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1952 Detroit Lions

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9-3-0, Finished 1st in NFL National Division  · 1952 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.3, Offense: 4.3, Defense: 6.9, SoS: -1.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 344 points (28.7/g), 2nd of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 192 points (16.0/g), 1st.
 Differential of 152 points (12.7/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 9.6-2.4.

Coach: Buddy Parker (9-3-0)

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*+ 26 4 11 139 for 287, 1,999 yards, 19 td, 20 int, & 94 rushes for 411 yards and 1 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Pat Harder* 30 6 0 81 rushes for 244 yards, 2 td, & 14 catches for 142 yards and 1 td Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1944
LH Jug Girard 25 4 0 61 rushes for 222 yards, 2 td, & 17 catches for 316 yards and 2 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
RH Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 6 0 106 rushes for 457 yards, 4 td, & 17 catches for 139 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
LE Cloyce Box*+ 29 3 0 42 catches for 924 yards, 15 td Washington Redskins / 20th / 178th pick / 1948
LT Lou Creekmur*+ 25 2 0 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
LG Jim Martin 28 2 0 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
C Vince Banonis 31 10 0 1 fumble recovered Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 29th pick / 1942
RG Dick Stanfel 25 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
RT Gus Cifelli 26 2 0 Detroit Lions / 19th / 239th pick / 1950
RE Leon Hart 24 2 0 32 catches for 376 yards, 4 td, & 3 rushes for 10 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
 Defensive Starters
LDE Sonny Gandee 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
LDT Thurman McGraw+ 25 2 0 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 27th pick / 1950
MG Les Bingaman 26 4 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
RDT John Prchlik 27 3 0 Boston Yanks / 30th / 277th pick / 1947
RDE Blaine Earon 25 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 19th / 226th pick / 1952
LLB Dick Flanagan 26 4 0 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
RLB LaVern Torgeson 23 1 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
LDH Jim David 25 Rook 0 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
RDH Yale Lary 22 Rook 0 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
LS Don Doll* 26 3 0 2 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 67th pick / 1948
RS Jack Christiansen+ 24 1 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Harder* 30 6 0 11 of 23 field goals & 34 of 35 extra points Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1944
P Bob Smith* 27 4 0 61 punts for a 44.7 average, 0 blocked Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
PR Yale Lary 22 Rook 0 16 punt returns for a 11.4 average and 1 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
KR Jack Christiansen+ 24 1 0 16 kick returns for a 25.6 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
45 Byron Bailey 22 8 0 192 5-10 Washington St. 10/12/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 25th / 298th pick / 1952
51 Vince Banonis 31 C 12 0 230 6-1 Detroit Mercy 4/9/1921 10 Chicago Cardinals / 4th / 29th pick / 1942
65 Les Bingaman 26 MG 12 0 272 6-3 Illinois 2/3/1926 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
80 Cloyce Box*+ 29 LE 12 0 220 6-4 Louisiana Tech,West Texas A&M 8/24/1923 3 Washington Redskins / 20th / 178th pick / 1948
66 Stan Campbell 22 3 0 226 6-0 Iowa St. 8/26/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 18th / 213th pick / 1952
24 Jack Christiansen+ 24 KR 11 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 12/20/1928 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
70 Gus Cifelli 26 RT 12 0 244 6-4 Nevada-Reno,Notre Dame 2/3/1926 2 Detroit Lions / 19th / 239th pick / 1950
33 Ollie Cline 27 8 0 200 6-0 Ohio St. 12/31/1925 4 Chicago Bears / 14th / 122nd pick / 1948
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 25 LT 12 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
39 Pete D'Alonzo 23 4 0 210 5-10 Villanova 5/26/1929 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1951
25 Jim David 25 LDH 12 0 178 5-11 Colorado St. 12/2/1927 Rook Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
44 Don Doll* 26 LS 12 0 185 5-10 USC 8/29/1926 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 67th pick / 1948
83 Jim Doran 25 11 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 1 Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
19 Tom Dublinski 22 6 0 212 6-2 Utah 8/8/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 8th / 93rd pick / 1952
86 Blaine Earon 25 RDE 12 0 195 6-1 Duke 1/15/1927 Rook Detroit Lions / 19th / 226th pick / 1952
60 Dick Flanagan 26 LLB 12 0 216 6-0 Ohio St. 10/31/1926 4 Chicago Bears / 10th / 83rd pick / 1948
50 Keith Flowers 22 3 0 211 6-0 TCU 4/24/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 11th / 130th pick / 1952
85 Sonny Gandee 23 LDE 8 0 216 6-1 Ohio St. 2/27/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
23 Jug Girard 25 LH 11 0 176 5-11 Wisconsin 1/25/1927 4 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
34 Pat Harder* 30 FB 11 0 203 5-11 Wisconsin 5/6/1922 6 Chi/Pit Cards/Steelers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1944
1 Jim Hardy 29 qb 9 1 180 6-0 USC 4/24/1923 6 Washington Redskins / 1st / 8th pick / 1945
82 Leon Hart 24 RE 11 0 257 6-5 Notre Dame 11/2/1928 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
48 Jim Hill 23 9 0 188 6-0 Tennessee 7/21/1929 1 Detroit Lions / 15th / 178th pick / 1951
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer* 27 RH 10 0 194 5-11 Indiana,Navy 9/23/1925 6 New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
28 Yale Lary 22 PR 12 0 185 5-11 Texas A&M 11/24/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 34th pick / 1952
22 Bobby Layne*+ 26 QB 12 11 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 4 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
62 Jim Martin 28 LG 12 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
73 Thurman McGraw+ 25 LDT 12 0 235 6-5 Colorado St. 7/17/1927 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 27th pick / 1950
74 Bob Miller 23 11 0 242 6-3 Virginia 12/11/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
42 Lindy Pearson 23 hb 3 1 198 6-0 Oklahoma 3/6/1929 2
75 John Prchlik 27 RDT 12 0 234 6-4 Yale 7/20/1925 3 Boston Yanks / 30th / 277th pick / 1947
20 Clyde Scott 28 5 0 174 6-0 Navy,Arkansas 8/29/1924 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 8th pick / 1948
40 Bob Smith* 27 P 12 0 191 6-1 Tulsa,Iowa 8/20/1925 4 Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
63 Dick Stanfel 25 RG 12 0 236 6-3 San Francisco 7/20/1927 Rook Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
84 Pat Summerall 22 2 0 228 6-4 Arkansas 5/10/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1952
81 Bill Swiacki 30 11 0 195 6-2 Holy Cross,Columbia 10/2/1922 4 Boston Yanks / 16th / 142nd pick / 1946
53 LaVern Torgeson 23 RLB 12 0 215 6-0 Washington St. 2/28/1929 1 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
37 Doak Walker 25 7 0 173 5-11 SMU 1/1/1927 2 New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
Team Total 25.3 12 210.3 6-1.1 2.3