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1959 Leaders

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National Champion: Syracuse (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Cannon (Louisiana State)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Ben Schwartzwalder (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Louisiana State ▪ AP Final #1: Syracuse

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Pass Completions

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 152
2. Jack Lee (CIN) 132
3. Peter Hall (MARQ) 120
4. Rich Mayo (AF) 110
5. Charley Johnson (NMST) 105
  Don Meredith (SMETH) 105
  Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 105
8. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 100
  Gale Weidner (CO) 100
10. Ron Costello (XAV) 93
  Dick Soergel (OKST) 93
12. Joe Majors (FLST) 90
13. Emmett Lee (SJST) 86
  Olen Treadway (IA) 86
15. John Amabile (BC) 85
16. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 83
17. Norm Snead (WAKE) 82
18. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 81
19. Ed Hino (GW) 79
20. Harold Stephens (HA-SI) 69

Pass Attempts

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 263
2. Peter Hall (MARQ) 237
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 232
4. Rich Mayo (AF) 211
5. Gale Weidner (CO) 207
6. Charley Johnson (NMST) 199
7. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 195
8. Norm Snead (WAKE) 191
9. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 188
10. Ed Hino (GW) 185
11. Don Meredith (SMETH) 181
12. Joe Majors (FLST) 168
13. John Amabile (BC) 159
14. Dick Soergel (OKST) 155
15. Ron Costello (XAV) 151
16. Emmett Lee (SJST) 150
17. Olen Treadway (IA) 147
18. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 145
19. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 144
  Jack Cummings (NC) 144

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Ron Costello (XAV) 61.6
2. Dick Soergel (OKST) 60.0
3. Olen Treadway (IA) 58.5
4. Don Meredith (SMETH) 58.0
5. Dick Norman (STAN) 57.8
6. Emmett Lee (SJST) 57.3
7. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 57.2
8. Jack Lee (CIN) 56.9
9. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 55.9
10. Joe Majors (FLST) 53.6
11. John Amabile (BC) 53.5
12. Charley Johnson (NMST) 52.8
13. Rich Mayo (AF) 52.1
14. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 51.3
15. Peter Hall (MARQ) 50.6
16. Gale Weidner (CO) 48.3
17. Jack Cummings (NC) 43.8
18. Norm Snead (WAKE) 42.9
19. Ed Hino (GW) 42.7
20. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 40.3

Passing Yards

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 1963
2. Peter Hall (MARQ) 1589
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 1535
4. Charley Johnson (NMST) 1449
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 1361
6. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 1343
7. Don Meredith (SMETH) 1266
8. Rich Mayo (AF) 1212
9. John Amabile (BC) 1200
  Gale Weidner (CO) 1200
11. Dick Soergel (OKST) 1100
12. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 1072
13. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 1068
14. Joe Majors (FLST) 1063
15. Ron Costello (XAV) 1062
16. Olen Treadway (IA) 1014
17. Ed Hino (GW) 997
18. Emmett Lee (SJST) 973
19. Richie Lucas (PAST) 913
20. Jack Cummings (NC) 889

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. John Amabile (BC) 7.5
2. Dick Norman (STAN) 7.5
3. Charley Johnson (NMST) 7.3
4. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 7.1
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 7.1
6. Dick Soergel (OKST) 7.1
7. Ron Costello (XAV) 7.0
8. Don Meredith (SMETH) 7.0
9. Olen Treadway (IA) 6.9
10. Peter Hall (MARQ) 6.7
11. Jack Lee (CIN) 6.6
12. Emmett Lee (SJST) 6.5
13. Joe Majors (FLST) 6.3
14. Jack Cummings (NC) 6.2
15. Gale Weidner (CO) 5.8
16. Rich Mayo (AF) 5.7
17. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 5.5
18. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 5.5
19. Ed Hino (GW) 5.4
20. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 5.2

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dick Soergel (OKST) 7.0
2. Olen Treadway (IA) 6.8
3. John Amabile (BC) 6.6
4. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 6.4
5. Dick Norman (STAN) 6.2
6. Jack Lee (CIN) 6.1
7. Don Meredith (SMETH) 5.7
8. Joe Majors (FLST) 5.2
9. Ron Costello (XAV) 5.1
10. Emmett Lee (SJST) 4.7
11. Peter Hall (MARQ) 4.6
12. Norm Snead (WAKE) 4.6
13. Jack Cummings (NC) 4.5
14. Rich Mayo (AF) 4.2
15. Gale Weidner (CO) 3.6
16. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 3.3
17. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 2.8
18. Ed Hino (GW) 2.4
19. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 2.0
20. Tommy Vasell (COLMB) 1.6

Passing Touchdowns

1. Charley Johnson (NMST) 18
2. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 13
3. Norm Snead (WAKE) 12
4. Jim Walden (WY) 11
  Dick Norman (STAN) 11
  Don Meredith (SMETH) 11
7. Frank Eastman (VATECH) 10
  Dave Sarette (SYR) 10
  Bill Gundy (DART) 10
  Dave Grosz (OR) 10
11. Dale Betty (MD) 9
  Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 9
  Jerry Nettles (CIT) 9
  Frank Gagliano (RICH) 9
  Dean Look (MIST) 9
16. George Koval (PA) 8
  Ivan Toncic (PITT) 8
  Ken Vierra (UT) 8
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 8
  Dick Soergel (OKST) 8
  John Amabile (BC) 8

Passing Interceptions

1. Norm Snead (WAKE) 16
2. Stan Noskin (MI) 15
3. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 14
  Peter Hall (MARQ) 14
5. Ed Hino (GW) 13
  Tommy Vasell (COLMB) 13
  Gale Weidner (CO) 13
  Stanford Fischer (VA) 13
  Jerry Keeling (TLS) 13
  George Izo (NDAME) 13
  Jim Tom Butler (HA-SI) 13
  Ivan Toncic (PITT) 13
13. Ken Komodzinski (HC) 12
  Dick Norman (STAN) 12
  Jim Maxfield (NAVY) 12
16. Edward Roehre (NOVA) 11
17. Don Meredith (SMETH) 10
  Frank Gagliano (RICH) 10
  Danny Williams (WV) 10
  Nick Pannes (BROWN) 10
  Rich Mayo (AF) 10
  Charles Milstead (TXAM) 10
  Phillip Snowden (MO) 10

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Dick Soergel (OKST) 131.5
2. Olen Treadway (IA) 125.8
3. Don Meredith (SMETH) 125.8
4. Dick Norman (STAN) 125.2
5. John Amabile (BC) 124.7
6. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 124.2
7. Ron Costello (XAV) 121.9
8. Jack Lee (CIN) 117.3
9. Emmett Lee (SJST) 115.2
10. Joe Majors (FLST) 110.2
11. Norm Snead (WAKE) 106.8
12. Peter Hall (MARQ) 104.9
13. Rich Mayo (AF) 100.3
14. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 100.3
15. Gale Weidner (CO) 95.6
16. Jack Cummings (NC) 95.1
17. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 91.4
18. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 79.8
19. Ed Hino (GW) 77.5
20. Tommy Vasell (COLMB) 73.6

Rush Attempts

1. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 207
2. Paul Choquette (BROWN) 179
3. Tom Watkins (IAST) 161
4. John Crouthamel (DART) 159
5. Pat Trammell (AL) 156
6. Bob Brumble (TLS) 151
7. Don Perkins (NM) 145
8. Bobby Boyd (OK) 144
9. Nolan Jones (AZST) 143
10. Charlie Flowers (MS) 141
11. Jack Spikes (TXX) 140
12. Billy Cannon (LAST) 139
  Dick Bass (PAC) 139
14. Monk Bailey (UT) 138
15. Jim Joyce (MD) 137
16. Rich Winkler (YALE) 134
  Ed Kovac (CIN) 134
18. Fred Doelling (PA) 133
19. Fred Pickard (FLST) 131
20. Prentice Gautt (OK) 130
  Pervis Atkins (NMST) 130

Rushing Yards

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 971
2. Tom Watkins (IAST) 843
3. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 803
4. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 749
5. Dick Bass (PAC) 742
6. Billy Brown (NM) 740
7. Charlie Flowers (MS) 733
8. Bob Crandall (NM) 729
9. Fred Doelling (PA) 707
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 689
11. Ernie Davis (SYR) 686
12. Tom Moore (VAND) 676
13. Prentice Gautt (OK) 674
14. Keith Lincoln (WAST) 670
15. Jack Spikes (TXX) 660
16. Monk Bailey (UT) 640
17. Don Perkins (NM) 636
18. Chet Boulris (HARV) 628
19. Charles Bowers (HA-SI) 619
20. Paul Choquette (BROWN) 617

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Billy Brown (NM) 7.8
2. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 7.5
3. Charles Bowers (HA-SI) 7.2
4. Ernie Davis (SYR) 7.0
  Buddy Allen (UTST) 7.0
6. Ger Schwedes (SYR) 6.3
7. Bob Crandall (NM) 6.3
8. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 6.2
9. John Maloney (COLG) 6.1
10. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 6.1
11. Jerry Hill (WY) 6.0
12. Bob Gaiters (NMST) 5.8
13. Ronnie Hartline (OK) 5.7
14. Frank Wilson (UT) 5.7
15. Joe Bellino (NAVY) 5.7
16. Bill Brown (IL) 5.7
17. Carroll Zaruba (NE) 5.6
18. Bob Jeter (IA) 5.6
19. Bobby Hunt (AUB) 5.6
20. Ron Burton (NWEST) 5.6

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 13
2. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 11
  Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
4. Ed Kovac (CIN) 9
  Charlie Ravenel (HARV) 9
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 9
  Bruce Maher (DET) 9
8. Tony Banfield (OKST) 8
  Don Perkins (NM) 8
  Bob Gaiters (NMST) 8
  Frank Wilson (UT) 8
  Jim Joyce (MD) 8
13. Billy Christle* (NTX) 7
  Ted Dean (WICHST) 7
  Dick Bass (PAC) 7
  Tom Watkins (IAST) 7
  Jake Gibbs (MS) 7
  Buddy Allen (UTST) 7
  Fred Doelling (PA) 7
  Joe Bellino (NAVY) 7
  Bob Schloredt (WA) 7
  Billy Brown (NM) 7
  Bobby Hunt (AUB) 7
  Nolan Jones (AZST) 7
  Rich Winkler (YALE) 7

Receptions

1. Chris Burford (STAN) 61
2. Bill Carpenter (ARMY) 43
3. Danny House (DAVID) 42
4. Dick Evans (VAMI) 35
5. Ben Robinson (STAN) 34
6. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 33
7. Paul Maguire (CIT) 32
8. Ed Kovac (CIN) 31
  Bud Whitehead (FLST) 31
  Jim Mullen (XAV) 31
11. Don Norton (IA) 30
  Glynn Gregory (SMETH) 30
13. Mike Quinlan (AF) 29
  Bill Voss (HA-SI) 29
  Oneal Cuterry (SJST) 29
16. Gail Cogdill (WAST) 28
17. Jim Norton (ID) 27
  Jim Leo (CIN) 27
19. Bill Smythe (GW) 26
  Sammy Oates (HA-SI) 26
  John Lands (MT) 26
  Bob Coolbaugh (RICH) 26
  Don Ellersick (WAST) 26

Receiving Yards

1. Chris Burford (STAN) 757
2. Dick Evans (VAMI) 698
3. Ben Robinson (STAN) 595
4. Bill Carpenter (ARMY) 591
5. Danny House (DAVID) 563
6. Paul Maguire (CIT) 549
7. Gail Cogdill (WAST) 531
8. Jim Mullen (XAV) 469
9. Bill Smythe (GW) 468
10. Bobby Allen (WAKE) 462
11. Bake Turner (TXTECH) 444
12. Don Norton (IA) 428
13. Carroll Dale (VATECH) 408
14. Jim Leo (CIN) 398
15. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 395
16. Oneal Cuterry (SJST) 378
17. Mike Quinlan (AF) 373
18. Glynn Gregory (SMETH) 369
19. Si Woods (MARQ) 367
20. Marv Luster (UCLA) 366

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Bake Turner (TXTECH) 20.2
2. Dick Evans (VAMI) 19.9
3. Gail Cogdill (WAST) 19.0
4. Bobby Allen (WAKE) 18.5
5. Si Woods (MARQ) 18.4
6. Bob Simms (RUT) 18.2
7. Bill Smythe (GW) 18.0
8. Russell Hill (TXAM) 17.9
9. Ben Robinson (STAN) 17.5
10. Pete Manning (WAKE) 17.3
11. Paul Maguire (CIT) 17.2
12. Marv Luster (UCLA) 16.6
13. Johnny Counts (IL) 16.5
14. Al Goldstein (NC) 16.4
15. Bob Kelly (NMST) 16.4
16. George Andrie (MARQ) 16.2
17. Bob Federspiel (COLMB) 15.6
18. John Kappas (XAV) 15.5
19. Jim Mullen (XAV) 15.1
20. Jim Leo (CIN) 14.7

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 207
2. Paul Choquette (BROWN) 183
3. John Crouthamel (DART) 173
4. Ed Kovac (CIN) 165
5. Tom Watkins (IAST) 163
6. Pat Trammell (AL) 156
7. Nolan Jones (AZST) 153
  Don Perkins (NM) 153
9. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 152
  Bob Brumble (TLS) 152
11. Billy Cannon (LAST) 150
12. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 149
13. Dick Bass (PAC) 146
14. Charlie Flowers (MS) 145
15. Bobby Boyd (OK) 144
16. Jack Spikes (TXX) 142
17. Jim Joyce (MD) 141
18. Fred Pickard (FLST) 139
  Tom Moore (VAND) 139
20. Monk Bailey (UT) 138

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 1272
2. Abner Haynes* (NTX) 1084
3. Tom Watkins (IAST) 875
4. Oneal Cuterry (SJST) 869
5. Don Perkins (NM) 862
6. Dick Bass (PAC) 858
7. Alger Pugh (VATECH) 855
8. Ed Kovac (CIN) 847
9. Tom Moore (VAND) 846
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 845
11. Charles Bowers (HA-SI) 823
12. Charlie Flowers (MS) 801
13. Ger Schwedes (SYR) 798
14. Bruce Maher (DET) 789
15. Ernie Davis (SYR) 780
16. Frank Wilson (UT) 774
17. Billy Brown (NM) 768
18. Bill Mathis* (CLEM) 764
19. Bob Crandall (NM) 761
20. Billy Cannon (LAST) 759

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 16
2. Ed Kovac (CIN) 14
  Abner Haynes* (NTX) 14
4. Frank Wilson (UT) 12
5. Bruce Maher (DET) 11
  Don Perkins (NM) 11
  Tony Banfield (OKST) 11
  Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
  Nolan Jones (AZST) 11
10. Paul Maguire (CIT) 10
  Tom Larscheid (UTST) 10
12. Bob Gaiters (NMST) 9
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 9
  Dick Evans (VAMI) 9
  Charlie Ravenel (HARV) 9
16. Ted Dean (WICHST) 8
  Billy Christle* (NTX) 8
  Joe Bellino (NAVY) 8
  Jim Joyce (MD) 8
  Billy Brown (NM) 8
  Dick Bass (PAC) 8
  Willie West (OR) 8

Total Plays

1. Peter Hall (MARQ) 330
2. Dick Norman (STAN) 319
3. Jack Lee (CIN) 298
4. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 297
5. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 287
6. Don Meredith (SMETH) 283
7. Gale Weidner (CO) 256
8. Charley Johnson (NMST) 251
9. Rich Mayo (AF) 249
10. Ed Hino (GW) 244
11. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 240
12. Charles Milstead (TXAM) 230
13. Joe Majors (FLST) 227
  Dave Grosz (OR) 227
15. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 220
16. Norm Snead (WAKE) 218
17. Richie Lucas (PAST) 216
18. Dale Hackbart* (WI) 211
19. Ronnie Stanley (BAY) 206
20. Pat Trammell (AL) 205

Total Yards

1. Dick Norman (STAN) 2018
2. Charley Johnson (NMST) 1635
3. Peter Hall (MARQ) 1555
4. Jack Lee (CIN) 1528
5. Norm Snead (WAKE) 1365
6. Dwight Nichols (IAST) 1358
7. Rich Mayo (AF) 1357
8. Fran Curci (MIAFL) 1328
9. Gale Weidner (CO) 1305
10. Don Meredith (SMETH) 1291
11. Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 1258
12. Richie Lucas (PAST) 1238
13. Jim Walden (WY) 1211
14. Jerry Keeling (TLS) 1206
15. Dave Grosz (OR) 1183
16. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 1182
17. Joe Majors (FLST) 1141
18. Dale Hackbart* (WI) 1121
19. Billy Kilmer (UCLA) 1090
20. Ron Costello (XAV) 1064

Total Touchdowns

1. Charley Johnson (NMST) 18
2. Howard Dyer (VAMI) 17
  Dwight Nichols (IAST) 17
4. Jim Walden (WY) 15
5. Pervis Atkins (NMST) 13
  Norm Snead (WAKE) 13
  Jake Gibbs (MS) 13
  Don Meredith (SMETH) 13
9. Gale Weidner (CO) 12
10. Charlie Flowers (MS) 11
  Dale Betty (MD) 11
  Frank Gagliano (RICH) 11
  Richie Lucas (PAST) 11
  Abner Haynes* (NTX) 11
  Ed Kovac (CIN) 11
  Dean Look (MIST) 11
  Dick Norman (STAN) 11
  Dave Grosz (OR) 11
19. Bob Schloredt (WA) 10
  Bill Gundy (DART) 10
  Charlie Ravenel (HARV) 10
  Emmett Lee (SJST) 10
  Frank Eastman (VATECH) 10
  Peter Hall (MARQ) 10
  Dave Sarette (SYR) 10
  Billy Kilmer (UCLA) 10
  Fran Tarkenton (GA) 10
  Jerry Keeling (TLS) 10
  George Koval (PA) 10
  Joe Caldwell (ARMY) 10
  Tony Banfield (OKST) 10