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1997 Carolina Panthers

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7-9-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.6, Offense: -4.4, Defense: 0.8, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 265 points (16.6/g), 27th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 314 points (19.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of -49 points (-3.1/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.4-9.6.

Coach: Dom Capers (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Pendry
 Defensive Coordinator: Vic Fangio
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Davis (Outside Linebackers) and Greg Roman (Assistant Coach)

Stadium: Ericcson Stadium
 Training Camp: Wofford College (Spartanburg, South Carolina)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Kerry Collins 25 2 13 200 for 381, 2,124 yards, 11 td, 21 int, & 26 rushes for 65 yards and 1 td Carolina Panthers / 1st / 5th pick / 1995
RB Fred Lane 22 Rook 7 182 rushes for 809 yards, 7 td, & 8 catches for 27 yards and 0 td
FB Scott Greene 25 1 14 45 rushes for 157 yards, 1 td, & 40 catches for 277 yards and 1 td Carolina Panthers / 6th / 193rd pick / 1996
WR Mark Carrier 32 10 6 33 catches for 436 yards, 2 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 57th pick / 1987
WR Rae Carruth 23 Rook 14 44 catches for 545 yards, 4 td, & 6 rushes for 23 yards and 0 td Carolina Panthers / 1st / 27th pick / 1997
TE Wesley Walls* 31 8 15 58 catches for 746 yards, 6 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1989
LT Blake Brockermeyer 24 2 13 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 29th pick / 1995
LG Matt Campbell 25 2 14
C Frank Garcia 25 2 16 Carolina Panthers / 4th / 132nd pick / 1995
RG Greg Skrepenak 27 5 16 Los Angeles Raiders / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1992
RT Norbert Davidds-Garrido 25 1 15 Carolina Panthers / 4th / 106th pick / 1996
 Defensive Starters
LDE Les Miller 32 10 11 5.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
NT Greg Kragen 35 12 16 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RDE Ray Seals 32 8 7 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
LOLB Micheal Barrow 27 4 16 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1993
LILB Sam Mills 38 11 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
RILB Andre Royal 25 2 13 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
ROLB Lamar Lathon 30 7 15 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1990
LCB Eric Davis 29 7 14 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1990
RCB Tyrone Poole 25 2 16 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Carolina Panthers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1995
SS Chad Cota 26 2 16 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Carolina Panthers / 7th / 209th pick / 1995
FS Mike Minter 23 Rook 11 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Carolina Panthers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1997
 Special Teams Starters
K John Kasay 28 6 0 22 of 26 field goals & 25 of 25 extra points Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 98th pick / 1991
P Ken Walter 25 Rook 0 85 punts for a 42.4 average, 0 blocked
PR Tyrone Poole 25 2 16 26 punt returns for a 7.3 average and 0 td Carolina Panthers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1995
KR Michael Bates* 28 4 0 47 kick returns for a 27.3 average and 0 td Seattle Seahawks / 6th / 150th pick / 1992

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
24 Clifton Abraham 26 1 0 184 5-9 Florida St. 12/9/1971 2 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 143rd pick / 1995
54 Carlton Bailey 33 8 0 242 6-3 North Carolina 12/15/1964 9 1 Buffalo Bills / 9th / 235th pick / 1988
53 Myron Baker 26 2 0 232 6-1 Louisiana Tech 1/6/1971 4 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 100th pick / 1993
56 Micheal Barrow 27 LOLB 16 16 245 6-2 Miami (FL) 4/19/1970 4 9 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1993
82 Michael Bates* 28 KR 16 0 189 5-10 Arizona 12/19/1969 4 0 Seattle Seahawks / 6th / 150th pick / 1992
7 Steve Beuerlein 32 qb 7 3 220 6-3 Notre Dame 3/7/1965 9 4 Los Angeles Raiders / 4th / 110th pick / 1987
21 Tim Biakabutuka 23 rb 8 2 215 6-0 Michigan 1/24/1974 1 2 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 8th pick / 1996
78 Blake Brockermeyer 24 LT 16 13 295 6-4 Texas 4/11/1973 2 6 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 29th pick / 1995
66 Matt Campbell 25 LG 16 14 284 6-4 South Carolina 7/14/1972 2 6
83 Mark Carrier 32 WR 9 6 186 6-0 Nicholls St. 10/28/1965 10 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 57th pick / 1987
84 Rae Carruth 23 WR 15 14 194 5-11 Colorado 1/20/1974 Rook 5 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 27th pick / 1997
12 Kerry Collins 25 QB 13 13 248 6-5 Penn St. 12/30/1972 2 3 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 5th pick / 1995
41 Toi Cook 33 16 0 188 5-11 Stanford 12/3/1964 10 1 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 207th pick / 1987
37 Chad Cota 26 SS 16 16 198 6-1 Oregon 8/8/1971 2 8 Carolina Panthers / 7th / 209th pick / 1995
76 Norbert Davidds-Garrido 25 RT 15 15 315 6-6 USC 10/4/1972 1 6 Carolina Panthers / 4th / 106th pick / 1996
25 Eric Davis 29 LCB 14 14 185 5-11 Jacksonville St. 1/26/1968 7 8 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1990
52 Matt Elliott 29 lg 16 6 288 6-3 Michigan 10/1/1968 5 3 Washington Redskins / 12th / 336th pick / 1992
93 Mike Fox 30 LDE 11 9 285 6-8 West Virginia 8/5/1967 7 4 New York Giants / 2nd / 51st pick / 1990
65 Frank Garcia 25 C 16 16 302 6-2 Washington 1/28/1972 2 7 Carolina Panthers / 4th / 132nd pick / 1995
55 Percell Gaskins 25 12 0 230 6-0 NW Oklahoma St.,Kansas St. 4/25/1972 1 1 St. Louis Rams / 4th / 105th pick / 1996
60 Bucky Greeley 25 6 0 285 6-2 Penn St. 7/30/1972 Rook 0
43 Scott Greene 25 FB 16 14 240 5-11 Michigan St. 6/1/1972 1 3 Carolina Panthers / 6th / 193rd pick / 1996
81 Rocket Ismail 28 wr 13 2 180 5-11 Notre Dame 11/18/1969 4 4 Los Angeles Raiders / 4th / 100th pick / 1991
23 Anthony Johnson 30 rb 16 7 225 6-0 Notre Dame 10/25/1967 7 4 Indianapolis Colts / 2nd / 36th pick / 1990
4 John Kasay 28 K 16 0 198 5-10 Georgia 10/27/1969 6 4 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 98th pick / 1991
96 Shawn King 25 de 9 2 288 6-3 LSU,La-Monroe 6/24/1972 2 2 Carolina Panthers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1995
71 Greg Kragen 35 NT 16 16 263 6-3 Utah St. 3/4/1962 12 9
32 Fred Lane 22 RB 13 7 205 5-10 Lane 9/6/1975 Rook 6
57 Lamar Lathon 30 ROLB 15 15 260 6-3 Houston 12/23/1967 7 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1990
86 Kris Mangum 24 te 2 1 249 6-4 Alabama,Mississippi 8/15/1973 Rook 0 Carolina Panthers / 7th / 228th pick / 1997
69 Les Miller 32 LDE 16 11 292 6-7 Kansas St.,Fort Hays St. 3/1/1965 10 7
89 Ernie Mills 29 wr 10 5 192 5-11 Florida 10/28/1968 6 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1991
51 Sam Mills 38 LILB 16 16 229 5-9 Montclair St. 6/3/1959 11 8
30 Mike Minter 23 FS 16 11 195 5-10 Nebraska 1/15/1974 Rook 6 Carolina Panthers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1997
95 Tim Morabito 24 8 0 296 6-3 Boston Col. 10/12/1973 1 1
87 Muhsin Muhammad 24 wr 13 5 217 6-2 Michigan St. 5/5/1973 1 3 Carolina Panthers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1996
20 Winslow Oliver 24 6 0 180 5-7 New Mexico 3/3/1973 1 0 Carolina Panthers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1996
27 Damon Pieri 27 16 0 186 6-0 San Diego St. 9/25/1970 4 1
38 Tyrone Poole 25 PR 16 16 188 5-8 Fort Valley State (GA) 2/3/1972 2 9 Carolina Panthers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1995
88 Walter Rasby 25 te 14 2 252 6-3 Wake Forest 9/7/1972 3 0
92 Israel Raybon 24 9 0 300 6-6 North Alabama 2/5/1973 1 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 163rd pick / 1996
63 Mark Rodenhauser 36 16 0 270 6-5 Illinois St. 6/1/1961 10 1
58 Andre Royal 25 RILB 16 13 232 6-2 Alabama 12/1/1972 2 8
94 Tarek Saleh 23 3 0 240 6-1 Wisconsin 11/7/1974 Rook 0 Carolina Panthers / 4th / 122nd pick / 1997
99 Ray Seals 32 RDE 14 7 296 6-3 none 6/17/1965 8 4
75 Greg Skrepenak 27 RG 16 16 316 6-7 Michigan 1/31/1970 5 7 Los Angeles Raiders / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1992
31 Rod Smith 27 db 16 2 187 5-11 Notre Dame 3/12/1970 5 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 35th pick / 1992
80 Dwight Stone 33 16 0 191 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 1/28/1964 10 0
50 Kinnon Tatum 22 16 0 222 6-0 Notre Dame 7/19/1975 Rook 1 Carolina Panthers / 3rd / 87th pick / 1997
40 Pat Terrell 29 fs 16 5 204 6-1 Notre Dame 3/18/1968 7 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 49th pick / 1990
97 Renaldo Turnbull 31 de 16 2 250 6-4 West Virginia 1/5/1966 7 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 14th pick / 1990
85 Wesley Walls* 31 TE 15 15 240 6-5 Mississippi 2/26/1966 8 7 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 56th pick / 1989
13 Ken Walter 25 P 16 0 207 6-1 Kent St. 8/15/1972 Rook 2
98 Gerald Williams 34 rde 5 5 290 6-3 Auburn 9/8/1963 11 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1986
Team Total 27.6 16 236.9 6-1.5 4.4