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1975 Denver Broncos

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6-8-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.4, Offense: -2.7, Defense: -0.7, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 254 points (18.1/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 307 points (21.9/g), 18th.
 Differential of -53 points (-3.8/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: John Ralston (6-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Max Coley
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Cal Poly Pomona (Pomona, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Ramsey 27 5 7 128 for 233, 1,562 yards, 9 td, 14 int, & 6 rushes for 38 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
RB Floyd Little 33 8 10 125 rushes for 445 yards, 2 td, & 29 catches for 308 yards and 2 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
FB Jon Keyworth 25 1 14 182 rushes for 725 yards, 3 td, & 42 catches for 314 yards and 1 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
WR Haven Moses 29 7 14 29 catches for 505 yards, 2 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Billy Van Heusen 29 7 13 15 catches for 246 yards, 1 td, & 2 rushes for 26 yards and 0 td
TE Riley Odoms*+ 25 3 14 40 catches for 544 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 24 1 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Tommy Lyons 27 4 10 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
C Bobby Maples 33 10 14 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
RG Paul Howard 25 2 14 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Mike Current 30 8 7 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 24 2 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
LDT John Grant 25 2 13 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
RDT Paul Smith 30 7 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
RDE Lyle Alzado 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
LLB Tom Jackson 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
MLB Randy Gradishar* 23 1 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
RLB Ray May 30 8 8 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
LCB Louis Wright 22 Rook 11 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Calvin Jones 24 2 8 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
SS Bill Thompson 29 6 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS John Rowser 31 8 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
 Special Teams Starters
K Jim Turner 34 11 0 21 of 28 field goals & 23 of 26 extra points Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
P Billy Van Heusen 29 7 13 63 punts for a 39.9 average, 0 blocked
PR Rick Upchurch 23 Rook 0 27 punt returns for a 11.6 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Rick Upchurch 23 Rook 0 40 kick returns for a 27.1 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
81 Bob Adams 29 2 0 225 6-2 Pacific 8/15/1946 6 0
77 Lyle Alzado 26 RDE 14 14 255 6-3 Yankton 4/3/1949 4 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 79th pick / 1971
24 Otis Armstrong 25 rb 4 3 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 2 1 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
87 Boyd Brown 23 12 0 222 6-4 Alcorn St. 5/24/1952 1 0 Denver Broncos / 17th / 432nd pick / 1974
68 Rubin Carter 23 LDT 14 7 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 24 LDE 9 9 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 2 4 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
74 Mike Current 30 RT 7 7 274 6-5 Ohio St. 9/17/1945 8 3 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 58th pick / 1967
82 Jack Dolbin 27 wr 14 1 180 5-10 Wake Forest 10/12/1948 Rook 5
31 Mike Franckowiak 22 14 0 220 6-3 Central Michigan 3/25/1953 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1975
52 Randy Gradishar* 23 MLB 14 14 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 1 9 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
63 John Grant 25 LDT 14 13 241 6-3 USC 6/28/1950 2 6 Denver Broncos / 7th / 166th pick / 1973
22 Steve Haggerty 22 1 0 175 5-10 Colorado,UNLV 5/17/1953 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 10th / 251st pick / 1975
23 Al Haywood 27 2 0 215 5-11 Bethune-Cookman 8/6/1948 Rook 0
23 George Hoey 29 1 0 174 5-10 Michigan 11/14/1946 4 2 Detroit Lions / 14th / 346th pick / 1969
60 Paul Howard 25 RG 14 14 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 2 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
16 John Hufnagel 24 qb 5 1 194 6-1 Penn St. 9/13/1951 1 1 Denver Broncos / 14th / 348th pick / 1973
57 Tom Jackson 24 LLB 14 14 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 2 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
12 Charley Johnson 37 qb 14 6 200 6-1 Schreiner College,New Mexico St. 11/22/1938 14 3 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1961
St. Louis Cardinals / 10th / 109th pick / 1960
26 Calvin Jones 24 RCB 8 8 170 5-7 Washington 1/26/1951 2 3 Denver Broncos / 15th / 373rd pick / 1973
32 Jon Keyworth 25 FB 14 14 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 1 8 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
54 Mike Lemon 24 1 0 218 6-2 Kansas 2/26/1951 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 149th pick / 1975
44 Floyd Little 33 RB 14 10 196 5-10 Syracuse 7/4/1942 8 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 6th pick / 1967
22 Fran Lynch 30 rb 14 1 205 6-1 Hofstra 12/3/1945 8 2 Denver Broncos / 5th / 110th pick / 1967
61 Tommy Lyons 27 LG 10 10 230 6-2 Georgia 8/7/1948 4 5 Denver Broncos / 14th / 350th pick / 1971
50 Bobby Maples 33 C 14 14 250 6-3 Baylor 12/28/1942 10 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 26th pick / 1965
Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 41st pick / 1965
56 Ray May 30 RLB 8 8 230 6-1 USC 6/4/1945 8 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 89th pick / 1967
71 Claudie Minor 24 LT 14 14 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 1 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
78 Marv Montgomery 27 rt 14 7 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 4 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
25 Haven Moses 29 WR 14 14 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 7 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
66 Jim O'Malley 24 14 0 229 6-1 Notre Dame 7/24/1951 2 4 Denver Broncos / 12th / 296th pick / 1973
88 Riley Odoms*+ 25 TE 14 14 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 3 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
58 Phil Olsen 27 dt 14 1 265 6-5 Utah St. 4/26/1948 4 3 Boston Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1970
48 John Pitts 30 1 0 218 6-4 Arizona St. 2/28/1945 8 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 22nd pick / 1967
21 Randy Poltl 23 db 13 1 190 6-3 Stanford 3/26/1952 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 12th / 311th pick / 1974
10 Steve Ramsey 27 QB 11 7 210 6-2 North Texas 4/22/1948 5 5 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 126th pick / 1970
59 Joe Rizzo 25 rlb 14 6 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 1 3 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
73 Stan Rogers 23 t 14 2 256 6-4 Maryland 3/10/1952 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 5th / 107th pick / 1975
30 Oliver Ross 26 14 0 210 6-0 Alabama A&M 9/18/1949 2 2 Denver Broncos / 16th / 398th pick / 1973
46 John Rowser 31 FS 13 13 190 6-1 Michigan 4/24/1944 8 6 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1967
67 Carl Schaukowitch 24 g 11 2 235 6-3 Penn St. 2/14/1951 Rook 2 New York Giants / 15th / 381st pick / 1973
45 Jeff Severson 26 db 14 3 183 6-1 Long Beach St. 9/16/1949 3 2 Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
70 Paul Smith 30 RDT 13 12 256 6-3 New Mexico 8/13/1945 7 6 Denver Broncos / 9th / 222nd pick / 1968
51 Bob Swenson 22 14 0 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 Rook 3
48 Earlie Thomas 30 rcb 10 6 190 6-1 Colorado St. 12/11/1945 5 3 New York Jets / 11th / 280th pick / 1970
36 Bill Thompson 29 SS 14 14 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 6 6 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
15 Jim Turner 34 K 14 0 205 6-2 Utah St. 3/28/1941 11 5 Washington Redskins / 19th / 259th pick / 1963
80 Rick Upchurch 23 KR 14 0 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
42 Billy Van Heusen 29 P 14 13 200 6-1 Maryland 8/27/1946 7 5
20 Louis Wright 22 LCB 11 11 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 Rook 5 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.6 14 219.4 6-1.6 3.6