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1956 Leaders

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National Champion: Oklahoma (AP, FWAA, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Paul Hornung (Notre Dame)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Oklahoma

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Pass Completions

1. John Brodie (STAN) 139
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 91
3. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 90
4. Guy Martin (COLG) 88
5. Gene Saur (HA-SI) 78
6. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 75
7. Joe Clements (TX) 74
8. Tom Flores (PAC) 73
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 71
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 71
11. Len Dawson (PUR) 69
12. Bob Winters (UTST) 65
  Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 65
14. Claude Benham (COLMB) 63
15. Frank Ryan (RICE) 60
16. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 59
17. Bunny Aldrich (WAST) 57
  Tom Forrestal (NAVY) 57
19. Joe Kapp (CA) 52
20. Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 51
  Frank Finney (BROWN) 51

Pass Attempts

1. John Brodie (STAN) 240
2. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 172
3. Bob Newman (WAST) 170
  Guy Martin (COLG) 170
5. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 167
6. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 157
7. Joe Clements (TX) 151
8. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 148
9. Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 134
10. Claude Benham (COLMB) 133
  Gene Saur (HA-SI) 133
12. Bob Winters (UTST) 130
  Len Dawson (PUR) 130
14. Tom Flores (PAC) 127
15. Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 116
16. Joe Kapp (CA) 112
17. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 111
18. Frank Ryan (RICE) 109
19. Frank Finney (BROWN) 107
  Art Boland (CORN) 107

Pass Completion Percentage

1. John Brodie (STAN) 57.9
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 53.5
3. Len Dawson (PUR) 53.1
4. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 52.3
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 51.8
6. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 50.7
7. Joe Clements (TX) 49.0
8. Claude Benham (COLMB) 47.4
9. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 45.2
10. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 42.5

Passing Yards

1. John Brodie (STAN) 1633
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 1240
3. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 1138
4. Tom Flores (PAC) 1119
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 1100
6. Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 1041
7. Gene Saur (HA-SI) 968
8. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 964
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 945
10. Bob Winters (UTST) 943
11. Claude Benham (COLMB) 933
12. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 917
13. Larry Zowada (WY) 878
14. Len Dawson (PUR) 856
15. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 823
16. Tom Forrestal (NAVY) 808
17. Bunny Aldrich (WAST) 804
18. Joe Clements (TX) 793
19. Frank Ryan (RICE) 704
20. Bill Smithers (HC) 699

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bob Newman (WAST) 7.3
2. Claude Benham (COLMB) 7.0
3. John Brodie (STAN) 6.8
4. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 6.6
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 6.6
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 6.5
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 6.1
8. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 5.7
9. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 5.6
10. Joe Clements (TX) 5.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 6.5
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 6.1
3. John Brodie (STAN) 5.2
4. Claude Benham (COLMB) 5.1
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 4.2
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 3.6
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 3.1
8. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 2.6
9. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 2.5
10. Joe Clements (TX) 1.4

Passing Interceptions

1. Bill Smithers (HC) 16
  Joe Clements (TX) 16
  Mickey Trimarki (WV) 16
4. Bob Winters (UTST) 15
  Carroll Johnston (BYU) 15
  Guy Martin (COLG) 15
7. John Brodie (STAN) 14
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 14
9. Joe Kapp (CA) 13
  Paul Hornung (NDAME) 13
  Ken Ford (HA-SI) 13
12. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 12
13. Tom Secules (WMMARY) 11
  Bob Hardage (WMMARY) 11
  Dick Belton (DAVID) 11
16. Wally Strauch (KS) 10
  Gene Saur (HA-SI) 10
  Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 10
  Len Dawson (PUR) 10
  Claude Benham (COLMB) 10

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 121.3
2. Bob Newman (WAST) 120.9
3. John Brodie (STAN) 119.9
4. Claude Benham (COLMB) 116.1
5. Len Dawson (PUR) 110.8
6. Guy Martin (COLG) 105.9
7. Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 95.8
8. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 90.1
9. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 87.9
10. Joe Clements (TX) 87.2

Rush Attempts

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 203
2. Jim Crawford (WY) 200
3. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 193
4. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 174
5. Jim Swink* (TXX) 169
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 168
7. Don Bosseler (MIAFL) 161
8. Jim Brown (SYR) 158
9. Ronny Quillian (TLN) 156
10. James Roseboro (OHST) 152
11. Tom Berry* (ORST) 143
12. Roddy Osborne (TXAM) 141
13. Jack Hill (UTST) 140
14. Don Clark (OHST) 139
15. Billy Stacy (MSST) 138
16. Jack Morris (OR) 137
17. King Dixon (SC) 136
18. Bob Fee (IN) 134
  Homer Floyd (KS) 134
  Charlie Sidwell (WMMARY) 134

Rushing Yards

1. Jim Crawford (WY) 1104
2. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1010
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 986
4. Jack Hill (UTST) 920
5. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 879
6. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 873
7. Tommy McDonald (OK) 853
8. Clendon Thomas (OK) 817
9. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 803
10. Don Clark (OHST) 797
11. C.R. Roberts (SCA) 775
12. Ed Sutton (NC) 748
13. Don Bosseler (MIAFL) 723
14. Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 721
15. James Roseboro (OHST) 712
  Buddy Dike* (TXX) 712
17. Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 707
18. Jim Swink* (TXX) 706
19. Tommy Lorino (AUB) 692
20. Jerry Brown (NE) 690

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tommy Lorino (AUB) 8.4
2. Clendon Thomas (OK) 7.9
3. Ron Mills (WTXAM) 7.4
4. Earnel Durden* (ORST) 7.2
5. Tommy McDonald (OK) 7.2
6. Dennis McGill (YALE) 7.1
7. Bob Forrest (TXEP) 6.9
8. Galen Cisco (OHST) 6.8
9. Ken Wineburg* (TXX) 6.8
10. Loyd Taylor (TXAM) 6.8
11. Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 6.7
12. Bob Stransky (CO) 6.6
13. Charles Sanders (WTXAM) 6.6
14. Jack Hill (UTST) 6.6
15. Bobby Hoppe (AUB) 6.5
16. C.R. Roberts (SCA) 6.5
17. Del Shofner* (BAY) 6.4
18. George Colbert (DEN) 6.4
19. Art Boland (CORN) 6.4
20. Jon Arnett (SCA) 6.3

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Clendon Thomas (OK) 13
  Jim Brown (SYR) 13
3. Tommy McDonald (OK) 12
  Jim Crawford (WY) 12
5. Jack Hill (UTST) 11
  Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 11
7. Hewes Agnew (PRIN) 10
  Mike Brown (DART) 10
9. John Bayuk (CO) 9
  John Call (COLG) 9
11. Tom Bronson (TN) 8
  Joel Wells* (CLEM) 8
  Jimmy Taylor (LAST) 8
  Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 8
  Tom Morris (PRIN) 8
  Jimmy Bevers (TXEP) 8
  Tom Berry* (ORST) 8
18. Steve Ackerman (YALE) 7
  Sam Scarnecchia (MIAFL) 7
  John Herrnstein (MI) 7
  Ray Brown (MS) 7
  Johnny Majors (TN) 7
  Don Clark (OHST) 7
  Dean Derby (WA) 7
  Dick Bass (PAC) 7
  Tom Flores (PAC) 7
  Billy Kane (PAST) 7
  Al Carter (TN) 7
  Buford Waterhouse (DRAKE) 7
  Merrill Douglas (UT) 7

Receptions

1. Art Powell (SJST) 40
2. Bill Steiger (WAST) 39
3. Connie Baird (HA-SI) 37
4. Brad Bomba (IN) 31
5. Larry Aldrich (ID) 30
  Charles James (MO) 30
7. Alfred Jamison (COLG) 29
8. Paul Camera (STAN) 28
9. Johnny Wilson (DEN) 27
  Farrell Funston (PAC) 27
  Don Ellingsen (WAST) 27
12. Don Gest (WAST) 26
  Fred Dugan (DAYT) 26
14. Carl Isaacs (STAN) 25
15. Bob Bryant (TX) 24
  Fred Polzer (VA) 24
17. Dick Wallen (UCLA) 23
  Jim Swink* (TXX) 23
  Tommy Gentry (SMETH) 23
  Jimmy Phillips (AUB) 23
  John Whatcott (UTST) 23

Receiving Yards

1. Bill Steiger (WAST) 607
2. Art Powell (SJST) 583
3. Farrell Funston (PAC) 563
4. Fred Dugan (DAYT) 481
5. Don Ellingsen (WAST) 455
  Connie Baird (HA-SI) 455
7. Jim Swink* (TXX) 450
8. Jim Morse (NDAME) 442
9. Ernie Pitts (DEN) 415
10. Larry Aldrich (ID) 409
11. Jay Hunton (RUT) 408
12. Brad Bomba (IN) 407
13. John Whatcott (UTST) 400
14. Jimmy Phillips (AUB) 383
  Johnny Wilson (DEN) 383
16. Charles James (MO) 362
17. Joe Walton (PITT) 360
18. Buddy Dial (RICE) 357
  Buddy Cruze (TN) 357
20. Ron Kramer (MI) 353

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Morse (NDAME) 22.1
2. Farrell Funston (PAC) 20.9
3. Ernie Pitts (DEN) 19.8
4. Ron Kramer (MI) 19.6
5. Jim Swink* (TXX) 19.6
6. Fred Dugan (DAYT) 18.5
7. Buddy Cruze (TN) 17.9
8. John Whatcott (UTST) 17.4
9. Joe Walton (PITT) 17.1
10. Buddy Dial (RICE) 17.0
11. Don Ellingsen (WAST) 16.9
12. Roger Aceto (DRAKE) 16.8
13. Jimmy Phillips (AUB) 16.7
14. Bill Steiger (WAST) 15.6
15. Joe Kopnisky (WV) 15.5
16. Rick Randall (COLG) 14.7
17. Art Powell (SJST) 14.6
18. Walter Fondren (TX) 14.5
19. Norm Becker (CA) 14.2
20. Johnny Wilson (DEN) 14.2

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 205
2. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 203
3. Jim Crawford (WY) 202
4. Jim Swink* (TXX) 192
5. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 178
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 171
7. Don Bosseler (MIAFL) 165
8. Jim Brown (SYR) 163
9. Ronny Quillian (TLN) 156
  James Roseboro (OHST) 156
11. Jack Hill (UTST) 155
12. Charlie Sidwell (WMMARY) 151
13. Tom Berry* (ORST) 144
14. King Dixon (SC) 143
15. Roddy Osborne (TXAM) 141
  Lou Valli (STAN) 141
  Bob Fee (IN) 141
18. Alex Hawkins (SC) 140
19. Don Clark (OHST) 139
  Jack Morris (OR) 139
  Phil King (VAND) 139

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Jim Swink* (TXX) 1156
2. Jim Crawford (WY) 1148
3. Tommy McDonald (OK) 1135
  Jack Hill (UTST) 1135
5. Clendon Thomas (OK) 1058
6. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1051
7. Jim Brown (SYR) 1042
8. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 972
9. Johnny Wilson (DEN) 947
10. Ed Sutton (NC) 907
11. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 894
12. Joel Wells* (CLEM) 883
13. Abe Woodson (IL) 856
14. C.R. Roberts (SCA) 827
15. Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 823
16. Dennis McGill (YALE) 821
17. Charlie Sidwell (WMMARY) 814
18. Walter Fondren (TX) 811
19. Lou Valli (STAN) 804
20. Don Clark (OHST) 797

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Clendon Thomas (OK) 17
2. Tommy McDonald (OK) 16
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 14
4. Jim Crawford (WY) 12
  Jack Hill (UTST) 12
6. Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 11
  John Call (COLG) 11
8. John Bayuk (CO) 10
  Mike Brown (DART) 10
  Hewes Agnew (PRIN) 10
11. Buford Waterhouse (DRAKE) 9
  John David Crow (TXAM) 9
  Del Shofner* (BAY) 9
  Dennis McGill (YALE) 9
15. Jimmy Taylor (LAST) 8
  Johnny Wilson (DEN) 8
  John Whatcott (UTST) 8
  Steve Ackerman (YALE) 8
  Jimmy Bevers (TXEP) 8
  Tom Berry* (ORST) 8
  Tom Bronson (TN) 8
  Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 8
  Bobby Jordan (VAMI) 8
  Tom Morris (PRIN) 8
  Joel Wells* (CLEM) 8
  John Watts (WY) 8

Total Plays

1. John Brodie (STAN) 295
2. Ralph Hunsaker (AZ) 231
3. Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 219
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 219
5. Bob Newman (WAST) 213
6. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 212
7. Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 211
  Joe Clements (TX) 211
9. Billy Stacy (MSST) 209
10. Guy Martin (COLG) 208
11. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 205
12. Jim Bakhtiar (VA) 203
13. Jim Crawford (WY) 202
14. Claude Benham (COLMB) 199
15. Melvin Dillard (PUR) 195
16. Joe Francis* (ORST) 192
17. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 191
18. Bob Winters (UTST) 189
19. Frank Ryan (RICE) 186
20. Bob Cox (MN) 183

Total Yards

1. John Brodie (STAN) 1642
2. Paul Hornung (NDAME) 1337
3. Bob Newman (WAST) 1177
4. Tom Flores (PAC) 1167
5. Guy Martin (COLG) 1165
6. Jim Crawford (WY) 1114
7. Johnny Majors (TN) 1101
8. Billy Stacy (MSST) 1077
9. Bob Reinhart (SJST) 1068
10. Jim Brown (SYR) 1062
11. Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 1053
12. Tommy McDonald (OK) 1036
13. Art Boland (CORN) 1024
14. Bill Barnes (WAKE) 1010
15. Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 1008
16. Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 1004
17. Claude Benham (COLMB) 987
18. Carroll Johnston (BYU) 984
19. Gene Saur (HA-SI) 982
20. Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 980

Total Touchdowns

1. Tom Flores (PAC) 18
2. Tommy McDonald (OK) 15
3. Jim Brown (SYR) 14
4. Corny Salvaterra (PITT) 13
  Jim Crawford (WY) 13
  Clendon Thomas (OK) 13
7. Johnny Majors (TN) 12
  Bob Reinhart (SJST) 12
  Mike Brown (DART) 12
  Chuck Curtis* (TXX) 12
  Claude Benham (COLMB) 12
  Jack Hill (UTST) 12
  John Brodie (STAN) 12
14. Toppy Vann (GATECH) 11
  Bob Kyasky (ARMY) 11
  Jimmy Harris (OK) 11
  Ken Ploen* (IA) 11
  Ray Brown (MS) 11
19. Tom Morris (PRIN) 10
  Guy Martin (COLG) 10
  Gene Saur (HA-SI) 10
  Roger LaBrasca (DRAKE) 10
  Al Yanowich (DEN) 10
  Bobby Mulgado (AZST) 10
  Frank Ellwood (OHST) 10
  Charlie Arnold (SMETH) 10
  Hewes Agnew (PRIN) 10