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1979 Minnesota Vikings

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.5, Offense: -4.5, Defense: -3.1, SoS: -2.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 259 points (16.2/g), 24th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 337 points (21.1/g), 17th.
 Differential of -78 points (-4.9/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Bud Grant (7-9-0)
 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 Tommy Kramer 24 2 16 315 for 566, 3,397 yards, 23 td, 24 int, & 32 rushes for 138 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
RB Rickey Young 26 4 16 188 rushes for 708 yards, 3 td, & 72 catches for 519 yards and 4 td San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
FB Ted Brown 22 Rook 9 130 rushes for 551 yards, 1 td, & 31 catches for 197 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
WR Ahmad Rashad* 30 7 16 80 catches for 1,156 yards, 9 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
WR Sammy White 25 3 15 42 catches for 715 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 6 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
TE Bob Tucker 34 9 15 24 catches for 223 yards, 2 td
LT Steve Riley 27 5 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
LG Charles Goodrum 29 6 9 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
C Dennis Swilley 24 2 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
RG Wes Hamilton 26 3 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
RT Ron Yary 33 11 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mark Mullaney 26 4 16 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
LDT Doug Sutherland 31 9 10 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
RDT James White 26 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
RDE Jim Marshall 42 19 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
LLB Matt Blair* 29 5 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
MLB Jeff Siemon 29 7 12 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
RLB Fred McNeill 27 5 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
LCB John Turner 23 1 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
RCB Bobby Bryant 35 11 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
SS Tom Hannon 24 2 16 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
FS Paul Krause 37 15 8 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Rick Danmeier 27 2 0 13 of 22 field goals & 28 of 31 extra points
P Greg Coleman 25 2 0 90 punts for a 39.5 average, 1 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
PR Jimmy Edwards 27 Rook 0 33 punt returns for a 5.6 average and 0 td
KR Jimmy Edwards 27 Rook 0 44 kick returns for a 25.1 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
25 Nate Allen 31 5 2 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 8 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
47 Tim Baylor 25 16 1 195 6-6 Morgan St. 5/23/1954 3 1 Baltimore Colts / 10th / 283rd pick / 1976
59 Matt Blair* 29 LLB 16 16 232 6-5 Iowa St. 9/20/1950 5 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 51st pick / 1974
23 Ted Brown 22 FB 14 9 206 5-10 North Carolina St. 2/15/1957 Rook 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 16th pick / 1979
20 Bobby Bryant 35 RCB 14 14 170 6-1 South Carolina 1/24/1944 11 5 Minnesota Vikings / 7th / 167th pick / 1967
8 Greg Coleman 25 P 16 0 185 6-0 Florida A&M 9/9/1954 2 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 14th / 398th pick / 1976
89 Douglas Cunningham 24 6 1 195 6-3 Rice 11/14/1955 Rook 0
7 Rick Danmeier 27 K 16 0 194 6-0 Sioux Falls 4/8/1952 2 3
12 Steve Dils 24 1 0 190 6-1 Stanford 12/8/1955 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 97th pick / 1979
32 Jimmy Edwards 27 KR 14 0 185 5-9 Oklahoma,La-Monroe 9/19/1952 Rook 0
44 Chuck Foreman 29 12 7 210 6-2 Miami (FL) 10/26/1950 6 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 12th pick / 1973
68 Charles Goodrum 29 LG 15 9 256 6-3 Florida A&M 1/11/1950 6 4 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 232nd pick / 1972
61 Wes Hamilton 26 RG 16 16 261 6-3 Tulsa 4/24/1953 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 85th pick / 1976
45 Tom Hannon 24 SS 16 16 193 5-11 Michigan St. 3/5/1955 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1977
52 Joe Harris 27 2 0 225 6-1 Georgia Tech 12/6/1952 2 2 Chicago Bears / 8th / 197th pick / 1975
58 Wally Hilgenberg 37 8 0 229 6-3 Iowa 9/19/1942 15 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 48th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 8th / 57th pick / 1964
75 Randy Holloway 24 16 0 250 6-5 Pittsburgh 8/26/1955 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 21st pick / 1978
51 Jim Hough 23 lg 16 7 267 6-2 Utah St. 8/4/1956 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 100th pick / 1978
56 Dave Huffman 22 13 0 280 6-6 Notre Dame 4/4/1957 Rook 3 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1979
25 Kurt Knoff 25 fs 10 7 191 6-2 Kansas 4/6/1954 2 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1976
9 Tommy Kramer 24 QB 16 16 200 6-2 Rice 3/7/1955 2 10 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 27th pick / 1977
22 Paul Krause 37 FS 16 8 200 6-3 Iowa 2/19/1942 15 4 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 18th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 12th / 89th pick / 1964
80 Terry LeCount 23 12 0 178 5-10 Florida 7/9/1956 1 1 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
57 Derrel Luce 27 16 1 226 6-3 Baylor 9/29/1952 4 4 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 168th pick / 1975
70 Jim Marshall 42 RDE 16 16 248 6-4 Ohio St. 12/30/1937 19 7 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 44th pick / 1960
33 Brent McClanahan 28 16 0 202 5-10 Arizona St. 9/21/1951 6 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 118th pick / 1973
54 Fred McNeill 27 RLB 16 15 229 6-2 UCLA 5/6/1952 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 17th pick / 1974
87 Kevin Miller 24 3 0 180 5-10 Louisville 3/21/1955 1 0
35 Robert Miller 26 16 0 204 5-11 Kansas 1/9/1953 4 1 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 129th pick / 1975
77 Mark Mullaney 26 LDE 16 16 242 6-6 Colorado St. 4/30/1953 4 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1975
74 Frank Myers 23 14 0 255 6-5 Texas A&M 1/4/1956 1 3 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 117th pick / 1978
71 Steve Niehaus 25 3 0 263 6-4 Notre Dame 9/25/1954 3 3 Seattle Seahawks / 1st / 2nd pick / 1976
49 Keith Nord 22 16 0 197 6-0 St. Cloud St. 3/13/1957 Rook 3
28 Ahmad Rashad* 30 WR 16 16 205 6-2 Oregon 11/19/1949 7 10 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 4th pick / 1972
78 Steve Riley 27 LT 16 16 258 6-5 USC 11/23/1952 5 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1974
76 Dave Roller 30 ldt 15 6 270 6-2 Kentucky 10/28/1949 8 3 New York Giants / 13th / 330th pick / 1971
50 Jeff Siemon 29 MLB 16 12 235 6-2 Stanford 6/2/1950 7 5 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 10th pick / 1972
82 Robert Steele 23 16 0 196 6-4 North Alabama 8/2/1956 1 0
55 Scott Studwell 25 lb 14 4 228 6-2 Illinois 8/27/1954 2 3 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 250th pick / 1977
69 Doug Sutherland 31 LDT 16 10 250 6-3 Wisc-Superior 8/1/1948 9 4 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 348th pick / 1970
67 Dennis Swilley 24 C 16 16 253 6-3 Texas A&M,North Texas 6/28/1955 2 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 55th pick / 1977
38 Bob Tucker 34 TE 16 15 230 6-3 Bloomsburg 6/8/1945 9 2
27 John Turner 23 LCB 16 16 197 6-0 Miami (FL) 2/22/1956 1 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 48th pick / 1978
83 Stu Voigt 31 16 1 223 6-1 Wisconsin 8/12/1948 9 1 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 260th pick / 1970
72 James White 26 RDT 16 16 265 6-3 Oklahoma St. 10/26/1953 3 7 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 25th pick / 1976
85 Sammy White 25 WR 15 15 190 5-11 Grambling St. 3/16/1954 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 54th pick / 1976
29 Phil Wise 30 1 0 190 6-0 South Dakota,Nebraska-Omaha 4/25/1949 8 2 New York Jets / 6th / 136th pick / 1971
43 Nate Wright 32 10 0 180 5-11 San Diego St. 12/21/1947 10 3
73 Ron Yary 33 RT 16 16 255 6-5 USC 8/16/1946 11 6 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 1st pick / 1968
34 Rickey Young 26 RB 16 16 196 6-2 Jackson St. 12/7/1953 4 9 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
Team Total 27.4 16 218.6 6-1.8 4.7