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1980 Denver Broncos

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8-8-0, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: -1.1, Defense: 1.6, SoS: 1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 310 points (19.4/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 323 points (20.2/g), 16th.
 Differential of -13 points (-0.8/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Red Miller (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Rod Dowhower
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Collier

Stadium: Mile High Stadium
 Training Camp: Colorado State (Fort Collins, Colorado)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Craig Morton 37 15 9 183 for 301, 2,150 yards, 12 td, 13 int, & 21 rushes for 29 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Dave Preston 25 2 10 111 rushes for 385 yards, 4 td, & 35 catches for 309 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
FB Jim Jensen 27 4 13 101 rushes for 476 yards, 2 td, & 49 catches for 377 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 40th pick / 1976
WR Haven Moses 34 12 14 38 catches for 674 yards, 4 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
WR Rick Upchurch 28 5 14 46 catches for 605 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for 49 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
TE Riley Odoms 30 8 15 39 catches for 590 yards, 6 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 29 6 15 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Tom Glassic 26 4 13 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Bill Bryan 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 30 7 14 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Dave Studdard 25 1 12 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 29 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Brison Manor 28 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
LOLB Rob Nairne 26 3 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
LILB Larry Evans 27 4 12 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
RILB Randy Gradishar 28 6 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson 29 7 16 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright 27 5 15 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Aaron Kyle 26 4 9 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
SS Bill Thompson 34 11 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Steve Foley 27 4 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Steinfort 28 4 0 26 of 34 field goals & 32 of 33 extra points Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
P Luke Prestridge 24 1 0 70 punts for a 43.9 average, 0 blocked Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
PR Rick Upchurch 28 5 14 37 punt returns for a 9.5 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
KR Larry Brunson 31 6 0 40 kick returns for a 23.1 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 11th / 263rd pick / 1972

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
24 Otis Armstrong 30 rb 9 6 196 5-10 Purdue 11/15/1950 7 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 9th pick / 1973
54 Keith Bishop 23 16 0 260 6-3 Nebraska,Baylor 3/10/1957 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 157th pick / 1980
77 Greg Boyd 28 16 0 274 6-6 San Diego St. 9/15/1952 3 2 New England Patriots / 6th / 170th pick / 1976
52 Greg Bracelin 23 12 0 214 6-1 California 4/16/1957 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 9th / 243rd pick / 1980
82 Larry Brunson 31 KR 13 0 180 5-11 Mesa,Colorado 8/11/1949 6 0 Denver Broncos / 11th / 263rd pick / 1972
64 Bill Bryan 25 C 16 16 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 3 8 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
68 Rubin Carter 28 NT 16 16 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 5 8 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 29 LDE 16 16 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 7 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
73 Kelvin Clark 24 rt 14 5 260 6-3 Nebraska 1/30/1956 1 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 22nd pick / 1979
85 Ron Egloff 25 te 16 4 230 6-5 Wisconsin 10/3/1955 3 1
56 Larry Evans 27 LILB 16 12 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 4 6 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 27 FS 16 16 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 4 8 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 26 LG 13 13 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 4 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
53 Randy Gradishar 28 RILB 16 16 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 6 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
31 Mike Harden 21 16 0 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
27 Maurice Harvey 24 db 15 3 190 5-10 Ball St. 1/14/1956 2 2 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 86th pick / 1978
60 Paul Howard 30 RG 14 14 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 7 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
65 Glenn Hyde 29 lg 16 5 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 4 3
29 Bernard Jackson 30 db 4 4 178 6-0 Washington St. 8/24/1950 8 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 81st pick / 1972
57 Tom Jackson 29 ROLB 16 16 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 7 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
30 Jim Jensen 27 FB 14 13 230 6-3 Iowa 11/28/1953 4 7 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 40th pick / 1976
75 Rulon Jones 22 de 16 2 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
32 Jon Keyworth 30 rb 10 3 230 6-3 Colorado 12/15/1950 6 2 Washington Redskins / 6th / 144th pick / 1974
16 Jeff Knapple 24 2 0 200 6-2 UCLA,Colorado,Northern Colorado 8/27/1956 Rook 0
22 Aaron Kyle 26 RCB 10 9 185 5-11 Wyoming 4/6/1954 4 5 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
87 Bill Larson 27 2 0 225 6-4 Colorado St. 10/7/1953 5 0
72 Don Latimer 25 14 0 259 6-3 Miami (FL) 3/1/1955 2 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1978
41 Rob Lytle 26 16 0 198 6-1 Michigan 11/12/1954 3 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
66 Brison Manor 28 RDE 16 14 247 6-4 Arkansas 8/10/1952 3 7 New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
33 Lawrence McCutcheon 30 6 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 6/2/1950 8 0 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 70th pick / 1972
71 Claudie Minor 29 LT 15 15 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 6 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
86 Emery Moorehead 26 16 0 218 6-2 Colorado 3/22/1954 3 0 New York Giants / 6th / 153rd pick / 1977
7 Craig Morton 37 QB 12 9 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 15 8 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
25 Haven Moses 34 WR 15 14 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 12 7 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
58 Rob Nairne 26 LOLB 16 16 223 6-4 Oregon St. 3/24/1954 3 8
34 Ben Norman 25 3 0 212 6-1 Colorado St. 12/16/1955 Rook 0
88 Riley Odoms 30 TE 15 15 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 8 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
46 Dave Preston 25 RB 12 10 195 5-10 Bowling Green 5/29/1955 2 6 New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
11 Luke Prestridge 24 P 16 0 235 6-4 Baylor 9/17/1956 1 4 Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
59 Joe Rizzo 30 lb 4 4 220 6-1 Kings Point 12/17/1950 6 2 Buffalo Bills / 15th / 369th pick / 1973
17 Matt Robinson 25 qb 14 7 196 6-2 Georgia 6/28/1955 3 -1 New York Jets / 9th / 227th pick / 1977
50 Jim Ryan 23 16 0 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 1 2
63 Laval Short 22 15 0 250 6-3 Colorado 9/29/1958 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 136th pick / 1980
55 Art Smith 24 2 0 222 6-1 Hawaii 4/20/1956 Rook 0
45 Perry Smith 29 db 14 1 195 6-1 Mesa,Colorado St. 3/29/1951 7 2 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 92nd pick / 1973
19 Fred Steinfort 28 K 16 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 4 8 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
70 Dave Studdard 25 RT 16 12 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 1 6 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
61 Arland Thompson 23 2 0 265 6-4 Baylor 9/19/1957 Rook 0 Chicago Bears / 4th / 103rd pick / 1980
36 Bill Thompson 34 SS 16 16 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 11 8 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
80 Rick Upchurch 28 PR 16 14 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 5 6 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
81 Steve Watson 23 wr 16 1 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 1 1
87 James Wright 24 1 0 240 6-3 TCU 9/1/1956 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 179th pick / 1978
20 Louis Wright 27 LCB 15 15 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 5 6 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 26.8 16 223.2 6-2.0 4.0