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1972 Cleveland Browns

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10-4-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.3, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 1.9, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 268 points (19.1/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (17.8/g), 9th.
 Differential of 19 points (1.4/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-6.4.

Coach: Nick Skorich (10-4-0)

Stadium: Cleveland Municipal Stadium
 Training Camp: Hiram College (Hiram, Ohio)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Mike Phipps 25 2 13 144 for 305, 1,994 yards, 13 td, 16 int, & 60 rushes for 256 yards and 5 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
RB Leroy Kelly 30 8 14 224 rushes for 811 yards, 4 td, & 23 catches for 204 yards and 1 td Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1964
FB Bo Scott 29 3 12 123 rushes for 571 yards, 2 td, & 23 catches for 172 yards and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 20th / 155th pick / 1965
WR Fair Hooker 25 3 14 32 catches for 441 yards, 2 td Cleveland Browns / 5th / 124th pick / 1969
WR Frank Pitts 29 7 13 36 catches for 620 yards, 8 td, & 3 rushes for 29 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1965
Chicago Bears / 16th / 213th pick / 1965
TE Milt Morin 30 6 14 30 catches for 540 yards, 1 td Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1966
LT Doug Dieken 23 1 14 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
LG Gene Hickerson 37 14 14 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 78th pick / 1957
C Bob DeMarco 34 11 9 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 157th pick / 1960
RG John Demarie 27 5 14 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 152nd pick / 1967
RT Bob McKay 25 2 10 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
 Defensive Starters
LDE Rich Jackson 31 6 5
LDT Walter Johnson 30 7 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 27th pick / 1965
RDT Jerry Sherk 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
RDE Bob Briggs 27 4 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1967
LLB Charlie Hall 24 1 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
MLB Dale Lindsey 29 7 11 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 7th / 97th pick / 1965
RLB Billy Andrews 27 5 13 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 13th / 333rd pick / 1967
LCB Clarence Scott 23 1 14 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
RCB Ben Davis* 27 5 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 17th / 439th pick / 1967
SS Thom Darden 22 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
FS Walt Sumner 25 3 10 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 176th pick / 1969
 Special Teams Starters
K Don Cockroft 27 4 0 22 of 27 field goals & 28 of 29 extra points Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
P Don Cockroft 27 4 0 81 punts for a 43.2 average, 0 blocked Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
PR Bobby Majors 23 Rook 0 16 punt returns for a 6.0 average and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 76th pick / 1972
KR Ken Brown 27 2 2 20 kick returns for a 23.6 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
52 Billy Andrews 27 RLB 14 13 220 6-0 SE Louisiana 6/14/1945 5 6 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 333rd pick / 1967
84 Bob Briggs 27 RDE 13 12 258 6-4 Heidelberg 4/28/1945 4 6 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1967
47 Cookie Brinkman 23 1 0 208 6-2 Louisville 5/26/1949 Rook 0
23 Cliff Brooks 23 14 0 190 6-1 Tennessee St. 6/21/1949 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 45th pick / 1972
30 Ken Brown 27 KR 14 2 203 5-10 none 11/8/1945 2 2
63 Joe Carollo 32 2 0 265 6-2 Notre Dame 3/25/1940 10 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 16th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 18th / 139th pick / 1962
12 Don Cockroft 27 K 14 0 195 6-2 Adams St. 2/6/1945 4 9 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 55th pick / 1967
64 Jim Copeland 27 1 1 243 6-3 Virginia 3/5/1945 5 2 Cleveland Browns / 10th / 255th pick / 1967
33 Bo Cornell 23 14 0 220 6-2 Washington 3/7/1949 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 40th pick / 1971
77 Fest Cotton 23 3 0 255 6-2 Dayton 10/18/1949 Rook 2
27 Thom Darden 22 14 14 195 6-2 Michigan 8/28/1950 Rook 8 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 18th pick / 1972
28 Ben Davis* 27 RCB 14 14 180 5-11 Defiance 10/30/1945 5 11 Cleveland Browns / 17th / 439th pick / 1967
61 Bob DeMarco 34 C 12 9 248 6-2 Indiana,Dayton 9/16/1938 11 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 14th / 157th pick / 1960
65 John Demarie 27 RG 14 14 246 6-3 LSU 8/28/1945 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 152nd pick / 1967
73 Doug Dieken 23 LT 14 14 254 6-5 Illinois 2/12/1949 1 6 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 142nd pick / 1971
50 John Garlington 26 14 1 218 6-1 LSU 6/5/1946 4 3 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1968
83 Chip Glass 25 14 0 235 6-4 Florida St. 6/25/1947 3 1 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1969
75 Wes Grant 26 3 1 245 6-3 UCLA 9/24/1946 1 2 New York Giants / 4th / 97th pick / 1970
59 Charlie Hall 24 LLB 14 14 220 6-3 Houston 12/2/1948 1 6 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 68th pick / 1971
66 Gene Hickerson 37 LG 14 14 248 6-3 Mississippi 2/15/1935 14 6 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 78th pick / 1957
54 Fred Hoaglin 28 14 4 250 6-4 Pittsburgh 1/28/1944 6 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 93rd pick / 1966
43 Fair Hooker 25 WR 14 14 190 6-1 Arizona St. 5/22/1947 3 5 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 124th pick / 1969
82 Jim Houston 35 14 3 240 6-3 Ohio St. 11/3/1937 12 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 8th pick / 1960
34 Mike Howell 29 4 4 195 6-1 Grambling St. 7/5/1943 7 3 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 111th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 15th / 118th pick / 1965
87 Rich Jackson 31 LDE 10 5 255 6-3 Southern 7/22/1941 6 5
71 Walter Johnson 30 LDT 14 14 265 6-4 New Mexico St.,Los Angeles St. 11/13/1942 7 6 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 27th pick / 1965
44 Leroy Kelly 30 RB 14 14 202 6-0 Morgan St. 5/20/1942 8 8 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 110th pick / 1964
58 Rick Kingrea 23 7 0 233 6-1 Tulane 7/18/1949 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 352nd pick / 1971
19 Billy Lefear 22 9 0 197 5-11 Henderson St. 2/12/1950 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 230th pick / 1972
51 Dale Lindsey 29 MLB 11 11 223 6-2 Kentucky,West. Kentucky 1/18/1943 7 6 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 97th pick / 1965
53 Mel Long 26 14 0 228 6-0 Toledo 11/22/1946 Rook 3 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 278th pick / 1972
24 Bobby Majors 23 PR 9 0 193 6-1 Tennessee 7/7/1949 Rook 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 3rd / 76th pick / 1972
78 Bob McKay 25 RT 10 10 260 6-5 Texas 12/27/1947 2 5 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
89 Milt Morin 30 TE 14 14 238 6-4 Massachusetts 10/15/1942 6 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1966
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1966
62 Chris Morris 23 14 0 250 6-3 Indiana 10/7/1949 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 258th pick / 1971
26 Reece Morrison 27 4 0 207 6-0 Texas St. 10/21/1945 4 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 66th pick / 1968
16 Bill Nelsen 31 qb 4 1 195 6-0 USC 1/29/1941 9 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 136th pick / 1963
68 Bubba Pena 23 7 4 250 6-2 Massachusetts 8/8/1949 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 92nd pick / 1971
15 Mike Phipps 25 QB 14 13 208 6-3 Purdue 11/19/1947 2 11 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 3rd pick / 1970
25 Frank Pitts 29 WR 14 13 199 6-3 Southern 11/12/1943 7 8 Kansas City Chiefs / 4th / 32nd pick / 1965
Chicago Bears / 16th / 213th pick / 1965
42 Gloster Richardson 30 7 0 200 6-2 Jackson St. 7/18/1942 5 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 50th pick / 1965
81 Nick Roman 25 10 7 244 6-3 Ohio St. 9/23/1947 2 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 10th / 241st pick / 1970
35 Bo Scott 29 FB 12 12 215 6-3 Ohio St. 3/30/1943 3 7 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 20th / 155th pick / 1965
22 Clarence Scott 23 LCB 14 14 190 6-0 Kansas St. 4/9/1949 1 7 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 14th pick / 1971
72 Jerry Sherk 24 RDT 14 14 258 6-4 Oklahoma St. 7/7/1948 2 6 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1970
88 Ron Snidow 31 3 3 250 6-3 Oregon 12/30/1941 9 2 Washington Redskins / 3rd / 35th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 10th / 76th pick / 1963
85 Paul Staroba 23 8 1 204 6-3 Michigan 1/20/1949 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 66th pick / 1971
29 Walt Sumner 25 FS 13 10 195 6-1 Florida St. 2/2/1947 3 7 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 176th pick / 1969
79 George Wright 25 4 0 265 6-3 Sam Houston St. 3/3/1947 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 210th pick / 1969
67 Craig Wycinsky 24 6 0 243 6-3 Michigan St. 1/4/1948 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 177th pick / 1970
Team Total 26.7 14 225.8 6-2.1 3.8