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1972 New England Patriots

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3-11-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -17.4, Offense: -6.3, Defense: -11.1, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 192 points (13.7/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 446 points (31.9/g), 26th.
 Differential of -254 points (-18.1/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Phil Bengtson (1-4-0) and John Mazur (2-7-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Plunkett 25 1 14 169 for 355, 2,196 yards, 8 td, 25 int, & 36 rushes for 230 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
RB Carl Garrett 25 3 6 131 rushes for 488 yards, 5 td, & 30 catches for 410 yards and 0 td Boston Patriots / 3rd / 58th pick / 1969
FB Josh Ashton 23 Rook 12 128 rushes for 546 yards, 3 td, & 22 catches for 207 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1971
WR Reggie Rucker 25 2 14 44 catches for 681 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 5 yards and 0 td
WR Randy Vataha 24 1 14 25 catches for 369 yards, 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
TE Bob Windsor 30 5 14 33 catches for 383 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -4 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
LT Bob Reynolds 33 9 11 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 17th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 4th / 30th pick / 1963
LG Mike Montler 28 3 14 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
C Jon Morris 30 8 13 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
RG Len St. Jean 31 8 14 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 9th / 68th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 17th / 237th pick / 1964
RT Tom Neville 29 7 13 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Julius Adams 24 1 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LDT Dave Rowe 27 5 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1967
RDT Rick Cash 27 4 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
RDE Dennis Wirgowski 25 2 14 Boston Patriots / 9th / 212th pick / 1970
LLB Ed Weisacosky 28 5 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 6th / 42nd pick / 1966
MLB Jim Cheyunski 27 4 11 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
RLB Ron Acks 28 4 13 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
LCB Larry Carwell 28 5 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1967
RCB John Outlaw 27 3 5 Boston Patriots / 10th / 249th pick / 1968
SS Honor Jackson 24 Rook 10 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 233rd pick / 1971
FS Rickie Harris 29 7 11 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Mike Walker 23 Rook 0 2 of 8 field goals & 15 of 15 extra points
P Pat Studstill 34 11 0 75 punts for a 38.1 average, 1 blocked
PR Carl Garrett 25 3 6 6 punt returns for a 6.0 average and 0 td Boston Patriots / 3rd / 58th pick / 1969
KR Carl Garrett 25 3 6 16 kick returns for a 25.6 average and 0 td Boston Patriots / 3rd / 58th pick / 1969

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
51 Ron Acks 28 RLB 14 13 214 6-2 Illinois 10/3/1944 4 5 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
85 Julius Adams 24 LDE 11 10 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 1 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 24 g 6 1 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 Rook 1
31 Josh Ashton 23 FB 14 12 205 6-1 Tulsa 8/24/1949 Rook 5 New England Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1971
82 Tom Beer 28 14 0 235 6-4 Detroit Mercy,Houston 12/21/1944 5 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1967
88 Ron Berger 29 dt 6 2 290 6-8 Wayne State (NE) 9/30/1943 3 1
49 Dick Blanchard 23 lb 14 1 225 6-3 Tulsa 1/17/1949 Rook 1
27 Ron Bolton 22 db 14 4 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
84 Hubie Bryant 26 2 0 170 5-10 Minnesota 2/10/1946 2 0
41 Larry Carwell 28 LCB 14 14 188 6-1 Iowa St. 8/5/1944 5 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1967
63 Rick Cash 27 RDT 14 13 248 6-5 Missouri,Truman St. 7/1/1945 4 4 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
50 Jim Cheyunski 27 MLB 14 11 225 6-1 Syracuse 12/29/1945 4 4 Boston Patriots / 12th / 305th pick / 1968
55 Ralph Cindrich 23 lb 12 3 228 6-1 Pittsburgh 10/29/1949 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 119th pick / 1972
14 Brian Dowling 25 14 0 210 6-2 Yale 4/1/1947 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 11th / 277th pick / 1969
30 Carl Garrett 25 KR 10 6 210 5-11 New Mex. Highlands 8/31/1947 3 7 Boston Patriots / 3rd / 58th pick / 1969
24 Bob Gladieux 25 fb 11 6 195 5-11 Notre Dame 1/2/1947 3 2 Boston Patriots / 8th / 188th pick / 1969
7 Charlie Gogolak 28 6 0 165 5-10 Princeton 12/29/1944 6 2 Washington Redskins / 1st / 6th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 56th pick / 1966
62 Halvor Hagen 25 12 1 245 6-5 Weber St. 2/4/1947 3 3 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 74th pick / 1969
25 Rickie Harris 29 FS 14 11 182 5-11 Arizona 5/15/1943 7 4
23 George Hoey 26 rcb 12 6 174 5-10 Michigan 11/14/1946 1 2 Detroit Lions / 14th / 346th pick / 1969
29 Honor Jackson 24 SS 13 10 195 6-1 Pacific 11/21/1948 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 233rd pick / 1971
52 Ron Kadziel 23 lb 14 1 230 6-4 Stanford 2/27/1949 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 129th pick / 1971
67 Bill Lenkaitis 26 c 12 4 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 4 2 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
40 Jack Maitland 24 13 0 211 6-2 Williams 2/8/1948 2 1 Baltimore Colts / 16th / 408th pick / 1970
75 Wayne Mass 26 6 0 240 6-4 Clemson 3/11/1946 4 2 Chicago Bears / 4th / 99th pick / 1968
35 Henry Matthews 23 rb 3 0 203 6-3 Michigan St. 3/17/1949 Rook 0
28 Art McMahon 26 14 0 190 6-0 North Carolina St. 2/24/1946 4 2 Boston Patriots / 15th / 385th pick / 1968
64 Mike Montler 28 LG 14 14 254 6-5 Colorado 1/10/1944 3 5 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
56 Jon Morris 30 C 13 13 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 8 5 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
77 Tom Neville 29 RT 13 13 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 7 5 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
44 John Outlaw 27 RCB 6 5 180 5-10 Jackson St. 1/8/1945 3 1 Boston Patriots / 10th / 249th pick / 1968
16 Jim Plunkett 25 QB 14 14 220 6-3 Stanford 12/5/1947 1 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
74 Bob Reynolds 33 LT 12 11 265 6-5 Bowling Green 1/22/1939 9 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 17th pick / 1963
Boston Patriots / 4th / 30th pick / 1963
21 Tom Reynolds 23 12 0 200 6-3 San Diego St. 4/11/1949 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 49th pick / 1972
76 Dave Rowe 27 LDT 14 10 280 6-7 Penn St. 6/20/1945 5 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1967
33 Reggie Rucker 25 WR 14 14 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/21/1947 2 6
26 Clarence Scott 28 ss 10 6 186 6-1 Morgan St. 5/5/1944 3 2
60 Len St. Jean 31 RG 14 14 250 5-11 Northern Michigan 10/27/1941 8 5 Boston Patriots / 9th / 68th pick / 1964
Green Bay Packers / 17th / 237th pick / 1964
2 Pat Studstill 34 P 14 0 180 6-0 Houston 6/4/1938 11 1
36 John Tarver 23 rb 8 4 227 6-3 Colorado 1/1/1949 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 7th / 166th pick / 1972
18 Randy Vataha 24 WR 14 14 176 5-10 Stanford 12/4/1948 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
12 Mike Walker 23 K 8 0 190 6-0 none 10/18/1949 Rook 0
66 Ed Weisacosky 28 LLB 14 13 230 6-1 Miami (FL) 5/4/1944 5 4 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 42nd pick / 1966
87 Jim White 24 lde 13 6 256 6-4 Colorado St. 9/5/1948 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1972
86 Bob Windsor 30 TE 14 14 220 6-4 Kentucky 12/19/1942 5 3 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
70 Dennis Wirgowski 25 RDE 14 14 257 6-5 Purdue 9/20/1947 2 4 Boston Patriots / 9th / 212th pick / 1970
Team Total 26.2 14 220.0 6-2.1 3.0