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1997 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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10-6-0, NFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.7, Offense: -2.4, Defense: 5.1, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 299 points (18.7/g), 23rd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (16.4/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 36 points (2.2/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 9.2-6.8.

Coach: Tony Dungy (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Shula
 Defensive Coordinator: Monte Kiffin
 Other Notable Asst.: Rod Marinelli (Defensive Line) and Lovie Smith (Linebackers)

Stadium: Houlihan's Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Tampa (Tampa, Florida)

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 Trent Dilfer* 25 3 16 217 for 386, 2,555 yards, 21 td, 11 int, & 33 rushes for 99 yards and 1 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1994
RB Warrick Dunn* 22 Rook 10 224 rushes for 978 yards, 4 td, & 39 catches for 462 yards and 3 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1997
FB Mike Alstott*+ 24 1 15 176 rushes for 665 yards, 7 td, & 23 catches for 178 yards and 3 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1996
WR Reidel Anthony 21 Rook 13 35 catches for 448 yards, 4 td, & 5 rushes for 84 yards and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 16th pick / 1997
WR Horace Copeland 26 4 11 33 catches for 431 yards, 1 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 104th pick / 1993
TE Jackie Harris 29 7 11 19 catches for 197 yards, 1 td Green Bay Packers / 4th / 102nd pick / 1990
LT Paul Gruber 32 9 16 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 4th pick / 1988
LG Jim Pyne 26 2 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 200th pick / 1994
C Tony Mayberry* 30 7 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 108th pick / 1990
RG Jorge Diaz 24 1 16 1 fumble recovered
RT Jason Odom 23 1 16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 96th pick / 1996
 Defensive Starters
LDE Chidi Ahanotu 27 4 15 10.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 145th pick / 1993
LDT Brad Culpepper 28 5 16 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 264th pick / 1992
RDT Warren Sapp* 25 2 15 10.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1995
RDE Regan Upshaw 22 1 15 7.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1996
LLB Rufus Porter 32 9 10 0.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
MLB Hardy Nickerson*+ 32 10 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 122nd pick / 1987
RLB Derrick Brooks* 24 2 16 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 28th pick / 1995
LCB Donnie Abraham 24 1 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 71st pick / 1996
RCB Anthony Parker 31 8 14 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
SS John Lynch* 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1993
FS Charles Mincy 28 6 9 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 133rd pick / 1991
 Special Teams Starters
K Michael Husted 27 4 0 13 of 17 field goals & 32 of 35 extra points
P Sean Landeta 35 12 0 54 punts for a 42.1 average, 1 blocked
PR Karl Williams 26 1 7 46 punt returns for a 13.0 average and 1 td
KR Reidel Anthony 21 Rook 13 25 kick returns for a 23.7 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 16th pick / 1997

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
21 Donnie Abraham 24 LCB 16 16 190 5-10 East Tennessee St. 10/8/1973 1 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 71st pick / 1996
72 Chidi Ahanotu 27 LDE 16 15 283 6-2 California 10/11/1970 4 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 6th / 145th pick / 1993
40 Mike Alstott*+ 24 FB 15 15 248 6-1 Purdue 12/21/1973 1 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1996
85 Reidel Anthony 21 KR 16 13 178 5-11 Florida 10/20/1976 Rook 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 16th pick / 1997
20 Ronde Barber 22 1 0 184 5-10 Virginia 4/7/1975 Rook 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1997
6 Tommy Barnhardt 34 6 0 228 6-2 East Carolina,North Carolina 6/11/1963 10 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1986
52 Greg Bellisari 22 14 0 236 6-0 Ohio St. 6/21/1975 Rook 1
23 Tony Bouie 25 db 16 1 188 5-10 Arizona 8/7/1972 2 2
55 Derrick Brooks* 24 RLB 16 16 235 6-0 Florida St. 4/18/1973 2 14 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 28th pick / 1995
88 Horace Copeland 26 WR 13 11 200 6-3 Miami (FL) 1/2/1971 4 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 104th pick / 1993
77 Brad Culpepper 28 LDT 16 16 275 6-1 Florida 5/8/1969 5 9 Minnesota Vikings / 10th / 264th pick / 1992
75 Eric Curry 27 de 6 1 270 6-5 Alabama 2/3/1970 4 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1993
87 John Davis 24 te 8 2 257 6-4 Emporia St. 5/14/1973 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 2nd pick / 1994 Supp
64 Jorge Diaz 24 RG 16 16 308 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11/15/1973 1 7
12 Trent Dilfer* 25 QB 16 16 225 6-4 Fresno St. 3/13/1972 3 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 6th pick / 1994
28 Warrick Dunn* 22 RB 16 10 180 5-9 Florida St. 1/5/1975 Rook 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1997
37 Jerry Ellison 26 16 0 204 5-10 Tenn-Chattanooga 12/20/1971 2 0
29 Kenneth Gant 30 9 0 195 5-11 Albany State (GA) 4/18/1967 7 1 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 221st pick / 1990
50 Jeff Gooch 23 llb 14 5 226 5-11 Austin Peay St. 10/31/1974 1 3
74 Paul Gruber 32 LT 16 16 292 6-5 Wisconsin 2/24/1965 9 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 4th pick / 1988
82 Patrick Hape 23 te 14 3 262 6-4 Alabama 6/6/1974 Rook 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 137th pick / 1997
80 Jackie Harris 29 TE 12 11 244 6-4 La-Monroe 1/4/1968 7 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 102nd pick / 1990
19 Brice Hunter 23 3 0 206 6-2 Georgia 4/21/1974 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 251st pick / 1996
5 Michael Husted 27 K 16 0 190 6-0 Virginia 6/16/1970 4 3
97 Tyoka Jackson 26 12 0 280 6-2 Penn St. 11/22/1971 3 1
25 Melvin Johnson 25 fs 16 7 198 6-0 Kentucky 4/15/1972 2 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1995
78 Marcus Jones 24 de 7 1 286 6-6 North Carolina 8/15/1973 1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1996
48 Andrew Jordan 25 2 0 260 6-6 West. Carolina 6/21/1972 3 0 Minnesota Vikings / 6th / 179th pick / 1994
7 Sean Landeta 35 P 10 0 215 6-0 Towson St. 1/6/1962 12 1
45 Tyrone Legette 27 db 16 1 179 5-9 Nebraska 2/15/1970 5 2 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1992
47 John Lynch* 26 SS 16 16 220 6-2 Stanford 9/25/1971 4 11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1993
90 Jason Maniecki 25 10 0 291 6-4 Wisconsin 8/15/1972 1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 140th pick / 1996
61 Tony Mayberry* 30 C 16 16 293 6-4 Wake Forest 12/8/1967 7 9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 108th pick / 1990
73 Frank Middleton 23 g 15 2 330 6-4 Arizona 10/25/1974 Rook 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1997
22 Charles Mincy 28 FS 16 9 195 6-0 Washington 12/16/1969 6 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 133rd pick / 1991
83 Dave Moore 28 te 16 7 250 6-2 Pittsburgh 11/11/1969 5 3 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 191st pick / 1992
56 Hardy Nickerson*+ 32 MLB 16 16 230 6-2 California 9/1/1965 10 17 Pittsburgh Steelers / 5th / 122nd pick / 1987
70 Jason Odom 23 RT 16 16 307 6-5 Florida 3/31/1974 1 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 96th pick / 1996
27 Anthony Parker 31 RCB 15 14 181 5-10 Arizona St. 2/11/1966 8 7
69 Pete Pierson 26 15 0 314 6-5 Washington 2/4/1971 2 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 5th / 136th pick / 1994
59 Rufus Porter 32 LLB 11 10 228 6-1 Southern 5/18/1965 9 5
60 Jim Pyne 26 LG 15 14 290 6-2 Virginia Tech 11/23/1971 2 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 200th pick / 1994
53 Shelton Quarles 26 16 0 225 6-1 Vanderbilt 9/11/1971 Rook 2
32 Errict Rhett 27 11 0 210 5-11 Florida 12/11/1970 3 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 34th pick / 1994
26 Reggie Rusk 25 4 0 190 5-10 Kentucky 10/19/1972 1 0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 7th / 221st pick / 1996
99 Warren Sapp* 25 RDT 15 15 303 6-2 Miami (FL) 12/19/1972 2 15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1995
51 Alshermond Singleton 22 12 0 250 6-2 Temple 8/7/1975 Rook 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 4th / 128th pick / 1997
84 Robb Thomas 31 wr 16 1 175 5-11 Oregon St. 3/29/1966 8 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 143rd pick / 1989
91 Regan Upshaw 22 RDE 15 15 265 6-4 California 8/12/1975 1 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 1st / 12th pick / 1996
4 Steve Walsh 31 12 0 207 6-3 Miami (FL) 12/1/1966 8 0 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 1st pick / 1989 Supp
94 Steve White 24 de 15 1 270 6-2 Tennessee 10/25/1973 1 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 194th pick / 1996
86 Karl Williams 26 PR 16 7 177 5-11 Texas A&M-Kingsville 4/10/1971 1 7
71 Jerry Wunsch 23 16 0 339 6-6 Wisconsin 1/21/1974 Rook 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 37th pick / 1997
31 Floyd Young 22 db 12 1 179 6-0 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11/23/1975 Rook 1
Team Total 26.1 16 238.8 6-1.5 3.2