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1978 San Francisco 49ers

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2-14-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.1, Offense: -4.6, Defense: -4.5, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (13.7/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 350 points (21.9/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -131 points (-8.2/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 4.0-12.0.

Coach: Pete McCulley (1-8-0) and Fred O'Connor (1-6-0)

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: San Jose State (San Jose, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve DeBerg 24 Rook 11 137 for 302, 1,570 yards, 8 td, 22 int, & 15 rushes for 20 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 275th pick / 1977
RB O.J. Simpson 31 9 10 161 rushes for 593 yards, 1 td, & 21 catches for 172 yards and 2 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
FB Greg Boykin 25 1 8 102 rushes for 361 yards, 2 td, & 19 catches for 112 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 7th / 174th pick / 1977
WR Kenny Harrison 25 2 6 16 catches for 320 yards, 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 250th pick / 1976
WR Freddie Solomon 25 3 15 31 catches for 458 yards, 2 td, & 14 rushes for 70 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
TE Ken MacAfee 22 Rook 13 22 catches for 205 yards, 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1978
LT John Ayers 25 1 13 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 223rd pick / 1976
LG Ernie Hughes 23 Rook 11 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1978
C Randy Cross 24 2 9 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1976
RG Walt Downing 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1978
RT Keith Fahnhorst 26 4 15 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1974
 Defensive Starters
LDE Archie Reese 22 Rook 13 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 127th pick / 1978
LDT Jimmy Webb 26 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1975
RDT Ed Galigher 28 6 15 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 4th / 89th pick / 1972
RDE Cedrick Hardman 30 8 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
LLB Joe Harris 26 1 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Chicago Bears / 8th / 197th pick / 1975
MLB Dan Bunz 23 Rook 16 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 24th pick / 1978
RLB Ed Bradley 28 6 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 88th pick / 1972
LCB Tony Leonard 25 2 10 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 140th pick / 1976
RCB Eddie Lewis 25 2 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 57th pick / 1976
SS Chuck Crist 27 6 15 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
FS Vern Roberson 26 1 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Ray Wersching 28 5 0 15 of 23 field goals & 24 of 25 extra points
P Mike Connell 22 Rook 0 96 punts for a 37.3 average, 1 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 260th pick / 1978
PR Jack Steptoe 22 Rook 0 11 punt returns for a 11.7 average and 0 td
KR Dave Williams 24 1 0 34 kick returns for a 21.9 average and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
68 John Ayers 25 LG 16 13 258 6-5 Texas,West Texas A&M 4/14/1953 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 223rd pick / 1976
41 Mike Baldassin 23 16 0 218 6-1 Washington 7/26/1955 1 3
84 Elmo Boyd 24 wr 9 7 188 6-0 East. Kentucky 6/15/1954 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1977
82 Lon Boyett 25 3 0 240 6-6 Cal State-Northridge 12/24/1953 Rook 0
33 Greg Boykin 25 FB 16 8 225 6-0 Northwestern 12/8/1953 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 174th pick / 1977
54 Ed Bradley 28 RLB 16 16 239 6-2 Wake Forest 4/22/1950 6 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 88th pick / 1972
19 Scott Bull 25 qb 16 5 211 6-5 Arkansas 6/8/1953 2 2 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 177th pick / 1976
57 Dan Bunz 23 MLB 16 16 226 6-4 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 10/7/1955 Rook 7 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 24th pick / 1978
31 Earl Carr 23 14 0 224 6-0 Florida 1/22/1955 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 124th pick / 1978
10 Mike Connell 22 P 16 0 200 6-1 Cincinnati 3/15/1956 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 260th pick / 1978
24 Chuck Crist 27 FS 15 15 205 6-2 Penn St. 1/16/1951 6 7
51 Randy Cross 24 C 9 9 259 6-3 UCLA 4/25/1954 2 3 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1976
64 Kyle Davis 26 7 0 240 6-3 Oklahoma 10/1/1952 3 2 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 113th pick / 1975
17 Steve DeBerg 24 QB 12 11 210 6-3 San Jose St. 1/19/1954 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 275th pick / 1977
62 Walt Downing 22 RG 16 14 259 6-3 Michigan 6/11/1956 Rook 5 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1978
72 Cleveland Elam 26 dt 12 4 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 4/5/1952 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 85th pick / 1975
55 Bruce Elia 25 16 0 222 6-1 Ohio St. 1/10/1953 3 3 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 100th pick / 1975
71 Keith Fahnhorst 26 RT 15 15 273 6-6 Minnesota 2/6/1952 4 5 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1974
38 Bob Ferrell 26 FB 16 8 216 6-0 UCLA 11/13/1952 2 4
75 Ed Galigher 28 RDT 15 15 255 6-4 UCLA 10/15/1950 6 6 New York Jets / 4th / 89th pick / 1972
86 Cedrick Hardman 30 RDE 16 16 255 6-3 North Texas 10/4/1948 8 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
50 Joe Harris 26 LLB 16 16 225 6-1 Georgia Tech 12/6/1952 1 6 Chicago Bears / 8th / 197th pick / 1975
83 Kenny Harrison 25 WR 8 6 176 6-0 SMU 12/12/1953 2 3 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 250th pick / 1976
36 Paul Hofer 26 rb 16 6 195 6-0 Mississippi 5/13/1952 2 4 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 305th pick / 1976
65 Ernie Hughes 23 LG 15 11 259 6-3 Notre Dame 1/24/1955 Rook 4 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1978
21 Larry Jones 27 9 0 170 5-10 Truman St. 3/4/1951 4 0 New York Giants / 15th / 367th pick / 1974
26 Bob Jury 23 SS 15 8 188 6-1 Pittsburgh 10/5/1955 Rook 4 Seattle Seahawks / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1978
60 Steve Knutson 27 g 15 1 254 6-3 USC 10/5/1951 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 16th / 393rd pick / 1975
80 Terry LeCount 22 wr 3 3 178 5-10 Florida 7/9/1956 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
42 Tony Leonard 25 LCB 12 10 170 5-11 Virginia Union 2/28/1953 2 5 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 140th pick / 1976
22 Eddie Lewis 25 RCB 16 16 177 6-0 Kansas 12/15/1953 2 6 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 57th pick / 1976
81 Ken MacAfee 22 TE 13 13 250 6-4 Notre Dame 1/9/1956 Rook 2 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1978
76 Willie McCray 25 16 0 234 6-5 Alabama,Troy 7/17/1953 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 287th pick / 1978
25 Wonder Monds 26 16 0 215 6-3 Nebraska 5/3/1952 Rook 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 112th pick / 1976
53 Dean Moore 23 16 0 210 6-2 Iowa 1/26/1955 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 233rd pick / 1978
58 Mark Nichols 22 15 0 225 6-3 Colorado St. 10/23/1956 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 207th pick / 1978
42 Ricky Odom 22 db 3 3 183 6-0 USC 9/16/1956 Rook 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 168th pick / 1978
56 Fred Quillan 22 c 14 7 261 6-5 Oregon 1/27/1956 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 175th pick / 1978
78 Archie Reese 22 LDE 16 13 267 6-3 Clemson 2/4/1956 Rook 6 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 127th pick / 1978
49 Vern Roberson 26 FS 16 12 195 6-1 Grambling St. 8/3/1952 1 5
85 Paul Seal 26 te 14 5 222 6-4 Michigan 2/27/1952 4 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 36th pick / 1974
84 Mike Shumann 23 wr 6 0 178 6-1 Florida St. 10/13/1955 Rook 0
32 O.J. Simpson 31 RB 10 10 212 6-2 USC 7/9/1947 9 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
67 Ron Singleton 26 LT 14 9 260 6-7 Grambling St. 4/15/1952 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 113th pick / 1976
88 Freddie Solomon 25 WR 16 15 185 5-11 Tampa 1/11/1953 3 4 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
87 Jack Steptoe 22 PR 6 0 173 6-1 Utah 1/21/1956 Rook 0
23 Bruce Threadgill 22 14 0 190 6-0 Mississippi St. 5/7/1956 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1978
35 Elliott Walker 22 9 0 193 5-11 Pittsburgh 9/10/1956 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 148th pick / 1978
74 Jimmy Webb 26 LDT 16 16 247 6-5 Mississippi St. 4/13/1952 3 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1975
14 Ray Wersching 28 K 16 0 213 5-11 California 8/21/1950 5 3
30 Dave Williams 24 KR 16 0 210 6-2 Colorado 3/10/1954 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 208th pick / 1976
Team Total 24.7 16 219.4 6-2.0 1.8