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1977 Leaders

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National Champion: Notre Dame (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Earl Campbell (Texas)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Lou Holtz (Arkansas)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Notre Dame

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Pass Completions

1. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 208
2. Jack Thompson (WAST) 192
3. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 181
4. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 175
5. Joe Davis (SDGST) 174
6. Marc Wilson (BYU) 164
  Mark Miller (BGSU) 164
8. Randy Hertel (RICE) 156
9. Randy Gomez (UT) 155
10. Mike Ford (SMETH) 153
11. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 151
12. Ken Smith (BC) 149
13. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 142
  Bob Relph (COLG) 142
15. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 140
  Dave Ziebart (AF) 140
17. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 137
18. Charlie Young (CA) 135
19. Mike McGlamry (WAKE) 133
20. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 132

Pass Attempts

1. Randy Hertel (RICE) 356
2. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 352
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 330
4. Jack Thompson (WAST) 329
5. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 319
6. Randy Gomez (UT) 315
7. Mike Ford (SMETH) 301
8. Dave Ziebart (AF) 298
9. Joe Davis (SDGST) 290
10. Mark Miller (BGSU) 285
11. Marc Wilson (BYU) 277
12. Roy Henry (LALAF) 275
13. Ed Luther (SJST) 268
14. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 265
15. Jim Freitas (LBS) 264
16. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 260
17. Ken Smith (BC) 257
18. Mike McGlamry (WAKE) 252
19. Steve Bayuk (TXX) 250
20. Charlie Young (CA) 249

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 65.0
2. Roch Hontas (TLN) 63.4
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 63.0
4. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 62.8
5. Wally Woodham (FLST) 61.0
6. Joe Davis (SDGST) 60.0
7. Marc Wilson (BYU) 59.2
8. Bob Relph (COLG) 58.9
9. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 58.8
10. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 58.6
11. Jack Thompson (WAST) 58.4
12. Ken Smith (BC) 58.0
13. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 57.7
14. Mark Miller (BGSU) 57.5
15. Andy Vetter (OH) 57.4
16. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 57.0
17. Larry Brown (HARV) 56.8
18. Warren Moon (WA) 56.8
19. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 56.5
20. David Henderson (FURM) 56.3

Passing Yards

1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 3286
2. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 2521
3. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2453
4. Marc Wilson (BYU) 2418
5. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 2384
6. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2372
7. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2360
8. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2221
9. Bob Relph (COLG) 2178
10. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 2145
11. Mark Miller (BGSU) 2103
12. Ken Smith (BC) 2073
13. Mike Ford (SMETH) 2064
14. Randy Gomez (UT) 2015
15. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 1944
16. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 1939
17. Charlie Young (CA) 1875
18. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 1844
19. Roy Henry (LALAF) 1812
20. Steve Raklovits (EMI) 1784

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Melvin Williams (MSVST) 9.9
2. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 9.9
3. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 9.3
4. Bret Kosup (RUT) 9.2
5. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 9.2
6. Bob Relph (COLG) 9.0
7. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 9.0
8. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 9.0
9. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 8.8
10. Marc Wilson (BYU) 8.7
11. Larry Brown (HARV) 8.5
12. Joe Montana (NDAME) 8.5
13. Wally Woodham (FLST) 8.2
14. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 8.2
15. Joe Davis (SDGST) 8.1
16. Ken Smith (BC) 8.1
17. Warren Moon (WA) 8.0
18. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 7.9
19. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 7.9
20. Steve Raklovits (EMI) 7.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 10.0
2. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 9.2
3. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 9.1
4. Bret Kosup (RUT) 8.8
5. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 8.7
6. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 8.6
7. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 8.6
8. Larry Brown (HARV) 8.2
9. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 8.1
10. Joe Davis (SDGST) 7.9
11. Joe Montana (NDAME) 7.7
12. Bob Relph (COLG) 7.7
13. Marc Wilson (BYU) 7.5
14. Warren Moon (WA) 7.5
15. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 7.0
16. Wally Woodham (FLST) 6.9
17. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 6.9
18. Lloyd Patterson (MEM) 6.8
19. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 6.7
20. Dan Graham (COST) 6.7

Passing Touchdowns

1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 38
2. Marc Wilson (BYU) 24
  Joe Davis (SDGST) 24
4. Bob Relph (COLG) 20
5. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 19
  Rob Hertel* (SCA) 19
7. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 18
8. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 17
  Ken Smith (BC) 17
  Dan Graham (COST) 17
11. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 16
12. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 15
  Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 15
  Jim Freitas (LBS) 15
  Jim Andrus (WICHST) 15
  Chuck Fusina (PAST) 15
  Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 15
18. Steve Bayuk (TXX) 14
  Roy Henry (LALAF) 14
20. Delrick Brown (HOU) 13
  Dennis Sproul (AZST) 13
  Mike Pusey (WCAR) 13
  Oscar Ramirez (TXEP) 13
  Jack Thompson (WAST) 13
  Rick Leach (MI) 13
  Dan Kendra (WV) 13

Passing Interceptions

1. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 27
2. Randy Hertel (RICE) 24
3. Dave Ziebart (AF) 22
4. Mike Ford (SMETH) 20
  Ken Smith (BC) 20
  Steve Raklovits (EMI) 20
7. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 18
  Leamon Hall (ARMY) 18
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 18
  Richard Warfield (PVAM) 18
  Jim Andrus (WICHST) 18
  Doug Williams* (GRAM) 18
13. Dan Kendra (WV) 17
  Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 17
  Oscar Ramirez (TXEP) 17
  Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 17
17. Jim Freitas (LBS) 16
  Marty Crosby (CIT) 16
  Randy Gomez (UT) 16
  Bob Relph (COLG) 16

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 164.2
2. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 161.7
3. Gifford Nielsen (BYU) 155.7
4. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 155.2
5. Bob Relph (COLG) 148.9
6. Marc Wilson (BYU) 148.1
7. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 147.4
8. Joe Davis (SDGST) 147.4
9. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 146.4
10. Larry Brown (HARV) 146.0
11. Bret Kosup (RUT) 142.9
12. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 138.3
13. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 137.1
14. Wally Woodham (FLST) 137.1
15. Warren Moon (WA) 134.9
16. Joe Montana (NDAME) 134.4
17. Ken Smith (BC) 132.0
18. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 131.9
19. Melvin Williams (MSVST) 130.0
20. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 129.7

Rush Attempts

1. Terry Miller (OKST) 314
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 311
3. Charles White* (SCA) 285
4. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 280
5. Bruce Gibson (PAC) 276
6. Allen Ross (NIL) 273
7. Dexter Green (IAST) 271
8. Earl Campbell (TX) 267
9. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 266
10. Mike Williams (NM) 265
11. Jerome Persell (WMI) 264
12. John Henry White (LATECH) 261
  Rick Parros (UTST) 261
14. Andre Gibson (VAMI) 256
15. Claude Geiger (MARSH) 247
16. James Mayberry (CO) 246
  Bobby Windom (EMI) 246
18. George Woodard (TXAM) 245
19. James McDougald (WAKE) 242
20. David Turner (SDGST) 240

Rushing Yards

1. Earl Campbell (TX) 1744
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1686
3. Terry Miller (OKST) 1680
4. Charles White* (SCA) 1478
5. Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 1399
6. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1353
7. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1339
8. Bobby Windom (EMI) 1322
9. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 1318
10. James Mayberry (CO) 1299
11. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 1292
12. David Turner (SDGST) 1252
13. Ted Brown (NCST) 1251
14. Mose Rison (CMI) 1241
15. Dexter Green (IAST) 1240
16. Andre Gibson (VAMI) 1218
17. Amos Lawrence (NC) 1211
18. Bruce Gibson (PAC) 1199
19. Ben Cowins (AR) 1192
20. Alois Blackwell (HOU) 1169

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Henry White (COLG) 7.9
2. Dwight Ford* (SCA) 7.8
3. Robert Parham* (GRAM) 7.8
4. Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 7.0
5. Leander Green (ECAR) 6.9
6. Earl Campbell (TX) 6.5
7. Charles Comer (TXS) 6.4
8. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 6.4
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 6.3
10. Emmitt Hamilton (APPST) 6.3
11. Amos Lawrence (NC) 6.3
12. Myron Hardeman (WY) 6.3
13. Mike Smith (CHAT) 6.2
14. Tony Nathan (AL) 6.2
15. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 6.2
16. Jim Earley (MIST) 6.1
17. Willie McClendon (GA) 6.1
18. Max Ediger (KS) 6.1
19. Elvis Peacock* (OK) 6.0
20. Elliott Walker* (PITT) 6.0

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Earl Campbell (TX) 18
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 17
3. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 16
4. Dexter Green (IAST) 15
  Tony Nathan (AL) 15
6. Terry Miller (OKST) 14
  Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 14
  Ben Cowins (AR) 14
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 14
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 14
11. David Turner (SDGST) 13
  Calvin Prince* (LOU) 13
  Bruce Gibson (PAC) 13
  Derrick Ramsey (KY) 13
  George Woodard (TXAM) 13
  Ted Brown (NCST) 13
  Joel Payton* (OHST) 13
18. Thomas Lott* (OK) 12
  Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 12
  Elliott Walker* (PITT) 12
  Emmitt Hamilton (APPST) 12
  Mike Jones (NTX) 12

Receiving Yards

1. Rod Foppe (LATECH) 1274
2. Mike Moore* (GRAM) 1112
3. Wayne Tolleson (WCAR) 1101
4. Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 996
5. James Lofton (STAN) 931
6. John Jefferson (AZST) 912
7. Rick Morrison (BALLST) 908
8. Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
  Dennis Pearson (SDGST) 864
10. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 842
11. Randy Simmrin* (SCA) 840
  Reggie Arnold (PUR) 840
13. Ernest Gray (MEM) 826
  Bubba Garcia (TXEP) 826
15. Ozzie Newsome (AL) 804
16. Mark R. Bell (COST) 797
  Ken MacAfee (NDAME) 797
  Jesse Thompson (CA) 797
19. David Houser (RICE) 795
20. Mike Renfro (TXX) 794

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Ernest Gray (MEM) 29.5
2. Lam Jones (TX) 25.9
3. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 24.1
4. Carlos Carson (LAST) 24.0
5. Carlos Pennywell* (GRAM) 23.4
6. Homer Butler (UCLA) 23.4
7. Ozzie Newsome (AL) 22.3
8. Spider Gaines (WA) 22.0
9. Rod Foppe (LATECH) 21.6
10. Mike Shumann (FLST) 21.2
11. Kris Haines (NDAME) 21.0
12. Mike Godbolt (BC) 20.9
13. Paul Warth (MIAOH) 20.8
14. Vernon Henry (LBS) 20.7
15. Danny Bobo (AR) 20.6
16. Donald Doaty (MSVST) 20.5
17. Randy Simmrin* (SCA) 20.5
18. Walter Howard (WY) 20.5
19. Wayne Schwalbach (CMI) 20.3
20. Tony Jackson (FREST) 20.3

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Charles Alexander (LAST) 323
2. Terry Miller (OKST) 315
3. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 298
4. Charles White* (SCA) 294
5. Dexter Green (IAST) 291
6. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 288
7. John Henry White (LATECH) 287
  Bruce Gibson (PAC) 287
9. Allen Ross (NIL) 286
10. Rick Parros (UTST) 281
11. Mike Williams (NM) 274
12. David Turner (SDGST) 273
13. Earl Campbell (TX) 272
14. Andre Gibson (VAMI) 269
15. Jerome Persell (WMI) 267
16. Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 263
17. Larry Key (FLST) 261
18. James Mayberry (CO) 257
19. George Woodard (TXAM) 254
  Bobby Windom (EMI) 254

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Earl Campbell (TX) 1855
2. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1766
3. Terry Miller (OKST) 1682
4. David Turner (SDGST) 1669
5. Charles White* (SCA) 1616
6. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1593
7. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 1512
8. Joe Gattuso (NAVY) 1461
9. I.M. Hipp* (NE) 1458
10. Bobby Windom (EMI) 1439
11. Ted Brown (NCST) 1415
12. Dexter Green (IAST) 1408
13. Bo Robinson (WTXAM) 1392
14. Rick Parros (UTST) 1388
15. James Mayberry (CO) 1377
16. Larry Key (FLST) 1360
17. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1347
18. Henry White (COLG) 1338
19. Andre Gibson (VAMI) 1319
20. John Henry White (LATECH) 1305

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Earl Campbell (TX) 19
2. Darrell Lipford (WCAR) 18
3. Charles Alexander (LAST) 17
4. Mike Jones (NTX) 16
5. Tony Nathan (AL) 15
  Elliott Walker* (PITT) 15
  Dexter Green (IAST) 15
8. Ted Brown (NCST) 14
  Ben Cowins (AR) 14
  Terry Miller (OKST) 14
  Ronnie Smith (SDGST) 14
  David Turner (SDGST) 14
  Jerome Persell (WMI) 14
  Billy Taylor* (TXTECH) 14
  John Pagliaro (YALE) 14
16. George Woodard (TXAM) 13
  Bruce Gibson (PAC) 13
  Derrick Ramsey (KY) 13
  Calvin Prince* (LOU) 13
  Emmitt Hamilton (APPST) 13
  Joel Payton* (OHST) 13

Total Plays

1. Dave Ziebart (AF) 438
2. Randy Hertel (RICE) 413
3. Mark Miller (BGSU) 401
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 401
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 387
6. Steve Bayuk (TXX) 384
7. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 377
8. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 373
9. Mike Wright (VAND) 370
10. Andy Vetter (OH) 362
  Bruce Threadgill (MSST) 362
12. Randy Gomez (UT) 360
13. Mike Ford (SMETH) 358
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 358
15. Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 356
16. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 354
17. Mike Dunn (DUKE) 352
18. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 347
19. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 346
20. Jim Andrus (WICHST) 341

Total Yards

1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 3249
2. Marc Wilson (BYU) 2438
3. Guy Benjamin (STAN) 2409
4. Bob Relph (COLG) 2405
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2339
6. Keith Thibodeaux (LATECH) 2325
7. Joe Davis (SDGST) 2242
8. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 2190
9. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 2168
10. Steve Raklovits (EMI) 2138
11. Mark Miller (BGSU) 2133
12. Bill Hurley (SYR) 2080
13. Rob Hertel* (SCA) 2053
14. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 1985
15. Randy Gomez (UT) 1980
16. Ken Smith (BC) 1952
17. Mike Ford (SMETH) 1926
18. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 1923
19. Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 1906
20. Steve Fuller (CLEM) 1900

Total Yards Per Play

1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 8.6

Total Touchdowns

1. Doug Williams* (GRAM) 38
2. Bob Relph (COLG) 28
3. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 26
  Marc Wilson (BYU) 26
5. Joe Davis (SDGST) 25
6. Leamon Hall (ARMY) 23
7. Andy Vetter (OH) 21
  Guy Benjamin (STAN) 21
9. Rick Leach (MI) 20
  Larry Fortner (MIAOH) 20
  Rob Hertel* (SCA) 20
12. Derrick Ramsey (KY) 19
  Matt Cavanaugh* (PITT) 19
  Dan Graham (COST) 19
15. Dennis Sproul (AZST) 18
  Mark Miller (BGSU) 18
  Steve Bayuk (TXX) 18
  Mark Herrmann (PUR) 18
  Ken Smith (BC) 18
  Earl Campbell (TX) 18