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1979 Dallas Cowboys

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11-5-0, NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.3, Offense: 3.0, Defense: 0.3, SoS: -0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 371 points (23.2/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (19.6/g), 12th.
 Differential of 58 points (3.6/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.6-6.4.

Coach: Tom Landry (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Dan Reeves
 Defensive Coordinator: Ernie Stautner

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

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Roger Staubach* 37 10 16 267 for 461, 3,586 yards, 27 td, 11 int, & 37 rushes for 172 yards and 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 16th / 122nd pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 129th pick / 1964
RB Tony Dorsett 25 2 14 250 rushes for 1,107 yards, 6 td, & 45 catches for 375 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
FB Robert Newhouse 29 7 11 124 rushes for 449 yards, 3 td, & 7 catches for 55 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
WR Tony Hill* 23 2 15 60 catches for 1,062 yards, 10 td, & 2 rushes for 18 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
WR Drew Pearson 28 6 15 55 catches for 1,026 yards, 8 td, & 3 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td
TE Billy Joe DuPree 29 6 16 29 catches for 324 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for 19 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
LT Pat Donovan* 26 4 16 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
LG Herbert Scott* 26 4 16 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
C John Fitzgerald 31 8 15 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1970
RG Tom Rafferty 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
RT Jim Cooper 24 2 11 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 164th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Larry Cole 33 11 16 Dallas Cowboys / 16th / 428th pick / 1968
LDT Dave Stalls 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 191st pick / 1977
RDT Randy White*+ 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
RDE Harvey Martin* 29 6 16 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
LLB Thomas Henderson 26 4 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 18th pick / 1975
MLB Bob Breunig* 26 4 16 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
RLB D.D. Lewis 34 11 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
LCB Benny Barnes 28 7 15 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Aaron Kyle 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
SS Randy Hughes 26 4 15 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 96th pick / 1975
FS Cliff Harris* 31 9 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Rafael Septien 26 2 0 19 of 29 field goals & 40 of 44 extra points New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
P Danny White 27 3 0 76 punts for a 41.7 average, 0 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
PR Steve Wilson 22 Rook 0 35 punt returns for a 6.7 average and 0 td
KR Ron Springs 23 Rook 3 38 kick returns for a 20.5 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 136th pick / 1979

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 Benny Barnes 28 LCB 15 15 190 6-1 Stanford 3/3/1951 7 6
76 Larry Bethea 23 dt 16 2 251 6-2 Michigan St. 7/21/1956 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 28th pick / 1978
24 Alois Blackwell 25 6 0 195 5-10 Houston 11/12/1954 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1978
53 Bob Breunig* 26 MLB 16 16 226 6-7 Arizona St. 7/4/1953 4 8 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
36 Larry Brinson 25 14 0 214 6-2 Florida 6/6/1954 2 0
59 Guy Brown 24 15 1 223 6-4 Houston 6/1/1955 2 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 108th pick / 1977
18 Glenn Carano 24 3 0 201 6-3 UNLV 11/18/1955 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 54th pick / 1977
63 Larry Cole 33 LDE 16 16 252 6-5 Air Force,Houston,Hawaii 11/15/1946 11 6 Dallas Cowboys / 16th / 428th pick / 1968
61 Jim Cooper 24 RT 15 11 262 6-5 Temple 9/28/1955 2 5 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 164th pick / 1977
84 Doug Cosbie 23 te 16 1 236 6-6 Holy Cross,Santa Clara 3/27/1956 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 76th pick / 1979
67 Pat Donovan* 26 LT 16 16 253 6-5 Stanford 7/1/1953 4 10 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
33 Tony Dorsett 25 RB 14 14 192 5-11 Pittsburgh 4/7/1954 2 12 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
89 Billy Joe DuPree 29 TE 16 16 225 6-4 Michigan St. 3/7/1950 6 3 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
78 John Dutton 28 lde 8 4 266 6-6 Nebraska 2/6/1951 5 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 5th pick / 1974
62 John Fitzgerald 31 C 15 15 255 6-5 Boston Col. 4/16/1948 8 7 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1970
71 Andy Frederick 25 16 0 257 6-6 New Mexico 7/25/1954 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 137th pick / 1977
43 Cliff Harris* 31 FS 16 16 188 6-0 Ouachita Baptist 11/12/1948 9 8
58 Mike Hegman 26 mlb 16 5 227 6-1 Alabama A&M,Tennessee St. 1/17/1953 3 3 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1975
56 Thomas Henderson 26 LLB 11 10 221 6-2 Langston 3/1/1953 4 4 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 18th pick / 1975
80 Tony Hill* 23 WR 16 15 199 6-2 Stanford 6/23/1956 2 10 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
42 Randy Hughes 26 SS 15 15 209 6-4 Oklahoma 4/3/1953 4 6 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 96th pick / 1975
57 Bruce Huther 25 16 0 221 6-1 New Hampshire 7/23/1954 2 3
86 Butch Johnson 25 wr 11 1 187 6-1 California-Riverside 5/28/1954 3 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
25 Aaron Kyle 25 RCB 16 16 185 5-11 Wyoming 4/6/1954 3 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
35 Scott Laidlaw 26 rb 16 3 206 6-0 Stanford 2/17/1953 4 2 Dallas Cowboys / 14th / 356th pick / 1975
66 Burton Lawless 26 15 0 253 6-4 Florida 11/1/1953 4 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 44th pick / 1975
50 D.D. Lewis 34 RLB 16 16 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 10/16/1945 11 7 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
22 Wade Manning 24 9 0 190 5-11 Ohio St. 7/25/1955 Rook 0
79 Harvey Martin* 29 RDE 16 16 260 6-5 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/16/1950 6 10 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
34 Aaron Mitchell 23 db 16 1 196 6-1 Morris Brown,UNLV 12/15/1956 Rook 2 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 55th pick / 1979
44 Robert Newhouse 29 FB 14 11 209 5-10 Houston 1/9/1950 7 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
88 Drew Pearson 28 WR 15 15 184 6-0 Tulsa 1/12/1951 6 10
26 Preston Pearson 34 14 0 205 6-1 Illinois 1/17/1945 12 3 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 298th pick / 1967
64 Tom Rafferty 25 RG 16 16 256 6-3 Penn St. 8/2/1954 3 8 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
87 Jay Saldi 25 16 1 225 6-3 South Carolina 10/8/1954 3 2
68 Herbert Scott* 26 LG 16 16 254 6-2 Virginia Union 1/18/1953 4 10 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
1 Rafael Septien 26 K 16 0 176 5-10 La-Lafayette 12/12/1953 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
52 Robert Shaw 23 c 16 1 245 6-4 Tennessee 10/15/1956 Rook 2 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1979
20 Ron Springs 23 KR 16 3 213 6-0 Ohio St. 11/4/1956 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 136th pick / 1979
65 Dave Stalls 24 LDT 16 12 250 6-5 Northern Colorado 9/19/1955 2 5 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 191st pick / 1977
12 Roger Staubach* 37 QB 16 16 197 6-3 New Mex. Mil. Inst.,Navy 2/5/1942 10 14 Kansas City Chiefs / 16th / 122nd pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 129th pick / 1964
77 Bruce Thornton 21 16 0 263 6-5 Illinois 2/14/1958 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 219th pick / 1979
32 Dennis Thurman 23 16 1 176 5-11 USC 4/13/1956 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 306th pick / 1978
11 Danny White 27 P 16 0 193 6-2 Arizona St. 2/9/1952 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
54 Randy White*+ 26 RDT 15 14 257 6-4 Maryland 1/15/1953 4 11 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
81 Steve Wilson 22 PR 16 0 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 Rook 1
70 Rayfield Wright 34 rt 16 5 255 6-6 Fort Valley St. 8/23/1945 12 3 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 182nd pick / 1967
Team Total 26.4 16 221.7 6-2.3 3.9