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  HOUSTON GAMBLERS  (10-8)

OWNERSHIP:

Dr. Jerry Argovitz - General Partner

Alvin Lubetkin - General Partner

Jay Roulier - General Partner

 

FRONT OFFICE:

Gene Burrough - General Manager

Lewis Mangum - Director of Operations

Bill Groman - Director of Player Personnel

 

TEAM COLORS: Black, Gray, Gambler Red, White, and Yellow Gold 

                          HOME UNIFORM                               AWAY UNIFORM

                                               

HOME STADIUM: Astrodome (47,695 - TURF)

TICKET PRICES: $15.00, $13.00, $11.00

TERRITORIAL LIST:

Houston, Rice, Southern Methodist, Texas A&I, Texas A&M, Texas Southern

Tampa Bay (NFL), Montreal (CFL)

COACHING STAFF

Jack Pardee - Head Coach

 

John Jenkins - Offensive Coordinator

Bob Young - Offensive Line / Strength and Conditioning

Robert Ford - Receivers

 

Jim Eddy - Defensive Coordinator

Ray Alborn - Defensive Line

Pat Thomas - Defensive Backs

 

Kevin McLain - Special Teams

ACTIVE ROSTER  (for Opening Game)

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DEVELOPMENTAL SQUAD  (for Opening Game)

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ACQUIRED DURING SEASON

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TRANSACTIONS (names italicized for estimated dates due to single reference verification)

SCHEDULE  (HOME in all caps; all times local to Houston)

W01SUNFeb 241:00 PM
Houston Gamblers
34LOS ANGELES EXPRESS
33
W02
SUN
Mar 3
2:30 PM
Houston Gamblers50
TAMPA BAY BANDITS28
W03
SUNMar 10
1:00 PM
Houston Gamblers
42
OAKLAND INVADERS
7
W04
MON
Mar 18
7:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS36Denver Gold
17
W05
SUN
Mar 24
1:30 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS27
Portland Breakers
20
W06SUNMar 31
1:30 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS14
Baltimore Stars
27
W07
SUN
Apr 7
2:30 PM
Houston Gamblers25
NEW JERSEY GENERALS
31
W08
SUN
Apr 14
8:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS17
Los Angeles Express
18
W09
SUN
Apr 21
12:30 PM
Houston Gamblers33
ARIZONA OUTLAWS
17
W10
SUN
Apr 28
1:30 PM
Houston Gamblers38
SAN ANTONIO GUNSLINGERS
29
W11
MON
May 6
6:00 PM
Houston Gamblers45
PORTLAND BREAKERS
7
W12
SUN
May 12
1:30 PM
Houston Gamblers15
MEMPHIS SHOWBOATS17
W13
MON
May 20
7:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS17Jacksonville Bulls
20
W14
SUN
May 26
1:30 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS41
Arizona Outlaws
20
W15
MON
Jun 3
7:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS27
Birmingham Stallions
29
W16
SUN
Jun 9
12:30 PM
Houston Gamblers13
DENVER GOLD
16
W17
MONJun 17
7:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS49
San Antonio Gunslingers
21
W18
MON
Jun 24
7:00 PM
HOUSTON GAMBLERS21
Oakland Invaders
31

TEAM SEASON STATISTICS*  (1985 - FINAL)

Score By Quarter   1st  2nd  3rd  4th   OT    Tot  
GAMBLERS           137  147  125  135    0    544
Opponent            74  131   84   99    0    388


                  HOU           Opp
     Points       544           388
First Downs       371           350      
  Penalties       133           143      
      Yards       923          1106      
Rushing Att       239           509      
 Rush Yards      1192          2161      
        Ave       5.0           4.2      
         TD        13            18     
Passing Att       798           603      
       Comp       484           303      
          %      66.2          50.2      
        Int        30            37      
          %       3.8           6.1      
         TD        48            21    
          %       6.0           3.5     
 Pass Yards      6180          4522      
     Sacked        48            54      
 Yards Lost       340           392

     
Punt Return        39            26     
      Yards       490           169    
        Ave      12.6           6.5     

Kick Return        71            87
      Yards      1532          1664
        Ave      21.6          19.1

      Punts        64            78
      Yards      2470          3131
        Ave      38.6          40.1

     FG Att        24            34
       Made        21            27
          %      87.5          79.4

   Safeties         1             1
    Fumbles        38            25
       Lost        20            12
  Turnovers        50            49

Net Offense      7032          6291
   Per Play       6.1           5.1

* - All above statistics were manually tabulated from 1985 published box scores.  

INDIVIDUAL SEASON STATISTICS*  (1985 - FINAL)

Rushing    Att  Yds  Ave  Lg TD           Receiving   Rec  Yds  Ave  Lg TD
Fowler      92  402  4.4  26  3           Johnson     102 1376 13.5  52 14
Harrell     69  326  4.7  27  7           Verdin       84 1004 11.9  74  9
Kelly       28  170  6.1  27  1           McNeil       58 1017 17.5  69  6
Dillon      15  117  7.8  36  2           Harrell      51  491  9.6  55  2
Clark       17   70  4.1  15  0           Sanders      49  546 11.1  43  7
Sanders      5   32  6.4  13  0           McGhee       46  661 14.4  46  3
Threadgill   2   25 12.5  14  0           Fowler       27  239  8.9  47  1
Verdin       7   20  2.9  14  0           Courville    25  473 18.9  50  4
Johnson      2   15  7.5  10  0           Barousse     21  241 11.5  40  1
Kidd         1   13 13.0  13  0           Clark        10   72  7.2  23  0
Potts        1   -2 -2.0  -2  0           Potts         8   50  6.3  16  1
           239 1192  5.0  36 13           Riehn         1    8  8.0   8  0
                                          Kelly         1    3  3.0   3  0
                                          Rosado        1    0  0.0   0  0
                                                      484 6181 12.8  74 48
                                                      
Passing     Att Cmp    C%  Yds  Ave  Lg  In    I%   Sk  TD   TD%  Rate
Kelly       576 360  62.5 4623 12.8  74  19   3.3   35  40   6.9  97.0
Dillon      224 121  54.0 1495 12.4  47   9   4.0   13   8   3.6  70.1
Threadgill    6   3  50.0   63 21.0  40   2  33.3    0   0   0.0  47.9
Sanders       1   0   0.0    0  0.0   0   0   0.0    0   0   0.0  39.6
            807 484  60.0 6181 12.8  74  30   3.7   48  48   5.9  88.3

Kicking      XPA XPM   XP%  FGA FGM   FG%   40+   50+   Lg   Pts
Fritsch       63  59  93.7   24  21  87.5   7-7   0-0   48   122

Punting        No Yards  Lg TB BK 20   Ret  Yds    Net   Gross
Walters        39  1509  56  4  2  8    15   89   36.4    38.7
Corral         25   961  57  1  1  4    11   80   35.2    38.4
               64  2470  57  5  3 12    26  169   36.0    38.6

Kick Returns No Yards  Ave   Lg TD      Punt Returns No FC Yards  Ave  Lg TD
Verdin        29  778  26.8 102  3      McNeil       40  4   505 12.6  79  2
Courville     18  434  24.1  44  0      Eason         1  0     3  3.0   3  0
McGhee         6  124  20.7  39  0                   41  4   508 12.4  79  2
Eason          7  114  16.3  32  0      
Potts          6  101  16.8  22  0      
McNeil         2   62  31.0  40  0      
Young          4   20   5.0  10  0                   
Myers          1   12  12.0  12  0
Simpson        1   12  12.0  12  0
              74 1657  22.4 102  3

Own Fumbles-Recoveries  
Kelly     10-3  McNeil     4-1  McGhee     2-0  Clark D    1-0  
Harrell    6-4  Johnson R  2-2  Walters    1-1  Rosado     1-0  
Fowler     5-2  Dillon     2-1  Simpson    1-0    

Sacks          Hurries       Stuffs        Deflections   Forced Fmb    Opp Fumble Rec
Catan      11  Unknown       Unknown       Unknown       Unknown       Cooks       3
Hughes      7                                                          Crosby      1
Taylor     6.5                                                         DeAyala     1
DeAyala     5                                                          DeVaughn    1
Lewis L     5                                                          Hawkins A   1
Fitzpatrick 4                                                          Hawkins M   1
Hawkins M   4                                                          Holyfield   1
Cooks      3.5                                                         Hughes      1
Holyfield   3                                                          Lewis L     1
Crosby      2                                                          Wills       1
Hawkins A  1.5                                                          
Bradley     1                                                          
Browner    0.5                                                       

Tackles                                                             
Unknown
 
Ints      No Yds  Ave  Lg TD
Bradley   12 161 13.4  36  1
Roquemore  7 107 15.3  45  0
DeAyala    4  37  9.3  19  0
Mitchell   3  37 12.3  18  0
Lewis W    2  86 43.0  70  0
DeVaughn   2  72 36.0  41  1
Hawkins A  2  13  6.5  13  1
Hawkins M  2  11  5.5  11  0
Eason      1  38  7.0  38  0
Simpson    1  35  0.0  21  0
Myers      1  34  0.0  34  0
          37 631 17.1  70  3

* - All above statistics, except for individual fumbles, tackles, hurries, stuffs, deflections, forced fumbles, fumbles recovered, were manually tabulated from 1985 published box scores. 

1985 GAMBLERS PARTICIPATION CHART (A = active roster; D = developmental squad; I = injured list; E = exempt list; blank = unsigned; *= some values estimated/single source verification)

PLAYERS SELECTED IN pre-1985 DISPERSAL DRAFT  (Dec 6, 1984)

First
Last
Pos
Club From
Club To
JayBequette
OC
OKL Outlaws
HOU Gamblers
Luther
Bradley
DB
ARI Wranglers
HOU Gamblers
Wilbur
YoungDT
ARI Wranglers
HOU Gamblers
Derrick
Casey
LB
ARI Wranglers
HOU Gamblers
Frank
Giddens
OT
ARI Wranglers
HOU Gamblers
Jeff
Kiewel
OG
ARI Wranglers
HOU Gamblers
Walter
Broughton
WR
MCH Panthers
HOU Gamblers
Shawn
Potts
WR
CHI BlitzHOU Gamblers
Malcolm
Taylor
DE
CHI Blitz
HOU Gamblers
Chris
Riehm
OT
OAK Invaders
HOU Gamblers

1985 TERRITORIAL SELECTIONS  (highlighted signed with team)

First
Last
Pos
College
Ron
Anderson
LB
Southern Methodist
Andrew
Campbell
OG
Southern Methodist
Ray
Childress
DT
Texas A&M
Matt
Darwin
OC
Texas A&M
Simon
Fletcher
DE
Houston
Kermit
Foster
DT
Texas A&M
Tyrone
Graves
LB
Texas A&I
Bruce
Green
LB
Texas Southern
Dale
Hellestrae
OT
Southern Methodist
James
Holmes
LB
Houston
Bobby
Leach
WR
Southern Methodist
Mark
Lewis
TE
Texas A&M
Tom
Linebarger
DT
Southern Methodist
John
Mazur
QB
Texas A&M
Scott
McLaughlinOG
Rice
Audrey
McMillian
DB
Houston
Reggie
Phillips
DB
Southern Methodist
Ken
Reeves
OT
Texas A&M
Rod
Richardson
WR
Texas A&M
Melvin
Robinson
WR
Rice
Thomas
Sanders
RB
Texas A&M
Mark
Smith
OT
Texas A&I
Nate
Steadman
OGTexas A&M
Jimmy
Teal
WR
Texas A&M
Bryant
Winn
LB
Houston

1985 OPEN DRAFT SELECTIONS  (highlighted signed with team)

Rd
Num
First
Last
Pos
College
1
6
Raphel
Cherry
QB
Hawai'i
1
9
Mark
Traynowicz
OC
Nebraska
2
26
Andre
Harris
DB
Minnesota
3
40
Ladell
Wills
LB
Jackson State
4
53
Dan
Remsberg
OT
Abilene Christian
4
61
Dave
Heffernan
OT
Miami (FL)
5
69
Jay
Novacek
TE
Wyoming
6
82
Curtis
DeBardlabonWR
Mississippi Valley State
9
125
Lee
Johnson
K
Brigham Young
10
139
Trevor
Matich
OC
Brigham Young
11
155
Mark
Lee
LB
Arkansas
12
165
Keith
Edwards
RB
Vanderbilt
12
167
Garry
Kimble
DB
Sam Houston State
12
171
Mike
Thompson
LB
North Texas State
13
183
Dan
Sharp
TE
Texas Christian
14
197
Mike
McCashland
DB
Nebraska
15
211
Karl
Jordan
DE
Vanderbilt
15
220
Arthur
Berry
DT
NW Louisiana