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1979 Houston Oilers

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11-5-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.4, Offense: 2.9, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 362 points (22.6/g), 8th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 331 points (20.7/g), 16th.
 Differential of 31 points (1.9/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.8-7.2.

Coach: Bum Phillips (11-5-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles
 Other Notable Asst.: Wade Phillips (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Angelo State (San Angelo, Texas)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Pastorini 30 8 15 163 for 324, 2,090 yards, 14 td, 18 int, & 15 rushes for 23 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Earl Campbell*+ 24 1 16 368 rushes for 1,697 yards, 19 td, & 16 catches for 94 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
FB Tim Wilson 25 2 16 84 rushes for 319 yards, 2 td, & 29 catches for 208 yards and 1 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
WR Ken Burrough 31 9 16 40 catches for 752 yards, 6 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Rich Caster 31 9 13 18 catches for 239 yards, 1 td, & 4 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
TE Mike Barber 26 3 15 27 catches for 377 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 4 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
LT Leon Gray*+ 28 6 16 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG Conway Hayman 30 4 16 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
C Carl Mauck 32 10 16 4 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
RG Ed Fisher 30 5 16
RT Morris Towns 25 2 14 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Andy Dorris 28 6 16 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
NT Curley Culp 33 11 16 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
RDE Elvin Bethea* 33 11 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LOLB Ted Washington 31 6 14 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
LILB Gregg Bingham 28 6 16 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
RILB Art Stringer 25 2 8 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 9th / 256th pick / 1976
ROLB Robert Brazile*+ 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
LCB J.C. Wilson 23 1 16 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
RCB Greg Stemrick 28 4 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
SS Vernon Perry 26 Rook 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
FS Mike Reinfeldt*+ 26 3 16 12 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Toni Fritsch*+ 34 8 0 21 of 25 field goals & 41 of 43 extra points
P Cliff Parsley 25 2 0 93 punts for a 40.6 average, 0 blocked New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
PR Rich Ellender 22 Rook 0 31 punt returns for a 6.5 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1979
KR Rich Ellender 22 Rook 0 24 kick returns for a 21.4 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1979

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
19 Willie Alexander 30 13 0 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 8 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
75 Jesse Baker 22 de 16 2 269 6-5 Jacksonville St. 7/10/1957 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1979
86 Mike Barber 26 TE 15 15 235 6-3 Louisiana Tech 6/4/1953 3 5 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
63 Steve Baumgartner 28 12 0 256 6-7 Purdue 3/26/1951 6 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 51st pick / 1973
65 Elvin Bethea* 33 RDE 14 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 11 8 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 28 LILB 16 16 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 6 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
52 Robert Brazile*+ 26 ROLB 16 16 241 6-4 Jackson St. 2/7/1953 4 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
00 Ken Burrough 31 WR 16 16 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 9 9 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
34 Earl Campbell*+ 24 RB 16 16 232 5-11 Texas 3/29/1955 1 15 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
26 Rob Carpenter 24 16 0 224 6-1 Miami (OH) 4/20/1955 2 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 84th pick / 1977
58 David Carter 26 c 16 2 250 6-2 West. Kentucky 11/27/1953 2 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
88 Rich Caster 31 WR 16 13 228 6-5 Jackson St. 10/16/1948 9 3 New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
42 Boobie Clark 29 15 0 245 6-2 Bethune-Cookman 11/8/1950 6 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 12th / 302nd pick / 1973
47 Ronnie Coleman 28 14 0 195 5-10 Alabama A&M 7/9/1951 5 2
78 Curley Culp 33 NT 16 16 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 11 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
20 Bill Currier 24 16 0 196 6-0 South Carolina 1/5/1955 2 2 Houston Oilers / 9th / 232nd pick / 1977
69 Andy Dorris 28 LDE 16 16 238 6-4 New Mexico St. 8/11/1951 6 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
85 Rich Ellender 22 KR 13 0 171 5-11 McNeese St. 6/9/1957 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1979
Jimbo Elrod 25 4 0 220 6-0 Oklahoma 5/25/1954 3 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 144th pick / 1976
60 Ed Fisher 30 RG 16 16 249 6-3 Arizona St. 5/31/1949 5 7
89 Eddie Foster 25 1 0 185 5-10 Houston 6/5/1954 2 0 Houston Oilers / 8th / 205th pick / 1977
16 Toni Fritsch*+ 34 K 16 0 190 5-7 none 7/10/1945 8 7
74 Leon Gray*+ 28 LT 16 16 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 6 12 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
81 Jeff Groth 22 6 0 176 5-10 Bowling Green 7/2/1957 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 206th pick / 1979
36 Carter Hartwig 23 16 0 205 6-0 USC 2/27/1956 Rook 3 Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1979
70 Conway Hayman 30 LG 16 16 264 6-3 Delaware 1/9/1949 4 7 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
50 Daryl Hunt 23 16 8 229 6-3 Oklahoma 11/3/1956 Rook 3 Houston Oilers / 6th / 143rd pick / 1979
21 Charles Jefferson 22 5 0 178 6-0 McNeese St. 5/5/1957 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 105th pick / 1979
84 Billy Johnson 27 2 2 170 5-9 Widener 1/21/1952 5 1 Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
71 Ken Kennard 25 16 0 248 6-2 Angelo State (TX) 10/4/1954 2 3
30 Kenny King 22 12 0 203 5-11 Oklahoma 3/7/1957 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1979
55 Carl Mauck 32 C 16 16 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 10 7 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
12 Guido Merkens 24 16 0 200 6-1 Sam Houston St. 8/14/1955 1 1
56 Mike Murphy 22 3 0 222 6-2 SW Missouri St. 1/14/1957 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 159th pick / 1979
14 Gifford Nielsen 25 qb 16 1 205 6-4 BYU 10/25/1954 1 2 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1978
18 Cliff Parsley 25 P 16 0 211 6-1 Oklahoma St. 12/26/1954 2 3 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
7 Dan Pastorini 30 QB 15 15 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 8 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
32 Vernon Perry 26 SS 16 16 211 6-2 Jackson St. 9/22/1953 Rook 4
61 Wes Phillips 26 8 0 275 6-5 Savannah St.,Lenoir-Rhyne 8/1/1953 Rook 3
68 Tom Randall 23 13 0 245 6-5 Iowa St. 8/3/1956 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 194th pick / 1978
64 George Reihner 24 2 0 263 6-4 Penn St. 4/27/1955 2 3 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1977
37 Mike Reinfeldt*+ 26 FS 16 16 192 6-2 Wisc-Milwaukee 5/6/1953 3 9
82 Mike Renfro 24 wr 15 2 184 6-0 TCU 6/19/1955 1 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
87 Conrad Rucker 25 16 0 255 6-3 Southern 11/15/1954 1 0 Houston Oilers / 6th / 154th pick / 1978
27 Greg Stemrick 28 RCB 16 16 185 5-11 Colorado St. 10/25/1951 4 4
67 Mike Stensrud 23 6 0 280 6-5 Iowa St. 2/19/1956 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1979
53 Art Stringer 25 RILB 8 8 223 6-1 Ball St. 1/30/1954 2 3 Houston Oilers / 9th / 256th pick / 1976
51 Ted Thompson 26 lb 16 2 220 6-1 SMU 1/17/1953 4 2
76 Morris Towns 25 RT 16 14 270 6-4 Missouri 1/10/1954 2 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
59 Ted Washington 31 LOLB 15 14 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 6 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
33 J.C. Wilson 23 LCB 16 16 178 6-0 Tampa,Pittsburgh 3/11/1956 1 5 Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
45 Tim Wilson 25 FB 16 16 226 6-3 Maryland 1/14/1954 2 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
77 Jim Young 29 5 0 260 6-2 Texas Southern 7/8/1950 2 2
Team Total 26.3 16 224.8 6-1.7 3.4