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1972 Notre Dame Fighting Irish Roster

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Record: 8-3, .727 W-L% (20th of 127) ▪ Rank: 14th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Ind (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Ara Parseghian (8-3)

PS/G: 26.3 (22nd of 127) ▪ PA/G: 17.5 (44th of 127)
SRS: 16.88 (10th of 127) ▪ SOS: 8.42 (26th of 127)

Bowl Game: Lost Orange Bowl 40-6 versus Nebraska


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Tom Clements* QB 83 Cmp, 162 Att, 1163 Yds, 8 TD
Cliff Brown QB 2 Cmp, 7 Att, 32 Yds, 0 TD
Bill Etter QB 0 Cmp, 1 Att, 0 Yds, 0 TD
Darryll Dewan* RB 62 Att, 319 Yds, 5.1 Avg
Andy Huff* RB 115 Att, 567 Yds, 4.9 Avg
Eric Penick* RB 124 Att, 727 Yds, 5.9 Avg
Art Best RB 17 Att, 158 Yds, 9.3 Avg
Wayne Bullock RB 27 Att, 123 Yds, 4.6 Avg
John Cieszkowski RB 54 Att, 212 Yds, 3.9 Avg
Gary Diminick RB 71 Att, 377 Yds, 5.3 Avg
Ron Goodman RB 4 Att, -3 Yds, -0.8 Avg
Russ Kornman RB 10 Att, 79 Yds, 7.9 Avg
Al Samuel RB 14 Att, 41 Yds, 2.9 Avg
Mike Creaney* WR 17 Rec, 321 Yds, 18.9 Avg
Willie Townsend* WR 25 Rec, 369 Yds, 14.8 Avg
Pete Demmerle WR
Jim Roolf WR 6 Rec, 108 Yds, 18.0 Avg
Bob Washington WR 1 Rec, 12 Yds, 12.0 Avg
Dave Casper* OL
John Dampeer* OL
Gerry DiNardo* OL
Dave Drew* OL
Frank Pomarico* OL
Tom Freistroffer* DL
George Hayduk* DL
Greg Marx* DL
Steve Niehaus* DL
Kevin Nosbusch DL
Drew Mahalic* LB
Jim Musuraca* LB
Jim O'Malley* LB
Tim Sullivan* LB
Reggie Barnett* DB
Ken Schlezes* DB
Mike Townsend* DB