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1981 Denver Broncos

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in AFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.3, Offense: -1.6, Defense: 2.9, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 321 points (20.1/g), 17th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 289 points (18.1/g), 9th.
 Differential of 32 points (2.0/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 9.0-7.0.

Coach: Dan Reeves (10-6-0)
 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 38 16 15 225 for 376, 3,195 yards, 21 td, 14 int, & 8 rushes for 18 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
RB Dave Preston 26 3 14 183 rushes for 640 yards, 3 td, & 52 catches for 507 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
FB Rick Parros 23 Rook 16 176 rushes for 749 yards, 2 td, & 25 catches for 216 yards and 1 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1980
WR Rick Upchurch 29 6 10 32 catches for 550 yards, 3 td, & 5 rushes for 56 yards and 0 td Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
WR Steve Watson* 24 2 13 60 catches for 1,244 yards, 13 td, & 2 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td
TE Riley Odoms 31 9 15 38 catches for 516 yards, 5 td Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
LT Claudie Minor 30 7 13 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
LG Tom Glassic 27 5 16 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
C Bill Bryan 26 4 14 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
RG Paul Howard 31 8 15 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
RT Dave Studdard 26 2 16 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
 Defensive Starters
LDE Barney Chavous 30 8 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
NT Rubin Carter 29 6 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
RDE Rulon Jones 23 1 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
LOLB Bob Swenson*+ 28 6 16 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
LILB Larry Evans 28 5 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
RILB Randy Gradishar* 29 7 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
ROLB Tom Jackson 30 8 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
LCB Louis Wright 28 6 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
RCB Aaron Kyle 27 5 16 2 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
SS Bill Thompson* 35 12 16 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
FS Steve Foley 28 5 13 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Steinfort 29 5 0 17 of 30 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
P Luke Prestridge 25 2 0 86 punts for a 40.4 average, 0 blocked Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
PR Wade Manning 26 2 0 41 punt returns for a 9.2 average and 0 td
KR Wade Manning 26 2 0 26 kick returns for a 19.8 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Greg Boyd 29 15 0 274 6-6 San Diego St. 9/15/1952 4 1 New England Patriots / 6th / 170th pick / 1976
64 Bill Bryan 26 C 14 14 251 6-2 Duke 6/21/1955 4 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 101st pick / 1977
58 Steve Busick 23 16 0 227 6-4 USC 12/10/1958 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 181st pick / 1981
35 Larry Canada 27 16 0 233 6-2 Wisconsin 12/16/1954 3 1
68 Rubin Carter 29 NT 16 16 256 6-0 Miami (FL) 12/12/1952 6 9 Denver Broncos / 5th / 121st pick / 1975
79 Barney Chavous 30 LDE 16 16 252 6-3 South Carolina St. 3/22/1951 8 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 36th pick / 1973
73 Kelvin Clark 25 t 16 3 260 6-3 Nebraska 1/30/1956 2 3 Denver Broncos / 1st / 22nd pick / 1979
17 Steve DeBerg 27 qb 14 1 210 6-3 San Jose St. 1/19/1954 3 2 Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 275th pick / 1977
85 Ron Egloff 26 te 16 6 230 6-5 Wisconsin 10/3/1955 4 2
56 Larry Evans 28 LILB 16 16 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 5 9 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
43 Steve Foley 28 FS 16 13 189 6-2 Tulane 11/11/1953 5 8 Denver Broncos / 8th / 199th pick / 1975
62 Tom Glassic 27 LG 16 16 254 6-3 Virginia 4/17/1954 5 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1976
53 Randy Gradishar* 29 RILB 16 16 233 6-3 Ohio St. 3/3/1952 7 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 14th pick / 1974
31 Mike Harden 22 db 16 3 192 6-1 Michigan 2/16/1959 1 3 Denver Broncos / 5th / 131st pick / 1980
60 Paul Howard 31 RG 16 15 260 6-3 BYU 9/12/1950 8 7 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 54th pick / 1973
65 Glenn Hyde 30 t 16 2 253 6-3 Pittsburgh 3/14/1951 5 2
57 Tom Jackson 30 ROLB 16 16 220 5-11 Louisville 4/4/1951 8 9 Denver Broncos / 4th / 88th pick / 1973
75 Rulon Jones 23 RDE 16 16 260 6-6 Utah St. 3/25/1958 1 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1980
22 Aaron Kyle 27 RCB 16 16 185 5-11 Wyoming 4/6/1954 5 9 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 27th pick / 1976
76 Ken Lanier 22 t 8 1 281 6-3 Florida St. 7/8/1959 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 5th / 125th pick / 1981
72 Don Latimer 26 16 0 259 6-3 Miami (FL) 3/1/1955 3 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 27th pick / 1978
41 Rob Lytle 27 16 0 198 6-1 Michigan 11/12/1954 4 1 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 45th pick / 1977
83 Wade Manning 26 KR 16 0 190 5-11 Ohio St. 7/25/1955 2 0
66 Brison Manor 29 16 0 247 6-4 Arkansas 8/10/1952 4 2 New York Jets / 15th / 380th pick / 1975
59 Mark Merrill 26 15 0 237 6-4 Minnesota 5/5/1955 3 1 New York Jets / 2nd / 31st pick / 1978
71 Claudie Minor 30 LT 13 13 280 6-4 San Diego St. 4/21/1951 7 6 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 68th pick / 1974
7 Craig Morton 38 QB 15 15 214 6-4 California 2/5/1943 16 10 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 5th pick / 1965
Oakland Raiders / 10th / 75th pick / 1965
25 Haven Moses 35 wr 16 6 208 6-2 San Diego St. 7/27/1946 13 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 9th pick / 1968
88 Riley Odoms 31 TE 15 15 230 6-4 Houston 3/1/1950 9 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1972
24 Rick Parros 23 FB 16 16 200 5-11 Utah St. 6/14/1958 Rook 7 Denver Broncos / 4th / 107th pick / 1980
46 Dave Preston 26 RB 16 14 195 5-10 Bowling Green 5/29/1955 3 8 New England Patriots / 12th / 333rd pick / 1977
11 Luke Prestridge 25 P 16 0 235 6-4 Baylor 9/17/1956 2 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 188th pick / 1979
32 Tony Reed 26 15 0 197 5-11 Colorado 3/30/1955 4 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 37th pick / 1977
50 Jim Ryan 24 16 0 217 6-1 William & Mary 5/18/1957 2 1
49 Dennis Smith 22 db 16 4 200 6-3 USC 2/3/1959 Rook 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 15th pick / 1981
45 Perry Smith 30 db 12 4 195 6-1 Mesa,Colorado St. 3/29/1951 8 2 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 92nd pick / 1973
39 Roland Solomon 25 4 0 193 6-0 Utah 2/6/1956 1 0
19 Fred Steinfort 29 K 16 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 5 1 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
70 Dave Studdard 26 RT 16 16 260 6-4 Texas 11/22/1955 2 8 Baltimore Colts / 9th / 245th pick / 1978
51 Bob Swenson*+ 28 LOLB 16 16 225 6-3 California 7/1/1953 6 16
36 Bill Thompson* 35 SS 16 16 201 6-1 Md-Eastern Shore 10/10/1946 12 11 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 61st pick / 1969
37 Steve Trimble 23 3 0 181 5-10 Maryland 5/11/1958 Rook 0
80 Rick Upchurch 29 WR 13 10 175 5-10 Minnesota 5/20/1952 6 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 95th pick / 1975
81 Steve Watson* 24 WR 16 13 195 6-4 Temple 5/28/1957 2 10
87 James Wright 25 16 0 240 6-3 TCU 9/1/1956 3 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 179th pick / 1978
20 Louis Wright 28 LCB 8 8 200 6-2 Arizona St.,San Jose St. 1/31/1953 6 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 17th pick / 1975
Team Total 27.3 16 223.7 6-2.0 4.5