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1972 San Diego Chargers

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4-9-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.8, Offense: -0.2, Defense: -2.6, SoS: 2.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (18.9/g), 18th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 344 points (24.6/g), 20th.
 Differential of -80 points (-5.7/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 4.9-9.1.

Coach: Harland Svare (4-9-1)

Stadium: San Diego Stadium
 Training Camp: UC Irvine (Irvine, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB John Hadl* 32 10 14 190 for 370, 2,449 yards, 15 td, 26 int, & 22 rushes for 99 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
RB Mike Garrett 28 6 14 272 rushes for 1,031 yards, 6 td, & 31 catches for 245 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 20th / 178th pick / 1966
FB Cid Edwards 29 4 12 157 rushes for 679 yards, 5 td, & 40 catches for 557 yards and 2 td
WR Chuck Dicus 24 1 7 18 catches for 227 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for -11 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 7th / 169th pick / 1971
WR Gary Garrison* 28 6 13 52 catches for 744 yards, 7 td, & 2 rushes for -6 yards and 0 td Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 77th pick / 1965
TE Pettis Norman 33 10 11 19 catches for 262 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for 9 yards and 0 td Dallas Texans / 16th / 123rd pick / 1962
LT Terry Owens 28 6 14 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 99th pick / 1966
Chicago Bears / 11th / 167th pick / 1966
LG Doug Wilkerson 25 2 14 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Carl Mauck 25 3 14 3 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
RG Walt Sweeney* 31 9 14 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
RT Russ Washington 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Deacon Jones* 34 11 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
LDT Ron East 29 5 12
RDT Dave Costa 31 9 14 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
RDE Lionel Aldridge 31 9 14 Houston Oilers / 6th / 47th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 4th / 54th pick / 1963
LLB Bob Babich 25 2 8 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 18th pick / 1969
MLB Tim Rossovich 26 4 6 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1968
RLB Rick Redman 29 7 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 38th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 132nd pick / 1965
LCB Joe Beauchamp 28 6 14 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Lenny Dunlap 23 1 13 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 1st / 26th pick / 1971
SS Bryant Salter 22 1 13 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 115th pick / 1971
FS Chuck Detwiler 25 2 6
 Special Teams Starters
K Dennis Partee 26 4 0 15 of 25 field goals & 26 of 28 extra points San Diego Chargers / 11th / 291st pick / 1968
P Dennis Partee 26 4 0 45 punts for a 40.3 average, 0 blocked San Diego Chargers / 11th / 291st pick / 1968
PR Lenny Dunlap 23 1 13 19 punt returns for a 9.4 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 1st / 26th pick / 1971
KR Jesse Taylor 24 Rook 0 31 kick returns for a 21.8 average and 0 td Washington Redskins / 10th / 244th pick / 1971

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
87 Lionel Aldridge 31 RDE 14 14 254 6-3 Utah St. 2/14/1941 9 5 Houston Oilers / 6th / 47th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 4th / 54th pick / 1963
81 John Andrews 24 1 0 227 6-3 Indiana 11/2/1948 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 130th pick / 1971
60 Bob Babich 25 LLB 14 8 231 6-2 Miami (OH) 5/5/1947 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 18th pick / 1969
59 Pete Barnes 27 14 4 239 6-1 Southern 8/31/1945 5 3 Houston Oilers / 6th / 136th pick / 1967
40 Joe Beauchamp 28 14 14 188 6-0 Iowa St. 4/11/1944 6 6
45 Reggie Berry 22 9 0 190 6-0 Long Beach St. 3/13/1950 Rook 2
50 Lee Roy Caffey 31 12 9 240 6-4 Texas A&M 6/3/1941 9 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 25th pick / 1963
Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 88th pick / 1963
83 Mike Carter 24 5 1 210 6-1 Sacramento St. 2/18/1948 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 15th / 380th pick / 1970
13 Wayne Clark 25 13 0 203 6-2 U.S. International 5/30/1947 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 198th pick / 1970
64 Dave Costa 31 RDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 9 5 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
35 Chuck Detwiler 25 FS 13 6 185 6-0 Utah St. 3/6/1947 2 4
28 Chuck Dicus 24 WR 10 7 183 6-0 Arkansas 10/2/1948 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 169th pick / 1971
34 Oscar Dragon 22 13 0 214 6-0 Arizona St. 3/2/1950 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 423rd pick / 1972
39 Lenny Dunlap 23 PR 14 13 196 6-1 North Texas 6/25/1949 1 6 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 26th pick / 1971
77 Ron East 29 LDT 12 12 250 6-4 Montana St.,Oregon St. 8/26/1943 5 5
37 Cid Edwards 29 FB 12 12 230 6-3 Tennessee St. 10/10/1943 4 12
44 Chris Fletcher 24 db 1 1 185 5-11 Temple 12/25/1948 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1970
20 Mike Garrett 28 RB 14 14 191 5-9 USC 4/12/1944 6 10 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 20th / 178th pick / 1966
27 Gary Garrison* 28 WR 14 13 193 6-2 San Diego St. 1/21/1944 6 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 77th pick / 1965
69 Ira Gordon 25 6 0 275 6-3 Kansas St. 5/5/1947 2 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 190th pick / 1970
65 Sam Gruneisen 31 7 0 242 6-1 Villanova 1/16/1941 10 2 San Diego Chargers / 25th / 200th pick / 1962
21 John Hadl* 32 QB 14 14 214 6-1 Kansas 2/15/1940 10 9 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
80 Kevin Hardy 27 6 0 276 6-5 Notre Dame 7/28/1945 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1968
24 Bob Howard 28 5 5 174 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,San Diego St. 11/19/1944 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
75 Deacon Jones* 34 LDE 14 14 272 6-5 South Carolina St.,Miss. Valley St. 12/9/1938 11 6 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
23 Ray Jones 25 14 4 187 5-11 Southern 12/24/1947 2 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 34th pick / 1970
51 Pete Lazetich 22 14 5 245 6-3 Stanford 2/4/1950 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1972
25 Jerry LeVias 26 1 1 177 5-9 SMU 9/5/1946 3 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 40th pick / 1969
89 John Mackey 31 13 4 224 6-2 Syracuse 9/24/1941 9 1 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 19th pick / 1963
New York Jets / 5th / 35th pick / 1963
55 Carl Mauck 25 C 14 14 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 3 6 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
10 Bill McClard 23 9 0 202 5-10 Arkansas 10/15/1949 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1972
88 Pettis Norman 33 TE 13 11 222 6-3 Johnson C. Smith 1/4/1939 10 3 Dallas Texans / 16th / 123rd pick / 1962
76 Terry Owens 28 LT 14 14 260 6-0 Jacksonville St. 7/5/1944 6 6 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 99th pick / 1966
Chicago Bears / 11th / 167th pick / 1966
29 Dennis Partee 26 K 14 0 229 6-1 SMU 9/2/1946 4 5 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 291st pick / 1968
66 Rick Redman 29 RLB 10 10 220 6-1 Washington 3/7/1943 7 5 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 38th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 132nd pick / 1965
82 Tim Rossovich 26 MLB 6 6 240 6-4 USC 3/14/1946 4 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1968
30 Bryant Salter 22 SS 14 13 195 6-4 Pittsburgh 1/22/1950 1 6 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 115th pick / 1971
57 Cal Snowden 26 8 0 253 6-4 Indiana 11/29/1946 3 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 227th pick / 1969
78 Walt Sweeney* 31 RG 14 14 256 6-4 Syracuse 4/18/1941 9 7 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
46 John Sykes 23 2 0 195 5-11 Morgan St. 5/13/1949 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 169th pick / 1972
42 Jesse Taylor 24 KR 14 0 200 6-0 Cincinnati 5/26/1948 Rook 0 Washington Redskins / 10th / 244th pick / 1971
73 Lee Thomas 26 14 0 246 6-5 Wiley,Jackson St. 3/12/1946 1 3
70 Russ Washington 26 RT 14 14 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 4 6 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
54 Ralph Wenzel 29 14 0 250 6-2 San Jose St.,San Diego St. 3/13/1943 6 3 Green Bay Packers / 11th / 168th pick / 1966
38 Lee White 26 8 1 232 6-2 Weber St. 5/9/1946 4 1 New York Jets / 1st / 17th pick / 1968
56 Ray White 23 4 0 227 6-1 Syracuse 5/18/1949 1 2 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 117th pick / 1971
63 Doug Wilkerson 25 LG 14 14 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 2 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
84 Dave Williams 27 12 6 207 6-2 Washington 8/10/1945 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 16th pick / 1967
68 Gregory Wojcik 26 7 2 268 6-6 USC 1/27/1946 1 2
79 Ernie Wright 33 14 0 270 6-4 Ohio St. 11/6/1939 12 3 Los Angeles Rams / 15th / 200th pick / 1961
Team Total 26.8 14 226.0 6-1.9 4.2