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1943 Detroit Lions

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3-6-1, Finished 3rd in NFL West Division  · 1943 NFL Season Summary

Scored 178 points (17.8/g), 6th of 10 in the NFL. Allowed 218 points (21.8/g), 5th.
 Differential of -40 points (-4.0/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 3.8-6.2.

Coach: Gus Dorais (3-6-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: West Shore Golf Club (Grosse Ile Township, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
TB Frankie Sinkwich 23 Rook 4 93 rushes for 266 yards, 1 td, & 1 catch for 8 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
FB Harry Hopp 25 2 9 56 rushes for 99 yards, 3 td, & 17 catches for 229 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 20th pick / 1941
BB Murray Evans 24 1 5 2 rushes for 3 yards, 0 td, & 3 catches for 31 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 45th pick / 1942
WB Ned Mathews 25 2 4 38 rushes for 124 yards, 1 td, & 9 catches for 193 yards and 1 td
LE Bill Fisk 27 3 9 11 catches for 137 yards, 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 21st pick / 1940
LT Augie Lio 25 2 9 Detroit Lions / 4th / 30th pick / 1941
LG Jack Matheson 23 Rook 3
C Alex Wojciechowicz 28 5 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
RG Anthony Rubino 22 Rook 5
RT Al Kaporch 30 Rook 9
RE Ben Hightower 25 1 7 10 catches for 172 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -5 yards and 0 td Cleveland Rams / 11th / 92nd pick / 1942
 Special Teams Starters
K Augie Lio 25 2 9 2 of 11 field goals & 21 of 23 extra points Detroit Lions / 4th / 30th pick / 1941
P Harry Hopp 25 2 9 42 punts for a 39.1 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 3rd / 20th pick / 1941
PR Frankie Sinkwich 23 Rook 4 11 punt returns for a 20.7 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
KR Chuck Fenenbock 25 Rook 6 11 kick returns for a 20.4 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
Stan Batinski 26 g 7 1 215 5-10 Temple 3/4/1917 2
Sam Busich 30 1 0 189 6-3 Ohio St. 11/17/1913 7
Bill Callihan 27 bb 10 4 217 6-3 Nebraska 5/15/1916 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 77th pick / 1939
Lloyd Cardwell 30 wb 7 2 195 6-2 Nebraska 4/19/1913 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1937
Tom Colella 25 8 0 187 6-0 Canisius 7/3/1918 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 55th pick / 1942
Gerry Conlee 29 c 10 2 203 5-11 St. Mary's (CA) 8/22/1914 5
Mike Corgan 25 fb 4 1 188 5-10 Notre Dame 10/26/1918 Rook
Murray Evans 24 BB 9 5 203 6-1 Hardin-Simmons 6/23/1919 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 45th pick / 1942
Chuck Fenenbock 25 KR 10 6 174 5-9 UCLA 8/28/1918 Rook
Bill Fisk 27 LE 10 9 200 6-0 USC 11/5/1916 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 21st pick / 1940
Elmer Hackney 27 fb 10 2 205 6-2 Kansas St. 7/8/1916 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 92nd pick / 1940
Ben Hightower 25 RE 8 7 184 6-2 Sam Houston St. 12/5/1918 1 Cleveland Rams / 11th / 92nd pick / 1942
Harry Hopp 25 FB 10 9 209 6-0 Nebraska 12/13/1918 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 20th pick / 1941
Al Kaporch 30 RT 10 9 215 5-10 St. Bonaventure 10/6/1913 Rook
Bob Keene 24 b 5 1 185 5-10 Detroit Mercy 8/26/1919 Rook
Alex Ketzko 24 t 9 3 215 5-11 Michigan St. 11/19/1919 Rook
Bert Kuczynski 23 e 2 1 196 6-0 Pennsylvania 1/8/1920 Rook Detroit Lions / 19th / 171st pick / 1943
Bob Layden 23 4 0 195 6-0 Southwestern (KS) 1/21/1920 Rook
Sonny Liles 24 5 0 188 5-8 Oklahoma St. 8/9/1919 Rook
Augie Lio 25 K 10 9 234 6-0 Georgetown (DC) 4/30/1918 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 30th pick / 1941
Jack Matheson 23 LG 9 3 221 6-2 West. Michigan 6/9/1920 Rook
Riley Matheson 29 G 10 9 207 6-2 Cameron,Texas-El Paso 12/12/1914 4
Ned Mathews 25 WB 10 4 187 5-10 UCLA 8/11/1918 2
Ed Opalewski 24 2 0 230 6-3 East. Michigan 11/11/1919 Rook
Ted Pavelec 25 g 5 3 218 6-0 Detroit Mercy 11/4/1918 2 Detroit Lions / 10th / 85th pick / 1941
Lyle Rockenbach 28 g 9 1 192 5-9 Michigan St. 3/1/1915 Rook
Ernie Rosteck 21 1 0 218 6-1 none 5/12/1922 Rook
Anthony Rubino 22 RG 10 5 208 5-10 Wake Forest 6/20/1921 Rook
Frankie Sinkwich 23 PR 10 4 190 5-11 Georgia 10/10/1920 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1943
Roy Stuart 23 6 0 188 5-8 Tulsa 7/25/1920 1
Art Van Tone 25 wb 10 2 185 5-10 Southern Miss 9/30/1918 Rook
Lloyd Wickett 23 4 0 208 6-1 Oregon St. 4/3/1920 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 31st pick / 1943
Alex Wojciechowicz 28 C 9 8 217 5-11 Fordham 8/12/1915 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1938
Team Total 25.4 10 202.0 5-11.7 1.5