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1953 San Francisco 49ers

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9-3-0, Finished 2nd in NFL West Division  · 1953 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 10.7, Offense: 9.0, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 372 points (31.0/g), 1st of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 237 points (19.8/g), 6th.
 Differential of 135 points (11.2/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 8.9-3.1.

Coach: Buck Shaw (9-3-0)

Stadium: Kezar Stadium
 Training Camp: Menlo College (Atherton, California)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Y.A. Tittle* 27 5 10 149 for 259, 2,121 yards, 20 td, 16 int, & 14 rushes for 41 yards and 6 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1948
FB Joe Perry*+ 26 5 0 192 rushes for 1,018 yards, 10 td, & 19 catches for 191 yards and 3 td
LH Joe Arenas 28 2 0 72 rushes for 380 yards, 6 td, & 10 catches for 113 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951
RH Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 1 0 112 rushes for 503 yards, 3 td, & 30 catches for 474 yards and 2 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
LE Gordie Soltau* 28 3 0 43 catches for 620 yards, 6 td Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
LT Doug Hogland 22 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 93rd pick / 1953
LG Jerry Smith 23 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 94th pick / 1952
C Bill Johnson* 27 5 0
RG Bruno Banducci 32 9 0 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1943
RT Bob St. Clair 22 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1953
RE Billy Wilson 26 2 0 51 catches for 840 yards, 10 td San Francisco 49ers / 22nd / 283rd pick / 1950
 Defensive Starters
LDE Charley Powell 21 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LDT Al Carapella 26 2 0 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 54th pick / 1951
MG Art Michalik* 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
RDT Leo Nomellini*+ 29 3 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1950
RDE Bob Van Doren 24 Rook 0 Cleveland Browns / 5th / 59th pick / 1953
LLB John Morton 24 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RLB Jack Manley 24 Rook 0
LDH Rex Berry 29 2 0 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 162nd pick / 1951
RDH Lowell Wagner 30 7 0 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LS Billy Mixon 24 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 28th pick / 1951
RS Fred Bruney 22 Rook 0 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1953
 Special Teams Starters
K Gordie Soltau* 28 3 0 10 of 15 field goals & 48 of 49 extra points Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
P Jim Powers 25 3 2 42 punts for a 40.6 average, 1 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 26th / 335th pick / 1950
PR Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 1 0 15 punt returns for a 6.9 average and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
KR Joe Arenas 28 2 0 16 kick returns for a 34.4 average and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
22 Joe Arenas 28 KR 12 0 180 5-11 Nebraska-Omaha 12/12/1925 2 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951
88 Harry Babcock 23 10 0 193 6-2 Georgia 8/12/1930 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 1st pick / 1953
27 Ken Bahnsen 23 7 0 200 5-10 North Texas 2/19/1930 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 21st / 248th pick / 1953
63 Bruno Banducci 32 RG 12 0 216 5-11 Stanford 11/11/1921 9 Phi/Pit Eagles/Steelers / 6th / 42nd pick / 1943
23 Rex Berry 29 LDH 12 0 190 5-11 BYU 9/9/1924 2 San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 162nd pick / 1951
33 Hardy Brown 29 12 0 193 6-0 SMU,Tulsa 5/8/1924 5 New York Giants / 12th / 104th pick / 1947
56 Pete Brown 23 12 0 210 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/19/1930 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 118th pick / 1953
45 Fred Bruney 22 RS 12 0 184 5-10 Ohio St. 12/30/1931 Rook Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1953
66 Don Burke 27 10 0 235 6-0 USC 2/7/1926 3 San Francisco 49ers / 12th / 153rd pick / 1950
75 Al Carapella 26 LDT 12 0 235 6-0 Miami (FL) 4/26/1927 2 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 54th pick / 1951
67 Nick Feher 27 10 0 224 6-0 Georgia 7/13/1926 2 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 112th pick / 1951
64 Doug Hogland 22 LT 12 0 245 6-4 Oregon St. 5/8/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 93rd pick / 1953
53 Bill Johnson* 27 C 12 0 228 6-3 Texas A&M 7/14/1926 5
12 Hal Ledyard 22 10 0 185 6-0 Tenn-Chattanooga 7/7/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 104th pick / 1953
54 Jack Manley 24 RLB 12 0 215 6-3 Mississippi St. 9/20/1929 Rook
46 Clay Matthews 25 9 0 219 6-3 Georgia Tech 8/1/1928 3 Los Angeles Rams / 25th / 247th pick / 1949
39 Hugh McElhenny*+ 25 PR 12 0 195 6-1 Washington 12/31/1928 1 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
62 Art Michalik* 23 MG 12 0 229 6-2 St. Ambrose 1/31/1930 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 17th / 198th pick / 1951
77 Hal Miller 23 12 0 230 6-4 Georgia Tech 2/4/1930 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 57th pick / 1953
48 Billy Mixon 24 LS 12 0 191 5-11 Georgia 5/24/1929 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 28th pick / 1951
49 Jim Monachino 24 5 0 187 5-10 California 7/9/1929 2 San Francisco 49ers / 12th / 137th pick / 1951
36 John Morton 24 LLB 10 0 220 6-2 TCU 9/1/1929 Rook
73 Leo Nomellini*+ 29 RDT 12 12 259 6-3 Minnesota 6/19/1924 3 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1950
34 Joe Perry*+ 26 FB 12 0 200 6-0 Compton CC (CA) 1/22/1927 5
87 Charley Powell 21 LDE 12 0 226 6-3 none 4/4/1932 1
15 Jim Powers 25 P 12 2 185 6-0 USC 2/29/1928 3 San Francisco 49ers / 26th / 335th pick / 1950
44 Pete Schabarum 24 10 0 185 5-11 California 1/9/1929 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1951
69 Jerry Smith 23 LG 12 0 230 6-1 Wisconsin 9/9/1930 1 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 94th pick / 1952
82 Gordie Soltau* 28 K 12 0 195 6-2 Minnesota 1/25/1925 3 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
79 Bob St. Clair 22 RT 10 0 263 6-9 San Francisco,Tulsa 2/18/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1953
14 Y.A. Tittle* 27 QB 11 10 192 6-0 LSU 10/24/1926 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1948
89 Bob Van Doren 24 RDE 10 0 215 6-3 USC 3/22/1929 Rook Cleveland Browns / 5th / 59th pick / 1953
42 Lowell Wagner 30 RDH 10 0 194 6-0 USC 8/21/1923 7
84 Billy Wilson 26 RE 12 0 190 6-3 San Jose St. 2/3/1927 2 San Francisco 49ers / 22nd / 283rd pick / 1950
Team Total 25.2 12 209.9 6-1.1 2.0