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1961 Leaders

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, NFF, UPI), Ohio State (FWAA)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Ernie Davis (Syracuse)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Darrell Royal (Texas)

AP Preseason #1: Iowa ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 117
2. Ron Miller (WI) 104
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 99
4. Billy Canty (FURM) 85
  John Furman (TXEP) 85
6. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 84
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 81
8. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 79
  Matt Szykowny (IA) 79
10. Bill Whaley (CIT) 78
11. Pat McCarthy (HC) 76
12. Pat Trammell (AL) 75
13. Gale Weidner (CO) 74
  Jerry Rhome (SMETH) 74
15. Jerry Gross (DET) 72
16. Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 71
  Ray Farris (NC) 71
18. Jerry Woolum (KY) 70
19. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 69
20. Larry Rakestraw (GA) 68
  Mel Rideout (RICH) 68
Pass Attempts
1. Ron Miller (WI) 198
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 197
3. George Van Cott (BC) 188
4. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 186
5. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 182
6. John Furman (TXEP) 180
7. Mel Rideout (RICH) 178
8. George Mira (MIAFL) 172
9. Billy Canty (FURM) 168
10. Pat McCarthy (HC) 165
11. Gale Weidner (CO) 162
  Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 162
13. Ray Farris (NC) 159
14. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 154
15. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 153
16. Jerry Gross (DET) 152
17. Bill Whaley (CIT) 148
18. Jim Costen (SC) 146
19. Matt Szykowny (IA) 139
20. Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 137
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 59.4
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 56.8
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 53.2
4. Bill Whaley (CIT) 52.7
5. Ron Miller (WI) 52.5
6. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 51.3
7. Billy Canty (FURM) 50.6
8. Jerry Gross (DET) 47.4
9. John Furman (TXEP) 47.2
10. George Mira (MIAFL) 47.1
11. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 46.2
12. Pat McCarthy (HC) 46.1
13. Gale Weidner (CO) 45.7
14. Ray Farris (NC) 44.7
15. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 42.6
16. Jim Costen (SC) 41.8
17. Earl Cole (DAVID) 41.2
18. Mel Rideout (RICH) 38.2
19. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 35.3
20. George Van Cott (BC) 31.4
Passing Yards
1. Ron Miller (WI) 1487
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 1480
3. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 1294
4. Jerry Gross (DET) 1126
5. Gale Weidner (CO) 1101
6. Pat McCarthy (HC) 1081
7. Matt Szykowny (IA) 1078
8. Alex Zyskowski (WICHST) 1038
9. Pat Trammell (AL) 1035
  Ron Klemick (NAVY) 1035
11. John Furman (TXEP) 1026
12. George Mira (MIAFL) 1000
13. Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 999
14. Bill Whaley (CIT) 980
15. Galen Hall (PAST) 951
16. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 949
17. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 937
18. Dick Shiner (MD) 921
19. Jerry Woolum (KY) 892
20. Billy Canty (FURM) 884
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 8.4
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 7.8
3. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 7.5
4. Ron Miller (WI) 7.5
5. Jerry Gross (DET) 7.4
6. Gale Weidner (CO) 6.8
7. Bill Whaley (CIT) 6.6
8. Pat McCarthy (HC) 6.6
9. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 5.9
10. George Mira (MIAFL) 5.8
11. John Furman (TXEP) 5.7
12. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 5.7
13. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 5.7
14. Earl Cole (DAVID) 5.6
15. Ray Farris (NC) 5.5
16. Billy Canty (FURM) 5.3
17. Jim Costen (SC) 5.2
18. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 5.0
19. Mel Rideout (RICH) 4.5
20. George Van Cott (BC) 3.9
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 7.7
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 6.2
3. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 6.2
4. Ron Miller (WI) 6.1
5. Jerry Gross (DET) 5.3
6. Earl Cole (DAVID) 5.2
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 5.2
8. Gale Weidner (CO) 4.5
9. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 4.4
10. Bill Whaley (CIT) 4.1
11. John Furman (TXEP) 4.1
12. Matt Szykowny (IA) 3.9
13. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 3.8
14. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 3.1
15. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 3.0
16. Billy Canty (FURM) 3.0
17. Jim Costen (SC) 2.9
18. Ray Farris (NC) 2.6
19. Mel Rideout (RICH) 2.5
Passing Touchdowns
1. George Potts (XAV) 19
2. Mike DeFazio (XAV) 17
3. Stephen Joern (XAV) 14
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 14
5. Ron Miller (WI) 11
  James Earl Wright (MEM) 11
  Pat McCarthy (HC) 11
8. Bill King (DART) 10
  Glynn Griffing (MS) 10
  John Furman (TXEP) 10
  Eddie Wilson (AZ) 10
12. Dave Sarette (SYR) 9
  Jerry Gross (DET) 9
  Earl Cole (DAVID) 9
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 9
16. Pat Trammell (AL) 8
  George Mira (MIAFL) 8
  Galen Hall (PAST) 8
  Roman Gabriel (NCST) 8
  Billy Canty (FURM) 8
  Mallon Faircloth (TN) 8
  Gale Weidner (CO) 8
  Ron Logback (NMST) 8
  Joe Zuger (AZST) 8
Passing Interceptions
1. Jack Rohrbach (BROWN) 16
2. Matt Szykowny (IA) 15
  George Van Cott (BC) 15
  Daniel Keating (COLG) 15
5. Frank Budka (NDAME) 14
  Hank Lesesne (VAND) 14
7. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 13
  Ron Klemick (NAVY) 13
9. Billy Canty (FURM) 12
  Larry Rakestraw (GA) 12
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 12
  Gale Weidner (CO) 12
  Freddie Martinez (HA-SI) 12
14. Dick Shiner (MD) 11
  Ray Farris (NC) 11
  John Furman (TXEP) 11
  Jerry Gross (DET) 11
  Mel Rideout (RICH) 11
  Eldon Fortie (BYU) 11
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 11
  Ron Miller (WI) 11
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 134.2
2. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 133.8
3. Ron Miller (WI) 122.8
4. Matt Szykowny (IA) 117.0
5. Pat McCarthy (HC) 115.8
6. Jerry Gross (DET) 114.7
7. George Mira (MIAFL) 104.3
8. Gale Weidner (CO) 104.2
9. Bill Whaley (CIT) 103.7
10. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 103.3
11. Earl Cole (DAVID) 102.5
12. John Furman (TXEP) 101.2
13. Billy Canty (FURM) 96.2
14. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 91.7
15. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 90.5
16. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 85.4
17. Ray Farris (NC) 81.2
18. Jim Costen (SC) 80.2
19. Mel Rideout (RICH) 77.0
20. George Van Cott (BC) 56.8
Rush Attempts
1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 202
3. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 191
4. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
5. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 162
6. Tom Campbell (FURM) 152
7. Ernie Davis (SYR) 150
8. Tommy Joe Crutcher (TXX) 148
9. Ben Wilson (SCA) 139
10. Eldon Fortie (BYU) 138
  Don Boyce (TXEP) 138
12. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 137
13. John Hadl (KS) 136
14. Curtis McClinton (KS) 135
15. Bob Jackson (NMST) 133
16. George Reed (WAST) 131
  Tom Haggerty (COLMB) 131
18. Mike Fracchia (AL) 130
  Ken Coleman (KS) 130
  Art Perkins (NTX) 130
  Jim Stiger (WA) 130
Rushing Yards
1. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1278
2. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 966
3. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
4. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
5. James Saxton (TX) 846
6. Ernie Davis (SYR) 823
7. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 773
8. Tom Campbell (FURM) 767
9. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 752
10. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 704
11. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 703
12. Bob Jackson (NMST) 691
13. Roger Kochman (PAST) 666
14. Ken Coleman (KS) 656
15. Mike Fracchia (AL) 652
16. Tom Haggerty (COLMB) 647
17. Dave Casinelli (MEM) 646
18. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 639
19. Angelo Dabiero (NDAME) 637
20. Dick Drummond (GW) 632
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. James Saxton (TX) 7.9
2. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 7.3
3. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 7.1
4. Angelo Dabiero (NDAME) 6.9
5. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 6.7
6. Larry Glueck (NOVA) 6.7
7. Aaron Youngblood (PAC) 6.6
8. Jerry Stovall (LAST) 6.4
9. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 6.4
10. Bob Morgan (NM) 6.4
11. Billy Ray Adams (MS) 6.3
12. Alan White (WAKE) 6.3
13. Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 6.3
14. Sherman Lewis (MIST) 6.2
15. Mike McClellan (OK) 6.2
16. Bill Perkins (IA) 6.1
17. Waymond Hall (PAC) 6.1
18. Bennie McRae (MI) 6.0
19. Bill Swingle (NWEST) 6.0
20. Steve Simms (RUT) 6.0
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 17
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 12
4. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
  Tom Larscheid (UTST) 11
6. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
  Sam Mudie (RUT) 10
8. Jerry Cook (TX) 9
  Billy Ray Adams (MS) 9
  Pat Trammell (AL) 9
  James Saxton (TX) 9
  Dave Casinelli (MEM) 9
13. Ron Scrudato (CLEM) 8
  Al Rushatz (ARMY) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  George Reed (WAST) 8
  Bob Jackson (NMST) 8
  Earl Stoudt (RICH) 8
  Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 8
  Pat McCarthy (HC) 8
  Curtis McClinton (KS) 8
Receptions
1. Hugh Campbell (WAST) 53
2. Pat Richter (WI) 47
3. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 44
4. Al Snyder (HC) 38
5. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 35
6. Larry Vargo (DET) 32
  Tom Hutchinson (KY) 32
8. Buddy Iles (TXX) 31
9. Gary Collins (MD) 30
10. Joe Borich (UT) 29
  R. Cassell (NMST) 29
12. Jim Boylan (WAST) 28
13. Joe Hernandez (AZ) 27
  Tony Carmignani (FURM) 27
  Hal Bedsole (SCA) 27
16. Steve Stonebreaker (DET) 26
  John Hilton (RICH) 26
  Bob Witucki (TXTECH) 26
  Ken Reeder (VAMI) 26
  Ernie Phillips (WMMARY) 26
Receiving Yards
1. Pat Richter (WI) 817
2. Hugh Campbell (WAST) 723
3. Bill Miller (MIAFL) 648
4. Larry Vargo (DET) 601
5. Al Snyder (HC) 558
6. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 543
7. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 527
8. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 525
9. R. Cassell (NMST) 519
10. Jim Stewart (NAVY) 498
11. Joe Borich (UT) 489
12. Buddy Iles (TXX) 479
13. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 468
14. Mack Burton (SJST) 456
15. Steve Stonebreaker (DET) 439
16. Gary Collins (MD) 428
17. Cloyd Webb (IA) 425
18. Joe Hernandez (AZ) 423
19. Jim Boylan (WAST) 412
20. Dick Limerick (IAST) 402
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Jim Stewart (NAVY) 21.7
2. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 19.4
3. Dick Limerick (IAST) 19.1
4. Larry Vargo (DET) 18.8
5. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 18.7
6. Mack Burton (SJST) 18.2
7. R. Cassell (NMST) 17.9
8. Pat Richter (WI) 17.4
9. Cloyd Webb (IA) 17.0
10. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 17.0
11. Steve Stonebreaker (DET) 16.9
12. Joe Borich (UT) 16.9
13. Larry Glueck (NOVA) 16.7
14. Joe Hernandez (AZ) 15.7
15. Buddy Iles (TXX) 15.5
16. Eddie Kotal (PAC) 15.4
17. Tom Culver (ARMY) 15.2
18. Charlie Brendle (CIT) 15.2
19. Oscar Donahue (SJST) 15.1
20. Dave Edwards (AUB) 14.9
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Larry Vargo (DET) 8
  Pat Richter (WI) 8
3. Mack Burton (SJST) 7
  R. Cassell (NMST) 7
5. Hal Bedsole (SCA) 6
6. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 5
  Bob Moses (TX) 5
  Joe Borich (UT) 5
  Barry Tyne (HC) 5
  Al Snyder (HC) 5
  Don Coffey (MEM) 5
  Hugh Campbell (WAST) 5
  Oscar Donahue (SJST) 5
14. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 4
  Dick Limerick (IAST) 4
  Gary Collins (MD) 4
  Cloyd Webb (IA) 4
  Chuck Bryant (OHST) 4
  Charlie Brendle (CIT) 4
  Jeff Starling (VAND) 4
  Larry Montre (IAST) 4
  Ron Turner (WICHST) 4
  Jerry Sheffield (DAVID) 4
  Bill Dahme (UTST) 4
  Eddie Kotal (PAC) 4
  John Mackey (SYR) 4
  Del Williams (TXEP) 4
  Stinson Jones (VAMI) 4
  Jerry Hillebrand (CO) 4
  Wesley Sullivan (MS) 4
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 229
2. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 203
3. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 195
4. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 183
5. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 176
6. Ernie Davis (SYR) 166
7. Tom Campbell (FURM) 163
8. Tommy Joe Crutcher (TXX) 158
9. Curtis McClinton (KS) 145
  Ben Wilson (SCA) 145
11. Jim Dillard (OKST) 142
12. Don Boyce (TXEP) 141
13. Bob Jackson (NMST) 139
  Roger Kochman (PAST) 139
15. Eldon Fortie (BYU) 138
16. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 137
  Tom Haggerty (COLMB) 137
  Terry Isaacson (AF) 137
19. John Hadl (KS) 136
20. Dick Drummond (GW) 134
  Ken Coleman (KS) 134
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1298
2. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 1220
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 980
4. James Saxton (TX) 969
5. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 966
6. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 951
7. Bob Ferguson (OHST) 938
8. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 920
9. Roger Kochman (PAST) 892
10. Earl Stoudt (RICH) 887
11. Tom Campbell (FURM) 870
12. Lance Alworth (AR) 851
13. Angelo Dabiero (NDAME) 838
14. Pat Richter (WI) 817
15. Dick Drummond (GW) 815
16. Billy Ray Adams (MS) 773
17. Tom Hennessey (HC) 745
18. Al Snyder (HC) 742
19. Dave Casinelli (MEM) 729
20. Bob Jackson (NMST) 726
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 18
3. Ernie Davis (SYR) 14
4. Tom Larscheid (UTST) 13
5. Bobby Thompson (AZ) 11
  Bob Ferguson (OHST) 11
7. Sam Mudie (RUT) 10
  Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 10
  Curtis McClinton (KS) 10
10. Nolan Jones (AZST) 9
  James Saxton (TX) 9
  Charley Taylor (AZST) 9
  Dave Casinelli (MEM) 9
  Billy Ray Adams (MS) 9
  Roger Kochman (PAST) 9
  Earl Stoudt (RICH) 9
  Jerry Cook (TX) 9
  Pat Trammell (AL) 9
19. Wendell Harris (LAST) 8
  Joe Williams (IA) 8
  Pat Richter (WI) 8
  Ron Scrudato (CLEM) 8
  Ronnie Bull (BAY) 8
  Larry Vargo (DET) 8
  Al Rushatz (ARMY) 8
  Bob Jackson (NMST) 8
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
  George Reed (WAST) 8
  Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 8
  Pat McCarthy (HC) 8
Total Plays
1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 320
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 293
3. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 283
4. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 275
5. George Van Cott (BC) 270
6. Ray Farris (NC) 269
7. John Furman (TXEP) 255
8. John Hadl (KS) 239
9. Hank Lesesne (VAND) 238
10. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 237
  George Mira (MIAFL) 237
12. Ron Miller (WI) 234
13. Bill Whaley (CIT) 222
14. Jerry Rhome (SMETH) 221
  Eldon Fortie (BYU) 221
16. Bobby Hunt (AUB) 219
  Larry Rakestraw (GA) 219
18. Jim Costen (SC) 218
19. Bobby Smith* (UCLA) 214
20. Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 211
Total Yards
1. Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 1638
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 1593
3. Ron Miller (WI) 1449
4. Sandy Stephens* (MN) 1402
5. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 1388
6. Eddie Wilson (AZ) 1377
7. John Furman (TXEP) 1334
8. Pat Trammell (AL) 1314
9. Preacher Pilot (NMST) 1278
10. Jerry Gross (DET) 1250
11. Terry Baker (ORST) 1230
12. Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 1198
13. George Mira (MIAFL) 1173
14. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 1133
15. Alex Zyskowski (WICHST) 1125
16. Doug Elmore (MS) 1086
17. Gale Weidner (CO) 1069
18. Bobby Hunt (AUB) 1050
19. John Hadl (KS) 1047
20. Galen Hall (PAST) 1034
Total Touchdowns
1. Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 21
2. Pat McCarthy (HC) 19
  George Potts (XAV) 19
4. James Earl Wright (MEM) 18
5. Mike DeFazio (XAV) 17
  Pat Trammell (AL) 17
  Preacher Pilot (NMST) 17
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 17
9. Bill King (DART) 16
10. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 15
11. Stephen Joern (XAV) 14
  Eddie Wilson (AZ) 14
  Mallon Faircloth (TN) 14
  Ron Miller (WI) 14
  Sam Mudie (RUT) 14
16. John Hadl (KS) 13
  John Furman (TXEP) 13
18. Roman Gabriel (NCST) 12
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 12
  Ernie Davis (SYR) 12
  Dave Sarette (SYR) 12