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1983 BC Lions Statistics

Canadian Football League (CFL)
Team Record: 11-5 22
Finishing 1st in the CFL's West Division
Postseason: 1-1 Lost Grey Cup
Coach: Don Matthews (11-5)
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1983 BC Lions Roster
1983 BC Lions Results

The BC Lions of the Canadian Football League ended the 1983 season with a record of 11 wins and 5 losses for 22 points, finishing first in the CFL's West Division. The team compiled a postseason mark of 1-1.

On offense, the Lions accumulated 477 points, tops in the circuit. The defense proved to be a force, as BC yielded 326 points, fewest in the circuit. Roy Dewalt triggered the aerial attack, slinging for 3,637 yards. Mervyn Fernandez grabbed 78 passes for 1,284 yards. Sammy Greene and John Pankratz provided receiving help, too.

John White carried the ball for a team-leading 441 yards, while Roy Dewalt also contributed to the rushing attack.

The ball-hawking defense pounced on 70 turnovers, best in the league. Larry Crawford intercepted 12 opponent throws. Mack Moore topped pass rushers with 15 quarterback sacks, topping a defense credited with 57 sacks.

Don Matthews coached the team. The 1983 BC Lions lost in the Grey Cup.

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Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Rating
Roy Dewalt44227562.236378.2225.0163.67989.7
Joe Paopao1478557.89686.621.4117.53451.1
Tim Cowan21523.8532.500.000.02039.6
Lui Passaglia200.000.000.0150.000.0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
John White844415.230 7
Roy Dewalt583526.140 2
Larry Jones652734.237 1
Ray Strong341735.121 2
Don Taylor291174.014 1
Sammy Greene9647.148 1
Joe Paopao9252.80
Ryan Potter4194.813 0
Totals29214645.048 14


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Mervyn Fernandez78128416.574 10
Sammy Greene7575510.133 5
John Pankratz6396115.379 7
Larry Jones333209.725 1
John White3140413.057 1
Jacques Chapdelaine2225811.734 0
Don Taylor1820511.424 0
Ray Strong161418.833 0
Mark DeBrueys1417012.132 0
Ned Armour66210.327 0
Ryan Potter45313.220 0
Tim Kearse22311.512 0
Gerald Bradley2126.00
Joe Kuklo188.00
Gerald Roper020
Totals365465812.879 24


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % FGS KO Yds. Avg. Long KOS Pts.
Lui Passaglia464597.8594372.91069381555.3821185


Player No. Yds Avg. Long PS
Lui Passaglia117586850.2936

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Larry Crawford7476610.450 0
Jo Jo Heath343059.025 0
Melvin Byrd56112.220 0
Billy McBride3268.718 0
Mervyn Fernandez2199.512 0
Kerry Parker11818.018 0
Pete Lavorato155.00
Totals120120510.050 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Sammy Greene2774927.7113 1
Larry Jones820926.161 0
Ray Strong718726.758 0
Larry Crawford615025.032 0
Ned Armour23618.021 0
Warner Miles22814.011 0
Tim Kearse12424.024 0
Jacques Chapdelaine11818.018 0
Glenn Leonhard11717.017 0
Don Swafford111.00
James Curry100.00
Totals57141924.9113 1


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Larry Crawford1217214.344 2
Kerry Parker68614.365 1
Jo Jo Heath510821.634 1
Bernie Glier58316.623 0
Melvin Byrd414035.0107 1
Nelson Martin46716.823 0
Tyrone Crews36220.740 0
Kevin Konar284.00
Billy McBride100.00
Totals4272617.3107 5


Player No. Yds Avg.
Mack Moore15.00.00.0
Rick Klassen7.00.00.0
Brent Racette6.00.00.0
James Curry6.00.00.0
Glen Jackson5.50.00.0
Kevin Konar3.00.00.0
Melvin Byrd3.00.00.0
Tyrone Crews3.00.00.0
Jon Craver2.00.00.0
Nick Hebeler2.00.00.0
Ruben Vaughan1.50.00.0
Jo Jo Heath1.00.00.0
Bernie Glier1.00.00.0
Ron Cherkas1.00.00.0

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
Lui Passaglia434517191
Mervyn Fernandez100000162
John White7100048
Sammy Greene15100042
John Pankratz700042
Larry Jones11000012
Roy Dewalt200012
Jo Jo Heath01100012
Ray Strong20000012
Larry Crawford00200012
Kerry Parker01100012
Andre Jones10006
Melvin Byrd010006
Don Taylor100006


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