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1976 Leaders

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tony Dorsett (Pittsburgh)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Johnny Majors (Pittsburgh)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Pittsburgh

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Pass Completions

1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 269
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 230
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 208
4. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 170
5. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 162
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 158
7. Jack Henderson (OR) 157
8. Joe Roth (CA) 154
9. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 141
10. Mike Carroll (WI) 132
  Ed Smith (MIST) 132
12. Bob Graustein (PA) 127
  Roy Henry (LALAF) 127
14. Mark Miller (BGSU) 125
15. Jeff Martin (DRAKE) 121
16. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 120
17. Ron Bass (SC) 119
18. Dan Haremann (UT) 117
19. Bob Lopez (ILST) 116
20. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 114

Pass Attempts

1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 501
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 406
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 355
4. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 344
5. Jack Henderson (OR) 298
6. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 295
  Joe Roth (CA) 295
8. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 277
9. Mike Carroll (WI) 262
  Steve DeBerg (SJST) 262
11. Roy Henry (LALAF) 258
12. Ed Smith (MIST) 257
13. Jeff Martin (DRAKE) 251
14. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 247
15. Mark Miller (BGSU) 245
16. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 243
17. Tony Dungy (MN) 234
18. Dan Kendra (WV) 233
19. Bob Graustein (PA) 230
20. Bob Lopez (ILST) 226

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Kevin Case (DART) 61.0
2. Ron Bass (SC) 59.8
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 58.6
4. Jimmy Black (FLST) 57.9
5. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 57.6
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 57.0
7. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 56.7
8. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 55.6
9. Bob Graustein (PA) 55.2
10. Marty Crosby (CIT) 54.5
11. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 53.8
12. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 53.7
13. Vince Evans* (SCA) 53.7
14. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 53.6
15. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 53.2
16. David Whitehurst (FURM) 53.0
17. Tom Rozantz (WMMARY) 52.7
18. Dan Haremann (UT) 52.7
19. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 52.7
20. Jack Henderson (OR) 52.7

Passing Yards

1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 3401
2. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 3317
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2762
4. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 2254
5. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 2174
6. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 2084
7. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 1982
8. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 1981
9. Mark Miller (BGSU) 1839
10. Joe Roth (CA) 1789
11. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 1751
12. Ed Smith (MIST) 1749
13. Roy Henry (LALAF) 1709
14. Rodney Allison* (TXTECH) 1651
15. Mike Carroll (WI) 1627
16. Dan Haremann (UT) 1585
17. Jack Henderson (OR) 1582
18. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 1563
19. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 1554
20. Jimmy Fisher (FL) 1511
  Mike Howell (LAMON) 1511

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 9.2
2. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 8.8
3. Jimmy Black (FLST) 8.5
4. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 8.4
5. Danny Davis (HOU) 8.4
6. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 8.1
7. Vince Evans* (SCA) 8.1
8. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 8.0
9. Randy Dean (NWEST) 7.8
10. Jack Thompson (WAST) 7.8
11. Noel Mazzone (NM) 7.6
12. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 7.5
13. Mark Miller (BGSU) 7.5
14. Rick Slager (NDAME) 7.4
15. Kevin Case (DART) 7.3
16. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 7.3
17. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 7.2
18. Mike Howell (LAMON) 7.2
19. Dan Haremann (UT) 7.1
20. Art Yaroch (BALLST) 6.9

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 8.8
2. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 8.4
3. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 8.4
4. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 8.3
5. Vince Evans* (SCA) 7.7
6. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 7.3
7. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 7.3
8. Jimmy Black (FLST) 7.2
9. Jack Thompson (WAST) 7.1
10. Danny Davis (HOU) 6.9
11. Kevin Case (DART) 6.8
12. Randy Dean (NWEST) 6.2
13. Mark Miller (BGSU) 6.2
14. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 6.2
15. Bob Relph (COLG) 6.2
16. Ed Smith (MIST) 6.1
17. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 6.0
18. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 5.8
19. Rick Slager (NDAME) 5.6
20. Roy Henry (LALAF) 5.6

Passing Touchdowns

1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 30
2. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 22
3. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 21
4. Jack Thompson (WAST) 20
5. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 19
6. Roy Henry (LALAF) 18
7. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 16
8. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 15
9. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 14
10. Ed Smith (MIST) 13
  Mark Miller (BGSU) 13
  Rick Leach* (MI) 13
  Mike Carroll (WI) 13
14. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 12
  Guy Benjamin (STAN) 12
  Marc Lunsford (AZ) 12
17. Mark Manges (MD) 11
  Rick Slager (NDAME) 11
  Wayne Stanley (IAST) 11
  Chuck Fusina (PAST) 11
  Danny Davis (HOU) 11

Passing Interceptions

1. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 27
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 23
3. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 20
4. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 19
  Jimmy Dan Elzner (TXX) 19
  Dan Kendra (WV) 19
7. Joe Roth (CA) 18
8. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 17
  Mike Carroll (WI) 17
10. Rob Shaw (AF) 16
  Kennon Taylor (ARST) 16
  Pete Kraker (NIL) 16
  Pete Kraker (NIL) 16
  Jack Henderson (OR) 16
  Mark Vitali (PUR) 16
  Bob Graustein (PA) 16
17. Andy Hitt (VA) 15
  Tully Blanchard (WTXAM) 15
  Steve Smith (TXEP) 15
  Bob Lopez (ILST) 15
  Mike Howell (LAMON) 15

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 146.9
2. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 145.1
3. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 141.8
4. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 140.1
5. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 140.0
6. Jimmy Black (FLST) 135.5
7. Jack Thompson (WAST) 134.7
8. Vince Evans* (SCA) 133.9
9. Kevin Case (DART) 131.7
10. Danny Davis (HOU) 128.3
11. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 128.3
12. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 125.8
13. Mark Miller (BGSU) 121.0
14. Ron Bass (SC) 120.4
15. Rick Slager (NDAME) 119.7
16. Randy Dean (NWEST) 118.4
17. Ed Smith (MIST) 117.4
18. Roy Henry (LALAF) 117.0
19. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 116.0
20. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 115.6

Rush Attempts

1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 370
2. Mike Voight* (NC) 315
3. Terry Miller* (OKST) 291
4. Andre Herrera (SIL) 287
5. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 280
6. Jerome Persell (WMI) 269
7. Tony Reed* (CO) 264
8. Mike Williams (NM) 258
9. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 254
10. Jim Kruis (WMMARY) 250
11. Dave Preston (BGSU) 248
12. Walt Hodges (CMI) 245
13. Rob Carpenter (MIAOH) 240
  Glen Capriola (BC) 240
15. George Woodard (TXAM) 239
16. Ben Garry (SMS) 236
17. Sylvester Monroe (DAYT) 234
18. Al Hunter (NDAME) 233
  Derrick Jensen (TXARL) 233
20. James McDougald (WAKE) 232

Rushing Yards

1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2150
2. Terry Miller* (OKST) 1714
3. Andre Herrera (SIL) 1588
4. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1505
5. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1469
6. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 1433
7. Mike Voight* (NC) 1407
8. Derrick Jensen (TXARL) 1266
9. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1248
10. Mike Williams (NM) 1240
11. Ben Garry (SMS) 1236
12. Tony Reed* (CO) 1210
13. Jim Kruis (WMMARY) 1164
14. Ben Cowins (AR) 1162
15. George Woodard (TXAM) 1153
16. Roscoe Coles (VATECH) 1119
17. Terry Robiskie (LAST) 1117
18. Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 1092
19. Ted Brown (NCST) 1088
20. Dexter Green (IAST) 1074

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Scott McConnell (APPST) 6.9
2. Horace Ivory (OK) 6.7
3. Rob Lytle* (MI) 6.6
4. Laverne Smith (KS) 6.6
5. Walter Packer (MSST) 6.6
6. Elvis Peacock (OK) 6.6
7. Eddie Hicks (ECAR) 6.5
8. Robert Mayberry (WTXAM) 6.5
9. Willie Wilder (FL) 6.5
10. Jim Culbreath (OK) 6.4
11. Tony Nathan (AL) 6.4
12. Ben Cowins (AR) 6.3
13. Tony Green (FL) 6.3
14. Brian Doherty (HC) 6.2
15. Alois Blackwell (HOU) 6.2
16. Bobby Emmons (TN) 6.2
17. Bruce Gibson (PAC) 6.0
18. Bill Campfield (KS) 6.0
19. Terry Miller* (OKST) 5.9
20. Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 5.9

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
2. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 22
3. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 19
5. Mike Voight* (NC) 18
6. Arry Moody (LATECH) 17
  George Woodard (TXAM) 17
8. Andre Herrera (SIL) 16
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 16
10. Jim Kelleher* (CO) 15
11. Rob Lytle* (MI) 14
  Ricky Bell* (SCA) 14
13. Ted Brown (NCST) 13
  Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 13
  Andy Vetter (OH) 13
  Jim Perkins (MN) 13
17. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 12
  Al Hunter (NDAME) 12
  Terry Robiskie (LAST) 12
20. Scott Dierking (PUR) 11
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 11
  Rick Berns* (NE) 11
  Horace Ivory (OK) 11
  Jeff Dankworth* (UCLA) 11
  Art Yaroch (BALLST) 11

Receiving Yards

1. Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 1382
2. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 1134
3. Mike Levenseller (WAST) 1124
4. John Floyd (LAMON) 986
5. Wes Chandler (FL) 967
6. David Houser (RICE) 931
7. Dave Oliver (LALAF) 876
8. Larry Mucker (AZST) 835
9. Joe Stewart (MO) 834
10. Preston Dennard (NM) 783
11. Mike Renfro (TXX) 773
12. Doug Cunningham (RICE) 770
13. Jack Steptoe (UT) 752
14. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 748
15. Brian Kelly (WAST) 746
16. Martin Cox (VAND) 738
17. Steve Lewis (WV) 737
  Larry Seivers (TN) 737
19. Mike Chronister* (BYU) 723
20. Chuck Malito* (NE) 722

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Jim Smith* (MI) 27.5
2. Wesley Walker (CA) 27.1
3. Scott Wiley (WTXAM) 24.1
4. Wes Chandler (FL) 22.0
5. John Floyd (LAMON) 21.9
6. Mike Chronister* (BYU) 21.9
7. Chuck Malito* (NE) 21.9
8. Dan Kelleher (NDAME) 21.8
9. Ozzie Newsome (AL) 21.2
10. Keith Hartwig (AZ) 21.0
11. Larry Mucker (AZST) 20.9
12. Mike Andress (BALLST) 20.4
13. Randy Simmrin* (SCA) 20.4
14. Ricky Rivas (MEM) 20.3
15. Eddie Foster (HOU) 20.2
16. Kurt Unglaub (FLST) 20.2
17. Jack Steptoe (UT) 19.8
18. Jerome Miller (ARST) 19.7
19. Luther Blue (IAST) 19.5
20. Martin Cox (VAND) 19.4

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 378
2. Mike Voight* (NC) 319
3. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 294
4. Andre Herrera (SIL) 293
5. Terry Miller* (OKST) 291
6. Tony Reed* (CO) 283
7. Jerome Persell (WMI) 276
8. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 268
9. Mike Williams (NM) 267
10. Dave Preston (BGSU) 264
11. Rob Carpenter (MIAOH) 255
12. Jim Kruis (WMMARY) 254
13. Ben Garry (SMS) 251
14. George Woodard (TXAM) 249
15. Al Hunter (NDAME) 248
16. Walt Hodges (CMI) 247
17. Glen Capriola (BC) 244
18. Sylvester Monroe (DAYT) 242
19. Gary Blair (BAY) 241
20. Derrick Jensen (TXARL) 237
  James McDougald (WAKE) 237

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2217
2. Terry Miller* (OKST) 1714
3. Andre Herrera (SIL) 1614
4. Rob Lytle* (MI) 1550
5. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1543
6. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 1518
7. Mike Voight* (NC) 1439
8. Mike Williams (NM) 1401
9. Bill Ryckman (LATECH) 1382
10. Ben Garry (SMS) 1362
11. Tony Reed* (CO) 1338
12. Ted Brown (NCST) 1327
13. George Woodard (TXAM) 1317
14. Dexter Green (IAST) 1314
15. Jeff Logan* (OHST) 1292
16. Derrick Jensen (TXARL) 1282
17. Al Hunter (NDAME) 1247
18. Rob Carpenter (MIAOH) 1241
19. Terry Robiskie (LAST) 1226
20. Jim Kruis (WMMARY) 1191

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
  Tony Dorsett (PITT) 23
3. Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 19
5. Mike Voight* (NC) 18
6. Arry Moody (LATECH) 17
  George Woodard (TXAM) 17
8. John Pagliaro (YALE) 16
  Andre Herrera (SIL) 16
  Rob Lytle* (MI) 16
11. Jim Kelleher* (CO) 15
12. Ricky Bell* (SCA) 14
13. Jim Perkins (MN) 13
  Ted Brown (NCST) 13
  Al Hunter (NDAME) 13
  Andy Vetter (OH) 13
  Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 13
18. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 12
  Terry Robiskie (LAST) 12
20. Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 11
  Stanley Morgan (TN) 11
  Charles White* (SCA) 11
  Scott Dierking (PUR) 11
  Horace Ivory (OK) 11
  Mike Williams (NM) 11
  Rick Berns* (NE) 11
  Harlan Huckleby* (MI) 11
  Art Yaroch (BALLST) 11
  Jeff Dankworth* (UCLA) 11

Total Plays

1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 562
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 489
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 448
4. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 444
5. Jeff Hepinstall (TOL) 388
6. Jack Henderson (OR) 380
7. Noel Mazzone (NM) 376
8. Mark Jackson (BAY) 373
9. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 370
10. Bud Nelson (MARSH) 369
11. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 366
12. Mike Howell (LAMON) 351
13. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 348
14. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 344
15. Tony Dungy (MN) 343
  Jeff Martin (DRAKE) 343
17. Dan Haremann (UT) 336
18. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 333
19. Joe Roth (CA) 331
20. Ron Bass (SC) 330

Total Yards

1. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 3272
2. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 3134
3. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2702
4. Rodney Allison* (TXTECH) 2263
5. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 2251
6. Tony Dorsett (PITT) 2150
7. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 2121
8. Noel Mazzone (NM) 2044
9. Dan Haremann (UT) 2030
10. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 2011
11. Mark Miller (BGSU) 1980
12. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 1934
13. Steve Haynes (LATECH) 1869
14. Jimmy Black (FLST) 1853
15. Mike Howell (LAMON) 1845
16. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 1835
17. Ronnie Hickerson* (TLS) 1830
18. Jimmy Fisher (FL) 1799
19. Art Yaroch (BALLST) 1777
20. Mike Carroll (WI) 1773

Total Yards Per Play

1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 6.4
2. Tommy Kramer (RICE) 5.8

Total Touchdowns

1. Gifford Nielsen* (BYU) 31
2. Vince Ferragamo* (NE) 25
  Tommy Kramer (RICE) 25
4. Terry Miller* (OKST) 23
  Rick Leach* (MI) 23
6. Steve DeBerg (SJST) 22
  Tony Dorsett (PITT) 22
  Jack Thompson (WAST) 22
9. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 21
10. Roy Henry (LALAF) 20
  Andy Vetter (OH) 20
  Rodney Allison* (TXTECH) 20
13. Jerome Persell (WMI) 19
  Art Yaroch (BALLST) 19
  Pete Johnson* (OHST) 19
16. Mike Voight* (NC) 18
  Arry Moody (LATECH) 18
  Jimmy Fisher (FL) 18
19. Mark Miller (BGSU) 17
  George Woodard (TXAM) 17
  Jeff Hepinstall (TOL) 17
  Derrick Ramsey (KY) 17
  Leamon Hall (ARMY) 17
  Mike Carroll (WI) 17