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1956 Big Ten Conference Leaders

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Record: 48-33-10, .582 W-L% (1st of 12) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 12.49 (1st of 12) ▪ SOS: 9.61 (1st of 12)

Conference Champion: Iowa

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota and Ohio State)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 69
2. Ken Ploen* (IA) 33
3. Steve Filipowski (IN) 32
4. Hiles Stout (IL) 20
  Pat Wilson (MIST) 20
  Gene Cichowski (IN) 20
7. Jack Ellis (NWEST) 19
  Jim Maddock (MI) 19
9. Bob Cox (MN) 18
10. Randy Duncan* (IA) 17
  Tom McDonald (IN) 17
  Dick Larson (MN) 17
13. Richard Simonson (WI) 16
  Bill Offenbecher (IL) 16
15. Jim Van Pelt (MI) 15
  Bob Ptacek (MI) 15
17. Dale Pienta (NWEST) 14
18. Jim Ninowski (MIST) 13
19. Ted Krzeczowski (PUR) 11
  Mike Panitch (MIST) 11
Pass Attempts
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 130
2. Ken Ploen* (IA) 64
3. Steve Filipowski (IN) 63
4. Bob Cox (MN) 53
5. Jack Ellis (NWEST) 44
6. Dale Pienta (NWEST) 43
7. Jim Maddock (MI) 42
8. Randy Duncan* (IA) 41
9. Pat Wilson (MIST) 39
  Hiles Stout (IL) 39
11. Richard Simonson (WI) 38
12. Bill Offenbecher (IL) 36
  Gene Cichowski (IN) 36
  Dick Larson (MN) 36
15. Jim Van Pelt (MI) 33
16. Tom McDonald (IN) 32
17. Jim Ninowski (MIST) 31
18. Ted Krzeczowski (PUR) 30
19. Tom Haller (IL) 25
20. Bob Ptacek (MI) 23
  Gil Blackmun (WI) 23
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 53.1
Passing Yards
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 856
2. Pat Wilson (MIST) 414
3. Steve Filipowski (IN) 391
4. Ken Ploen* (IA) 386
5. Hiles Stout (IL) 278
6. Bill Offenbecher (IL) 258
7. Jack Ellis (NWEST) 248
8. Bob Ptacek (MI) 245
9. Bob Cox (MN) 240
10. Jim Ninowski (MIST) 237
11. Gene Cichowski (IN) 225
12. Jim Van Pelt (MI) 221
13. Richard Simonson (WI) 219
14. Sidney Williams (WI) 216
15. Jim Maddock (MI) 213
16. Terry Barr (MI) 187
17. Dick Larson (MN) 184
18. Tom McDonald (IN) 180
19. Dale Pienta (NWEST) 178
20. Randy Duncan* (IA) 168
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 6.6
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 4.2
Passing Touchdowns
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 7
2. Ken Ploen* (IA) 5
3. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 4
  Jim Ninowski (MIST) 4
5. Bob Cox (MN) 3
  Bob Ptacek (MI) 3
  Tom McDonald (IN) 3
  Bill Offenbecher (IL) 3
9. Terry Barr (MI) 2
  Steve Filipowski (IN) 2
  Randy Duncan* (IA) 2
  Mike Panitch (MIST) 2
  Richard Simonson (WI) 2
  Hiles Stout (IL) 2
  Dick Larson (MN) 2
Passing Interceptions
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 10
2. Steve Filipowski (IN) 8
3. Bob Cox (MN) 7
4. Hiles Stout (IL) 5
  Jack Ellis (NWEST) 5
  Ron Carlson (WI) 5
7. Gil Blackmun (WI) 4
  Randy Duncan* (IA) 4
9. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 3
  Jim Maddock (MI) 3
  Jim Ninowski (MIST) 3
  Dale Pienta (NWEST) 3
  Ted Krzeczowski (PUR) 3
  Ken Ploen* (IA) 3
  Dick Larson (MN) 3
16. Richard Simonson (WI) 2
  Mike Panitch (MIST) 2
  Gene Cichowski (IN) 2
  Norm Mackin (IN) 2
  John Bridgeman (WI) 2
  Bob Ptacek (MI) 2
  Bob Spoo (PUR) 2
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Len Dawson (PUR) 110.8
Rush Attempts
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 193
2. James Roseboro (OHST) 152
3. Don Clark (OHST) 139
4. Bob Fee (IN) 134
5. Bob Cox (MN) 130
6. John Herrnstein (MI) 123
7. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 115
8. Abe Woodson (IL) 110
9. Bill Happel* (IA) 103
  Jim Pace (MI) 103
11. Danny Lewis (WI) 100
12. Edward Quinn (NWEST) 94
13. Dale Smith (IL) 90
14. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 89
15. Don Dobrino* (IA) 87
16. Ken Ploen* (IA) 86
17. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 85
18. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 78
19. John Bridgeman (WI) 75
20. Fred Harris* (IA) 69
Rushing Yards
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 873
2. Don Clark (OHST) 797
3. James Roseboro (OHST) 712
4. Bob Fee (IN) 621
5. Abe Woodson (IL) 599
6. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 592
7. Danny Lewis (WI) 554
8. Bob Cox (MN) 553
9. Dale Smith (IL) 509
10. Jim Pace (MI) 498
11. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 495
12. Ken Ploen* (IA) 487
13. John Herrnstein (MI) 475
14. Galen Cisco (OHST) 438
15. Don Dobrino* (IA) 437
16. Bill Happel* (IA) 430
17. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 398
18. Terry Barr (MI) 366
19. Edward Quinn (NWEST) 358
20. Fred Harris* (IA) 341
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Galen Cisco (OHST) 6.8
2. Terry Barr (MI) 6.1
3. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 5.8
4. Don Clark (OHST) 5.7
5. Ken Ploen* (IA) 5.7
6. Dale Smith (IL) 5.7
7. Danny Lewis (WI) 5.5
8. Abe Woodson (IL) 5.4
9. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 5.1
10. Don Dobrino* (IA) 5.0
11. Harry Jefferson (IL) 5.0
12. Fred Harris* (IA) 4.9
13. Jim Pace (MI) 4.8
14. Willmer Fowler (NWEST) 4.8
15. James Roseboro (OHST) 4.7
16. Bob Schultz (MN) 4.7
17. Bob Fee (IN) 4.6
18. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 4.5
19. John Bridgeman (WI) 4.5
20. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 4.5
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Don Clark (OHST) 7
  John Herrnstein (MI) 7
3. Ken Ploen* (IA) 6
  Terry Barr (MI) 6
  Frank Ellwood (OHST) 6
  Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 6
7. James Roseboro (OHST) 5
  Don Gilbert (MIST) 5
9. Collins Hagler* (IA) 4
  Pat Wilson (MIST) 4
  Bill Happel* (IA) 4
  Clarence Peaks (MIST) 4
13. Ed Shannon (MI) 3
  Fred Harris* (IA) 3
  Danny Lewis (WI) 3
16. Jim Pace (MI) 2
  Jim Wulff (MIST) 2
  Mike Shatusky (MI) 2
  Eugene Melvin (WI) 2
  Jim Maddock (MI) 2
  Billy Lowe (WI) 2
  Sidney Williams (WI) 2
Receptions
1. Brad Bomba (IN) 31
2. Ron Kramer (MI) 18
3. Jim Gibbons* (IA) 17
4. Dave Howard (WI) 16
5. Lamar Lundy (PUR) 15
6. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 14
7. Dave Lindblom (MN) 12
  Erich Barnes (PUR) 12
  Abe Woodson (IL) 12
10. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 10
  Rod Hanson (IL) 10
12. Jim Hinesly (MIST) 9
  Kenneth Mikes (PUR) 9
  Bob Khoenle (PUR) 9
  Dave Whitsell (IN) 9
16. Ben Napolski (NWEST) 8
  Leo Brown (OHST) 8
  Fred Harris* (IA) 8
  Norm Craft (IN) 8
20. Bob Schultz (MN) 7
  Frank Gilliam* (IA) 7
  Gary Francis (IL) 7
  Jim Pace (MI) 7
  Tony Kolodziej (MIST) 7
  Nick Mumley (PUR) 7
  Bob Ptacek (MI) 7
  Bob Fee (IN) 7
Receiving Yards
1. Brad Bomba (IN) 407
2. Ron Kramer (MI) 353
3. Abe Woodson (IL) 257
4. Jim Gibbons* (IA) 255
5. Lamar Lundy (PUR) 248
6. Dave Howard (WI) 247
7. Tony Kolodziej (MIST) 221
8. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 171
9. Norm Craft (IN) 157
10. Dave Lindblom (MN) 156
11. Jim Pace (MI) 155
12. Leo Brown (OHST) 151
13. Erich Barnes (PUR) 137
14. Rod Hanson (IL) 133
15. Jim Hinesly (MIST) 131
16. Bob Khoenle (PUR) 114
17. Kenneth Mikes (PUR) 106
18. Harold Dukes (MIST) 105
19. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 99
  Clifford Peart (NWEST) 99
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Ron Kramer (MI) 19.6
2. Brad Bomba (IN) 13.1
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Jim Gibbons* (IA) 4
  Lamar Lundy (PUR) 4
3. Harold Dukes (MIST) 3
4. Abe Woodson (IL) 2
  Ron Kramer (MI) 2
  James Roseboro (OHST) 2
  Dave Lindblom (MN) 2
  Dave Howard (WI) 2
  Clifford Peart (NWEST) 2
  Leo Brown (OHST) 2
  Dave Whitsell (IN) 2
  Larry Harding (MIST) 2
  Erich Barnes (PUR) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 203
2. James Roseboro (OHST) 156
3. Bob Fee (IN) 141
4. Don Clark (OHST) 139
5. Bob Cox (MN) 130
6. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 129
7. John Herrnstein (MI) 123
8. Abe Woodson (IL) 122
9. Jim Pace (MI) 110
10. Bill Happel* (IA) 103
  Danny Lewis (WI) 103
12. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 95
13. Edward Quinn (NWEST) 94
14. Dale Smith (IL) 93
15. Don Dobrino* (IA) 91
16. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 89
17. Ken Ploen* (IA) 86
18. John Bridgeman (WI) 81
19. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 78
20. Fred Harris* (IA) 77
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 972
2. Abe Woodson (IL) 856
3. Don Clark (OHST) 797
4. James Roseboro (OHST) 794
5. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 763
6. Bob Fee (IN) 695
7. Jim Pace (MI) 653
8. Danny Lewis (WI) 606
9. Bob Cox (MN) 553
10. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 548
11. Dale Smith (IL) 515
12. Ken Ploen* (IA) 487
13. John Herrnstein (MI) 475
14. Don Dobrino* (IA) 466
15. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 459
16. Galen Cisco (OHST) 456
17. Terry Barr (MI) 432
18. Bill Happel* (IA) 430
19. Fred Harris* (IA) 429
20. Brad Bomba (IN) 407
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Don Clark (OHST) 7
  James Roseboro (OHST) 7
  Terry Barr (MI) 7
  Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 7
  John Herrnstein (MI) 7
6. Ken Ploen* (IA) 6
  Frank Ellwood (OHST) 6
8. Don Gilbert (MIST) 5
9. Collins Hagler* (IA) 4
  Pat Wilson (MIST) 4
  Bill Happel* (IA) 4
  Fred Harris* (IA) 4
  Jim Gibbons* (IA) 4
  Clarence Peaks (MIST) 4
  Lamar Lundy (PUR) 4
16. Eugene Melvin (WI) 3
  Jim Maddock (MI) 3
  Ed Shannon (MI) 3
  Harold Dukes (MIST) 3
  Danny Lewis (WI) 3
Total Plays
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 195
2. Bob Cox (MN) 183
3. Len Dawson (PUR) 174
4. James Roseboro (OHST) 163
5. Ken Ploen* (IA) 150
6. Don Clark (OHST) 146
7. Bob Fee (IN) 134
8. John Herrnstein (MI) 124
9. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 118
10. Jim Pace (MI) 115
11. Jack Ellis (NWEST) 112
12. Abe Woodson (IL) 111
13. Danny Lewis (WI) 108
14. Dick Larson (MN) 104
15. Bill Happel* (IA) 103
16. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 98
17. Edward Quinn (NWEST) 94
18. Dale Smith (IL) 90
19. Tom Fletcher (PUR) 89
20. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 88
Total Yards
1. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 902
2. Don Clark (OHST) 885
3. Len Dawson (PUR) 879
4. Ken Ploen* (IA) 873
5. Bob Cox (MN) 793
6. James Roseboro (OHST) 757
7. Bob Fee (IN) 621
8. Abe Woodson (IL) 599
9. Jim Pace (MI) 595
10. Bob McKeiver (NWEST) 592
11. Danny Lewis (WI) 574
12. Terry Barr (MI) 553
13. Pat Wilson (MIST) 539
14. Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 511
15. Dale Smith (IL) 509
16. John Herrnstein (MI) 475
17. Bob Ptacek (MI) 453
18. Galen Cisco (OHST) 438
19. Don Dobrino* (IA) 437
20. Bill Happel* (IA) 430
Total Touchdowns
1. Ken Ploen* (IA) 11
2. Frank Ellwood (OHST) 10
3. Terry Barr (MI) 8
  Don Clark (OHST) 8
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 7
  John Herrnstein (MI) 7
7. Don Gilbert (MIST) 6
  Dennis Mendyk (MIST) 6
9. James Roseboro (OHST) 5
  Clarence Peaks (MIST) 5
  Pat Wilson (MIST) 5
12. Ed Shannon (MI) 4
  Bob Ptacek (MI) 4
  Collins Hagler* (IA) 4
  Jim Ninowski (MIST) 4
  Bill Happel* (IA) 4
17. Tom McDonald (IN) 3
  Fred Harris* (IA) 3
  Mike Panitch (MIST) 3
  Bill Offenbecher (IL) 3
  Bob Cox (MN) 3
  Danny Lewis (WI) 3