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1956 San Francisco 49ers

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5-6-1, NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -0.7, SoS: 1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 233 points (19.4/g), 8th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 284 points (23.7/g), 9th.
 Differential of -51 points (-4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 4.6-7.4.

Coach: Frankie Albert (5-6-1)

Stadium: Kezar Stadium
 Training Camp: St. Mary's College (Moraga, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Y.A. Tittle 30 8 8 124 for 218, 1,641 yards, 7 td, 12 int, & 24 rushes for 67 yards and 4 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1948
FB Joe Perry 29 8 0 115 rushes for 520 yards, 3 td, & 18 catches for 104 yards and 0 td
LH Hugh McElhenny* 28 4 0 185 rushes for 916 yards, 8 td, & 16 catches for 193 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
RH Joe Arenas 31 5 0 0 rushes for 0 yards, 0 td, & 14 catches for 226 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951
LE Gordie Soltau 31 6 0 18 catches for 299 yards, 1 td Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
LT Bobby Cross 25 4 0 Chicago Bears / 9th / 104th pick / 1952
LG Bob Toneff 26 4 0 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1952
C Bill Johnson 30 8 0
RG Ed Henke 29 7 0 Washington Redskins / 13th / 128th pick / 1949
RT Bob St. Clair* 25 3 0 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1953
RE Billy Wilson* 29 5 0 60 catches for 889 yards, 5 td San Francisco 49ers / 22nd / 283rd pick / 1950
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bruce Bosley 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1956
LDT Leo Nomellini* 32 6 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1950
MG John Gonzaga 23 Rook 0
RDT Bill Herchman 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1956
RDE Charley Powell 24 4 0
LLB Stan Sheriff 24 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 18th / 214th pick / 1954
RLB Matt Hazeltine 23 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 45th pick / 1955
LDH George Maderos 23 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 21st / 250th pick / 1955
RDH Paul Carr 25 1 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 82nd pick / 1953
LS Bob Holladay 24 Rook 0 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered
RS Dicky Moegle 22 1 0 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1955
 Special Teams Starters
K Gordie Soltau 31 6 0 13 of 20 field goals & 26 of 28 extra points Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
P Earl Morrall 22 Rook 4 45 punts for a 37.9 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
PR Joe Arenas 31 5 0 19 punt returns for a 6.2 average and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951
KR Joe Arenas 31 5 0 27 kick returns for a 29.7 average and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
22 Joe Arenas 31 KR 12 0 180 5-11 Nebraska-Omaha 12/12/1925 5 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 89th pick / 1951
54 Ed Beatty 24 12 0 229 6-3 Mississippi 4/6/1932 1 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1954
23 Rex Berry 32 12 0 190 5-11 BYU 9/9/1924 5 San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 162nd pick / 1951
77 Bruce Bosley 23 LDE 12 0 241 6-2 West Virginia 11/5/1933 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1956
45 Fred Bruney 25 5 0 184 5-10 Ohio St. 12/30/1931 3 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 35th pick / 1953
57 Paul Carr 25 RDH 12 0 205 6-0 Houston 9/4/1931 1 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 82nd pick / 1953
86 Clyde Conner 23 12 0 193 6-2 Pacific 5/18/1933 Rook
64 Ted Connolly 25 5 0 240 6-3 Santa Clara,Tulsa 12/5/1931 2 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 107th pick / 1954
78 Bobby Cross 25 LT 12 0 240 6-4 S.F. Austin 4/4/1931 4 Chicago Bears / 9th / 104th pick / 1952
36 Paul Goad 22 4 0 195 6-0 Vanderbilt,Abilene Christian 9/7/1934 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 25th / 291st pick / 1956
76 John Gonzaga 23 MG 9 0 247 6-3 none 3/6/1933 Rook
55 Matt Hazeltine 23 RLB 12 0 220 6-1 California 8/2/1933 1 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 45th pick / 1955
75 Ed Henke 29 RG 12 0 227 6-3 USC 12/13/1927 7 Washington Redskins / 13th / 128th pick / 1949
72 Bill Herchman 23 RDT 12 0 246 6-2 Texas Tech 3/10/1933 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 26th pick / 1956
27 Bob Holladay 24 LS 7 0 175 5-11 Tulsa 3/13/1932 Rook
85 Bill Jessup 27 3 0 195 6-1 USC 3/17/1929 5 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 126th pick / 1951
53 Bill Johnson 30 C 7 0 228 6-3 Texas A&M 7/14/1926 8
35 John Henry Johnson 27 12 0 210 6-2 St. Mary's (CA),Arizona St. 11/24/1929 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 18th pick / 1953
40 George Maderos 23 LDH 12 0 187 6-1 Cal State-Chico 11/3/1933 1 San Francisco 49ers / 21st / 250th pick / 1955
43 Tom McCormick 26 6 0 185 5-11 Pacific 5/16/1930 3 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 97th pick / 1952
39 Hugh McElhenny* 28 LH 12 0 195 6-1 Washington 12/31/1928 4 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1952
47 Dicky Moegle 22 RS 12 0 195 6-0 Rice 9/14/1934 1 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1955
11 Earl Morrall 22 P 12 4 205 6-1 Michigan St. 5/17/1934 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1956
52 George Morris 25 12 0 220 6-2 Georgia Tech 3/19/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 21st pick / 1953
73 Leo Nomellini* 32 LDT 12 12 259 6-3 Minnesota 6/19/1924 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1950
68 Lou Palatella 23 10 0 230 6-2 Pittsburgh 7/28/1933 1 San Francisco 49ers / 12th / 141st pick / 1955
34 Joe Perry 29 FB 11 0 200 6-0 Compton CC (CA) 1/22/1927 8
87 Charley Powell 24 RDE 12 0 226 6-3 none 4/4/1932 4
50 Leo Rucka 25 5 0 212 6-3 Rice 8/18/1931 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1954
89 Floyd Sagely 24 3 0 191 6-1 Arkansas 3/26/1932 2 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 71st pick / 1954
65 Tony Sardisco 24 3 0 226 6-2 Tulane 12/5/1932 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 64th pick / 1956
64 Ed Sharkey 29 7 0 229 6-3 Duke,Nevada-Reno 7/6/1927 9
50 Stan Sheriff 24 LLB 7 0 224 6-1 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 4/24/1932 2 Los Angeles Rams / 18th / 214th pick / 1954
80 Charlie Smith 23 12 0 205 6-2 Abilene Christian 4/6/1933 Rook San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 88th pick / 1956
42 Ernie Smith 26 3 0 190 6-3 Compton CC (CA),San Diego City Coll 7/6/1930 1
24 J.D. Smith 24 5 0 205 6-1 North Carolina A&T 7/19/1932 Rook Chicago Bears / 15th / 179th pick / 1955
69 Jerry Smith 26 2 0 230 6-1 Wisconsin 9/9/1930 4 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 94th pick / 1952
82 Gordie Soltau 31 K 12 0 195 6-2 Minnesota 1/25/1925 6 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1950
79 Bob St. Clair* 25 RT 12 0 263 6-9 San Francisco,Tulsa 2/18/1931 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 32nd pick / 1953
14 Y.A. Tittle 30 QB 11 8 192 6-0 LSU 10/24/1926 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 6th pick / 1948
74 Bob Toneff 26 LG 12 0 260 6-2 Notre Dame 6/23/1930 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 22nd pick / 1952
84 Billy Wilson* 29 RE 12 0 190 6-3 San Jose St. 2/3/1927 5 San Francisco 49ers / 22nd / 283rd pick / 1950
Team Total 25.7 12 213.3 6-1.6 2.8