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1996 Detroit Lions

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5-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: -0.4, Defense: -2.5, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 302 points (18.9/g), 21st of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 368 points (23.0/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -66 points (-4.1/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.2-9.8.

Coach: Wayne Fontes (5-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Tom Moore
 Defensive Coordinator: Jim Eddy

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Silverdome (Pontiac, Michigan)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Scott Mitchell 28 5 14 253 for 437, 2,917 yards, 17 td, 17 int, & 37 rushes for 83 yards and 4 td Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1990
RB Barry Sanders* 28 7 16 307 rushes for 1,553 yards, 11 td, & 24 catches for 147 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
WR Herman Moore*+ 27 5 16 106 catches for 1,296 yards, 9 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
WR Johnnie Morton 25 2 15 55 catches for 714 yards, 6 td, & 9 rushes for 35 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
WR Brett Perriman 31 8 16 94 catches for 1,021 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for 13 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1988
TE Pete Metzelaars 36 14 11 17 catches for 146 yards, 0 td Seattle Seahawks / 3rd / 75th pick / 1982
LT Ray Roberts 27 4 16 2 fumbles recovered Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
LG Mike Compton 26 3 15 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
C Kevin Glover* 33 11 16 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
RG Jeff Hartings 24 Rook 10 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
RT Zefross Moss 30 7 15
 Defensive Starters
LDE Robert Porcher 27 4 16 10.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
LDT Henry Thomas 31 9 15 6.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1987
RDT Luther Elliss 23 1 14 6.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
RDE Kerwin Waldroup 22 Rook 10 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
LLB Antonio London 25 3 12 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1993
MLB Pepper Johnson 32 10 12 New York Giants / 2nd / 51st pick / 1986
RLB Reggie Brown 22 Rook 10 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1996
LCB Ryan McNeil 26 3 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1993
RCB Corey Raymond 27 4 13 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Bennie Blades 30 8 15 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1988
FS Van Malone 26 2 15 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 57th pick / 1994
 Special Teams Starters
K Jason Hanson 26 4 0 12 of 17 field goals & 36 of 36 extra points Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
P Mark Royals 31 9 0 69 punts for a 43.8 average, 1 blocked
PR Glyn Milburn 25 3 0 34 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993
KR Glyn Milburn 25 3 0 64 kick returns for a 25.4 average and 0 td Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
51 Tom Beer 27 lb 16 1 221 6-1 Saginaw Valley St.,Wayne State (MI) 3/27/1969 2 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 215th pick / 1994
36 Bennie Blades 30 SS 15 15 221 6-0 Miami (FL) 9/3/1966 8 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1988
96 Shane Bonham 26 dt 15 2 272 6-2 Air Force,Tennessee 10/18/1970 2 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 93rd pick / 1994
27 Jocelyn Borgella 25 11 0 180 5-10 Cincinnati 8/26/1971 2 1 Detroit Lions / 6th / 183rd pick / 1994
57 Stephen Boyd 24 rlb 8 5 247 6-0 Boston Col. 8/22/1972 1 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 141st pick / 1995
50 Michael Brooks 32 lb 4 4 236 6-1 LSU 3/2/1964 9 1 Denver Broncos / 3rd / 86th pick / 1987
48 Steve Brooks 25 1 0 245 6-5 Occidental 6/2/1971 Rook 0
59 Reggie Brown 22 RLB 10 10 241 6-2 Texas A&M 9/28/1974 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1996
77 Mike Compton 26 LG 15 15 310 6-6 West Virginia 9/18/1970 3 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1993
76 Scott Conover 28 rg 10 7 276 6-4 Purdue 9/27/1968 5 4 Detroit Lions / 5th / 118th pick / 1991
92 Shane Dronett 25 7 0 300 6-6 Texas 1/12/1971 4 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1992
94 Luther Elliss 23 RDT 14 14 318 6-5 Utah 3/22/1973 1 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 20th pick / 1995
44 Brad Ford 22 14 0 170 5-10 Alabama 1/11/1974 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 129th pick / 1996
53 Kevin Glover* 33 C 16 16 278 6-2 Maryland 6/17/1963 11 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1985
4 Jason Hanson 26 K 16 0 182 5-11 Washington St. 6/17/1970 4 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 56th pick / 1992
74 Chris Harrison 24 2 0 290 6-3 Virginia 2/25/1972 Rook 0
64 Jeff Hartings 24 RG 11 10 301 6-3 Penn St. 9/7/1972 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 23rd pick / 1996
66 Hessley Hempstead 24 13 0 295 6-1 Kansas 1/29/1972 1 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 228th pick / 1995
25 Greg Jeffries 25 db 16 4 195 5-9 Virginia 10/16/1971 3 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 147th pick / 1993
99 Pepper Johnson 32 MLB 15 12 250 6-3 Ohio St. 7/29/1964 10 5 New York Giants / 2nd / 51st pick / 1986
70 Jeff Jones 24 7 0 310 6-6 Texas A&M 5/30/1972 1 1
52 Scott Kowalkowski 28 lb 16 1 220 6-2 Notre Dame 8/23/1968 5 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 216th pick / 1991
55 Antonio London 25 LLB 14 12 238 6-2 Alabama 4/14/1971 3 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1993
26 Eric Lynch 26 16 0 224 5-10 Grand Valley St. 5/16/1970 4 0
1 Don Majkowski 32 qb 5 2 197 6-2 Virginia 2/25/1964 9 2 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 255th pick / 1987
39 Van Malone 26 FS 15 15 189 5-11 Texas 7/1/1970 2 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 57th pick / 1994
83 Aubrey Matthews 34 16 0 165 5-7 Delta St. 9/15/1962 10 0
10 Kez McCorvey 24 1 0 184 6-0 Florida St. 1/23/1972 1 0 Detroit Lions / 5th / 156th pick / 1995
47 Ryan McNeil 26 LCB 16 16 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/4/1970 3 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1993
89 Pete Metzelaars 36 TE 15 11 254 6-7 Wabash 5/24/1960 14 2 Seattle Seahawks / 3rd / 75th pick / 1982
33 Glyn Milburn 25 KR 16 0 177 5-8 Oklahoma,Stanford 2/19/1971 3 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1993
19 Scott Mitchell 28 QB 14 14 240 6-6 Utah 1/2/1968 5 11 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 93rd pick / 1990
84 Herman Moore*+ 27 WR 16 16 210 6-4 Virginia 10/20/1969 5 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1991
87 Johnnie Morton 25 WR 16 15 190 6-0 USC 10/7/1971 2 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 21st pick / 1994
71 Zefross Moss 30 RT 15 15 325 6-6 Alabama St. 8/17/1966 7 7
80 Brett Perriman 31 WR 16 16 180 5-9 Miami (FL) 10/10/1965 8 11 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1988
91 Robert Porcher 27 LDE 16 16 266 6-3 South Carolina St. 7/30/1969 4 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 26th pick / 1992
82 Derek Price 24 te 13 1 240 6-3 Iowa 8/12/1972 Rook 0
31 Corey Raymond 27 RCB 13 13 185 5-11 LSU 7/28/1969 4 5
28 Ron Rice 24 db 13 2 216 6-1 East. Michigan 11/9/1972 Rook 1
34 Ron Rivers 25 15 0 205 5-8 Fresno St. 11/13/1971 1 1
72 Ray Roberts 27 LT 16 16 315 6-6 Virginia 6/3/1969 4 8 Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 10th pick / 1992
3 Mark Royals 31 P 16 0 225 6-5 Chowan,Appalachian St. 6/22/1965 9 2
20 Barry Sanders* 28 RB 16 16 203 5-8 Oklahoma St. 7/16/1968 7 14 Detroit Lions / 1st / 3rd pick / 1989
30 Cory Schlesinger 24 fb 16 1 247 6-0 Nebraska 6/23/1972 1 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 192nd pick / 1995
97 Tracy Scroggins 27 rde 6 6 273 6-3 Tulsa 9/11/1969 4 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1992
62 Tony Semple 26 g 15 1 286 6-5 Memphis 12/20/1970 1 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 154th pick / 1994
86 David Sloan 24 te 4 4 260 6-6 New Mexico 6/8/1972 1 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 70th pick / 1995
38 Ryan Stewart 23 db 14 2 207 6-1 Georgia Tech 9/30/1973 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1996
49 Eric Stocz 22 1 0 258 6-4 Westminster (PA) 5/25/1974 Rook 0
98 Henry Thomas 31 LDT 15 15 277 6-2 LSU 1/12/1965 9 6 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1987
93 Kerwin Waldroup 22 RDE 16 10 260 6-3 Michigan,Central State (OH) 8/1/1974 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 5th / 158th pick / 1996
90 Keith Washington 24 12 0 285 6-4 UNLV 12/18/1972 Rook 1
95 Mike Wells 25 dt 16 1 310 6-3 Iowa 1/16/1971 2 2 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 125th pick / 1994
24 Richard Woodley 24 11 0 180 5-9 TCU 1/13/1972 Rook 1
Team Total 26.5 16 240.7 6-1.7 3.5