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Big Ten Conference Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Total Plays

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Since 1956

Year Player Plays School
2014 Christian Hackenberg 577 Penn State
2013 Nathan Scheelhaase 543 Illinois
2012 Taylor Martinez* 563 Nebraska
2011 Nathan Scheelhaase* 482 Illinois
  James Vandenberg* 482 Iowa
2010 Denard Robinson* 547 Michigan
2009 Mike Kafka* 642 Northwestern
2008 Juice Williams 556 Illinois
2007 Curtis Painter* 622 Purdue
2006 Curtis Painter* 606 Purdue
2005 Brett Basanez* 610 Northwestern
2004 Brett Basanez 543 Northwestern
2003 Jeff Smoker* 551 Michigan State
2002 John Navarre* 488 Michigan
2001 Zak Kustok 579 Northwestern
2000 Drew Brees* 607 Purdue
1999 Drew Brees* 633 Purdue
1998 Drew Brees* 638 Purdue
1997 Billy Dicken* 504 Purdue
1996 Steve Schnur* 437 Northwestern
1995 Bobby Hoying* 400 Ohio State
1994 Johnny Johnson 393 Illinois
1993 Len Williams 440 Northwestern
1992 Marquel Fleetwood 501 Minnesota
1991 Jason Verduzco 473 Illinois
1990 Eric Hunter 463 Purdue
1989 Tim O'Brien 424 Northwestern
1988 Chuck Hartlieb 463 Iowa
1987 Lorenzo White* 357 Michigan State
1986 Jim Harbaugh* 371 Michigan
1985 Jim Everett 518 Purdue
1984 Jim Everett* 483 Purdue
1983 Steve Bradley 421 Indiana
1982 Tony Eason 523 Illinois
1981 Tony Eason 493 Illinois
1980 Dave Wilson 503 Illinois
1979 Mark Herrmann* 396 Purdue
1978 Kevin Strasser 363 Northwestern
1977 Mark Herrmann 354 Purdue
1976 Tony Dungy 343 Minnesota
1975 Tony Dungy 314 Minnesota
1974 Terry Jones 303 Indiana
1973 Bo Bobrowski 274 Purdue
1972 Bob Morgan 277 Minnesota
1971 Craig Curry 385 Minnesota
1970 Neil Graff 335 Wisconsin
1969 Mike Phipps 418 Purdue
1968 Dave Shelbourne 369 Northwestern
1967 Mike Phipps 329 Purdue
1966 Ed Podolak 332 Iowa
1965 Bob Griese 349 Purdue
1964 Gary Snook 380 Iowa
1963 Ron DiGravio 246 Purdue
1962 Ron Vander Kelen* 288 Wisconsin
1961 Sandy Stephens* 275 Minnesota
1960 Tom Matte 256 Ohio State
1959 Dale Hackbart* 211 Wisconsin
1958 Dick Thornton 232 Northwestern
1957 Tom McDonald 155 Indiana
1956 Melvin Dillard 195 Purdue