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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

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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. Ray Farris (NC) 71
  Sonny Gibbs (TXX) 71
18. Jerry Woolum (KY) 70
19. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 69
20. Mel Rideout (RICH) 68
  Larry Rakestraw (GA) 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. Bobby Mitchell (VAMI) 162
  Gale Weidner (CO) 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. Gale Weidner (CO) 8
  Ron Logback (NMST) 8
  Galen Hall (PAST) 8
  Roman Gabriel (NCST) 8
  Billy Canty (FURM) 8
  Mallon Faircloth (TN) 8
  George Mira (MIAFL) 8
  Pat Trammell (AL) 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. Ron Klemick (NAVY) 13
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 13
9. Billy Canty (FURM) 12
  Larry Rakestraw (GA) 12
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 12
  Gale Weidner (CO) 12
  Freddie Martinez (HA-SI) 12
14. Eldon Fortie (BYU) 11
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 11
  Mel Rideout (RICH) 11
  Jerry Gross (DET) 11
  John Furman (TXEP) 11
  Ray Farris (NC) 11
  Ron Miller (WI) 11
  Dick Shiner (MD) 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. Tom Haggerty (COLMB) 131
  George Reed (WAST) 131
18. Art Perkins (NTX) 130
  Ken Coleman (KS) 130
  Mike Fracchia (AL) 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
  Dave Casinelli (MEM) 9
  James Saxton (TX) 9
13. Ron Scrudato (CLEM) 8
  Al Rushatz (ARMY) 8
  George Saimes (MIST) 8
  Bob Jackson (NMST) 8
  George Reed (WAST) 8
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 8
  Earl Stoudt (RICH) 8
  Pat McCarthy (HC) 8
  Mike Haffner* (UCLA) 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. Tom Hutchinson (KY) 32
  Larry Vargo (DET) 32
8. Buddy Iles (TXX) 31
9. Gary Collins (MD) 30
10. R. Cassell (NMST) 29
  Joe Borich (UT) 29
12. Jim Boylan (WAST) 28
13. Joe Hernandez (AZ) 27
  Tony Carmignani (FURM) 27
  Hal Bedsole (SCA) 27
16. Ken Reeder (VAMI) 26
  Bob Witucki (TXTECH) 26
  John Hilton (RICH) 26
  Steve Stonebreaker (DET) 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

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. Terry Isaacson (AF) 137
  Tom Haggerty (COLMB) 137
  Pete Pedro (WTXAM) 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
  Earl Stoudt (RICH) 9
  Roger Kochman (PAST) 9
  Jerry Cook (TX) 9
  Pat Trammell (AL) 9
19. Pat McCarthy (HC) 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
  Wendell Harris (LAST) 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. George Mira (MIAFL) 237
  Chon Gallegos (SJST) 237
12. Ron Miller (WI) 234
13. Bill Whaley (CIT) 222
14. Jerry Rhome (SMETH) 221
  Eldon Fortie (BYU) 221
16. Larry Rakestraw (GA) 219
  Bobby Hunt (AUB) 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
  Preacher Pilot (NMST) 17
  Pat Trammell (AL) 17
  Sandy Stephens* (MN) 17
9. Bill King (DART) 16
10. Chon Gallegos (SJST) 15
11. Sam Mudie (RUT) 14
  Stephen Joern (XAV) 14
  Eddie Wilson (AZ) 14
  Mallon Faircloth (TN) 14
  Ron Miller (WI) 14
16. John Hadl (KS) 13
  John Furman (TXEP) 13
18. Ernie Davis (SYR) 12
  Dave Sarette (SYR) 12
  Dave Hoppmann (IAST) 12
  Roman Gabriel (NCST) 12