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1978 Big Ten Conference Leaders

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Record: 51-55-7, .482 W-L% (10th of 14) (Schedule and Results)

SRS: 4.79 (5th of 14) ▪ SOS: 5.81 (5th of 14)

Conference Champion: Michigan and Michigan State

Ranked in Preseason AP Poll:(Michigan and Ohio State)
Ranked in Final AP Poll:(Michigan, Michigan State and Purdue)

Conference Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 169
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 152
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 151
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 107
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 87
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 78
7. Mark Carlson (MN) 64
8. Tim Clifford (IN) 60
  Wendell Avery (MN) 60
10. Rich Weiss (IL) 58
11. Jeff Green (IA) 41
12. Scott Arnett (IN) 37
13. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 21
  Bill Dolan (IA) 21
  Bert Vaughn (MIST) 21
16. Pete Gales (IA) 15
17. Chuck Oliver (PUR) 14
  John Josten (WI) 14
19. B.J. Dickey* (MI) 8
  Bobby Commings (IA) 8
Pass Attempts
1. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 307
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 292
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 274
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 231
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 175
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 158
7. Tim Clifford (IN) 130
8. Mark Carlson (MN) 113
9. Wendell Avery (MN) 111
10. Rich Weiss (IL) 109
11. Jeff Green (IA) 103
12. Scott Arnett (IN) 89
13. Bill Dolan (IA) 48
14. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 47
15. Bert Vaughn (MIST) 40
  Pete Gales (IA) 40
17. Chuck Oliver (PUR) 34
18. John Josten (WI) 31
19. Steve Breitbeil (NWEST) 19
  B.J. Dickey* (MI) 19
  Bobby Commings (IA) 19
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 57.9
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 55.5
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 49.7
4. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 49.2
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 46.3
Passing Yards
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 2226
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 1904
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 1526
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1378
5. Rick Leach* (MI) 1283
6. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1250
7. Mark Carlson (MN) 736
8. Tim Clifford (IN) 726
9. Rich Weiss (IL) 665
10. Wendell Avery (MN) 663
11. Jeff Green (IA) 556
12. Scott Arnett (IN) 421
13. Bert Vaughn (MIST) 346
14. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 262
15. John Josten (WI) 249
16. Bill Dolan (IA) 197
17. Chuck Oliver (PUR) 153
18. B.J. Dickey* (MI) 115
19. Pete Gales (IA) 112
20. Mark Tonn (MN) 102
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.6
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 7.1
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 6.9
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 6.0
5. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 5.0
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.8
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 6.0
3. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 4.3
4. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 3.5
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2.2
Passing Touchdowns
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 20
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 17
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 14
4. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 12
5. Mark Carlson (MN) 6
  Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 6
7. Tim Clifford (IN) 4
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 4
  Scott Arnett (IN) 4
10. Wendell Avery (MN) 3
  Jeff Green (IA) 3
12. Chuck Oliver (PUR) 2
  Rich Weiss (IL) 2
  Bert Vaughn (MIST) 2
  Lou Tiberi (NWEST) 2
  B.J. Dickey* (MI) 2
Passing Interceptions
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 21
2. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 14
3. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 13
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 12
5. Tim Clifford (IN) 9
  Mark Carlson (MN) 9
7. Ed Smith (MIST) 8
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 6
  Bill Dolan (IA) 6
  Wendell Avery (MN) 6
  Rick Leach* (MI) 6
12. Scott Arnett (IN) 5
13. Jeff Green (IA) 4
  Pete Gales (IA) 4
15. Bobby Commings (IA) 3
  Lawrence McCullough (IL) 3
17. Steve Breitbeil (NWEST) 2
  Mark Tonn (MN) 2
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 139.0
2. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 121.9
3. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 101.5
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 93.3
5. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 88.9
Rush Attempts
1. Marion Barber (MN) 247
2. John Macon (PUR) 225
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 198
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 164
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 157
6. Rich Weiss (IL) 154
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 154
8. Russell Davis* (MI) 153
9. Rick Leach* (MI) 145
10. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 142
11. Darrick Burnett (IN) 135
12. Ira Matthews (WI) 130
13. Ron Springs* (OHST) 124
14. Steve Smith (MIST) 115
15. Jon Lazar (IA) 108
16. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 100
17. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 98
18. Larry Powell (IL) 97
19. Dennis Mosley (IA) 96
20. Tom Stauss (WI) 82
Rushing Yards
1. Marion Barber (MN) 1210
2. John Macon (PUR) 913
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 880
4. Steve Smith (MIST) 772
5. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 741
6. Russell Davis* (MI) 683
7. Russell Pope (PUR) 673
8. Ira Matthews (WI) 654
9. Rick Leach* (MI) 611
10. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 591
11. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 590
12. Ron Springs* (OHST) 585
13. Tom Stauss (WI) 485
14. Darrick Burnett (IN) 473
15. Leroy McGee (MIST) 465
16. Ricardo Volley* (OHST) 439
17. Jon Lazar (IA) 423
18. Lonnie Johnson (IN) 421
19. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 414
20. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 410
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Steve Smith (MIST) 6.7
2. Leroy McGee (MIST) 6.0
3. Tom Stauss (WI) 5.9
4. Ricardo Volley* (OHST) 5.5
5. Wayne Strader (IL) 5.3
6. Lonnie Johnson (IN) 5.2
7. Ira Matthews (WI) 5.0
8. Marion Barber (MN) 4.9
9. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 4.8
10. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 4.7
11. Ron Springs* (OHST) 4.7
12. Bruce Reeves (MIST) 4.6
13. Russell Davis* (MI) 4.5
14. Mike Harkrader (IN) 4.4
15. Mike Cammon (NWEST) 4.4
16. Rick Leach* (MI) 4.2
17. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 4.2
18. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 4.2
19. Russell Pope (PUR) 4.1
20. John Macon (PUR) 4.1
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 12
3. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
4. Marion Barber (MN) 8
  Steve Smith (MIST) 8
6. Mike Harkrader (IN) 7
7. Brad Reid (IA) 5
  Bruce Reeves (MIST) 5
  Russell Pope (PUR) 5
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5
  Lonnie Middleton (MIST) 5
  Darrick Burnett (IN) 5
13. Derek Hughes (MIST) 4
  John Macon (PUR) 4
  Kent Kitzmann (MN) 4
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 4
  Scott Arnett (IN) 4
18. B.J. Dickey* (MI) 3
  Greg Castignola* (OHST) 3
  Russell Davis* (MI) 3
  Ricky Johnson* (OHST) 3
  Roy Artis (MN) 3
  Tom Stauss (WI) 3
  Ira Matthews (WI) 3
  Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 3
  Wally Jones (PUR) 3
  Larry Powell (IL) 3
Receptions
1. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 43
2. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 42
3. David Charles (WI) 38
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 35
5. Mike Harris (PUR) 34
6. Mark Brammer (MIST) 33
7. Bart Burrell (PUR) 31
8. Ray Sydnor (WI) 27
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 27
  Dave Young (PUR) 27
11. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 25
12. Tim Hill (NWEST) 24
  Wayne Souza (WI) 24
  Doug Donley* (OHST) 24
15. Jeff Barnes (IL) 22
  Marion Barber (MN) 22
  Mike McGee (NWEST) 22
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 22
19. John Macon (PUR) 20
20. Glenn Bourquin (MN) 19
  Sam Poulos (NWEST) 19
  Doug Marsh* (MI) 19
Receiving Yards
1. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 806
2. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 718
3. David Charles (WI) 573
4. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 546
5. Doug Donley* (OHST) 510
6. Mike Harris (PUR) 495
7. Bart Burrell (PUR) 467
8. Elmer Bailey (MN) 464
9. Mike Friede (IN) 412
10. Dave Young (PUR) 400
11. Ray Sydnor (WI) 392
12. Mark Brammer (MIST) 360
13. Steve Bogan (NWEST) 353
14. Wayne Souza (WI) 323
15. Brad Reid (IA) 322
16. Rod Gerald* (OHST) 314
17. Mike McGee (NWEST) 298
18. Russell Pope (PUR) 292
19. Doug Marsh* (MI) 283
20. Glenn Bourquin (MN) 279
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 21.8
2. Doug Donley* (OHST) 21.2
3. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 19.2
4. Elmer Bailey (MN) 17.2
5. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 16.7
6. Steve Bogan (NWEST) 16.0
7. David Charles (WI) 15.1
8. Bart Burrell (PUR) 15.1
9. Dave Young (PUR) 14.8
10. Mike Harris (PUR) 14.6
11. Ray Sydnor (WI) 14.5
12. Mike McGee (NWEST) 13.5
13. Wayne Souza (WI) 13.5
14. Jeff Barnes (IL) 12.3
15. Mark Brammer (MIST) 10.9
16. Russell Pope (PUR) 8.3
17. Marion Barber (MN) 7.8
18. Tim Hill (NWEST) 5.1
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 8
2. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 7
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 7
4. Doug Marsh* (MI) 6
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 6
6. David Charles (WI) 5
7. Mike Harris (PUR) 4
  Bart Burrell (PUR) 4
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 4
10. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 3
  Dave Young (PUR) 3
  Samson Howard (MIST) 3
  Mike Friede (IN) 3
  Wayne Souza (WI) 3
  Doug Donley* (OHST) 3
16. Mark Brammer (MIST) 2
  Ray Sydnor (WI) 2
  Michael Hans (MIST) 2
  Dan Powers (IN) 2
  Tim Stracka (WI) 2
  Marion Barber (MN) 2
  Ray Smith (PUR) 2
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Marion Barber (MN) 269
2. John Macon (PUR) 245
3. Mike Harkrader (IN) 205
4. Russell Pope (PUR) 199
5. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 161
6. Russell Davis* (MI) 157
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 157
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 154
9. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 147
10. Rick Leach* (MI) 145
11. Ira Matthews (WI) 144
12. Darrick Burnett (IN) 138
13. Ron Springs* (OHST) 137
14. Steve Smith (MIST) 128
15. Jon Lazar (IA) 126
16. Kent Kitzmann (MN) 109
17. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 107
18. Dennis Mosley (IA) 105
19. Larry Powell (IL) 103
20. Lonnie Johnson (IN) 95
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Marion Barber (MN) 1381
2. John Macon (PUR) 1075
3. Russell Pope (PUR) 965
4. Mike Harkrader (IN) 904
5. Steve Smith (MIST) 888
6. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 859
7. Ira Matthews (WI) 797
8. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 794
9. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 727
10. Russell Davis* (MI) 708
11. Ron Springs* (OHST) 663
12. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 625
13. Rick Leach* (MI) 611
14. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 596
15. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 590
16. Leroy McGee (MIST) 585
17. David Charles (WI) 577
18. Tom Stauss (WI) 534
19. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 525
20. Lonnie Johnson (IN) 524
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 12
3. Marion Barber (MN) 10
4. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 9
  Ralph Clayton* (MI) 9
7. Steve Smith (MIST) 8
8. Eugene Byrd (MIST) 7
  Mike Harkrader (IN) 7
10. Roosevelt Smith* (MI) 6
  Doug Marsh* (MI) 6
  Lonnie Middleton (MIST) 6
  Russell Pope (PUR) 6
  Steve Bogan (NWEST) 6
  Brad Reid (IA) 6
16. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5
  Darrick Burnett (IN) 5
  David Charles (WI) 5
  Bruce Reeves (MIST) 5
20. Mike Friede (IN) 4
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 4
  Scott Arnett (IN) 4
  Roy Artis (MN) 4
  Bart Burrell (PUR) 4
  Leroy McGee (MIST) 4
  Tom Stauss (WI) 4
  Ira Matthews (WI) 4
  Mike Harris (PUR) 4
  Kent Kitzmann (MN) 4
  John Macon (PUR) 4
  Derek Hughes (MIST) 4
  Wayne Souza (WI) 4
Total Plays
1. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 363
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 332
3. Ed Smith (MIST) 321
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 309
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 304
6. Rick Leach* (MI) 303
7. Rich Weiss (IL) 263
8. Marion Barber (MN) 247
9. John Macon (PUR) 225
10. Mike Harkrader (IN) 200
11. Russell Pope (PUR) 165
12. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 154
  Jeff Green (IA) 154
14. Wendell Avery (MN) 153
  Russell Davis* (MI) 153
16. Scott Arnett (IN) 150
17. Tim Clifford (IN) 145
  Mark Carlson (MN) 145
19. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 142
20. Darrick Burnett (IN) 135
Total Yards
1. Ed Smith (MIST) 2247
2. Rick Leach* (MI) 1894
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1840
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 1824
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 1547
6. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 1295
7. Marion Barber (MN) 1210
8. Rich Weiss (IL) 962
9. John Macon (PUR) 913
10. Mike Harkrader (IN) 897
11. Steve Smith (MIST) 772
12. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 741
13. Tim Clifford (IN) 726
14. Russell Davis* (MI) 683
15. Russell Pope (PUR) 673
16. Mark Carlson (MN) 667
17. Ira Matthews (WI) 654
18. Wendell Avery (MN) 653
19. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 591
20. Ron Springs* (OHST) 585
Total Touchdowns
1. Rick Leach* (MI) 29
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 21
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 17
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 15
5. Mike Kalasmiki (WI) 13
6. Paul Campbell* (OHST) 9
7. Scott Arnett (IN) 8
  Marion Barber (MN) 8
  Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 8
  Steve Smith (MIST) 8
11. Mike Harkrader (IN) 7
12. Mark Carlson (MN) 6
13. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5
  Brad Reid (IA) 5
  Bruce Reeves (MIST) 5
  B.J. Dickey* (MI) 5
  Jeff Green (IA) 5
  Lonnie Middleton (MIST) 5
  Russell Pope (PUR) 5
  Darrick Burnett (IN) 5