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1951 Detroit Lions

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7-4-1, Finished 2nd in NFL National Division  · 1951 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.3, Offense: 3.7, Defense: 0.5, SoS: -2.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 336 points (28.0/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 259 points (21.6/g), 5th.
 Differential of 77 points (6.4/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 7.8-4.2.

Coach: Buddy Parker (7-4-1)

Stadium: Briggs Stadium
 Training Camp: Eastern Michigan University (Ypsilanti, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bobby Layne* 25 3 12 152 for 332, 2,403 yards, 26 td, 23 int, & 61 rushes for 290 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Pat Harder 29 5 0 101 rushes for 380 yards, 6 td, & 17 catches for 193 yards and 2 td Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1944
LH Doak Walker*+ 24 1 0 79 rushes for 356 yards, 2 td, & 22 catches for 421 yards and 4 td New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
RH Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 5 0 132 rushes for 678 yards, 2 td, & 23 catches for 263 yards and 3 td New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
LE Dorne Dibble 22 Rook 0 30 catches for 613 yards, 6 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
LT Jim Martin 27 1 0 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
LG Lou Creekmur*+ 24 1 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
C LaVern Torgeson 22 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
RG Dan Rogas 25 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 74th pick / 1951
RT Gus Cifelli 25 1 0 Detroit Lions / 19th / 239th pick / 1950
RE Leon Hart*+ 23 1 0 35 catches for 544 yards, 12 td, & 4 rushes for -6 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Doran 24 Rook 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
LDT Floyd Jaszewski 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 70th pick / 1950
MG Les Bingaman*+ 25 3 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
RDT John Prchlik 26 2 0 Boston Yanks / 30th / 277th pick / 1947
RDE Ed Berrang 29 2 0 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 5th / 48th pick / 1949
LLB Dick Flanagan 25 3 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
MLB Bob Momsen 22 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 80th pick / 1951
RLB LaVern Torgeson 22 Rook 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
LDH Don Doll* 25 2 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 67th pick / 1948
RDH Bob Smith 26 3 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
S Jack Christiansen 23 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
 Special Teams Starters
K Doak Walker*+ 24 1 0 6 of 12 field goals & 43 of 44 extra points New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
P Bob Smith 26 3 0 49 punts for a 42.5 average, 1 blocked Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
PR Jack Christiansen 23 Rook 0 18 punt returns for a 19.1 average and 4 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
KR Doak Walker*+ 24 1 0 15 kick returns for a 27.2 average and 0 td New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
51 Vince Banonis 30 12 0 230 6-1 Detroit Mercy 4/9/1921 9 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 29th pick / 1942
85 Ed Berrang 29 RDE 10 0 206 6-2 Villanova 10/14/1922 2 Washington Redskins / 5th / 48th pick / 1949
65 Les Bingaman*+ 25 6 0 272 6-3 Illinois 2/3/1926 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
19 Jack Christiansen 23 PR 12 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 12/20/1928 Rook Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
70 Gus Cifelli 25 RT 12 0 244 6-4 Nevada-Reno,Notre Dame 2/3/1926 1 Detroit Lions / 19th / 239th pick / 1950
30 Ollie Cline 26 12 0 200 6-0 Ohio St. 12/31/1925 3 Chicago Bears / 14th / 122nd pick / 1948
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 24 LG 12 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
16 Pete D'Alonzo 22 12 0 210 5-10 Villanova 5/26/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1951
84 Dorne Dibble 22 LE 12 0 195 6-2 Michigan St. 4/26/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
44 Don Doll* 25 LDH 12 0 185 5-10 USC 8/29/1926 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 67th pick / 1948
83 Jim Doran 24 LDE 12 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
24 Fred Enke 27 12 0 208 6-1 Arizona 12/15/1924 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 47th pick / 1948
74 Dick Flanagan 25 LLB 12 0 216 6-0 Ohio St. 10/31/1926 3 Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
67 Barry French 29 12 0 225 6-0 Purdue 2/12/1922 4 Chicago Bears / 19th / 194th pick / 1944
34 Pat Harder 29 FB 12 0 203 5-11 Wisconsin 5/6/1922 5 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1944
82 Leon Hart*+ 23 RE 12 0 257 6-5 Notre Dame 11/2/1928 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
12 Jim Hill 22 12 0 188 6-0 Tennessee 7/21/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 15th / 178th pick / 1951
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 26 RH 11 0 194 5-11 Indiana,Navy 9/23/1925 5 New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
72 Floyd Jaszewski 24 LDT 12 0 230 6-4 Minnesota 6/5/1927 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 70th pick / 1950
22 Bobby Layne* 25 QB 12 12 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 3 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
55 Jack Lininger 24 12 0 217 5-11 Ohio St. 6/27/1927 1 Detroit Lions / 21st / 202nd pick / 1949
89 Jim Martin 27 LT 12 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 1 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
73 Thurman McGraw 24 8 0 235 6-5 Colorado St. 7/17/1927 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 27th pick / 1950
63 Bob Momsen 22 MLB 12 0 225 6-3 Ohio St. 5/28/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 7th / 80th pick / 1951
35 Art Murakowski 26 12 0 195 6-0 Northwestern 5/15/1925 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 31st pick / 1950
42 Lindy Pearson 22 12 0 198 6-0 Oklahoma 3/6/1929 1
75 John Prchlik 26 RDT 12 0 234 6-4 Yale 7/20/1925 2 Boston Yanks / 30th / 277th pick / 1947
64 Dan Rogas 25 RG 12 0 230 6-1 Tulane 8/9/1926 Rook Cleveland Browns / 6th / 74th pick / 1951
11 Clarence Self 26 12 0 181 5-8 Wisconsin 10/10/1925 2 Chicago Cardinals / 12th / 105th pick / 1948
40 Bob Smith 26 P 12 0 191 6-1 Tulsa,Iowa 8/20/1925 3 Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
88 Bill Swiacki 29 12 0 195 6-2 Holy Cross,Columbia 10/2/1922 3 Boston Yanks / 16th / 142nd pick / 1946
53 LaVern Torgeson 22 C 12 0 215 6-0 Washington St. 2/28/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
37 Doak Walker*+ 24 K 12 0 173 5-11 SMU 1/1/1927 1 New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
60 Bruce Womack 22 3 0 210 6-3 West Texas A&M 5/12/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 29th / 344th pick / 1951
Team Total 25.0 12 213.0 6-1.1 1.8