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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.0, Offense: 5.8, Defense: 5.2, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 384 points (24.0/g), 1st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 208 points (13.0/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 176 points (11.0/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 13.0-3.0.

Coach: Tom Landry (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Reeves
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: California Lutheran College (Thousand Oaks, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Roger Staubach* 36 9 15 231 for 413, 3,190 yards, 25 td, 16 int, & 42 rushes for 182 yards and 1 td Kansas City Chiefs / 16th / 122nd pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 129th pick / 1964
RB Tony Dorsett* 24 1 15 290 rushes for 1,325 yards, 7 td, & 37 catches for 378 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
FB Robert Newhouse 28 6 12 140 rushes for 584 yards, 8 td, & 20 catches for 176 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
WR Tony Hill* 22 1 16 46 catches for 823 yards, 6 td, & 3 rushes for 17 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
WR Drew Pearson 27 5 16 44 catches for 714 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 29 yards and 0 td
TE Billy Joe DuPree* 28 5 16 34 catches for 509 yards, 9 td, & 1 rush for 15 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
LT Pat Donovan 25 3 16 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
LG Herbert Scott 25 3 16 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
C John Fitzgerald 30 7 14 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1970
RG Tom Rafferty 24 2 16 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
RT Rayfield Wright 33 11 11 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 182nd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Too Tall Jones 27 4 16 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1974
LDT Jethro Pugh 34 13 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 145th pick / 1965
RDT Randy White*+ 25 3 16 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
RDE Harvey Martin* 28 5 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
LLB Thomas Henderson* 25 3 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 18th pick / 1975
MLB Bob Breunig 25 3 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
RLB D.D. Lewis 33 10 16 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
LCB Benny Barnes 27 6 13 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Aaron Kyle 24 2 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
SS Charlie Waters* 30 8 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 66th pick / 1970
FS Cliff Harris*+ 30 8 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Rafael Septien 25 1 0 16 of 26 field goals & 46 of 47 extra points New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
P Danny White 26 2 1 76 punts for a 40.5 average, 1 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
PR Butch Johnson 24 2 0 51 punt returns for a 7.9 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
KR Butch Johnson 24 2 0 29 kick returns for a 20.8 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 Benny Barnes 27 LCB 14 13 190 6-1 Stanford 3/3/1951 6 7
76 Larry Bethea 22 16 0 251 6-2 Michigan St. 7/21/1956 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 28th pick / 1978
24 Alois Blackwell 24 13 0 195 5-10 Houston 11/12/1954 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1978
53 Bob Breunig 25 MLB 16 16 226 6-7 Arizona St. 7/4/1953 3 9 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
36 Larry Brinson 24 10 0 214 6-2 Florida 6/6/1954 1 1
59 Guy Brown 23 15 0 223 6-4 Houston 6/1/1955 1 4 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 108th pick / 1977
18 Glenn Carano 23 2 0 201 6-3 UNLV 11/18/1955 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 54th pick / 1977
63 Larry Cole 32 de 16 3 252 6-5 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii 11/15/1946 10 3 Dallas Cowboys / 16th / 428th pick / 1968
61 Jim Cooper 23 t 14 2 262 6-5 Temple 9/28/1955 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 164th pick / 1977
21 Doug Dennison 27 5 0 202 6-1 Kutztown Pennsylvania 12/18/1951 4 1
67 Pat Donovan 25 LT 16 16 253 6-5 Stanford 7/1/1953 3 9 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
33 Tony Dorsett* 24 RB 16 15 192 5-11 Pittsburgh 4/7/1954 1 17 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
89 Billy Joe DuPree* 28 TE 16 16 225 6-4 Michigan St. 3/7/1950 5 7 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
62 John Fitzgerald 30 C 14 14 255 6-5 Boston Col. 4/16/1948 7 8 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1970
71 Andy Frederick 24 rt 16 5 257 6-6 New Mexico 7/25/1954 1 4 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 137th pick / 1977
43 Cliff Harris*+ 30 FS 16 16 188 6-0 Ouachita Baptist 11/12/1948 8 14
58 Mike Hegman 25 llb 16 3 227 6-1 Alabama A&M,Tennessee St. 1/17/1953 2 3 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1975
56 Thomas Henderson* 25 LLB 15 13 221 6-2 Langston 3/1/1953 3 9 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 18th pick / 1975
80 Tony Hill* 22 WR 16 16 199 6-2 Stanford 6/23/1956 1 11 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
42 Randy Hughes 25 16 0 209 6-4 Oklahoma 4/3/1953 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 96th pick / 1975
57 Bruce Huther 24 16 0 221 6-1 New Hampshire 7/23/1954 1 4
86 Butch Johnson 24 KR 16 0 187 6-1 California-Riverside 5/28/1954 2 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
72 Too Tall Jones 27 LDE 16 16 271 6-9 Tennessee St. 2/23/1951 4 8 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1974
25 Aaron Kyle 24 RCB 16 16 185 5-11 Wyoming 4/6/1954 2 8 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
35 Scott Laidlaw 25 rb 16 4 206 6-0 Stanford 2/17/1953 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 14th / 356th pick / 1975
66 Burton Lawless 25 16 0 253 6-4 Florida 11/1/1953 3 5 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 44th pick / 1975
50 D.D. Lewis 33 RLB 16 16 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 10/16/1945 10 8 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
79 Harvey Martin* 28 RDE 16 16 260 6-5 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/16/1950 5 10 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
44 Robert Newhouse 28 FB 13 12 209 5-10 Houston 1/9/1950 6 7 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
88 Drew Pearson 27 WR 16 16 184 6-0 Tulsa 1/12/1951 5 9
26 Preston Pearson 33 16 1 205 6-1 Illinois 1/17/1945 11 8 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
75 Jethro Pugh 34 LDT 13 13 260 6-6 Elizabeth City St. 7/3/1944 13 7 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 145th pick / 1965
64 Tom Rafferty 24 RG 16 16 256 6-3 Penn St. 8/2/1954 2 9 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
60 Tom Randall 22 11 0 245 6-5 Iowa St. 8/3/1956 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 194th pick / 1978
83 Golden Richards 28 1 0 181 6-1 Hawaii,BYU 12/31/1950 5 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1973
87 Jay Saldi 24 4 0 225 6-3 South Carolina 10/8/1954 2 0
68 Herbert Scott 25 LG 16 16 254 6-2 Virginia Union 1/18/1953 3 9 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
1 Rafael Septien 25 K 16 0 176 5-10 La-Lafayette 12/12/1953 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
81 Jackie Smith 38 12 0 235 6-4 NW State (LA) 2/23/1940 15 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 129th pick / 1963
65 Dave Stalls 23 16 0 250 6-5 Northern Colorado 9/19/1955 1 4 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 191st pick / 1977
12 Roger Staubach* 36 QB 15 15 197 6-3 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy 2/5/1942 9 16 Kansas City Chiefs / 16th / 122nd pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 129th pick / 1964
81 Robert Steele 22 14 0 196 6-4 North Alabama 8/2/1956 Rook 0
32 Dennis Thurman 22 16 1 176 5-11 USC 4/13/1956 Rook 2 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 306th pick / 1978
46 Mark Washington 31 13 2 188 5-10 Morgan St. 12/28/1947 8 2 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 335th pick / 1970
41 Charlie Waters* 30 SS 16 16 193 6-1 Clemson 9/10/1948 8 11 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 66th pick / 1970
11 Danny White 26 P 16 1 193 6-2 Arizona St. 2/9/1952 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
54 Randy White*+ 25 RDT 16 16 257 6-4 Maryland 1/15/1953 3 14 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
70 Rayfield Wright 33 RT 15 11 255 6-6 Fort Valley St. 8/23/1945 11 6 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 182nd pick / 1967
Team Total 26.5 16 220.5 6-2.5 4.1