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1979 San Francisco 49ers

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2-14-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -1.3, Defense: -6.1, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 308 points (19.2/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 416 points (26.0/g), 27th.
 Differential of -108 points (-6.8/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 5.3-10.7.

Coach: Bill Walsh (2-14-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Studley

Stadium: Candlestick Park
 Training Camp: University of Santa Clara (Santa Clara, 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 Steve DeBerg 25 1 15 347 for 578, 3,652 yards, 17 td, 21 int, & 17 rushes for 10 yards and 0 td Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 275th pick / 1977
RB O.J. Simpson 32 10 8 120 rushes for 460 yards, 3 td, & 7 catches for 46 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
FB Wilbur Jackson 28 5 14 114 rushes for 375 yards, 2 td, & 53 catches for 422 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1974
WR Mike Shumann 24 1 16 39 catches for 452 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 19 yards and 0 td
WR Freddie Solomon 26 4 11 57 catches for 807 yards, 7 td, & 6 rushes for 85 yards and 1 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
TE Ken MacAfee 23 1 12 24 catches for 266 yards, 4 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1978
LT Ron Singleton 27 3 15 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 113th pick / 1976
LG John Ayers 26 2 16 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 223rd pick / 1976
C Fred Quillan 23 1 16 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 175th pick / 1978
RG Randy Cross 25 3 16 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1976
RT Keith Fahnhorst 27 5 16 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1974
 Defensive Starters
LDE Archie Reese 23 1 16 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 127th pick / 1978
LDT Ted Vincent 23 1 15 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1978
RDT Jimmy Webb 27 4 16 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1975
RDE Cedrick Hardman 31 9 11 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
LLB Scott Hilton 25 Rook 7
MLB Dan Bunz 24 1 12 1 interception, 5 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 24th pick / 1978
RLB Willie Harper 29 6 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 41st pick / 1973
LCB Charles Cornelius 27 2 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Gerard Williams 27 3 14 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
SS Tim Gray 27 4 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 21st pick / 1975
FS Tony Dungy 24 2 7 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Ray Wersching 29 6 0 20 of 24 field goals & 32 of 35 extra points
P Dan Melville 23 Rook 0 71 punts for a 37.0 average, 1 blocked
PR Freddie Solomon 26 4 11 23 punt returns for a 6.2 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
KR James Owens 24 Rook 0 41 kick returns for a 24.4 average and 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1979

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
68 John Ayers 26 LG 16 16 258 6-5 Texas,West Texas A&M 4/14/1953 2 8 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 223rd pick / 1976
77 Jean Barrett 28 13 1 253 6-6 Tulsa 5/24/1951 6 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1972
76 Dwaine Board 23 rde 16 5 248 6-5 North Carolina A&T 11/29/1956 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 137th pick / 1979
29 John Bristor 24 1 0 188 6-0 California (PA),Waynesburg 11/25/1955 Rook 1
82 Bob Bruer 26 te 16 4 235 6-5 Mankato St. 5/22/1953 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 9th / 221st pick / 1975
57 Dan Bunz 24 MLB 14 12 226 6-4 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 10/7/1955 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 24th pick / 1978
58 Gordy Ceresino 22 16 3 224 6-0 Stanford 10/26/1957 Rook 2
87 Dwight Clark 22 wr 16 3 212 6-4 Clemson 1/8/1957 Rook 2 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 249th pick / 1979
28 Charles Cornelius 27 LCB 16 14 176 5-9 Bethune-Cookman 7/27/1952 2 4
79 Al Cowlings 32 12 0 255 6-5 USC 6/16/1947 9 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
51 Randy Cross 25 RG 16 16 259 6-3 UCLA 4/25/1954 3 8 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1976
17 Steve DeBerg 25 QB 16 15 210 6-3 San Jose St. 1/19/1954 1 12 Dallas Cowboys / 10th / 275th pick / 1977
62 Walt Downing 23 16 0 259 6-3 Michigan 6/11/1956 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1978
27 Tony Dungy 24 FS 15 7 188 6-0 Minnesota 10/6/1955 2 2
35 Lenvil Elliott 28 16 0 205 6-0 Truman St. 9/2/1951 6 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 10th / 249th pick / 1973
71 Keith Fahnhorst 27 RT 16 16 273 6-6 Minnesota 2/6/1952 5 8 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1974
38 Bob Ferrell 27 16 0 216 6-0 UCLA 11/13/1952 3 0
48 Phil Francis 22 16 0 205 6-1 Stanford 1/10/1957 Rook 3 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 166th pick / 1979
30 Tim Gray 27 SS 16 15 200 6-1 Texas A&M 11/11/1952 4 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 21st pick / 1975
86 Cedrick Hardman 31 RDE 14 11 255 6-3 North Texas 10/4/1948 9 3 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1970
59 Willie Harper 29 RLB 16 16 215 6-2 Nebraska 7/30/1950 6 4 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 41st pick / 1973
22 Dwight Hicks 23 db 8 4 190 6-1 Michigan 4/5/1956 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 150th pick / 1978
55 Scott Hilton 25 LLB 7 7 230 6-4 Salem 5/28/1954 Rook 2
36 Paul Hofer 27 rb 15 7 195 6-0 Mississippi 5/13/1952 3 10 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 305th pick / 1976
45 Mike Hogan 25 rb 2 2 213 6-2 Tenn-Chattanooga 11/1/1954 3 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 247th pick / 1976
40 Wilbur Jackson 28 FB 16 14 215 6-1 Alabama 11/19/1951 5 6 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 9th pick / 1974
44 Charles Johnson 23 4 0 182 5-10 Grambling St. 5/5/1956 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 101st pick / 1979
24 Eric Johnson 27 8 1 192 6-1 Washington St. 7/23/1952 2 2
80 Terry LeCount 23 2 0 178 5-10 Florida 7/9/1956 1 0 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 91st pick / 1978
22 Eddie Lewis 26 7 2 177 6-0 Kansas 12/15/1953 3 1 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 57th pick / 1976
81 Ken MacAfee 23 TE 16 12 250 6-4 Notre Dame 1/9/1956 1 3 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 7th pick / 1978
54 Bob Martin 26 13 2 217 6-1 Nebraska 11/14/1953 3 2 New York Jets / 6th / 163rd pick / 1976
52 Jeff McIntyre 25 lb 14 3 232 6-3 Arizona St. 9/20/1954 Rook 1 Denver Broncos / 6th / 148th pick / 1979
11 Dan Melville 23 P 16 0 185 6-0 California 3/4/1956 Rook 1
16 Joe Montana 23 qb 16 1 200 6-2 Notre Dame 6/11/1956 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1979
46 Melvin Morgan 26 fs 8 7 183 6-0 Miss. Valley St. 3/31/1953 3 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 11th / 314th pick / 1976
50 Dave Morton 24 3 1 224 6-2 UCLA 5/13/1955 Rook 2
66 Bob Nelson 26 lb 1 1 232 6-4 Nebraska 6/30/1953 3 0 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1975
20 James Owens 24 KR 16 0 192 5-11 UCLA 7/5/1955 Rook 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1979
56 Fred Quillan 23 C 16 16 261 6-5 Oregon 1/27/1956 1 8 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 175th pick / 1978
80 Eason Ramson 23 2 0 232 6-2 Washington St. 4/30/1956 1 0 Green Bay Packers / 12th / 312th pick / 1978
78 Archie Reese 23 LDE 16 16 267 6-3 Clemson 2/4/1956 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 127th pick / 1978
53 Tom Seabron 22 16 0 215 6-3 Michigan 5/24/1957 Rook 2 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 111th pick / 1979
85 Paul Seal 27 15 3 222 6-4 Michigan 2/27/1952 5 0 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 36th pick / 1974
84 Mike Shumann 24 WR 16 16 178 6-1 Florida St. 10/13/1955 1 4
50 Ron Shumon 24 8 3 230 6-1 Wichita St. 12/11/1955 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 9th / 238th pick / 1978
32 O.J. Simpson 32 RB 13 8 212 6-2 USC 7/9/1947 10 4 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 1st pick / 1969
67 Ron Singleton 27 LT 16 15 260 6-7 Grambling St. 4/15/1952 3 8 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 113th pick / 1976
88 Freddie Solomon 26 PR 15 11 185 5-11 Tampa 1/11/1953 4 8 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 36th pick / 1975
72 Ruben Vaughan 23 dt 13 1 261 6-2 Colorado 8/5/1956 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 138th pick / 1979
66 Ted Vincent 23 LDT 16 15 262 6-4 Wichita St. 8/10/1956 1 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1978
74 Jimmy Webb 27 RDT 16 16 247 6-5 Mississippi St. 4/13/1952 4 4 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1975
14 Ray Wersching 29 K 16 0 213 5-11 California 8/21/1950 6 5
29 Gerard Williams 27 RCB 15 14 184 6-1 Langston 5/25/1952 3 5
Team Total 25.4 16 219.9 6-2.1 2.4