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1961 Passing Stats

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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

  • Players sorted by Yds/Att (minimum 14 Att/G).
  • An asterisk (*) after a player's name indicates bowl stats are included.
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20 Players

Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Eddie Wilson Arizona Ind 79 154 51.3 1294 8.4 7.7 10 7 134.2 27 83 3.1 4
2 Matt Szykowny Iowa Big Ten 79 139 56.8 1078 7.8 3.9 7 15 117.0 40 -122 -3.1 4
3 Ron Miller Wisconsin Big Ten 104 198 52.5 1487 7.5 6.1 11 11 122.8 36 -38 -1.1 3
4 Chon Gallegos San Jose State Ind 117 197 59.4 1480 7.5 6.2 14 12 133.8 40 -92 -2.3 1
5 Jerry Gross Detroit Mercy Ind 72 152 47.4 1126 7.4 5.3 9 11 114.7 37 124 3.4 0
6 Gale Weidner Colorado Big 8 74 162 45.7 1101 6.8 4.5 8 12 104.2 32 -32 -1.0 2
7 Pat McCarthy Holy Cross Ind 76 165 46.1 1081 6.6 6.2 11 6 115.8 128 512 4.0 8
8 Bill Whaley Citadel Southern 78 148 52.7 980 6.6 4.1 4 10 103.7 74 50 0.7 2
9 Bobby Mitchell Virginia Military Institute Southern 69 162 42.6 949 5.9 3.8 6 10 91.7 33 -32 -1.0 0
10 George Mira Miami (FL) Ind 81 172 47.1 1000 5.8 5.2 8 6 104.3 65 173 2.7 3
11 Ron Klemick Navy Ind 84 182 46.2 1035 5.7 3.1 6 13 90.5 26 -46 -1.8 0
12 John Furman Texas-El Paso BIAA 85 180 47.2 1026 5.7 4.1 10 11 101.2 75 308 4.1 3
13 Sandy Stephens* Minnesota Big Ten 54 153 35.3 869 5.7 3.0 9 13 85.4 122 533 4.4 8
14 Earl Cole Davidson Southern 56 136 41.2 759 5.6 5.3 9 5 102.5 44 1 0.0 2
15 Ray Farris North Carolina ACC 71 159 44.7 875 5.5 2.6 2 11 81.2 110 153 1.4 4
16 Billy Canty Furman Southern 85 168 50.6 884 5.3 3.0 8 12 96.2 36 82 2.3 2
17 Jim Costen South Carolina ACC 61 146 41.8 764 5.2 2.9 3 9 80.2 72 157 2.2
18 Roman Gabriel North Carolina State ACC 99 186 53.2 937 5.0 4.4 8 6 103.3 97 196 2.0 4
19 Mel Rideout Richmond Southern 68 178 38.2 808 4.5 2.5 7 11 77.0 24 22 0.9 1
20 George Van Cott Boston College Ind 59 188 31.4 729 3.9 0.8 5 15 56.8 82 198 2.4 2