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1955 Detroit Lions

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3-9-0, Finished 6th in NFL West Division  · 1955 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -3.2, Defense: -3.4, SoS: -2.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 230 points (19.2/g), 8th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 275 points (22.9/g), 9th.
 Differential of -45 points (-3.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 4.7-7.3.

Coach: Buddy Parker (3-9-0)

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 29 7 10 143 for 270, 1,830 yards, 11 td, 17 int, & 31 rushes for 111 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
FB Lew Carpenter 23 2 0 137 rushes for 543 yards, 6 td, & 44 catches for 312 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1953
LH Doak Walker* 28 5 0 23 rushes for 95 yards, 2 td, & 22 catches for 428 yards and 5 td New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
RH Dave Middleton 22 Rook 0 59 rushes for 201 yards, 2 td, & 44 catches for 663 yards and 3 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
LE Jim Doran 28 4 0 38 catches for 552 yards, 2 td Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
LT Lou Creekmur* 28 5 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
LG Harley Sewell 24 2 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
C Andy Miketa 26 1 0
RG Dick Stanfel* 28 3 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
RT Charlie Ane 24 2 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
RE Jug Girard 28 7 0 23 catches for 301 yards, 0 td, & 10 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
 Defensive Starters
LDE Sonny Gandee 26 3 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
LDT Darris McCord 22 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
MG Jim Ricca 28 4 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
RDT Bob Miller 26 3 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
RDE Jim Cain 28 6 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 70th pick / 1949
LLB Jim Martin 31 5 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
RLB Joe Schmidt*+ 23 2 0 0 interceptions, 8 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
LDH Jim David* 28 3 0 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
RDH Bill Stits 24 1 0 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1954
LS Jack Christiansen*+ 27 4 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
RS Carl Karilivacz 25 2 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
 Special Teams Starters
K Doak Walker* 28 5 0 9 of 16 field goals & 27 of 29 extra points New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
P Jug Girard 28 7 0 56 punts for a 41.2 average, 0 blocked Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
PR Lee Riley 23 Rook 0 14 punt returns for a 7.6 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955
KR Dave Middleton 22 Rook 0 11 kick returns for a 17.1 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
50 Charlie Ane 24 RT 12 0 260 6-2 USC 1/25/1931 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 49th pick / 1953
62 George Atkins 23 12 0 210 6-1 Auburn 4/10/1932 Rook Detroit Lions / 15th / 180th pick / 1955
64 Bud Brooks 25 1 0 210 6-0 Arkansas 9/6/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 5th / 60th pick / 1955
88 Jim Cain 28 RDE 12 0 202 6-1 Alabama 10/1/1927 6 Chicago Cardinals / 7th / 70th pick / 1949
67 Stan Campbell 25 7 0 226 6-0 Iowa St. 8/26/1930 3 Detroit Lions / 18th / 213th pick / 1952
34 Lew Carpenter 23 FB 12 0 220 6-1 Arkansas 1/12/1932 2 Detroit Lions / 8th / 97th pick / 1953
24 Jack Christiansen*+ 27 LS 9 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 12/20/1928 4 Detroit Lions / 6th / 69th pick / 1951
76 Lou Creekmur* 28 LT 12 0 246 6-4 William & Mary 1/22/1927 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 26th / 243rd pick / 1948
57 Leon Cunningham 24 8 0 215 6-3 South Carolina 8/19/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 8th / 90th pick / 1955
25 Jim David* 28 LDH 12 0 178 5-11 Colorado St. 12/2/1927 3 Detroit Lions / 22nd / 261st pick / 1952
87 Dorne Dibble 26 8 0 195 6-2 Michigan St. 4/26/1929 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 33rd pick / 1951
83 Jim Doran 28 LE 10 0 201 6-2 Buena Vista,Iowa St. 8/11/1927 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 55th pick / 1951
48 Dom Fucci 27 12 0 190 5-11 Kentucky 9/14/1928 Rook Washington Redskins / 18th / 210th pick / 1951
85 Sonny Gandee 26 LDE 12 0 216 6-1 Ohio St. 2/27/1929 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 106th pick / 1952
12 Harry Gilmer 29 qb 8 2 169 6-0 Alabama 4/14/1926 7 Washington Redskins / 1st / 1st pick / 1948
23 Jug Girard 28 P 12 0 176 5-11 Wisconsin 1/25/1927 7 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1948
82 Leon Hart 27 11 0 257 6-5 Notre Dame 11/2/1928 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 1st pick / 1950
14 Bob Hoernschemeyer 30 5 0 194 5-11 Indiana,Navy 9/23/1925 9 New York Giants / 11th / 94th pick / 1947
89 Walt Jenkins 25 2 0 223 6-2 Wayne State (MI) 12/9/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 9th / 108th pick / 1955
21 Carl Karilivacz 25 RS 12 0 188 6-0 Syracuse 11/20/1930 2 Detroit Lions / 23rd / 277th pick / 1953
22 Bobby Layne 29 QB 12 10 201 6-1 Texas 12/19/1926 7 Chicago Bears / 1st / 3rd pick / 1948
86 Bob Long 21 10 0 232 6-3 UCLA 2/24/1934 Rook Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1955
72 Gil Mains 26 12 0 243 6-2 Murray St. 12/17/1929 2 Detroit Lions / 20th / 237th pick / 1952
61 Jim Martin 31 LLB 9 0 227 6-2 Notre Dame 4/8/1924 5 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 26th pick / 1950
78 Darris McCord 22 LDT 12 0 250 6-4 Tennessee 1/4/1933 Rook Detroit Lions / 3rd / 36th pick / 1955
28 Dave Middleton 22 KR 12 0 194 6-1 Auburn 11/23/1933 Rook Detroit Lions / 1st / 12th pick / 1955
52 Andy Miketa 26 C 12 0 210 6-2 North Carolina 11/1/1929 1
74 Bob Miller 26 RDT 12 0 242 6-3 Virginia 12/11/1929 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 58th pick / 1952
68 Jim Ricca 28 MG 6 0 270 6-4 Georgetown (DC) 10/8/1927 4
44 Lee Riley 23 PR 12 0 192 6-1 Detroit Mercy 8/24/1932 Rook Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1955
60 Jim Salsbury 23 12 0 233 6-1 UCLA 8/8/1932 Rook Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1955
56 Joe Schmidt*+ 23 RLB 12 0 220 6-1 Pittsburgh 1/19/1932 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 85th pick / 1953
66 Harley Sewell 24 LG 12 0 230 6-1 Texas 4/18/1931 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1953
63 Dick Stanfel* 28 RG 9 0 236 6-3 San Francisco 7/20/1927 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 19th pick / 1951
20 Bill Stits 24 RDH 12 0 194 6-4 UCLA 7/26/1931 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 44th pick / 1954
54 Ted Topor 25 6 0 210 6-1 Michigan 5/1/1930 Rook Detroit Lions / 15th / 181st pick / 1953
37 Doak Walker* 28 K 12 0 173 5-11 SMU 1/1/1927 5 New York Bulldogs / 1st / 3rd pick / 1949
48 Richie Woit 24 1 0 175 5-8 Arkansas St. 7/5/1931 Rook Detroit Lions / 25th / 301st pick / 1954
58 Walt Yowarsky 27 2 0 234 6-2 Kentucky 5/10/1928 4 Washington Redskins / 3rd / 29th pick / 1951
Team Total 25.8 12 214.0 6-1.3 2.7