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1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.8, Offense: -4.6, Defense: 1.8, SoS: -5.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 273 points (17.1/g), 21st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 237 points (14.8/g), 1st.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: John McKay (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bass

Stadium: Tampa Stadium
 Training Camp: One Buc Place / Buccaneer Place (Tampa, Florida)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Doug Williams 24 1 16 166 for 397, 2,448 yards, 18 td, 24 int, & 35 rushes for 119 yards and 2 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 17th pick / 1978
RB Jerry Eckwood 25 Rook 10 194 rushes for 690 yards, 2 td, & 22 catches for 268 yards and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1979
FB Ricky Bell 24 2 16 283 rushes for 1,263 yards, 7 td, & 25 catches for 248 yards and 2 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1977
WR Isaac Hagins 25 3 14 39 catches for 692 yards, 3 td Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 262nd pick / 1976
WR Morris Owens 26 4 12 20 catches for 377 yards, 0 td Miami Dolphins / 5th / 106th pick / 1975
TE Jimmie Giles 25 2 16 40 catches for 579 yards, 7 td, & 2 rushes for 7 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1977
LT Dave Reavis 29 5 16 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1973
LG Greg Horton 28 3 16 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 3rd / 56th pick / 1974
C Steve Wilson 25 3 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 154th pick / 1976
RG Greg Roberts 23 Rook 16 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1979
RT Charley Hannah 24 2 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Wally Chambers 28 6 16 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
NT Randy Crowder 26 5 8 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 136th pick / 1974
RDE Lee Roy Selmon*+ 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1976
LOLB Dave Lewis 25 2 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1977
LILB Dewey Selmon 26 3 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1976
RILB Richard Wood 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 68th pick / 1975
ROLB Cecil Johnson 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered
LCB Jeris White 27 5 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
RCB Mike Washington 26 3 15 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1975
SS Mark Cotney 27 4 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 7th / 171st pick / 1975
FS Cedric Brown 25 3 15 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Oakland Raiders / 12th / 343rd pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Neil O'Donoghue 26 2 0 11 of 19 field goals & 30 of 35 extra points Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
P Tom Blanchard 31 8 0 93 punts for a 39.6 average, 2 blocked New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
PR Danny Reece 24 3 1 70 punt returns for a 6.2 average and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 69th pick / 1976
KR George Ragsdale 27 2 0 34 kick returns for a 19.9 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 12th / 321st pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
69 Darrell Austin 28 16 0 250 6-4 South Carolina 11/6/1951 4 3 Denver Broncos / 16th / 404th pick / 1974
42 Ricky Bell 24 FB 16 16 220 6-2 USC 4/8/1955 2 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1977
36 Rick Berns 23 rb 16 1 205 6-2 Nebraska 2/5/1956 Rook 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 80th pick / 1979
16 Tom Blanchard 31 P 16 0 190 6-0 Oregon 5/28/1948 8 2 New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
53 Rik Bonness 25 16 0 220 6-3 Nebraska 3/20/1954 3 4 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 84th pick / 1976
55 Aaron Brown 23 lb 12 1 235 6-2 Ohio St. 1/13/1956 1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 10th / 252nd pick / 1978
34 Cedric Brown 25 FS 16 15 199 6-1 Kent St. 5/6/1954 3 9 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 343rd pick / 1976
70 Darryl Carlton 26 t 16 2 271 6-6 Tampa 6/24/1953 4 2 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1975
44 William Cesare 24 16 0 190 5-11 Memphis,Miami (FL) 6/2/1955 1 4
60 Wally Chambers 28 LDE 16 16 250 6-6 East. Kentucky 5/15/1951 6 8 Chicago Bears / 1st / 8th pick / 1973
33 Mark Cotney 27 SS 16 15 204 6-0 New Mex. Highlands,Cameron 6/26/1952 4 8 Houston Oilers / 7th / 171st pick / 1975
71 Randy Crowder 26 NT 16 8 242 6-2 Penn St. 7/30/1953 5 5 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 136th pick / 1974
38 Johnny Davis 23 rb 16 4 235 6-1 Alabama 7/17/1956 1 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1978
27 Tony Davis 26 16 0 212 5-11 Nebraska 1/21/1953 3 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 106th pick / 1976
43 Jerry Eckwood 25 RB 16 10 198 6-0 Arkansas 12/26/1954 Rook 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 60th pick / 1979
14 Chuck Fusina 22 1 0 197 6-1 Penn St. 5/31/1957 Rook 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1979
88 Jimmie Giles 25 TE 16 16 239 6-3 Alcorn St. 11/8/1954 2 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 70th pick / 1977
81 Isaac Hagins 25 WR 16 14 179 5-9 Southern 3/2/1954 3 6 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 262nd pick / 1976
73 Charley Hannah 24 RT 14 14 260 6-5 Alabama 7/26/1955 2 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1977
64 Greg Horton 28 LG 16 16 245 6-4 Colorado 1/1/1951 3 5 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 56th pick / 1974
56 Cecil Johnson 24 ROLB 15 14 230 6-2 Pittsburgh 8/19/1955 2 9
84 Gordon Jones 22 wr 12 1 190 6-0 Pittsburgh 7/25/1957 Rook 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1979
25 Curtis Jordan 25 db 16 2 200 6-2 Texas Tech 1/25/1954 3 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 158th pick / 1976
77 Bill Kollar 27 NT 15 8 255 6-3 Montana St. 11/27/1952 5 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 23rd pick / 1974
57 Dave Lewis 25 LOLB 16 16 240 6-4 USC 10/15/1954 2 10 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 29th pick / 1977
79 Reggie Lewis 23 12 0 200 6-3 North Texas 5/6/1956 Rook 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 78th pick / 1979
76 David Logan 23 5 0 250 6-2 Pittsburgh 10/25/1956 Rook 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 12th / 307th pick / 1979
87 Larry Mucker 25 wr 16 4 190 5-11 Arizona St. 8/15/1954 2 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 9th / 251st pick / 1977
51 Dana Nafziger 26 te 16 2 220 6-1 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 10/26/1953 2 0
6 Neil O'Donoghue 26 K 16 0 208 6-6 St. Bernard,Auburn 6/18/1953 2 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 127th pick / 1977
86 Jim Obradovich 26 te 16 2 225 6-2 USC 4/2/1953 4 1 New York Giants / 7th / 158th pick / 1975
85 Morris Owens 26 WR 16 12 190 6-0 Arizona St. 2/14/1953 4 3 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 106th pick / 1975
15 Mike Rae 28 5 0 193 6-0 USC 7/26/1951 3 1 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 205th pick / 1973
23 George Ragsdale 27 KR 15 0 185 5-11 North Carolina A&T 12/4/1952 2 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 12th / 321st pick / 1976
75 Dave Reavis 29 LT 16 16 257 6-5 Arkansas 6/19/1950 5 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 106th pick / 1973
46 Danny Reece 24 PR 16 1 190 5-11 USC 1/28/1955 3 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 69th pick / 1976
61 Greg Roberts 23 RG 16 16 260 6-3 Oklahoma 11/19/1956 Rook 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1979
74 Gene Sanders 23 16 0 273 6-3 Washington,Texas A&M 11/10/1956 Rook 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 8th / 217th pick / 1979
58 Dewey Selmon 26 LILB 15 15 246 6-1 Oklahoma 11/19/1953 3 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 60th pick / 1976
63 Lee Roy Selmon*+ 25 RDE 16 16 256 6-3 Oklahoma 10/20/1954 3 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 1st pick / 1976
40 Mike Washington 26 RCB 15 15 197 6-2 Alabama 7/1/1953 3 9 Baltimore Colts / 3rd / 53rd pick / 1975
45 Jeris White 27 LCB 16 16 188 5-9 Hawaii 9/3/1952 5 10 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1974
12 Doug Williams 24 QB 16 16 220 6-4 Grambling St. 8/9/1955 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 17th pick / 1978
50 Steve Wilson 25 C 16 16 265 6-4 Georgia 5/19/1954 3 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 154th pick / 1976
54 Richard Wood 26 RILB 16 16 224 6-2 USC 5/31/1953 4 10 New York Jets / 3rd / 68th pick / 1975
68 George Yarno 22 15 0 260 6-2 Washington St. 8/12/1957 Rook 3
Team Total 25.2 16 222.9 6-1.8 2.5