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Year-by-Year Leaders and Records for Total Yards Per Play

  • Minimum 3000 total yards.
  • An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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Since 1956

Season Player Avg School
2014 Marcus Mariota 9.01 Oregon
2013 Marcus Mariota 9.09 Oregon
2012 Aaron Murray* 8.60 Georgia
2011 Russell Wilson* 9.05 Wisconsin
2010 Kellen Moore* 9.49 Boise State
2009 Ryan Mallett* 7.80 Arkansas
2008 Sam Bradford* 9.08 Oklahoma
2007 Mike Teel* 8.63 Rutgers
2006 Colt Brennan* 9.17 Hawaii
2005 Vince Young* 8.51 Texas
2004 Alex Smith* 7.93 Utah
2003 Ryan Dinwiddie* 8.35 Boise State
2002 Byron Leftwich* 8.08 Marshall
2001 Rex Grossman 9.10 Florida
2000 Chris Weinke 8.83 Florida State
1999 Chad Pennington 8.46 Marshall
1998 Akili Smith* 8.71 Oregon
1997 John Dutton 8.57 Nevada
1996 Danny Wuerffel 8.33 Florida
1995 Danny Wuerffel 8.42 Florida
1994 Eric Zeier 7.61 Georgia
1993 Glenn Foley 8.62 Boston College
1992 Drew Bledsoe* 7.33 Washington State
1991 Ty Detmer 8.37 Brigham Young
1990 Ty Detmer 7.91 Brigham Young
1989 Ty Detmer 8.92 Brigham Young
1988 Steve Walsh 7.61 Miami (FL)
1987 Mike Perez* 7.14 San Jose State
1986 Mike Perez* 6.97 San Jose State
1985 Vinny Testaverde 7.33 Miami (FL)
1984 Doug Flutie* 8.21 Boston College
1983 Steve Young 8.18 Brigham Young
1982 Steve Young 7.29 Brigham Young
1981 Jim McMahon 7.10 Brigham Young
1980 Jim McMahon 8.57 Brigham Young
1979 Marc Wilson 7.34 Brigham Young
1977 Doug Williams* 8.62 Grambling State
1976 Gifford Nielsen* 6.41 Brigham Young
1972 Don Strock 6.60 Virginia Tech
1970 Jim Plunkett* 6.71 Stanford
1969 Dennis Shaw 8.24 San Diego State
1968 Greg Cook 6.33 Cincinnati
1965 Bill Anderson 5.76 Tulsa
1964 Jerry Rhome 6.66 Tulsa