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1968 Detroit Lions

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4-8-2, Finished 4th in NFL Central Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.0, Offense: -5.2, Defense: 3.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 207 points (14.8/g), 14th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 241 points (17.2/g), 5th.
 Differential of -34 points (-2.4/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-8.2.

Coach: Joe Schmidt (4-8-2)

Stadium: Tiger Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bill Munson 27 4 12 181 for 329, 2,311 yards, 15 td, 8 int, & 25 rushes for 109 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
HB Mel Farr 24 1 7 128 rushes for 597 yards, 3 td, & 24 catches for 375 yards and 4 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1967
FB Bill Triplett 28 6 0 120 rushes for 384 yards, 0 td, & 28 catches for 135 yards and 0 td Boston Patriots / 9th / 70th pick / 1962
New York Giants / 6th / 72nd pick / 1962
FL Billy Gambrell 27 5 0 28 catches for 492 yards, 7 td Boston Patriots / 12th / 92nd pick / 1963
SE Earl McCullouch 22 Rook 0 40 catches for 680 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 13 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
TE Charlie Sanders* 22 Rook 0 40 catches for 533 yards, 1 td, & 2 rushes for 3 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
LT Roger Shoals 30 5 0 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
LG Chuck Walton 27 1 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
C Ed Flanagan 24 3 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG Frank Gallagher 25 1 0
RT Charlie Bradshaw 32 10 0 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 94th pick / 1957
 Defensive Starters
LDE John Baker 33 10 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 56th pick / 1958
LDT Alex Karras 33 10 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
RDT Jerry Rush 26 3 0 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
RDE Joe Robb 31 9 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 14th / 164th pick / 1959
LLB Paul Naumoff 23 1 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Mike Lucci 29 6 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
RLB Wayne Walker 32 10 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
LCB Lem Barney*+ 23 1 0 7 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
RCB Dick LeBeau 31 9 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
LS Mike Weger 23 1 0 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
RS Tom Vaughn 25 3 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
 Special Teams Starters
K Jerry DePoyster 22 Rook 0 3 of 15 field goals & 18 of 20 extra points Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1968
P Jerry DePoyster 22 Rook 0 71 punts for a 40.4 average, 0 blocked Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1968
PR Lem Barney*+ 23 1 0 13 punt returns for a 6.1 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
KR Lem Barney*+ 23 1 0 25 kick returns for a 26.8 average and 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
78 John Baker 33 LDE 13 0 279 6-6 North Carolina Central 6/10/1935 10 8 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 56th pick / 1958
20 Lem Barney*+ 23 KR 14 0 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 1 17 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
79 Charlie Bradshaw 32 RT 13 0 255 6-6 Baylor 3/13/1936 10 4 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 94th pick / 1957
21 Mike Campbell 23 3 0 200 5-11 Lenoir-Rhyne 5/29/1945 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 150th pick / 1967
89 Gail Cogdill 31 3 0 200 6-3 Washington St. 4/7/1937 8 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 63rd pick / 1960
52 Bill Cottrell 24 14 0 255 6-4 Delaware Valley 9/18/1944 1 2
15 Jerry DePoyster 22 K 14 0 200 6-1 Wyoming 7/6/1946 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1968
40 Nick Eddy 24 5 0 210 6-1 Notre Dame 8/23/1944 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 24th pick / 1966
24 Mel Farr 24 HB 9 7 210 6-2 UCLA 11/3/1944 1 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 7th pick / 1967
54 Ed Flanagan 24 C 14 14 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 3 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
76 Rocky Freitas 23 6 0 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
68 Frank Gallagher 25 RG 14 0 245 6-2 North Carolina 3/2/1943 1 4
3 Billy Gambrell 27 FL 14 0 175 5-10 South Carolina 9/18/1941 5 4 Boston Patriots / 12th / 92nd pick / 1963
80 Jim Gibbons 32 14 0 220 6-2 Iowa 9/26/1936 10 0 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 61st pick / 1958
74 Larry Hand 28 1 0 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 3 3 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
85 Lew Kamanu 24 3 0 245 6-4 Weber St. 4/9/1944 1 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1967
71 Alex Karras 33 LDT 14 0 248 6-2 Iowa 7/15/1935 10 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1958
83 Greg Kent 25 5 0 275 6-6 Wisconsin,Utah 7/18/1943 2 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 92nd pick / 1965
43 Dave Kopay 26 fb 14 5 218 6-0 Washington 6/28/1942 4 3
66 Bob Kowalkowski 25 14 0 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 2 2 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
11 Greg Landry 22 qb 4 2 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
44 Dick LeBeau 31 RCB 14 0 185 6-1 Ohio St. 9/9/1937 9 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 58th pick / 1959
53 Mike Lucci 29 MLB 12 0 230 6-2 Pittsburgh,Tennessee 12/29/1939 6 7 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 69th pick / 1961
81 Bill Malinchak 24 14 0 200 6-1 Indiana 4/2/1944 2 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 39th pick / 1966
25 Earl McCullouch 22 SE 14 0 175 5-11 USC 1/10/1946 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
62 Ed Mooney 23 14 0 225 6-2 Texas Tech 2/26/1945 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 93rd pick / 1968
70 Denis Moore 24 12 0 255 6-5 USC 7/18/1944 1 4 Detroit Lions / 14th / 211th pick / 1966
19 Bill Munson 27 QB 12 12 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 4 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
58 Paul Naumoff 23 LLB 14 0 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 1 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
35 Tom Nowatzke 26 14 0 230 6-3 Indiana 9/30/1942 3 1 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1965
23 Phil Odle 26 14 0 195 5-11 BYU 11/23/1942 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 5th / 120th pick / 1968
47 Wayne Rasmussen 26 14 0 175 6-2 South Dakota St. 6/7/1942 4 3 Detroit Lions / 9th / 117th pick / 1964
84 Joe Robb 31 RDE 9 0 238 6-3 TCU 3/15/1937 9 7 Chicago Bears / 14th / 164th pick / 1959
82 Jerry Rush 26 RDT 14 0 265 6-4 Michigan St. 8/7/1942 3 7 Boston Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1965
Detroit Lions / 2nd / 25th pick / 1965
88 Charlie Sanders* 22 TE 14 0 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
73 Roger Shoals 30 LT 14 0 260 6-4 Maryland 12/13/1938 5 4 Dallas Texans / 34th / 267th pick / 1962
Cleveland Browns / 16th / 223rd pick / 1961
61 Chuck Sieminski 28 8 0 270 6-5 Penn St. 7/3/1940 5 3 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 14th / 110th pick / 1962
51 Bill Swain 27 12 0 230 6-2 Oregon 2/22/1941 5 4
27 Bobby Thompson 29 14 0 188 5-11 Arizona 3/30/1939 4 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 38th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 12th / 91st pick / 1962
38 Bill Triplett 28 FB 12 0 215 6-2 Miami (OH) 5/9/1940 6 4 Boston Patriots / 9th / 70th pick / 1962
New York Giants / 6th / 72nd pick / 1962
48 Tom Vaughn 25 RS 13 0 190 5-11 Iowa St. 2/28/1943 3 6 Detroit Lions / 5th / 57th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 11th / 81st pick / 1965
55 Wayne Walker 32 RLB 14 0 225 6-2 Idaho 9/30/1936 10 7 Detroit Lions / 4th / 45th pick / 1958
63 Chuck Walton 27 LG 14 0 253 6-3 Iowa St. 7/7/1941 1 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
28 Mike Weger 23 LS 14 0 200 6-2 Bowling Green 10/2/1945 1 7 Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
46 Jim Welch 30 14 0 196 6-0 SMU 3/17/1938 8 3 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 34th pick / 1960
Team Total 26.4 14 224.0 6-2.3 3.6