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1970 Leaders

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Jim Plunkett (Stanford)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Alex Agase (Northwestern)

AP Preseason #1: Ohio State ▪ AP Final #1: Nebraska

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 211
2. Bob Parker (AF) 199
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 195
4. Dan Fouts (OR) 188
  John Reaves (FL) 188
6. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 186
7. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 180
  Leo Hart (DUKE) 180
9. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 179
10. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 175
11. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 167
12. Rick Donegan (SMS) 165
13. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 160
14. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 155
15. John Read (PAC) 149
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 149
17. Frank Harris (BC) 139
18. Bill Craigo (TXEP) 138
  Joe Reed (MSST) 138
  Joe Milton (NTX) 138
  Joe Reed (MSST) 138
Pass Attempts
1. Bob Parker (AF) 402
2. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 388
3. John Reaves (FL) 376
4. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 364
5. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 362
6. Dan Fouts (OR) 361
7. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 350
8. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 344
9. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 337
10. Wayne Smith (COST) 321
11. Rick Donegan (SMS) 311
12. Steve Goepel (COLG) 309
  Bill Craigo (TXEP) 309
  John Read (PAC) 309
15. Leo Hart (DUKE) 308
16. Joe Milton (NTX) 296
17. Joe Reed (MSST) 294
  Joe Reed (MSST) 294
19. Kelly Cochrane (MIAFL) 287
20. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 285
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 61.1
2. Mike Sherwood (WV) 60.6
3. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 59.4
4. Jim Chasey (DART) 58.9
5. Leo Hart (DUKE) 58.4
6. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 57.9
7. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 57.8
8. Frank Harris (BC) 57.7
9. Scott Hunter (AL) 57.5
10. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 56.7
11. Bill Montgomery (AR) 56.4
12. Chuck Hixson (SMETH) 56.1
13. Charles Napper (TXTECH) 55.5
14. Bernie Scruggs (KY) 55.0
15. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 55.0
16. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 54.4
17. Rick Donegan (SMS) 53.1
18. Dan Fouts (OR) 52.1
19. Dave Penhall (CA) 52.0
20. Archie Manning (MS) 51.9
Passing Yards
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 2980
2. Bob Parker (AF) 2789
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2618
4. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 2586
5. John Reaves (FL) 2549
6. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 2429
7. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2392
8. Dan Fouts (OR) 2390
9. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 2303
10. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2236
11. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 2199
12. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 2163
13. Bill Craigo (TXEP) 2123
14. Tommy Suggs (SC) 2030
15. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 1991
16. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 1898
17. Jim Jones (SCA) 1877
18. Tony Pounds (OKST) 1871
19. Wayne Smith (COST) 1861
20. Joe Milton (NTX) 1852
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 9.2
2. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 9.1
3. Bill Montgomery (AR) 8.5
4. Tommy Warren (FLST) 8.5
5. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 8.2
6. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 8.1
7. Mike Sherwood (WV) 8.0
8. Jim Jones (SCA) 8.0
9. Dave Penhall (CA) 7.9
10. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 7.8
11. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 7.7
12. Tommy Suggs (SC) 7.5
13. Neil Graff (WI) 7.5
14. Lex James (TXAM) 7.4
15. John Madeya (LOU) 7.4
16. Leo Hart (DUKE) 7.3
17. Jim Chasey (DART) 7.2
18. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 7.2
19. Rhett Putman (NMST) 7.1
20. Bill Troup (VA) 7.0
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 8.5
2. Jim Jones (SCA) 7.9
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 7.9
4. Neil Graff (WI) 7.8
5. Mike Sherwood (WV) 7.7
6. Bill Montgomery (AR) 7.5
7. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 7.5
8. Tommy Warren (FLST) 7.3
9. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 7.1
10. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 6.9
11. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 6.5
12. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 6.5
13. Bob Parker (AF) 6.3
14. Dave Penhall (CA) 6.2
15. Leo Hart (DUKE) 6.0
16. Karl Francis (FREST) 5.9
17. Lex James (TXAM) 5.7
18. Jim Chasey (DART) 5.6
19. Daryl Woodring (NOVA) 5.6
20. Tommy Suggs (SC) 5.6
Passing Touchdowns
1. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 23
2. Bob Parker (AF) 21
3. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 19
4. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 18
5. Karl Francis (FREST) 17
  Pat Sullivan (AUB) 17
7. Dan Fouts (OR) 16
  Joe Theismann (NDAME) 16
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 16
  Daryl Woodring (NOVA) 16
  Tony Adams (UTST) 16
12. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 15
  Tony Pounds (OKST) 15
  Steve Goepel (COLG) 15
  Mike Sherwood (WV) 15
16. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 14
  Archie Manning (MS) 14
  Mark Thompson (DAVID) 14
  Charlie Richards (RICH) 14
  Bobby Scott (TN) 14
  Tommy Suggs (SC) 14
Passing Interceptions
1. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 26
2. Ty Paine (WAST) 24
  Dan Fouts (OR) 24
4. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 22
  Steve Skiver (OH) 22
6. Kelly Cochrane (MIAFL) 21
  Eddie McAshan (GATECH) 21
  Tony Pounds (OKST) 21
9. John Casazza (ECAR) 20
  Brian Sipe (SDGST) 20
  Don Jackson (COLMB) 20
12. Scott Freeman (WY) 19
  Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 19
  Pancho Micir (PA) 19
  John Reaves (FL) 19
  Kirk Barton (BUF) 19
  Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 19
  Frank Harris (BC) 19
  Steve Goepel (COLG) 19
  John Read (PAC) 19
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 148.2
2. Mike Sherwood (WV) 145.4
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 143.2
4. Jerry Tagge* (NE) 141.4
5. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 137.0
6. Bill Montgomery (AR) 135.7
7. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 133.8
8. Tommy Warren (FLST) 130.9
9. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 130.5
10. Jim Jones (SCA) 128.9
11. Neil Graff (WI) 127.4
12. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 125.3
13. Jim Chasey (DART) 122.4
14. Dave Penhall (CA) 121.1
15. Karl Francis (FREST) 120.3
16. Leo Hart (DUKE) 119.1
17. Tommy Suggs (SC) 117.7
18. Bob Parker (AF) 117.6
19. Frank Harris (BC) 115.3
20. Daryl Woodring (NOVA) 115.3
Rush Attempts
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 360
2. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 344
3. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 304
4. Brian Bream (AF) 294
5. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 285
6. Leon Burns (LBS) 275
7. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 265
  Bill Gary (OH) 265
9. John Brockington* (OHST) 261
10. Dave Schilling (ORST) 254
11. Art Cantrelle* (LAST) 249
12. David Abercrombie* (TLN) 244
13. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 242
14. Steve Cowan (CIN) 239
15. Gary Hammond (SMETH) 228
16. Doug McCutchen (TXTECH) 227
17. Johnny Musso (AL) 226
18. Fred Willis (BC) 223
19. Art Seymore (MD) 221
20. Clarence Davis (SCA) 214
Rushing Yards
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 1863
2. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1425
3. Phil Mosser* (WMMARY) 1286
4. Brian Bream (AF) 1276
5. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 1255
6. Roger Lawson (WMI) 1205
7. Steve Cowan (CIN) 1197
8. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 1172
9. John Brockington* (OHST) 1142
10. Johnny Musso (AL) 1137
11. John Riggins (KS) 1131
12. David Abercrombie* (TLN) 1121
13. Dave Schilling (ORST) 1084
14. Hank Bjorklund (PRIN) 1081
15. Doug McCutchen (TXTECH) 1068
16. Bill Gary (OH) 1064
17. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 1063
18. Leon Burns (LBS) 1033
19. Otis Armstrong (PUR) 1009
20. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 1008
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. Fred Henry (NM) 7.3
2. Roger Lawson (WMI) 7.2
3. Nate McCall (NM) 7.0
4. Eddie Steward (SDGST) 6.9
5. Sam Cunningham (SCA) 6.4
6. Robert Newhouse (HOU) 6.4
7. Jim Kirby (LBS) 6.3
8. Bob Duncan (CIT) 6.3
9. Jessie Mims (NMST) 6.2
10. Joe Wylie (OK) 6.2
11. Bob Gresham (WV) 6.2
12. Tommy Mozisek (HOU) 6.1
13. Jimmy Quinn (VATECH) 6.1
14. Phil Mosser* (WMMARY) 6.1
15. Hank Bjorklund (PRIN) 6.0
16. Jim Bertelsen (TX) 6.0
17. Paul Gowen (MEM) 6.0
18. Leo Hayden* (OHST) 5.8
19. Ward Walsh (CO) 5.8
20. Rod Foster (HARV) 5.8
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 22
2. Leon Burns (LBS) 19
  Brian Bream (AF) 19
4. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 18
5. John Brockington* (OHST) 17
6. Joe Orduna* (NE) 15
7. Steve Worster (TX) 14
8. Roger Lawson (WMI) 13
  Jim Bertelsen (TX) 13
  Sam Scarber (NM) 13
11. Bill Burnett (AR) 12
  John Riggins (KS) 12
  Ed Marinaro (CORN) 12
  Eddie Phillips (TX) 12
  Joe Wylie (OK) 12
16. John Short (DART) 11
  Tommy Mozisek (HOU) 11
  Bill Gary (OH) 11
  Fred Willis (BC) 11
20. David Abercrombie* (TLN) 10
  Henry Woodson (FREST) 10
  Steve Burger (VAND) 10
  Bob Duncan (CIT) 10
  Ralph Thompson (WTXAM) 10
  Billy Taylor (MI) 10
  Larry Russell (WAKE) 10
Receptions
1. Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 87
2. Tom Gatewood (NDAME) 77
3. Don Fair (TOL) 76
4. Mike Siani (NOVA) 74
  David Smith (MSST) 74
  Wes Chesson (DUKE) 74
  Ernie Jennings (AF) 74
8. Bob Newland (OR) 67
9. Tim Delaney (SDGST) 62
10. Otto Stowe (IAST) 59
11. J.D. Hill (AZST) 58
12. Ed Puishes (TXEP) 57
13. David Bailey (AL) 55
  Honor Jackson (PAC) 55
15. Rhett Dawson (FLST) 54
  Ken Burrow (SDGST) 54
  Jim Krieg (WA) 54
  Randy Vataha* (STAN) 54
  Joe Albano (ARMY) 54
20. Mike Bolen (AF) 53
  John Sexton (FREST) 53
Receiving Yards
1. Mike Siani (NOVA) 1328
2. Ernie Jennings (AF) 1289
3. Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 1128
4. Tom Gatewood (NDAME) 1123
  Bob Newland (OR) 1123
6. Wes Chesson (DUKE) 1080
7. Terry Beasley (AUB) 1051
8. Andy Hamilton* (LAST) 1016
9. Ed Puishes (TXEP) 1000
10. David Smith (MSST) 987
11. Rhett Dawson (FLST) 946
12. Gary Boreham (FREST) 941
13. Hermann Eben (OKST) 937
14. Honor Jackson (PAC) 931
15. J.D. Hill (AZST) 908
16. Ken Burrow (SDGST) 904
17. Randy Vataha* (STAN) 895
18. Don Fair (TOL) 893
19. Elmo Wright (HOU) 874
20. Jim Mitchell (SC) 842
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Larry Hart (LOU) 24.1
2. Alvin Bresler (AUB) 23.0
3. Sam Dickerson (SCA) 22.0
4. Gary Boreham (FREST) 21.9
5. Larry Mialik (WI) 21.3
6. Andy Hamilton* (LAST) 21.2
7. Jim Braxton (WV) 20.9
8. Jim Mitchell (SC) 20.5
9. Jeff Baker (SDGST) 20.3
10. Terry Beasley (AUB) 20.2
11. Hermann Eben (OKST) 19.5
12. Billy Joe DuPree (MIST) 19.1
13. Charlie McKee (AZ) 19.1
14. Brock Aynsley (WAST) 19.0
15. Elmo Wright (HOU) 18.6
16. Chuck Davidian (LBS) 18.5
17. Homer May (TXAM) 18.4
18. Joey Herr (TXAM) 18.3
19. Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 18.2
20. Mike Siani (NOVA) 17.9
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Ernie Jennings (AF) 17
2. Mike Siani (NOVA) 12
  Ken Burrow (SDGST) 12
4. Terry Beasley (AUB) 11
  Gary Boreham (FREST) 11
6. J.D. Hill (AZST) 10
7. John Sexton (FREST) 9
  Charlie McKee (AZ) 9
  Elmo Wright (HOU) 9
10. Jim Braxton (WV) 8
  Steve Fraser (COLG) 8
  Mike Mikolayunas (DAVID) 8
  Larry Hart (LOU) 8
  Guy Ingles* (NE) 8
15. Floyd Franks (MS) 7
  Jim Mitchell (SC) 7
  Wes Garnett (UTST) 7
  Jerry Haynes (RICH) 7
  Tony Gabriel (SYR) 7
  Bob Newland (OR) 7
  Randy Vataha* (STAN) 7
  Larry Mialik (WI) 7
  Hermann Eben (OKST) 7
  Johnny Rodgers* (NE) 7
  Tom Gatewood (NDAME) 7
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 375
2. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 349
3. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 318
4. Brian Bream (AF) 313
5. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 296
6. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 288
7. Leon Burns (LBS) 280
8. Gary Hammond (SMETH) 278
9. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 276
10. John Brockington* (OHST) 273
11. Bill Gary (OH) 267
12. Art Cantrelle* (LAST) 258
  Dave Schilling (ORST) 258
14. Johnny Musso (AL) 256
15. David Abercrombie* (TLN) 254
16. Fred Willis (BC) 250
17. Bobby Moore (OR) 248
18. Steve Cowan (CIN) 242
19. Art Seymore (MD) 237
20. Doug McCutchen (TXTECH) 236
Yards From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 2098
2. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 1554
3. Brian Bream (AF) 1513
4. Lawrence McCutcheon (COST) 1494
5. Phil Mosser* (WMMARY) 1425
6. Mike Adamle (NWEST) 1389
7. Gary Hammond (SMETH) 1380
8. Bobby Moore (OR) 1379
9. Mike Siani (NOVA) 1331
10. Ernie Jennings (AF) 1313
11. Johnny Musso (AL) 1297
12. Art Seymore (MD) 1254
13. Roger Lawson (WMI) 1252
14. Tim Fortney (MIAOH) 1240
15. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 1230
16. Fred Willis (BC) 1229
17. Steve Cowan (CIN) 1227
18. John Brockington* (OHST) 1206
19. John Short (DART) 1182
20. David Abercrombie* (TLN) 1180
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Don McCauley* (NC) 24
2. Brian Bream (AF) 20
  Leon Burns (LBS) 20
4. Ernie Jennings (AF) 19
5. Gary Kosins (DAYT) 18
6. John Brockington* (OHST) 17
7. Fred Willis (BC) 16
8. John Short (DART) 15
  Joe Orduna* (NE) 15
10. Ed Marinaro (CORN) 14
  John Riggins (KS) 14
  Steve Worster (TX) 14
13. J.D. Hill (AZST) 13
  Roger Lawson (WMI) 13
  Jim Bertelsen (TX) 13
  Joe Wylie (OK) 13
  Sam Scarber (NM) 13
  Bill Burnett (AR) 13
19. Terry Beasley (AUB) 12
  Ken Burrow (SDGST) 12
  Eddie Phillips (TX) 12
  Mike Siani (NOVA) 12
  Ralph Thompson (WTXAM) 12
Total Plays
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 475
2. Wayne Smith (COST) 449
  Joe Reed (MSST) 449
  Joe Reed (MSST) 449
5. Bob Parker (AF) 442
6. John Reaves (FL) 433
7. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 428
8. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 423
9. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 420
10. Dan Fouts (OR) 412
11. Leo Hart (DUKE) 411
12. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 398
13. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 392
  Joe Theismann (NDAME) 392
15. Rick Donegan (SMS) 385
16. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 383
17. Joe Milton (NTX) 379
18. Steve Goepel (COLG) 378
19. Bill Craigo (TXEP) 376
20. Tony Pounds (OKST) 365
Total Yards
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 3189
2. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 2856
3. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 2813
4. Bob Parker (AF) 2783
5. John Reaves (FL) 2431
6. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 2422
7. Dan Fouts (OR) 2333
8. Leo Hart (DUKE) 2315
9. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 2304
10. Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 2268
11. Mark Thompson (DAVID) 2165
12. Joe Spagnola (AZST) 2164
13. Bill Craigo (TXEP) 2120
14. Chuck Ealey (TOL) 2111
15. Wayne Smith (COST) 2092
16. Joe Milton (NTX) 2038
17. Lynn Dickey (KSST) 2008
18. Tommy Suggs (SC) 1948
19. Jim Jones (SCA) 1936
20. Joe Reed (MSST) 1932
  Joe Reed (MSST) 1932
Total Yards Per Play
1. Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 6.7
Total Touchdowns
1. Pat Sullivan (AUB) 26
2. Karl Francis (FREST) 24
3. Brian Sipe (SDGST) 23
  Bob Parker (AF) 23
5. Don McCauley* (NC) 22
  Jim Plunkett* (STAN) 22
7. Joe Theismann (NDAME) 20
  Archie Manning (MS) 20
  Dan Fouts (OR) 20
  Chuck Ealey (TOL) 20
  Mike Sherwood (WV) 20
  Tony Adams (UTST) 20
  Joe Spagnola (AZST) 20
14. Dennis Dummit (UCLA) 19
  Leon Burns (LBS) 19
  Brian Bream (AF) 19
17. Daryl Woodring (NOVA) 18
  Gary Kosins (DAYT) 18
19. Tony Pounds (OKST) 17
  Frank Harris (BC) 17
  John Brockington* (OHST) 17
  Jerry Tagge* (NE) 17
  Bobby Scott (TN) 17
  Sonny Sixkiller (WA) 17
  Steve Goepel (COLG) 17