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1997 Dallas Cowboys

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.8, Offense: -1.7, Defense: 1.0, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 304 points (19.0/g), 22nd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 314 points (19.6/g), 13th.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.6/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-8.3.

Coach: Barry Switzer (6-10-0)
 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 31 8 16 292 for 518, 3,283 yards, 19 td, 12 int, & 25 rushes for 79 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1989
RB Emmitt Smith 28 7 16 261 rushes for 1,074 yards, 4 td, & 40 catches for 234 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1990
FB Daryl Johnston 31 8 6 2 rushes for 3 yards, 0 td, & 18 catches for 166 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 39th pick / 1989
WR Michael Irvin 31 9 16 75 catches for 1,180 yards, 9 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 11th pick / 1988
WR Anthony Miller 32 9 16 46 catches for 645 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 6 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1988
TE Eric Bjornson 26 2 14 47 catches for 442 yards, 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1995
LT George Hegamin 24 3 9 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 102nd pick / 1994
LG Nate Newton 36 11 13 1 fumble recovered
C Clay Shiver 25 1 16 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 67th pick / 1996
RG Larry Allen*+ 26 3 16 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1994
RT Erik Williams* 29 6 15 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1991
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tony Tolbert 30 8 16 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 85th pick / 1989
LDT Tony Casillas 34 11 14 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1986
RDT Chad Hennings 32 5 10 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 290th pick / 1988
RDE Shante Carver 26 3 16 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 23rd pick / 1994
LLB Randall Godfrey 24 1 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 49th pick / 1996
MLB Fred Strickland 31 9 14 0.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 47th pick / 1988
RLB Dexter Coakley 25 Rook 16 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 65th pick / 1997
LCB Kevin Smith 27 5 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1992
RCB Deion Sanders*+ 30 8 12 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 5th pick / 1989
SS Darren Woodson* 28 5 14 2.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1992
FS Brock Marion 27 4 16 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 196th pick / 1993
 Special Teams Starters
K Richie Cunningham+ 27 Rook 0 34 of 37 field goals & 24 of 24 extra points
P Toby Gowin 22 Rook 0 86 punts for a 41.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Deion Sanders*+ 30 8 12 33 punt returns for a 12.3 average and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 5th pick / 1989
KR Herschel Walker 35 11 6 50 kick returns for a 23.3 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 31 QB 16 16 219 6-4 Oklahoma,UCLA 11/21/1966 8 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1989
73 Larry Allen*+ 26 RG 16 16 325 6-3 Butte JC (CA),Sonoma St. 11/27/1971 3 13 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1994
96 Antonio Anderson 24 rdt 16 5 311 6-6 Syracuse 6/4/1973 Rook 4 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 101st pick / 1997
40 Bill Bates 36 16 0 204 6-1 Tennessee 6/6/1961 14 1
91 Darren Benson 23 6 0 308 6-7 Trinity Valley CC (TX) 8/25/1974 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 1st pick / 1995 Supp
86 Eric Bjornson 26 TE 14 14 236 6-4 Washington 12/15/1971 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 110th pick / 1995
98 Shante Carver 26 RDE 16 16 250 6-5 Arizona St. 2/12/1971 3 8 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 23rd pick / 1994
75 Tony Casillas 34 LDT 15 14 278 6-3 Oklahoma 10/26/1963 11 7 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 2nd pick / 1986
52 Dexter Coakley 25 RLB 16 16 236 5-10 Appalachian St. 10/20/1972 Rook 9 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 65th pick / 1997
3 Richie Cunningham+ 27 K 16 0 167 5-10 La-Lafayette 8/18/1970 Rook 5
87 Billy Davis 25 16 0 205 6-1 Pittsburgh 7/6/1972 2 0
35 Wendell Davis 24 15 0 201 5-10 Oklahoma 6/27/1973 1 1 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 207th pick / 1996
63 John Flannery 28 g 16 4 303 6-4 Syracuse 1/13/1969 6 3 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1991
81 Scott Galbraith 30 16 0 258 6-2 USC 1/7/1967 7 0 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 178th pick / 1990
17 Jason Garrett 31 1 0 200 6-2 Princeton,Columbia 3/28/1966 4 0
56 Randall Godfrey 24 LLB 16 16 245 6-2 Georgia 4/6/1973 1 8 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 49th pick / 1996
4 Toby Gowin 22 P 16 0 167 5-10 North Texas 3/30/1975 Rook 2
54 Darryl Hardy 29 12 0 230 6-2 Tennessee 11/22/1968 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 270th pick / 1992
69 George Hegamin 24 LT 13 9 331 6-7 North Carolina St. 2/14/1973 3 4 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 102nd pick / 1994
70 Dale Hellestrae 35 16 0 282 6-5 SMU 7/11/1962 12 1 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 112th pick / 1985
58 Nate Hemsley 23 2 0 228 6-0 Syracuse 5/5/1974 Rook 0
95 Chad Hennings 32 RDT 11 10 287 6-6 Air Force 10/20/1965 5 6 Dallas Cowboys / 11th / 290th pick / 1988
66 Tony Hutson 23 g 5 1 315 6-3 NE State (OK) 3/13/1974 Rook 1
88 Michael Irvin 31 WR 16 16 207 6-2 Miami (FL) 3/5/1966 9 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 11th pick / 1988
48 Daryl Johnston 31 FB 6 6 238 6-2 Syracuse 2/10/1966 8 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 39th pick / 1989
89 David LaFleur 23 te 16 5 272 6-7 LSU 1/29/1974 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 22nd pick / 1997
78 Leon Lett 29 dt 3 3 290 6-6 Emporia St. 10/12/1968 6 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 173rd pick / 1991
31 Brock Marion 27 FS 16 16 200 5-11 Nevada 6/11/1970 4 6 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 196th pick / 1993
23 Kevin Mathis 23 db 16 3 185 5-9 Texas A&M-Commerce 4/29/1974 Rook 2
99 Hurvin McCormack 25 13 0 281 6-5 Indiana 4/6/1972 3 1
83 Anthony Miller 32 WR 16 16 190 5-11 San Diego St.,Tennessee 4/15/1965 9 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1988
27 Singor Mobley 25 12 0 195 5-11 Washington St. 10/12/1972 Rook 1
61 Nate Newton 36 LG 13 13 318 6-3 Florida A&M 12/20/1961 11 5
97 Kavika Pittman 23 15 0 273 6-6 McNeese St. 10/9/1974 1 1 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1996
21 Deion Sanders*+ 30 PR 13 12 195 6-1 Florida St. 8/9/1967 8 15 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 5th pick / 1989
77 Steve Scifres 25 6 0 300 6-3 Wyoming 1/22/1972 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1997
50 Clay Shiver 25 C 16 16 283 6-2 Florida St. 12/7/1972 1 7 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 67th pick / 1996
22 Emmitt Smith 28 RB 16 16 221 5-9 Florida 5/15/1969 7 9 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1990
26 Kevin Smith 27 LCB 16 16 183 5-11 Texas A&M 4/7/1970 5 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 17th pick / 1992
57 Vinson Smith 32 lb 14 3 243 6-2 East Carolina 7/3/1965 9 2
24 Omar Stoutmire 23 db 16 2 205 5-11 Fresno St. 7/9/1974 Rook 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 224th pick / 1997
55 Fred Strickland 31 MLB 15 14 246 6-2 Purdue 8/15/1966 9 7 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 47th pick / 1988
45 Nicky Sualua 22 rb 10 1 260 5-11 Ohio St. 4/16/1975 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 129th pick / 1997
51 Broderick Thomas 30 16 0 250 6-4 Nebraska 2/20/1967 8 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1989
92 Tony Tolbert 30 LDE 16 16 268 6-6 Texas-El Paso 12/29/1967 8 8 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 85th pick / 1989
71 Mark Tuinei 37 lt 6 6 302 6-5 UCLA,Hawaii 3/31/1960 14 3
34 Herschel Walker 35 fb 16 6 225 6-1 Georgia 3/3/1962 11 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 114th pick / 1985
30 Kenny Wheaton 22 2 0 195 5-10 Oregon 3/8/1975 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 94th pick / 1997
42 Charlie Williams 25 16 0 204 6-0 Bowling Green 2/2/1972 2 1 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 92nd pick / 1995
79 Erik Williams* 29 RT 15 15 324 6-6 Central State (OH) 9/7/1968 6 8 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 70th pick / 1991
20 Sherman Williams 24 16 0 198 5-8 Alabama 8/13/1973 2 4 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 46th pick / 1995
80 Stepfret Williams 24 16 0 170 6-0 La-Monroe 6/14/1973 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 94th pick / 1996
18 Wade Wilson 38 7 0 210 6-3 Texas A&M-Commerce 2/1/1959 16 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 210th pick / 1981
28 Darren Woodson* 28 SS 14 14 219 6-1 Arizona St. 4/25/1969 5 8 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 37th pick / 1992
Team Total 27.7 16 243.3 6-2.0 4.6