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1972 San Francisco 49ers

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8-5-1, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.4, Offense: 4.9, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 353 points (25.2/g), 4th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 249 points (17.8/g), 9th.
 Differential of 104 points (7.4/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.7-4.3.

Coach: Dick Nolan (8-5-1)

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: UC-Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Spurrier 27 5 9 147 for 269, 1,983 yards, 18 td, 16 int, & 11 rushes for 51 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1967
RB Vic Washington 26 1 13 141 rushes for 468 yards, 3 td, & 43 catches for 393 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 87th pick / 1970
FB Ken Willard 29 7 11 100 rushes for 345 yards, 4 td, & 24 catches for 131 yards and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1965
WR Preston Riley 25 2 8 11 catches for 156 yards, 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 217th pick / 1970
WR Gene Washington*+ 25 3 14 46 catches for 918 yards, 12 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 16th pick / 1969
TE Ted Kwalick*+ 25 3 14 40 catches for 751 yards, 9 td, & 5 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1969
LT Len Rohde 34 12 14 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1960
LG Randy Beisler 28 6 14 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1966
C Forrest Blue*+ 27 4 14 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 15th pick / 1968
RG Woody Peoples* 29 4 14
RT Cas Banaszek 27 4 13 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tommy Hart 28 4 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 261st pick / 1968
LDT Charlie Krueger 35 13 14 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1958
RDT Earl Edwards 26 3 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
RDE Cedrick Hardman 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
LLB Dave Wilcox*+ 30 8 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 6th / 46th pick / 1964
MLB Frank Nunley 27 5 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1967
RLB Skip Vanderbundt 26 3 14 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1968
LCB Jimmy Johnson*+ 34 11 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 6th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 31st pick / 1961
RCB Bruce Taylor 24 2 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 17th pick / 1970
SS Mel Phillips 30 6 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 69th pick / 1966
Buffalo Bills / 19th / 172nd pick / 1966
FS Mike Simpson 25 2 9 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 13th / 330th pick / 1969
 Special Teams Starters
K Bruce Gossett 31 8 0 18 of 29 field goals & 41 of 42 extra points
P Jim McCann 23 1 0 64 punts for a 39.7 average, 1 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 205th pick / 1971
PR Ralph McGill 22 Rook 0 22 punt returns for a 10.0 average and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1972
KR Vic Washington 26 1 13 27 kick returns for a 28.6 average and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 87th pick / 1970

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
79 Cas Banaszek 27 RT 13 13 254 6-3 Northwestern 12/24/1945 4 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 11th pick / 1967
50 Ed Beard 33 14 5 226 6-1 Tennessee 12/9/1939 7 4 Oakland Raiders / 20th / 159th pick / 1964
San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 183rd pick / 1964
83 Terry Beasley 22 8 0 186 5-11 Auburn 2/5/1950 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 19th pick / 1972
65 Randy Beisler 28 LG 14 14 250 6-5 Indiana 10/24/1944 6 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 4th pick / 1966
72 Bill Belk 26 14 2 253 6-3 Md-Eastern Shore 2/19/1946 4 3 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 153rd pick / 1968
75 Forrest Blue*+ 27 C 14 14 261 6-6 Auburn 9/7/1945 4 13 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 15th pick / 1968
12 John Brodie 37 qb 6 5 198 6-1 Stanford 8/14/1935 15 4 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1957
66 Elmer Collett 28 14 0 244 6-6 San Francisco St. 11/7/1944 5 4 San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 208th pick / 1966
42 Doug Cunningham 27 4 0 200 6-0 Mississippi 9/14/1945 5 0 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 145th pick / 1967
74 Earl Edwards 26 RDT 13 12 260 6-7 Wichita St. 3/17/1946 3 6 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 120th pick / 1969
23 Johnny Fuller 26 fs 14 5 186 6-0 Lamar 3/3/1946 4 3 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 98th pick / 1968
30 Bruce Gossett 31 K 14 0 204 6-1 Ferrum,Clarion,Duquesne,Richmond 11/9/1941 8 4
43 Windlan Hall 22 14 0 178 5-11 Arizona St. 3/11/1950 Rook 4 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 96th pick / 1972
86 Cedrick Hardman 24 RDE 14 12 255 6-3 North Texas 10/4/1948 2 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
53 Tommy Hart 28 LDE 14 14 245 6-4 Morris Brown 11/7/1944 4 7 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 261st pick / 1968
56 Bob Hoskins 27 14 2 246 6-2 Wichita St. 9/16/1945 2 4 San Francisco 49ers / 16th / 406th pick / 1969
54 Marty Huff 24 3 0 234 6-2 Michigan 12/19/1948 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 127th pick / 1971
17 John Isenbarger 25 14 0 203 6-3 Indiana 1/5/1947 2 1 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1970
37 Jimmy Johnson*+ 34 LCB 14 14 187 6-2 UCLA 3/31/1938 11 16 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 6th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 4th / 31st pick / 1961
70 Charlie Krueger 35 LDT 14 14 256 6-4 Texas A&M 1/28/1937 13 7 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1958
78 Rolf Krueger 26 4 0 253 6-4 Texas A&M 12/8/1946 3 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 35th pick / 1969
82 Ted Kwalick*+ 25 TE 14 14 226 6-4 Penn St. 4/15/1947 3 10 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1969
15 Jim McCann 23 P 13 0 163 6-2 Arizona St. 3/29/1949 1 2 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 205th pick / 1971
49 Ralph McGill 22 PR 11 0 183 5-11 Tulsa 4/28/1950 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1972
57 Frank Nunley 27 MLB 13 9 229 6-2 Michigan 10/1/1945 5 5 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1967
84 Dave Olerich 28 12 0 220 6-1 San Francisco 11/14/1944 5 3
69 Woody Peoples* 29 RG 14 14 252 6-2 Grambling St. 8/16/1943 4 9
32 Mel Phillips 30 SS 14 14 198 6-2 North Carolina A&T 1/6/1942 6 7 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 69th pick / 1966
Buffalo Bills / 19th / 172nd pick / 1966
19 Joe Reed 24 9 0 195 6-1 Baylor,Mississippi St. 1/8/1948 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 283rd pick / 1971
85 Preston Riley 25 WR 14 8 180 6-0 Memphis 10/30/1947 2 2 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 217th pick / 1970
76 Len Rohde 34 LT 14 14 247 6-4 Utah St. 4/16/1938 12 7 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 59th pick / 1960
35 Larry Schreiber 25 14 3 210 6-0 Tennessee Tech 8/11/1947 1 7 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 243rd pick / 1970
38 Mike Simpson 25 FS 13 9 170 5-9 Houston 3/13/1947 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 330th pick / 1969
58 Jim Sniadecki 25 2 0 230 6-2 Indiana 3/23/1947 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 86th pick / 1969
11 Steve Spurrier 27 QB 13 9 204 6-2 Florida 4/20/1945 5 9 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1967
44 Bruce Taylor 24 RCB 14 14 193 6-0 Boston Univ. 5/28/1948 2 7 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 17th pick / 1970
24 Jimmy Thomas 25 14 1 214 6-2 Texas-Arlington 8/17/1947 3 4 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 146th pick / 1969
52 Skip Vanderbundt 26 RLB 14 14 225 6-3 Oregon St. 12/4/1946 3 9 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1968
18 Gene Washington*+ 25 WR 14 14 185 6-2 Stanford 1/14/1947 3 12 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 16th pick / 1969
22 Vic Washington 26 KR 13 13 197 5-11 Wyoming 3/23/1946 1 10 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 87th pick / 1970
67 John Watson 23 14 1 249 6-4 Oklahoma 1/11/1949 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 179th pick / 1971
64 Dave Wilcox*+ 30 LLB 14 14 241 6-3 Boise St.,Oregon 9/29/1942 8 13 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 29th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 6th / 46th pick / 1964
40 Ken Willard 29 FB 14 11 219 6-1 North Carolina 7/14/1943 7 5 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1965
88 Dick Witcher 28 wr 14 6 204 6-3 UCLA 10/10/1944 6 0 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 119th pick / 1966
Team Total 27.0 14 218.5 6-2.0 4.2