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1981 Dallas Cowboys

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.1, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 3.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 367 points (22.9/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 277 points (17.3/g), 7th.
 Differential of 90 points (5.6/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.6-5.4.

Coach: Tom Landry (12-4-0)
 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 Danny White 29 5 15 223 for 391, 3,098 yards, 22 td, 13 int, & 38 rushes for 104 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
RB Tony Dorsett*+ 27 4 16 342 rushes for 1,646 yards, 4 td, & 32 catches for 325 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
FB Ron Springs 25 2 13 172 rushes for 625 yards, 10 td, & 46 catches for 359 yards and 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 136th pick / 1979
WR Tony Hill 25 4 9 46 catches for 953 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for -3 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
WR Drew Pearson 30 8 15 38 catches for 614 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 31 yards and 0 td
TE Billy Joe DuPree 31 8 15 19 catches for 214 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 12 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
LT Pat Donovan* 28 6 16 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
LG Herbert Scott*+ 28 6 16 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
C Tom Rafferty 27 5 15 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
RG Kurt Petersen 24 1 14 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 105th pick / 1980
RT Jim Cooper 26 4 16 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 164th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Too Tall Jones* 30 7 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1974
LDT John Dutton 30 7 16 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 5th pick / 1974
RDT Randy White*+ 28 6 16 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
RDE Harvey Martin 31 8 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
LLB Mike Hegman 28 5 10 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1975
MLB Bob Breunig 28 6 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
RLB D.D. Lewis 36 13 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
LCB Everson Walls* 22 Rook 12 11 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Dennis Thurman 25 3 16 9 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 306th pick / 1978
SS Charlie Waters 33 11 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 66th pick / 1970
FS Michael Downs 22 Rook 15 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Rafael Septien*+ 28 4 0 27 of 35 field goals & 40 of 40 extra points New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
P Danny White 29 5 15 79 punts for a 40.8 average, 0 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
PR James Jones 23 1 0 33 punt returns for a 5.7 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 80th pick / 1980
KR James Jones 23 1 0 27 kick returns for a 19.1 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 80th pick / 1980

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 Benny Barnes 30 db 16 1 190 6-1 Stanford 3/3/1951 9 2
76 Larry Bethea 25 16 0 251 6-2 Michigan St. 7/21/1956 3 1 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 28th pick / 1978
53 Bob Breunig 28 MLB 16 16 226 6-7 Arizona St. 7/4/1953 6 9 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1975
59 Guy Brown 26 llb 16 6 223 6-4 Houston 6/1/1955 4 4 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 108th pick / 1977
18 Glenn Carano 26 qb 5 1 201 6-3 UNLV 11/18/1955 3 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 54th pick / 1977
61 Jim Cooper 26 RT 16 16 262 6-5 Temple 9/28/1955 4 7 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 164th pick / 1977
84 Doug Cosbie 25 16 0 236 6-6 Holy Cross,Santa Clara 3/27/1956 2 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 76th pick / 1979
51 Anthony Dickerson 24 16 0 220 6-2 SMU 6/9/1957 1 2
83 Doug Donley 22 11 0 175 6-0 Ohio St. 2/6/1959 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1981
67 Pat Donovan* 28 LT 16 16 253 6-5 Stanford 7/1/1953 6 11 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 90th pick / 1975
33 Tony Dorsett*+ 27 RB 16 16 192 5-11 Pittsburgh 4/7/1954 4 14 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1977
26 Michael Downs 22 FS 15 15 205 6-3 Rice 6/9/1959 Rook 8
89 Billy Joe DuPree 31 TE 16 15 225 6-4 Michigan St. 3/7/1950 8 2 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 20th pick / 1973
78 John Dutton 30 LDT 16 16 266 6-6 Nebraska 2/6/1951 7 8 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 5th pick / 1974
27 Ron Fellows 23 16 0 178 6-0 Missouri 11/7/1958 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1981
71 Andy Frederick 27 16 0 257 6-6 New Mexico 7/25/1954 4 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 137th pick / 1977
58 Mike Hegman 28 LLB 11 10 227 6-1 Alabama A&M,Tennessee St. 1/17/1953 5 5 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1975
80 Tony Hill 25 WR 16 9 199 6-2 Stanford 6/23/1956 4 9 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1977
14 Gary Hogeboom 23 1 0 205 6-4 Central Michigan 8/21/1958 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 133rd pick / 1980
86 Butch Johnson 27 wr 16 7 187 6-1 California-Riverside 5/28/1954 5 5 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 87th pick / 1976
23 James Jones 23 KR 16 0 200 5-10 Mississippi St. 12/6/1958 1 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 80th pick / 1980
72 Too Tall Jones* 30 LDE 16 16 271 6-9 Tennessee St. 2/23/1951 7 14 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1974
57 Angelo King 23 15 0 224 6-1 South Carolina St. 2/10/1958 Rook 2
50 D.D. Lewis 36 RLB 16 16 225 6-1 Mississippi St. 10/16/1945 13 9 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 159th pick / 1968
79 Harvey Martin 31 RDE 16 16 260 6-5 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/16/1950 8 9 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1973
44 Robert Newhouse 31 16 0 209 5-10 Houston 1/9/1950 9 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 35th pick / 1972
30 Timmy Newsome 23 15 0 232 6-1 Winston-Salem St. 5/17/1958 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 162nd pick / 1980
88 Drew Pearson 30 WR 16 15 184 6-0 Tulsa 1/12/1951 8 6
65 Kurt Petersen 24 RG 16 14 264 6-4 Missouri 6/17/1957 1 6 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 105th pick / 1980
64 Tom Rafferty 27 C 16 15 256 6-3 Penn St. 8/2/1954 5 7 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 119th pick / 1976
70 Howard Richards 22 16 0 263 6-6 Missouri 8/7/1959 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 26th pick / 1981
87 Jay Saldi 27 te 16 5 225 6-3 South Carolina 10/8/1954 5 1
68 Herbert Scott*+ 28 LG 16 16 254 6-2 Virginia Union 1/18/1953 6 13 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 330th pick / 1975
1 Rafael Septien*+ 28 K 16 0 176 5-10 La-Lafayette 12/12/1953 4 6 New Orleans Saints / 10th / 258th pick / 1977
52 Robert Shaw 25 c 3 3 245 6-4 Tennessee 10/15/1956 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1979
60 Don Smerek 24 2 0 255 6-7 Nevada-Reno 12/20/1957 Rook 0
55 Danny Spradlin 22 16 0 235 6-1 Tennessee 3/3/1959 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 137th pick / 1981
20 Ron Springs 25 FB 16 13 213 6-0 Ohio St. 11/4/1956 2 7 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 136th pick / 1979
77 Bruce Thornton 23 12 0 263 6-5 Illinois 2/14/1958 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 219th pick / 1979
32 Dennis Thurman 25 RCB 16 16 176 5-11 USC 4/13/1956 3 8 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 306th pick / 1978
63 Glen Titensor 23 16 0 263 6-4 UCLA,BYU 2/21/1958 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 81st pick / 1981
24 Everson Walls* 22 LCB 16 12 194 6-1 Grambling St. 12/28/1959 Rook 10
41 Charlie Waters 33 SS 16 16 193 6-1 Clemson 9/10/1948 11 7 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 66th pick / 1970
11 Danny White 29 P 16 15 193 6-2 Arizona St. 2/9/1952 5 13 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1974
54 Randy White*+ 28 RDT 16 16 257 6-4 Maryland 1/15/1953 6 15 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 2nd pick / 1975
45 Steve Wilson 24 db 16 4 195 5-10 Howard 8/24/1957 2 3
73 Steve Wright 22 16 0 271 6-6 Northern Iowa 4/8/1959 Rook 1
Team Total 26.2 16 225.0 6-2.6 3.8