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1978 Minnesota Vikings

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8-7-1, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.2, Offense: 1.0, Defense: -1.1, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 294 points (18.4/g), 12th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 306 points (19.1/g), 20th.
 Differential of -12 points (-0.8/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 7.6-8.4.

Coach: Bud Grant (8-7-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jerry Burns
 Defensive Coordinator: Bob Hollway

Stadium: Metropolitan Stadium
 Training Camp: Minnesota State University, Mankato (Mankato, Minnesota)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Fran Tarkenton 38 17 16 345 for 572, 3,468 yards, 25 td, 32 int, & 24 rushes for -6 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
RB Rickey Young 25 3 16 134 rushes for 417 yards, 1 td, & 88 catches for 704 yards and 5 td San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
FB Chuck Foreman 28 5 14 237 rushes for 749 yards, 5 td, & 61 catches for 396 yards and 2 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
WR Ahmad Rashad* 29 6 16 66 catches for 769 yards, 8 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
WR Sammy White 24 2 16 53 catches for 741 yards, 9 td, & 5 rushes for 30 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Bob Tucker 33 8 16 47 catches for 540 yards, 0 td
LT Frank Myers 22 Rook 11 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 117th pick / 1978
LG Charles Goodrum 28 5 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
C Mick Tingelhoff 38 16 16
RG Wes Hamilton 25 2 15 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
RT Ron Yary 32 10 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mark Mullaney 25 3 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
LDT Doug Sutherland 30 8 16 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
RDT James White 25 2 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
RDE Jim Marshall 41 18 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Matt Blair* 28 4 16 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
MLB Jeff Siemon 28 6 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Fred McNeill 26 4 15 2 interceptions, 6 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
LCB Nate Wright 31 9 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Bobby Bryant 34 10 16 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
SS Phil Wise 29 7 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 6th / 136th pick / 1971
FS Tom Hannon 23 1 14 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
 Special Teams Starters
K Rick Danmeier 26 1 0 12 of 19 field goals & 36 of 37 extra points
P Greg Coleman 24 1 0 51 punts for a 39.0 average, 1 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
PR Kevin Miller 23 Rook 0 48 punt returns for a 5.0 average and 0 td
KR Kevin Miller 23 Rook 0 40 kick returns for a 21.4 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
25 Nate Allen 30 16 0 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 7 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
59 Matt Blair* 28 LLB 16 16 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 4 10 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
20 Bobby Bryant 34 RCB 16 16 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 10 7 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
8 Greg Coleman 24 P 9 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 9/9/1954 1 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
84 Steve Craig 27 16 0 231 6-3 Northwestern 3/13/1951 4 0 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 64th pick / 1974
7 Rick Danmeier 26 K 16 0 194 6-0 Sioux Falls 4/8/1952 1 3
81 Carl Eller 36 lde 14 7 247 6-6 Minnesota 2/25/1942 14 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 6th pick / 1964
44 Chuck Foreman 28 FB 14 14 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 5 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
68 Charles Goodrum 28 LG 16 16 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 5 7 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
61 Wes Hamilton 25 RG 16 15 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
45 Tom Hannon 23 FS 16 14 193 5-11 Michigan St. 3/5/1955 1 6 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
57 Paul Harris 24 1 0 220 6-3 Alabama 12/19/1954 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 159th pick / 1977
58 Wally Hilgenberg 36 lb 15 1 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 14 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
75 Randy Holloway 23 16 0 250 6-5 Pittsburgh 8/26/1955 Rook 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1978
51 Jim Hough 22 g 15 1 267 6-2 Utah St. 8/4/1956 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
48 Sammy Johnson 26 3 0 223 6-0 North Carolina 9/22/1952 4 0 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 90th pick / 1974
39 Mark Kellar 26 16 0 225 6-0 Northern Illinois 7/17/1952 2 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 155th pick / 1974
9 Tommy Kramer 23 4 0 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 1 0 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
22 Paul Krause 36 db 16 2 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 14 2 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
19 Bob Lee 32 3 0 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 9 0 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
76 Bob Lingenfelter 24 5 0 277 6-7 Nebraska 9/1/1954 1 3 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 188th pick / 1977
70 Jim Marshall 41 RDE 16 16 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 18 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
33 Brent McClanahan 27 13 0 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 5 0 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
54 Fred McNeill 26 RLB 16 15 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 4 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
87 Kevin Miller 23 KR 16 0 180 5-10 Louisville 3/21/1955 Rook 0
35 Robert Miller 25 rb 15 2 204 5-11 Kansas 1/9/1953 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 129th pick / 1975
77 Mark Mullaney 25 LDE 15 9 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 3 4 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
74 Frank Myers 22 LT 12 11 255 6-5 Texas A&M 1/4/1956 Rook 5 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 117th pick / 1978
88 Alan Page 33 rdt 6 6 245 6-4 Notre Dame 8/7/1945 11 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 15th pick / 1967
28 Ahmad Rashad* 29 WR 16 16 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 6 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
78 Steve Riley 26 lt 5 5 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 4 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
50 Jeff Siemon 28 MLB 16 16 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 6 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
79 Lyman Smith 22 11 0 250 6-5 Duke 9/24/1956 Rook 3 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 64th pick / 1978
55 Scott Studwell 24 13 0 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
69 Doug Sutherland 30 LDT 16 16 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 8 6 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
67 Dennis Swilley 23 14 0 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 1 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
10 Fran Tarkenton 38 QB 16 16 190 6-0 Georgia 2/3/1940 17 11 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 29th pick / 1961
Boston Patriots / 5th / 34th pick / 1961
53 Mick Tingelhoff 38 C 16 16 237 6-2 Nebraska 5/22/1940 16 7
38 Bob Tucker 33 TE 16 16 230 6-3 Bloomsburg 6/8/1945 8 5
27 John Turner 22 14 0 197 6-0 Miami (FL) 2/22/1956 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
83 Stu Voigt 30 15 0 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 8 0 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
80 Harry Washington 22 10 0 180 6-0 Colorado St. 7/30/1956 Rook 0
72 James White 25 RDT 16 10 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 2 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White 24 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 2 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
29 Phil Wise 29 SS 16 16 190 6-0 South Dakota,Nebraska-Omaha 4/25/1949 7 6 New York Jets / 6th / 136th pick / 1971
5 Mike Wood 24 7 0 199 5-11 SE Missouri St. 9/3/1954 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 204th pick / 1978
43 Nate Wright 31 LCB 16 16 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 9 7
73 Ron Yary 32 RT 16 16 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 10 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
34 Rickey Young 25 RB 16 16 196 6-2 Jackson St. 12/7/1953 3 10 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
Team Total 27.7 16 221.4 6-2.0 5.1