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1954 Detroit Lions

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9-2-1, Finished 1st in NFL West Division  · 1954 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 14.9, Offense: 7.6, Defense: 7.3, SoS: 2.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 337 points (28.1/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 189 points (15.8/g), 3rd.
 Differential of 148 points (12.3/g), 2nd.  Expected W-L: 9.6-2.4.

Coach: Buddy Parker (9-2-1)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bobby Layne 28 6 8 135 for 246, 1,818 yards, 14 td, 12 int, & 30 rushes for 119 yards and 2 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Bill Bowman 23 Rook 0 96 rushes for 397 yards, 2 td, & 34 catches for 288 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 37th pick / 1954
LH Lew Carpenter 22 1 0 104 rushes for 476 yards, 3 td, & 16 catches for 145 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1953
RH Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 8 0 94 rushes for 242 yards, 2 td, & 20 catches for 153 yards and 1 td New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
LE Dorne Dibble 25 3 0 46 catches for 768 yards, 6 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
LT Lou Creekmur*+ 27 4 0 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
LG Harley Sewell 23 1 0 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
C Andy Miketa 25 Rook 0 2 fumbles recovered
RG Dick Stanfel+ 27 2 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
RT Charlie Ane 23 1 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
RE Leon Hart 26 4 0 24 catches for 377 yards, 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bob Dove 33 8 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 5th / 40th pick / 1943
LDT Gerry Perry 24 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
MG Les Bingaman+ 28 6 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
RDT Bob Miller 25 2 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
RDE Jim Cain 27 5 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 70th pick / 1949
LLB Joe Schmidt*+ 22 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
RLB LaVern Torgeson* 25 3 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
LDH Jim David* 27 2 0 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
RDH Bill Stits* 23 Rook 0 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1954
LS Jack Christiansen*+ 26 3 0 8 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
RS Carl Karilivacz 24 1 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
 Special Teams Starters
K Doak Walker*+ 27 4 0 11 of 17 field goals & 43 of 43 extra points New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
P Jug Girard 27 6 0 63 punts for a 41.0 average, 0 blocked Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
PR Jack Christiansen*+ 26 3 0 23 punt returns for a 9.8 average and 1 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
KR Jug Girard 27 6 0 12 kick returns for a 20.7 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Charlie Ane 23 RT 12 0 260 6-2 USC 1/25/1931 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
65 Les Bingaman+ 28 MG 12 0 272 6-3 Illinois 2/3/1926 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 15th pick / 1948
33 Bill Bowman 23 FB 12 0 215 6-2 William & Mary 9/22/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 37th pick / 1954
80 Cloyce Box 31 11 0 220 6-4 Louisiana Tech,West Texas A&M 8/24/1923 5 Washington Redskins / 20th / 178th pick / 1948
88 Jim Cain 27 RDE 12 0 202 6-1 Alabama 10/1/1927 5 Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 70th pick / 1949
34 Lew Carpenter 22 LH 11 0 220 6-1 Arkansas 1/12/1932 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1953
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 26 LS 11 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 12/20/1928 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
76 Lou Creekmur*+ 27 LT 12 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
25 Jim David* 27 LDH 12 0 178 5-11 Colorado St. 12/2/1927 2 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
84 Dorne Dibble 25 LE 12 0 195 6-2 Michigan St. 4/26/1929 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
83 Jim Doran 27 7 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
78 Bob Dove 33 LDE 12 0 222 6-2 Notre Dame 2/21/1921 8 Washington Redskins / 5th / 40th pick / 1943
19 Tom Dublinski 24 qb 12 4 212 6-2 Utah 8/8/1930 2 Detroit Lions / 8th / 93rd pick / 1952
85 Sonny Gandee 25 11 0 216 6-1 Ohio St. 2/27/1929 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
23 Jug Girard 27 KR 12 0 176 5-11 Wisconsin 1/25/1927 6 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
82 Leon Hart 26 RE 12 0 257 6-5 Notre Dame 11/2/1928 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 29 RH 11 0 194 5-11 Indiana,Navy 9/23/1925 8 New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
21 Carl Karilivacz 24 RS 11 0 188 6-0 Syracuse 11/20/1930 1 Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
43 Dick Kercher 22 7 0 205 6-2 Tulsa 3/11/1932 Rook Detroit Lions / 6th / 73rd pick / 1954
22 Bobby Layne 28 QB 12 8 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
72 Gil Mains 25 12 0 243 6-2 Murray St. 12/17/1929 1 Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
62 Jim Martin 30 12 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
73 Thurman McGraw 27 6 0 235 6-5 Colorado St. 7/17/1927 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 27th pick / 1950
52 Andy Miketa 25 C 12 0 210 6-2 North Carolina 11/1/1929 Rook
74 Bob Miller 25 RDT 12 0 242 6-3 Virginia 12/11/1929 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
70 Gerry Perry 24 LDT 11 0 237 6-4 Pepperdine,California 7/17/1930 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 29th / 349th pick / 1952
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 22 LLB 12 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
66 Harley Sewell 23 LG 12 0 230 6-1 Texas 4/18/1931 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
40 Bob Smith 29 2 0 191 6-1 Tulsa,Iowa 8/20/1925 6 Washington Redskins / 24th / 219th pick / 1947
36 Bob Smith 25 12 0 205 6-0 Texas A&M 2/28/1929 1 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 41st pick / 1951
63 Dick Stanfel+ 27 RG 6 0 236 6-3 San Francisco 7/20/1927 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
20 Bill Stits* 23 RDH 12 0 194 6-4 UCLA 7/26/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1954
53 LaVern Torgeson* 25 RLB 12 0 215 6-0 Washington St. 2/28/1929 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1951
84 Hal Turner 25 3 0 235 6-2 Tennessee St. 12/5/1929 Rook Detroit Lions / 28th / 333rd pick / 1952
37 Doak Walker*+ 27 K 12 0 173 5-11 SMU 1/1/1927 4 New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
Team Total 25.9 12 216.5 6-1.7 2.8