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1978 Leaders

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National Champions: Alabama (AP, FWAA, NFF), Southern California (UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Billy Sims (Oklahoma)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Alabama ▪ AP Final #1: Alabama

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Pass Completions

1. Steve Dils (STAN) 247
2. Mike Ford (SMETH) 224
3. Ed Luther (SJST) 205
  Mark Halda (SDGST) 205
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 175
6. David Spriggs (NMST) 169
  Ed Smith (MIST) 169
  Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 169
9. Rich Campbell (CA) 164
10. Dave Marler (MSST) 163
11. Bruce Parker (PAC) 156
  Randy Hertel (RICE) 156
13. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 152
14. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 151
15. Eric Hipple (UTST) 150
16. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 147
17. Joe Montana (NDAME) 141
18. Rick Trocano* (PITT) 138
  Randy Gomez (UT) 138
20. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 137

Pass Attempts

1. Steve Dils (STAN) 391
2. Mike Ford (SMETH) 389
3. Ed Luther (SJST) 386
4. Mark Halda (SDGST) 358
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 348
6. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 331
7. David Spriggs (NMST) 317
8. Bruce Parker (PAC) 310
9. Kevin Strasser (NWEST) 307
10. Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 300
11. Rich Campbell (CA) 293
12. Ed Smith (MIST) 292
13. Eric Hipple (UTST) 287
  Dave Marler (MSST) 287
15. Pete Kraker (NIL) 283
  Rick Trocano* (PITT) 283
17. Randy Hertel (RICE) 279
18. Oscar Ramirez (TXEP) 278
19. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 274
20. Randy Gomez (UT) 266

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Steve Dils (STAN) 63.2
2. Buddy Teevens (DART) 60.3
3. Phil Bradley (MO) 60.2
4. David Henderson (FURM) 59.9
5. Jordan Case (NTX) 58.7
6. Tom Sorley* (NE) 58.5
7. Wally Woodham (FLST) 58.0
8. Ed Smith (MIST) 57.9
9. Mike Ford (SMETH) 57.6
10. Mark Halda (SDGST) 57.3
11. Roch Hontas (TLN) 56.8
12. Dave Marler (MSST) 56.8
13. Larry Brown (HARV) 56.7
14. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 56.7
15. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 56.6
16. Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 56.3
17. Rich Campbell (CA) 56.0
18. Randy Hertel (RICE) 55.9
19. Steve Brown (APPST) 55.9
20. David Webber (WAKE) 55.5

Passing Yards

1. Mike Ford (SMETH) 3007
2. Steve Dils (STAN) 2943
3. David Spriggs (NMST) 2558
4. Dave Marler (MSST) 2422
5. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2333
6. Rich Campbell (CA) 2287
7. Ed Luther (SJST) 2275
8. Mark Halda (SDGST) 2262
9. Ed Smith (MIST) 2226
10. Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 2165
11. Eric Hipple (UTST) 2088
12. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 2046
13. Randy Gomez (UT) 2027
14. Bruce Parker (PAC) 2019
15. Joe Montana (NDAME) 2010
16. Brad Wright (NM) 1925
17. Mark Herrmann (PUR) 1904
18. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 1859
19. Mike Wright (BGSU) 1852
20. Dan Manucci (KSST) 1808

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. David Henderson (FURM) 9.3
2. Dave Rader (TLS) 9.1
3. Larry Brown (HARV) 8.8
4. Tom Sorley* (NE) 8.7
5. Dave Marler (MSST) 8.4
6. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 8.3
7. Steve Brown (APPST) 8.2
8. Pat O'Brien (YALE) 8.1
9. Steve Fuller* (CLEM) 8.1
10. David Spriggs (NMST) 8.1
11. Bob Lesczynski (NAVY) 8.0
12. Phil Bradley (MO) 7.9
13. John Brantley (FL) 7.8
14. Wally Woodham (FLST) 7.8
15. Rich Campbell (CA) 7.8
16. Joe Montana (NDAME) 7.7
17. Mike Ford (SMETH) 7.7
18. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 7.7
19. Brad Wright (NM) 7.7
20. Dan Manucci (KSST) 7.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Dave Rader (TLS) 9.2
2. David Henderson (FURM) 9.1
3. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 8.6
4. Steve Brown (APPST) 8.4
5. Larry Brown (HARV) 8.2
6. Tom Sorley* (NE) 8.1
7. Steve Fuller* (CLEM) 7.9
8. Ed Smith (MIST) 7.8
9. Jordan Case (NTX) 7.5
10. Wally Woodham (FLST) 7.0
11. Phil Bradley (MO) 6.9
12. Joe Montana (NDAME) 6.9
13. Steve Dils (STAN) 6.9
14. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 6.5
15. Dave Marler (MSST) 6.5
16. Buddy Teevens (DART) 6.4
17. Jeff Duva (HI) 6.4
18. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 6.4
19. Ron Reeves (TXTECH) 6.3
20. Doug Robertson (NVLV) 6.2

Passing Touchdowns

1. Steve Dils (STAN) 22
2. Ed Smith (MIST) 20
3. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 19
  Randy Gomez (UT) 19
5. Rick Leach* (MI) 17
  David Spriggs (NMST) 17
  Mike Ford (SMETH) 17
  Bruce Parker (PAC) 17
  Jack Thompson (WAST) 17
10. Mike Wright (BGSU) 14
  Mark Halda (SDGST) 14
  Mark Herrmann (PUR) 14
  Dave Rader (TLS) 14
  Mike Pusey (WCAR) 14
  Rich Campbell (CA) 14
  Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 14
  Jeff Duva (HI) 14
  Tom Sorley* (NE) 14
19. Ed Luther (SJST) 13
  Steve Brown (APPST) 13
  Jeff Rutledge (AL) 13

Passing Interceptions

1. David Spriggs (NMST) 25
2. Ed Luther (SJST) 24
3. Oscar Ramirez (TXEP) 23
  Mike Ford (SMETH) 23
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 21
  Dutch Hoffman (WV) 21
7. Jack Thompson (WAST) 20
8. Rich Campbell (CA) 19
  Peter Colombo (HC) 19
  Steve Bayuk (TXX) 19
11. John Marzo (COLG) 18
  Randy Gomez (UT) 18
  Dan Manucci (KSST) 18
  Mike Pusey (WCAR) 18
15. Dave Marler (MSST) 17
  Robby Clark (VAMI) 17
  Steve Smith (BAY) 17
18. Kennon Taylor (ARST) 16
  Dave Ziebart (AF) 16
  Billy Yancy (FREST) 16

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. David Henderson (FURM) 152.5
2. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 150.6
3. Tom Sorley* (NE) 145.7
4. Dave Rader (TLS) 144.3
5. Larry Brown (HARV) 144.3
6. Steve Brown (APPST) 141.3
7. Ed Smith (MIST) 139.0
8. Steve Dils (STAN) 137.3
9. Phil Bradley (MO) 135.0
10. Wally Woodham (FLST) 133.0
11. Jordan Case (NTX) 132.8
12. Steve Fuller* (CLEM) 130.1
13. Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 128.7
14. Dave Marler (MSST) 128.5
15. Jeff Duva (HI) 127.0
16. Chuck Fusina (PAST) 126.2
17. Randy Gomez (UT) 125.9
18. Mike Ford (SMETH) 125.1
19. Roch Hontas (TLN) 125.1
20. Joe Montana (NDAME) 124.9

Rush Attempts

1. Charles White* (SCA) 374
2. Jerome Persell (WMI) 309
3. Ted Brown (NCST) 302
4. Willie McClendon (GA) 287
5. Steve Atkins (MD) 283
6. Charles Alexander (LAST) 281
7. Obie Graves (CASTFU) 275
8. Joe Holland (CORN) 273
9. Bernard Jackson (NTX) 269
10. Eddie Lee Ivery (GATECH) 267
11. Allen Ross (NIL) 259
12. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 254
13. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 253
14. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 251
  Dexter Green* (IAST) 251
16. Marion Barber (MN) 247
17. Joe Steele (WA) 237
18. Amos Lawrence (NC) 234
19. Allen Harvin (CIN) 233
20. Kevin Babcock (OH) 232

Rushing Yards

1. Charles White* (SCA) 1859
2. Obie Graves (CASTFU) 1789
3. Billy Sims (OK) 1762
4. Eddie Lee Ivery (GATECH) 1562
5. Bernard Jackson (NTX) 1453
6. Joe Holland (CORN) 1396
7. Nathan Poole (LOU) 1394
8. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 1369
9. Ted Brown (NCST) 1350
10. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1346
11. Willie McClendon (GA) 1312
12. Allen Harvin (CIN) 1283
  Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 1283
14. Ottis Anderson (MIAFL) 1266
15. Steve Atkins (MD) 1261
16. Marion Barber (MN) 1210
17. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 1205
18. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1192
19. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1172
20. Kevin Cole (SJST) 1154

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Kenny King (OK) 7.9
2. Billy Sims (OK) 7.6
3. Leon Walker (NVLV) 7.1
4. Tony Nathan (AL) 6.9
5. Steve Smith (MIST) 6.7
6. Nathan Poole (LOU) 6.6
7. Eddie Estes (APPST) 6.5
8. Obie Graves (CASTFU) 6.5
9. Major Ogilvie (AL) 6.5
10. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 6.4
11. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 6.4
12. Bernell Quinn (SIL) 6.2
13. Frank Mordica (VAND) 6.2
14. Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 6.1
15. Emmett King (HOU) 6.0
16. Leroy McGee (MIST) 6.0
17. Nathan Johnson (LAMON) 5.9
18. James Brooks (AUB) 5.9
19. Tom Stauss (WI) 5.9
20. Joe Morris (SYR) 5.9

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Billy Sims (OK) 20
2. Lester Brown* (CLEM) 17
3. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 16
  Joe Holland (CORN) 16
5. Nathan Poole (LOU) 15
6. Charles Alexander (LAST) 14
7. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
  Willie Todd (CMI) 13
  Willie McClendon (GA) 13
  James Mayberry (CO) 13
  Charles White* (SCA) 13
12. Albert Little (WMI) 12
  Rick Leach* (MI) 12
14. Mike Martin (CASTFU) 11
  Tony Merendino (CHAT) 11
  Scott McConnell (APPST) 11
  Ron Calcagni (AR) 11
  Rick Berns* (NE) 11
  Ted Brown (NCST) 11
  James Wilder (MO) 11

Receptions

1. Dave Petzke (NIL) 91
2. Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 62
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 62
4. Rick Beasley (APPST) 60
  Vernon Henry (LBS) 60
6. Jerry Butler* (CLEM) 58
7. Cormac Carney (AF) 57
8. Jeff Groth (BGSU) 56
9. Ken Margerum (STAN) 53
10. Mike Chronister (BYU) 52
11. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 50
12. Dave Shula (DART) 49
  Phil Francis (STAN) 49
14. Jeff Evans (NMST) 48
  Jimmy Bryant (UTST) 48
  Mardye McDole (MSST) 48
17. Craig Richardson (TXX) 46
18. Gordon Jones* (PITT) 45
  Frank Henry (UT) 45
20. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 44

Receiving Yards

1. Dave Petzke (NIL) 1215
2. Gerald Harp (WCAR) 1145
3. Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 1041
4. Mardye McDole (MSST) 1035
5. Vernon Henry (LBS) 985
6. Rick Beasley (APPST) 971
7. Ken Margerum (STAN) 942
8. Jeff Evans (NMST) 926
9. Jerry Butler* (CLEM) 908
10. Jeff Groth (BGSU) 874
11. Cormac Carney (AF) 870
12. Mike Chronister (BYU) 850
13. Joe Burke (CHAT) 844
14. Kirk Gibson (MIST) 806
15. Frank Henry (UT) 771
16. Jackie Flowers (FLST) 757
17. Cris Collinsworth (FL) 745
18. Rickey Watts (TLS) 730
19. Felix Wilson (KY) 727
20. Clennie Brundidge (ARMY) 726

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Joe Burke (CHAT) 28.1
2. Holden Smith (CA) 24.7
3. Phil McConkey (NAVY) 24.2
4. Kevin House (SIL) 23.7
5. Spider Gaines (WA) 22.5
6. John Floyd (LAMON) 22.4
7. Godfrey Turner (TXTECH) 22.0
8. Kris Haines (NDAME) 21.8
9. Ralph Clayton* (MI) 21.8
10. Mardye McDole (MSST) 21.6
11. Rickey Watts (TLS) 21.5
12. Sam Platt (FLST) 21.3
13. Doug Donley* (OHST) 21.2
14. Carlos Carson (LAST) 21.0
15. Jerry Taylor (TLS) 20.9
16. Calvin Sweeney* (SCA) 20.1
17. Greg Laetsch (FURM) 20.0
18. Chris DeFrance (AZST) 19.9
19. David Dorn* (RUT) 19.8
20. Ernest Gray (MEM) 19.7

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Dave Petzke (NIL) 11
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 11
  Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 11
4. Kevin Williams* (SCA) 10
5. Cris Collinsworth (FL) 9
  Charlie Murray (NTX) 9
  Ken Margerum (STAN) 9
  Ernest Gray (MEM) 9
9. Jeff Groth (BGSU) 8
  Ralph Clayton* (MI) 8
  Joe Burke (CHAT) 8
  Cormac Carney (AF) 8
13. Jackie Flowers (FLST) 7
  Rick Parma (SJST) 7
  Bob Loomis (NC) 7
  Kirk Gibson (MIST) 7
  Mardye McDole (MSST) 7
  Sam Platt (FLST) 7
  Eugene Byrd (MIST) 7
  David Houser (RICE) 7

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Charles White* (SCA) 396
2. Ted Brown (NCST) 319
3. Jerome Persell (WMI) 316
4. Charles Alexander (LAST) 309
5. Willie McClendon (GA) 291
6. Steve Atkins (MD) 289
7. Eddie Lee Ivery (GATECH) 287
8. Obie Graves (CASTFU) 285
9. Joe Holland (CORN) 283
10. Bernard Jackson (NTX) 276
11. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 271
12. Marion Barber (MN) 269
  Allen Ross (NIL) 269
14. Larry Lawrence (ARST) 268
15. Dexter Green* (IAST) 263
16. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 261
17. Allen Harvin (CIN) 254
18. Joe Steele (WA) 253
19. Amos Lawrence (NC) 248
20. John Macon (PUR) 245

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Charles White* (SCA) 2052
2. Obie Graves (CASTFU) 1892
3. Eddie Lee Ivery (GATECH) 1800
4. Billy Sims (OK) 1797
5. Ted Brown (NCST) 1547
6. Bernard Jackson (NTX) 1529
7. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 1521
8. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1507
9. Jerome Persell (WMI) 1437
10. Charles Alexander (LAST) 1435
11. Allen Harvin (CIN) 1433
12. Nathan Poole (LOU) 1430
13. Joe Holland (CORN) 1427
14. Kevin Cole (SJST) 1387
15. Marion Barber (MN) 1381
16. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1363
17. Theotis Brown* (UCLA) 1357
18. Willie McClendon (GA) 1339
19. Steve Atkins (MD) 1334
20. Ottis Anderson (MIAFL) 1313

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Billy Sims (OK) 20
2. Lester Brown* (CLEM) 17
3. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 16
  Joe Holland (CORN) 16
  Charles Alexander (LAST) 16
  Nathan Poole (LOU) 16
7. Charles White* (SCA) 14
  Scott McConnell (APPST) 14
9. Willie Todd (CMI) 13
  James Mayberry (CO) 13
  Willie McClendon (GA) 13
  Dexter Green* (IAST) 13
  James Jones (MSST) 13
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 13
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 13
16. James Wilder (MO) 12
  Rick Leach* (MI) 12
  Albert Little (WMI) 12
  Rick Berns* (NE) 12
20. Dave Petzke (NIL) 11
  Ted Brown (NCST) 11
  Mark Hunter (MIAOH) 11
  Angelo Colosimo (COLG) 11
  Tony Merendino (CHAT) 11
  Mike Martin (CASTFU) 11
  Bill Ring (BYU) 11
  Jimmy Hill (ARMY) 11
  Ron Calcagni (AR) 11
  Emanuel Tolbert (SMETH) 11

Total Plays

1. Steve Dils (STAN) 481
2. David Spriggs (NMST) 465
3. Mike Ford (SMETH) 459
4. Rick Trocano* (PITT) 458
5. Oscar Ramirez (TXEP) 447
6. Mike Wright (BGSU) 440
7. Jack Thompson (WAST) 432
8. Brad Wright (NM) 423
9. Ed Luther (SJST) 419
10. Eric Hipple (UTST) 400
11. Bruce Parker (PAC) 393
12. Mark Halda (SDGST) 387
  Mike Pusey (WCAR) 387
14. Rich Campbell (CA) 386
15. Steve Bayuk (TXX) 381
16. Steve Smith (ORST) 377
17. Dave Marler (MSST) 375
  Charles White* (SCA) 375
19. Dutch Hoffman (WV) 374
20. Pete Kraker (NIL) 364

Total Yards

1. Mike Ford (SMETH) 2957
2. Steve Dils (STAN) 2871
3. David Spriggs (NMST) 2802
4. Brad Wright (NM) 2403
5. Dave Marler (MSST) 2391
6. Mike Wright (BGSU) 2382
7. Jack Thompson (WAST) 2264
8. Ed Smith (MIST) 2247
9. Rich Campbell (CA) 2207
10. Ed Luther (SJST) 2174
11. Steve Fuller* (CLEM) 2164
  Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 2164
13. Mark Halda (SDGST) 2163
14. Joe Montana (NDAME) 2114
15. Phil Bradley (MO) 2081
16. Eric Hipple (UTST) 2071
17. Jimmy Streater (TN) 2011
18. Mark Malone (AZST) 2010
19. Randy Gomez (UT) 1991
20. Steve Brown (APPST) 1959

Total Touchdowns

1. Rick Leach* (MI) 29
2. Mike Wright (BGSU) 24
3. Tony Merendino (CHAT) 23
  Steve Dils (STAN) 23
5. Ed Smith (MIST) 21
  Mike Ford (SMETH) 21
  Dave Rader (TLS) 21
8. David Spriggs (NMST) 20
  Tom Sorley* (NE) 20
  Mark Malone (AZST) 20
  Billy Sims (OK) 20
  Jack Thompson (WAST) 20
13. Randy Gomez (UT) 19
  Paul McDonald* (SCA) 19
  Steve Brown (APPST) 19
16. Eric Hipple (UTST) 18
  Phil Bradley (MO) 18
18. Billy Yancy (FREST) 17
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 17
  Lester Brown* (CLEM) 17
  Brad Wright (NM) 17
  Ron Reeves (TXTECH) 17
  Bruce Parker (PAC) 17
  Jeff Rutledge (AL) 17
  Steve Fuller* (CLEM) 17