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1977 Receiving Stats

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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)

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208 Players

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Ernest Gray Memphis Ind 28 826 29.5 6 6 39 6.5 0 34 865 25.4 6
2 Kirk Gibson Michigan State Big Ten 22 531 24.1 6 5 50 10.0 0 27 581 21.5 6
3 Carlos Carson Louisiana State SEC 23 552 24.0 10 3 1 0.3 0 26 553 21.3 10
4 Carlos Pennywell* Grambling State SWAC 32 748 23.4 9 32 748 23.4 9
5 Homer Butler UCLA Pac-8 25 584 23.4 4 1 -7 -7.0 0 26 577 22.2 4
6 Ozzie Newsome Alabama SEC 36 804 22.3 4 36 804 22.3 4
7 Spider Gaines Washington Pac-8 30 660 22.0 6 4 27 6.8 0 34 687 20.2 6
8 Rod Foppe Louisiana Tech Southland 59 1274 21.6 5 59 1274 21.6 5
9 Mike Shumann Florida State Ind 33 701 21.2 6 5 113 22.6 0 38 814 21.4 6
10 Kris Haines Notre Dame Ind 28 587 21.0 2 28 587 21.0 2
11 Mike Godbolt Boston College Ind 34 711 20.9 6 2 22 11.0 0 36 733 20.4 6
12 Paul Warth Miami (OH) MAC 26 540 20.8 5 26 540 20.8 5
13 Vernon Henry Long Beach State PCAA 29 601 20.7 7 5 86 17.2 1 34 687 20.2 8
14 Randy Simmrin* Southern California Pac-8 41 840 20.5 5 41 840 20.5 5
15 Walter Howard Wyoming WAC 24 491 20.5 1 24 491 20.5 1
16 Donald Doaty Mississippi Valley State SWAC 23 472 20.5 0 11 44 4.0 0 34 516 15.2 0
17 Tony Jackson Fresno State PCAA 25 507 20.3 1 6 60 10.0 0 31 567 18.3 1
18 Wayne Schwalbach Central Michigan MAC 21 426 20.3 1 2 6 3.0 1 23 432 18.8 2
19 Mark R. Bell Colorado State WAC 40 797 19.9 9 5 29 5.8 0 45 826 18.4 9
20 Joe Manderfield William & Mary Ind 32 626 19.6 3 4 12 3.0 0 36 638 17.7 3
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
21 Wes Chandler Florida SEC 25 490 19.6 6 61 353 5.8 6 86 843 9.8 12
22 David Gray Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 30 582 19.4 3 30 582 19.4 3
23 Charlie Green Kansas State Big 8 33 634 19.2 1 33 634 19.2 1
24 Reggie Arnold Purdue Big Ten 44 840 19.1 8 44 840 19.1 8
25 John Floyd Louisiana-Monroe Ind 30 573 19.1 4 4 36 9.0 0 34 609 17.9 4
26 Paul McCarty Boston College Ind 27 514 19.0 5 4 5 1.3 0 31 519 16.7 5
27 Terry Gallaher East Carolina Ind 27 512 19.0 2 2 19 9.5 0 29 531 18.3 2
28 Robert Woods* Grambling State SWAC 38 719 18.9 6 46 210 4.6 3 84 929 11.1 9
29 Cedric Thomas West Virginia Ind 37 699 18.9 8 2 58 29.0 0 39 757 19.4 8
30 Ron Cassidy Utah State Ind 24 451 18.8 1 1 7 7.0 0 25 458 18.3 1
31 Larry McCartney Louisiana Tech Southland 27 504 18.7 2 1 10 10.0 0 28 514 18.4 2
32 Larry Willis Alcorn State SWAC 41 764 18.6 4 41 764 18.6 4
33 Mike Moore* Grambling State SWAC 60 1112 18.5 12 60 1112 18.5 12
34 Steve Watson Temple Ind 31 573 18.5 2 31 573 18.5 2
35 Mickey Shuler Penn State Ind 33 600 18.2 1 33 600 18.2 1
36 Edgar Wilson Michigan State Big Ten 23 418 18.2 2 23 418 18.2 2
37 Jimmy Cefalo Penn State Ind 28 507 18.1 5 16 72 4.5 1 44 579 13.2 6
38 Ellis Savage Virginia Tech Ind 23 416 18.1 0 2 75 37.5 0 25 491 19.6 0
39 Ray Crisp Marshall Southern 33 594 18.0 4 4 6 1.5 0 37 600 16.2 4
40 Dick Slenker Colgate Ind 44 782 17.8 7 44 782 17.8 7
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
41 Dikki Dyson Arkansas State Southland 40 710 17.8 1 40 710 17.8 1
42 Jeff Groth Bowling Green State MAC 39 693 17.8 6 9 145 16.1 2 48 838 17.5 8
43 Jerry Butler Clemson ACC 43 760 17.7 4 3 6 2.0 0 46 766 16.7 4
44 James Lofton Stanford Pac-8 53 931 17.6 12 3 0 0.0 0 56 931 16.6 12
45 Dennis Pearson San Diego State Ind 49 864 17.6 5 49 864 17.6 5
46 Dennis Pearson San Diego State Ind 49 864 17.6 5 49 864 17.6 5
47 Gordon Jones* Pittsburgh Ind 45 793 17.6 9 1 -3 -3.0 0 46 790 17.2 9
48 Mardye McDole Mississippi State SEC 29 510 17.6 2 29 510 17.6 2
49 Harry Holt Arizona WAC 24 423 17.6 2 24 136 5.7 4 48 559 11.6 6
50 Phil McConkey Navy Ind 34 596 17.5 4 1 16 16.0 0 35 612 17.5 4
51 John Jefferson Arizona State WAC 53 912 17.2 8 2 11 5.5 1 55 923 16.8 9
52 Jack Steptoe Utah WAC 42 724 17.2 8 42 724 17.2 8
53 Curtis Weathers Mississippi SEC 23 395 17.2 4 23 395 17.2 4
54 Mike Levenseller Washington State Pac-8 43 736 17.1 2 3 13 4.3 0 46 749 16.3 2
55 Mike Chronister Brigham Young WAC 38 649 17.1 11 3 58 19.3 0 41 707 17.2 11
56 Calvin Sweeney* Southern California Pac-8 33 564 17.1 6 33 564 17.1 6
57 Paul Coffman Kansas State Big 8 25 427 17.1 3 25 427 17.1 3
58 Ralph Staten Mississippi Valley State SWAC 29 494 17.0 2 29 494 17.0 2
59 John Spagnola Yale Ivy 35 593 16.9 1 35 593 16.9 1
60 Jerrold McRae Tennessee State Ind 29 485 16.7 7 29 485 16.7 7
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
61 Skip Charles Tulane Ind 28 468 16.7 3 28 468 16.7 3
62 Hal Kemp Vanderbilt SEC 21 350 16.7 1 4 12 3.0 0 25 362 14.5 1
63 Steve Gaustad* Pittsburgh Ind 31 514 16.6 1 31 514 16.6 1
64 Tim Smith* Nebraska Big 8 27 449 16.6 2 27 449 16.6 2
65 Clennie Brundidge Army Ind 51 842 16.5 4 51 842 16.5 4
66 Keith Wright Memphis Ind 38 628 16.5 3 3 7 2.3 0 41 635 15.5 3
67 Roger Overby Florida State Ind 38 626 16.5 5 38 626 16.5 5
68 Joe Conron Pacific PCAA 31 510 16.5 4 11 98 8.9 0 42 608 14.5 4
69 Martin Cox Vanderbilt SEC 48 783 16.3 3 48 783 16.3 3
70 Tod Thompson Brigham Young WAC 37 602 16.3 8 37 602 16.3 8
71 Tom Parm Eastern Michigan MAC 34 554 16.3 2 34 554 16.3 2
72 Steve Hoog Air Force Ind 29 474 16.3 5 8 61 7.6 0 37 535 14.5 5
73 Casper Wells Colgate Ind 26 424 16.3 3 26 424 16.3 3
74 Dave Rupert Cornell Ivy 26 423 16.3 1 26 423 16.3 1
75 James Hall Eastern Michigan MAC 40 646 16.2 2 1 0 0.0 0 41 646 15.8 2
76 Mike Almond Northwestern State Ind 25 405 16.2 2 25 405 16.2 2
77 Johnny Garnett Virginia Military Institute Southern 23 371 16.1 2 19 41 2.2 0 42 412 9.8 2
78 Dean Richards Maryland ACC 23 370 16.1 1 19 67 3.5 3 42 437 10.4 4
79 Rickey Watts Tulsa MVC 40 639 16.0 1 108 423 3.9 5 148 1062 7.2 6
80 Mike Renfro Texas Christian SWC 50 794 15.9 10 50 794 15.9 10
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
81 Tim Loftin North Texas Ind 33 523 15.8 5 2 27 13.5 0 35 550 15.7 5
82 Vince Kinney Maryland ACC 32 505 15.8 0 32 505 15.8 0
83 Chris Holloway Alcorn State SWAC 26 410 15.8 1 26 410 15.8 1
84 Mark Bailey Northwestern Big Ten 22 347 15.8 2 22 347 15.8 2
85 Bo Flower Mississippi Valley State SWAC 19 301 15.8 3 19 301 15.8 3
86 John Zeglinski Wake Forest ACC 31 486 15.7 2 10 35 3.5 0 41 521 12.7 2
87 Jim Curry Harvard Ivy 28 440 15.7 5 1 13 13.0 0 29 453 15.6 5
88 Emanuel Tolbert Southern Methodist SWC 64 996 15.6 6 23 70 3.0 0 87 1066 12.3 6
89 Bubba Garcia Texas-El Paso WAC 53 826 15.6 9 2 -11 -5.5 0 55 815 14.8 9
90 Jesse Thompson California Pac-8 51 797 15.6 5 51 797 15.6 5
91 Frank Henry Utah WAC 40 622 15.6 0 40 622 15.6 0
92 Rick Morrison Ball State MAC 59 908 15.4 8 8 101 12.6 2 67 1009 15.1 10
93 John Van Der Wouden Brigham Young WAC 43 661 15.4 7 43 661 15.4 7
94 Mark Farnham Brown Ivy 25 384 15.4 1 25 384 15.4 1
95 Tim Haynes Arizona WAC 24 369 15.4 0 24 369 15.4 0
96 Bryan Hanning Wichita State MVC 50 767 15.3 5 50 767 15.3 5
97 Brian Kelly Washington State Pac-8 44 675 15.3 8 2 16 8.0 0 46 691 15.0 8
98 Steve Joyce San Jose State PCAA 29 444 15.3 2 29 444 15.3 2
99 Marcus Hatley Tulsa MVC 35 533 15.2 2 35 533 15.2 2
100 Paul Sablock Harvard Ivy 17 258 15.2 2 17 258 15.2 2
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
101 Wayne Tolleson Western Carolina Southern 73 1101 15.1 7 7 8 1.1 0 80 1109 13.9 7
102 David Charles Wisconsin Big Ten 29 437 15.1 3 2 11 5.5 0 31 448 14.5 3
103 Bruce Semall Syracuse Ind 22 332 15.1 1 22 332 15.1 1
104 Rick Ellis Cal State Fullerton PCAA 23 346 15.0 0 1 -2 -2.0 0 24 344 14.3 0
105 Wyamond Waters Northwestern State Ind 23 345 15.0 5 1 1 1.0 0 24 346 14.4 5
106 Jeffrey Gowan Illinois State Ind 47 702 14.9 6 2 25 12.5 0 49 727 14.8 6
107 Ray Smith Purdue Big Ten 38 565 14.9 3 38 565 14.9 3
108 Marc Mitchell* Louisville Ind 24 358 14.9 4 24 358 14.9 4
109 Ken MacAfee Notre Dame Ind 54 797 14.8 6 54 797 14.8 6
110 Ken Page Oregon Pac-8 40 591 14.8 3 11 63 5.7 0 51 654 12.8 3
111 Joe Dugan Temple Ind 21 311 14.8 1 21 311 14.8 1
112 Keith Calvin Indiana Big Ten 41 604 14.7 1 4 31 7.8 0 45 635 14.1 1
113 Steve Joecken Miami (OH) MAC 26 382 14.7 3 3 10 3.3 0 29 392 13.5 3
114 Charles Watkins Brown Ivy 21 306 14.6 2 23 108 4.7 0 44 414 9.4 2
115 David Houser Rice SWC 55 795 14.5 5 55 795 14.5 5
116 Artie Pulsinelli Columbia Ivy 22 320 14.5 4 22 320 14.5 4
117 Art Monk Syracuse Ind 41 590 14.4 4 110 566 5.1 2 151 1156 7.7 6
118 Stanley Sam New Mexico State MVC 36 514 14.3 2 36 514 14.3 2
119 Bob Niziolek Colorado Big 8 29 416 14.3 3 3 12 4.0 0 32 428 13.4 3
120 Mark Brammer Michigan State Big Ten 27 385 14.3 1 27 385 14.3 1
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
121 Kellen Winslow Missouri Big 8 25 358 14.3 3 1 -6 -6.0 0 26 352 13.5 3
122 Randy Swinson West Virginia Ind 25 357 14.3 0 25 357 14.3 0
123 Bill Kellar Stanford Pac-8 46 653 14.2 3 1 0 0.0 0 47 653 13.9 3
124 Joe Stewart Missouri Big 8 27 384 14.2 3 6 26 4.3 0 33 410 12.4 3
125 Gordon Kurz Utah WAC 22 312 14.2 2 22 312 14.2 2
126 Emmitt Hamilton Appalachian State Southern 21 299 14.2 1 153 961 6.3 12 174 1260 7.2 13
127 Gray Oliver William & Mary Ind 21 298 14.2 3 21 298 14.2 3
128 Kim Featsent Kent State MAC 39 549 14.1 2 4 13 3.3 0 43 562 13.1 2
129 Jimmy Wicks Arkansas State Southland 25 353 14.1 3 25 353 14.1 3
130 Calvin James Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 41 574 14.0 6 2 11 5.5 0 43 585 13.6 6
131 Don Bass Houston SWC 42 580 13.8 7 9 50 5.6 0 51 630 12.4 7
132 Jimmie Solomon Dartmouth Ivy 23 318 13.8 1 7 -2 -0.3 1 30 316 10.5 2
133 Jimmy Bryant Utah State Ind 41 561 13.7 6 5 74 14.8 1 46 635 13.8 7
134 Pat Kelly Holy Cross Ind 26 357 13.7 0 26 357 13.7 0
135 Mike Brady Iowa Big Ten 26 357 13.7 2 26 357 13.7 2
136 Wiley Pitts Temple Ind 21 288 13.7 1 8 23 2.9 0 29 311 10.7 1
137 Nigel Turpin Ohio MAC 46 624 13.6 2 5 11 2.2 0 51 635 12.5 2
138 Dave Trosper Kentucky SEC 25 340 13.6 2 25 340 13.6 2
139 George Harris Brigham Young WAC 23 313 13.6 6 23 313 13.6 6
140 George Freitas California Pac-8 50 673 13.5 4 50 673 13.5 4
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
141 Dave Young Purdue Big Ten 28 373 13.3 5 28 373 13.3 5
142 Mike Peterson Appalachian State Southern 26 345 13.3 0 26 345 13.3 0
143 Ronnie Smith San Diego State Ind 42 555 13.2 12 8 175 21.9 2 50 730 14.6 14
144 Tommy Southard Furman Southern 38 499 13.1 3 9 94 10.4 2 47 593 12.6 5
145 Tom Cafferty Oregon Pac-8 30 393 13.1 1 2 8 4.0 0 32 401 12.5 1
146 Preston Dennard New Mexico WAC 26 341 13.1 4 1 -10 -10.0 0 27 331 12.3 4
147 Oliver Hillmon California Pac-8 24 315 13.1 4 88 232 2.6 4 112 547 4.9 8
148 Paul Proffitt Drake MVC 60 778 13.0 5 60 778 13.0 5
149 Dave Petzke Northern Illinois MAC 57 743 13.0 5 57 743 13.0 5
150 Ken Spaeth* Nebraska Big 8 24 312 13.0 2 24 312 13.0 2
151 Tom Smith Wake Forest ACC 24 312 13.0 1 24 312 13.0 1
152 Mike Riley Citadel Southern 56 724 12.9 2 56 724 12.9 2
153 Bob Cicero Wichita State MVC 29 373 12.9 3 29 373 12.9 3
154 Tom Saleet Bowling Green State MAC 28 360 12.9 4 28 360 12.9 4
155 Nick Anderson Tulane Ind 24 310 12.9 1 24 310 12.9 1
156 Henry White Colgate Ind 24 306 12.8 3 131 1032 7.9 5 155 1338 8.6 8
157 Steve Coury Oregon State Pac-8 36 458 12.7 2 1 2 2.0 0 37 460 12.4 2
158 Tom Hall Duke ACC 33 418 12.7 1 33 418 12.7 1
159 Paul Williams Air Force Ind 24 305 12.7 2 24 305 12.7 2
160 Jeff Ciccone Western Carolina Southern 36 454 12.6 4 1 0 0.0 0 37 454 12.3 4
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
161 David Turner San Diego State Ind 33 417 12.6 1 240 1252 5.2 13 273 1669 6.1 14
162 Gerald Harp Western Carolina Southern 23 287 12.5 2 3 60 20.0 0 26 347 13.3 2
163 Arthur Whittington Southern Methodist SWC 22 276 12.5 1 205 824 4.0 9 227 1100 4.8 10
164 Karl Halberg Oregon State Pac-8 22 274 12.5 1 9 61 6.8 0 31 335 10.8 1
165 Tommy Davidson Baylor SWC 34 419 12.3 3 34 419 12.3 3
166 Terry Breuscher Wisconsin Big Ten 28 343 12.3 0 81 347 4.3 1 109 690 6.3 1
167 Roger Gourley Brigham Young WAC 27 330 12.2 2 76 294 3.9 2 103 624 6.1 4
168 Jeff Nadherney Dartmouth Ivy 26 317 12.2 2 26 317 12.2 2
169 Todd Christensen Brigham Young WAC 50 603 12.1 5 79 290 3.7 3 129 893 6.9 8
170 Robert Chatman Mississippi State SEC 22 266 12.1 1 22 266 12.1 1
171 Rich Keefe Princeton Ivy 17 205 12.1 0 17 205 12.1 0
172 Mike Jones Syracuse Ind 25 301 12.0 3 1 2 2.0 0 26 303 11.7 3
173 Mike Andress Ball State MAC 33 392 11.9 6 24 124 5.2 1 57 516 9.1 7
174 Alton Alexis Tulane Ind 30 357 11.9 4 9 29 3.2 0 39 386 9.9 4
175 Tony Maddocks Long Beach State PCAA 35 410 11.7 3 35 410 11.7 3
176 Todd Ellwood Marshall Southern 24 280 11.7 4 9 45 5.0 2 33 325 9.8 6
177 Mark Geisler Ohio MAC 42 489 11.6 5 42 489 11.6 5
178 Brad Decker Cornell Ivy 17 197 11.6 2 17 197 11.6 2
179 Jim McCluskey Long Beach State PCAA 33 381 11.5 2 33 381 11.5 2
180 Dave Dudley Bowling Green State MAC 30 346 11.5 1 30 346 11.5 1
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
181 Willie Matthews Bowling Green State MAC 35 398 11.4 1 1 20 20.0 0 36 418 11.6 1
182 Leo Lewis Missouri Big 8 24 273 11.4 1 3 1 0.3 0 27 274 10.1 1
183 Wayland Gay Prairie View A&M SWAC 32 361 11.3 0 32 361 11.3 0
184 Mark Slawson Citadel Southern 23 260 11.3 0 4 20 5.0 0 27 280 10.4 0
185 Pat Healy Colgate Ind 21 238 11.3 1 189 936 5.0 10 210 1174 5.6 11
186 Mike Jones North Texas Ind 22 245 11.1 4 187 940 5.0 12 209 1185 5.7 16
187 Pat Walker Miami (FL) Ind 21 234 11.1 0 21 234 11.1 0
188 Reggie Harper Tennessee SEC 30 331 11.0 1 1 -5 -5.0 0 31 326 10.5 1
189 Ronnie Lee Baylor SWC 21 225 10.7 1 21 225 10.7 1
190 Darrin Nelson Stanford Pac-8 50 524 10.5 3 183 1069 5.8 3 233 1593 6.8 6
191 Dan Doornink Washington State Pac-8 35 358 10.2 0 144 591 4.1 3 179 949 5.3 3
192 Jim Merriken Army Ind 35 350 10.0 2 99 447 4.5 4 134 797 5.9 6
193 Mark Angelo Miami (OH) MAC 21 210 10.0 3 21 210 10.0 3
194 Steve Young Wake Forest ACC 51 483 9.5 3 51 483 9.5 3
195 Chuck Benbow Long Beach State PCAA 32 289 9.0 2 100 533 5.3 5 132 822 6.2 7
196 Dennis Bullock Oregon Pac-8 22 196 8.9 0 44 165 3.8 2 66 361 5.5 2
197 Joe Steele Washington Pac-8 25 210 8.4 2 198 865 4.4 10 223 1075 4.8 12
198 John Henry White Louisiana Tech Southland 26 211 8.1 0 261 1094 4.2 11 287 1305 4.5 11
199 Joe Gattuso Navy Ind 22 169 7.7 0 266 1292 4.9 6 288 1461 5.1 6
200 Paul Jones California Pac-8 24 182 7.6 1 189 805 4.3 6 213 987 4.6 7
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
201 Phil Francis Stanford Pac-8 23 168 7.3 0 88 373 4.2 4 111 541 4.9 4
202 John Skibinski Purdue Big Ten 32 221 6.9 1 147 665 4.5 4 179 886 4.9 5
203 Ted Brown North Carolina State ACC 24 164 6.8 1 218 1251 5.7 13 242 1415 5.8 14
204 Billy Taylor* Texas Tech SWC 35 220 6.3 0 228 994 4.4 14 263 1214 4.6 14
205 Preston Brown Vanderbilt SEC 23 146 6.3 1 77 183 2.4 0 100 329 3.3 1
206 Rand Willard San Jose State PCAA 27 159 5.9 1 63 251 4.0 0 90 410 4.6 1
207 Earl Cooper Rice SWC 23 96 4.2 1 135 598 4.4 7 158 694 4.4 8
208 Vincent Allen Indiana State Ind 20 58 2.9 0 231 1026 4.4 8 251 1084 4.3 8