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Gifford Nielsen

School: Brigham Young
Position: QB

Heisman Voting: 6th in 1976

Draft: 3rd round, 73rd overall of the 1978 NFL draft by the Houston Oilers

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Passing

Data Coverage (*=bowl stats included)
Passing
Year School Conf Class Pos G Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1975 Brigham Young WAC QB 11 110 180 61.1 1471 8.2 7.5 10 7 140.3
*1976 Brigham Young WAC QB 12 230 406 56.7 3401 8.4 7.3 30 23 140.1
1977 Brigham Young WAC QB 11 98 156 62.8 1167 7.5 8.7 16 3 155.7
Career Brigham Young 438 742 59.0 6039 8.1 7.6 56 33 143.4

Rushing & Receiving

Data Coverage (*=bowl stats included)
Rushing Receiving Scrimmage
Year School Conf Class Pos G Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1975 Brigham Young WAC QB 11 57 -144 -2.5 2 57 -144 -2.5 2
*1976 Brigham Young WAC QB 12 83 -267 -3.2 1 83 -267 -3.2 1
1977 Brigham Young WAC QB 11 29 -25 -0.9 0 29 -25 -0.9 0
Career Brigham Young 169 -436 -2.6 3 169 -436 -2.6 3

Appearances on Leaderboards, Awards, and Honors

Awards and Honors
1976 WAC Offensive Player of the Year
Heisman Voting
1976 45 Points (6th)
Pass Completions
1976 NCAA 230 (2nd)
Pass Attempts
1976 NCAA 406 (2nd)
Pass Completion Percentage
1975 NCAA 61.1 (3rd)
1976 NCAA 56.7 (7th)
1977 NCAA 62.8 (4th)
Passing Yards
1976 NCAA 3401 (1st)
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1975 NCAA 8.2 (5th)
1976 NCAA 8.4 (4th)
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1975 NCAA 7.5 (5th)
1976 NCAA 7.3 (6th)
1977 NCAA 8.7 (5th)
Passing Touchdowns
1976 NCAA 30 (1st)
Passing Interceptions
1976 NCAA 23 (2nd)
Passing Efficiency Rating
1975 NCAA 140.3 (3rd)
1976 NCAA 140.1 (4th)
1977 NCAA 155.7 (3rd)
Total Plays
1976 NCAA 489 (2nd)
Total Yards
1976 NCAA 3134 (2nd)
Total Yards Per Play
1976 NCAA 6.4 (1st)
Total Touchdowns
1976 NCAA 31 (1st)