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10-6-0, Finished 1st in NFC East Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.4, Offense: -2.9, Defense: 5.3, SoS: 0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 286 points (17.9/g), 25th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 250 points (15.6/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: Barry Switzer (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ernie Zampese
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Campo

Stadium: Texas Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Edward's University (Austin, Texas)

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 Troy Aikman* 30 7 15 296 for 465, 3,126 yards, 12 td, 13 int, & 35 rushes for 42 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1989
RB Emmitt Smith 27 6 15 327 rushes for 1,204 yards, 12 td, & 47 catches for 249 yards and 3 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1990
FB Daryl Johnston 30 7 15 22 rushes for 48 yards, 0 td, & 43 catches for 278 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 39th pick / 1989
WR Michael Irvin 30 8 11 64 catches for 962 yards, 2 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 11th pick / 1988
WR Kevin Williams 25 3 9 27 catches for 323 yards, 1 td, & 4 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1993
TE Eric Bjornson 25 1 10 48 catches for 388 yards, 3 td Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1995
LT Mark Tuinei 36 13 15
LG Nate Newton* 35 10 16
C Ray Donaldson* 38 16 16 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1980
RG Larry Allen*+ 25 2 16 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1994
RT Erik Williams*+ 28 5 16 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1991
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tony Tolbert* 29 7 16 12.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 85th pick / 1989
LDT Chad Hennings 31 4 15 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 290th pick / 1988
RDT Leon Lett 28 5 13 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1991
RDE Shante Carver 25 2 7 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 23rd pick / 1994
LLB Broderick Thomas 29 7 9 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1989
MLB Fred Strickland 30 8 16 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 47th pick / 1988
RLB Darrin Smith 26 3 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 54th pick / 1993
LCB Kevin Smith 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1992
RCB Deion Sanders*+ 29 7 15 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 5th pick / 1989
SS Darren Woodson*+ 27 4 16 3.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1992
FS Brock Marion 26 3 10 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 196th pick / 1993
 Special Teams Starters
K Chris Boniol 25 2 0 32 of 36 field goals & 24 of 25 extra points
P John Jett 28 3 0 74 punts for a 42.6 average, 0 blocked
PR Kelvin Martin 31 9 1 41 punt returns for a 9.1 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 95th pick / 1987
KR Herschel Walker 34 10 1 27 kick returns for a 28.9 average and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 114th pick / 1985

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
8 Troy Aikman* 30 QB 15 15 219 6-4 Oklahoma,UCLA 11/21/1966 7 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1989
73 Larry Allen*+ 25 RG 16 16 325 6-3 Butte JC (CA),Sonoma St. 11/27/1971 2 11 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1994
81 Tyji Armstrong 26 te 16 7 259 6-4 Iowa Central,Mississippi 10/3/1970 4 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1992
40 Bill Bates 35 14 0 204 6-1 Tennessee 6/6/1961 13 1
86 Eric Bjornson 25 TE 14 10 236 6-4 Washington 12/15/1971 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1995
18 Chris Boniol 25 K 16 0 169 5-11 Louisiana Tech 12/9/1971 2 4
29 Alundis Brice 26 db 14 1 178 5-10 Mississippi 5/1/1970 1 1 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 129th pick / 1995
57 Alan Campos 23 15 0 236 6-3 Louisville 3/3/1973 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 167th pick / 1996
96 Shante Carver 25 RDE 10 7 250 6-5 Arizona St. 2/12/1971 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 23rd pick / 1994
75 Tony Casillas 33 dt 16 3 278 6-3 Oklahoma 10/26/1963 10 3 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1986
72 Ray Childress 34 3 0 272 6-6 Texas A&M 10/20/1962 11 0 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1985
87 Billy Davis 24 13 0 205 6-1 Pittsburgh 7/6/1972 1 0
35 Wendell Davis 23 13 0 201 5-10 Oklahoma 6/27/1973 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 207th pick / 1996
53 Ray Donaldson* 38 C 16 16 311 6-3 Georgia 5/18/1958 16 8 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1980
63 John Flannery 27 1 0 303 6-4 Syracuse 1/13/1969 5 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1991
17 Jason Garrett 30 1 0 200 6-2 Princeton,Columbia 3/28/1966 3 0
56 Randall Godfrey 23 llb 16 6 245 6-2 Georgia 4/6/1973 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 49th pick / 1996
94 Charles Haley 32 rde 5 5 252 6-5 James Madison 1/6/1964 10 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 96th pick / 1986
24 Roger Harper 26 14 0 225 6-2 Ohio St. 10/26/1970 3 1 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 38th pick / 1993
69 George Hegamin 23 t 16 1 331 6-7 North Carolina St. 2/14/1973 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 102nd pick / 1994
70 Dale Hellestrae 34 16 0 282 6-5 SMU 7/11/1962 11 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 112th pick / 1985
95 Chad Hennings 31 LDT 15 15 287 6-6 Air Force 10/20/1965 4 8 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 290th pick / 1988
88 Michael Irvin 30 WR 11 11 207 6-2 Miami (FL) 3/5/1966 8 9 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 11th pick / 1988
19 John Jett 28 P 16 0 197 6-0 East Carolina 11/11/1968 3 2
48 Daryl Johnston 30 FB 16 15 238 6-2 Syracuse 2/10/1966 7 3 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 39th pick / 1989
60 Derek Kennard 34 1 0 285 6-3 Nevada 9/9/1962 10 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 45th pick / 1984 Supp
78 Leon Lett 28 RDT 13 13 290 6-6 Emporia St. 10/12/1968 5 7 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1991
31 Brock Marion 26 FS 10 10 200 5-11 Nevada 6/11/1970 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 196th pick / 1993
83 Kelvin Martin 31 PR 16 1 163 5-9 Boston Col. 5/14/1965 9 3 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 95th pick / 1987
99 Hurvin McCormack 24 dt 16 4 281 6-5 Indiana 4/6/1972 2 3
82 Johnny Mitchell 25 te 4 1 241 6-3 Nebraska 1/20/1971 4 0 New York Jets / 1st / 15th pick / 1992
98 Godfrey Myles 28 16 0 240 6-1 Florida 9/22/1968 5 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1991
61 Nate Newton* 35 LG 16 16 318 6-3 Florida A&M 12/20/1961 10 8
97 Kavika Pittman 22 15 0 273 6-6 McNeese St. 10/9/1974 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1996
36 Dominique Ross 24 2 0 203 6-0 Valdosta St. 1/12/1972 1 0
21 Deion Sanders*+ 29 RCB 16 15 195 6-1 Florida St. 8/9/1967 7 19 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 5th pick / 1989
52 Jim Schwantz* 26 16 0 240 6-2 Purdue 1/23/1970 4 4
50 Clay Shiver 24 14 0 283 6-2 Florida St. 12/7/1972 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 67th pick / 1996
59 Darrin Smith 26 RLB 16 16 236 6-1 Miami (FL) 4/15/1970 3 8 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 54th pick / 1993
22 Emmitt Smith 27 RB 15 15 221 5-9 Florida 5/15/1969 6 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1990
26 Kevin Smith 26 LCB 16 16 183 5-11 Texas A&M 4/7/1970 4 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1992
55 Fred Strickland 30 MLB 16 16 246 6-2 Purdue 8/15/1966 8 9 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 47th pick / 1988
30 George Teague 25 FS 16 8 198 6-1 Alabama 2/18/1971 3 4 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 29th pick / 1993
51 Broderick Thomas 29 LLB 16 9 250 6-4 Nebraska 2/20/1967 7 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1989
92 Tony Tolbert* 29 LDE 16 16 268 6-6 Texas-El Paso 12/29/1967 7 15 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 85th pick / 1989
71 Mark Tuinei 36 LT 15 15 302 6-5 UCLA,Hawaii 3/31/1960 13 5
93 Mike Ulufale 24 3 0 277 6-4 BYU 2/1/1972 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 95th pick / 1996
34 Herschel Walker 34 KR 16 1 225 6-1 Georgia 3/3/1962 10 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 114th pick / 1985
89 Derek Ware 29 te 5 1 255 6-2 Texas A&M,Central Oklahoma 9/17/1967 4 0 Phoenix Cardinals / 7th / 175th pick / 1992
42 Charlie Williams 24 7 0 204 6-0 Bowling Green 2/2/1972 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1995
79 Erik Williams*+ 28 RT 16 16 324 6-6 Central State (OH) 9/7/1968 5 11 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1991
85 Kevin Williams 25 WR 10 9 195 5-9 Miami (FL) 1/25/1971 3 3 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1993
20 Sherman Williams 23 rb 16 1 198 5-8 Alabama 8/13/1973 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1995
80 Stepfret Williams 23 wr 5 0 170 6-0 La-Monroe 6/14/1973 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 94th pick / 1996
11 Wade Wilson 37 qb 3 1 210 6-3 Texas A&M-Commerce 2/1/1959 15 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 210th pick / 1981
28 Darren Woodson*+ 27 SS 16 16 219 6-1 Arizona St. 4/25/1969 4 13 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1992
Team Total 27.9 16 241.1 6-2.2 5.0