22 LG 14 14 255 6-4 Michigan 7/27/1950 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 27th pick / 1972
25 Haven Moses 26 5 0 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 4 1 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
88 Steve Okoniewski 23 10 0 257 6-3 Washington,Montana 8/22/1949 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 41st pick / 1972
50 Dick Palmer 25 4 0 232 6-2 Kentucky 4/9/1947 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 10th / 252nd pick / 1970
30 Wayne Patrick 26 13 1 254 6-2 Louisville 9/1/1946 4 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 10th / 247th pick / 1968
77 Jerry Patton 26 RDT 14 13 261 6-3 Nebraska 3/27/1946 1 4
85 Walt Patulski 22 LDE 14 14 259 6-6 Notre Dame 2/3/1950 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1972
69 Bob Penchion 23 RG 12 7 265 6-5 Alcorn St. 8/11/1949 Rook 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 108th pick / 1972
48 John Pitts 27 FS 14 3 218 6-4 Arizona St. 2/28/1945 5 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
68 Remi Prudhomme 30 C 8 8 250 6-4 LSU 4/24/1942 6 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 37th pick / 1964
Buffalo Bills / 14th / 108th pick / 1964
87 Louis Ross 25 14 1 248 6-6 South Carolina St. 8/31/1947 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 8th / 183rd pick / 1971
21 John Saunders 22 2 1 198 6-3 Toledo 4/29/1950 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 87th pick / 1972
64 Andy Selfridge 23 13 0 218 6-3 Virginia 1/12/1949 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 321st pick / 1972
16 Dennis Shaw 25 QB 14 13 217 6-3 USC,San Diego St. 3/3/1947 2 7 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 30th pick / 1970
32 O.J. Simpson*+ 25 RB 14 14 212 6-2 USC 7/9/1947 3 13 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
58 Mike Stratton 31 RLB 10 8 224 6-3 Tennessee 4/10/1941 10 4 Buffalo Bills / 13th / 100th pick / 1962
17 Mike Taliaferro 31 5 0 202 6-2 Illinois 7/26/1941 8 1 New York Giants / 10th / 138th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 28th / 219th pick / 1963
71 Bob Tatarek 26 1 0 270 6-4 Miami (FL) 7/3/1946 4 1 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 34th pick / 1968
42 Maurice Tyler 22 SS 14 13 188 6-0 Morgan St. 7/19/1950 Rook 5 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
86 Dave Washington 24 14 7 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 2 3 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
80 Jan White 24 TE 14 14 216 6-2 Ohio St. 10/6/1948 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 29th pick / 1971
41 Alvin Wyatt 25 14 6 184 5-10 Bethune-Cookman 12/13/1947 2 3 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 154th pick / 1970
68 Willie Young 25 1 0 270 6-4 Alcorn St. 11/12/1947 1 1
Team Total 25.0 14 230.5 6-3.0 2.2