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1978 Receiving Stats

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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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201 Players

Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
1 Joe Burke Chattanooga Southern 30 844 28.1 8 2 12 6.0 0 32 856 26.8 8
2 Holden Smith California Pac-10 26 641 24.7 5 1 8 8.0 0 27 649 24.0 5
3 Phil McConkey Navy Ind 22 532 24.2 6 2 17 8.5 2 24 549 22.9 8
4 Kevin House Southern Illinois MVC 21 498 23.7 5 21 498 23.7 5
5 Spider Gaines Washington Pac-10 23 517 22.5 5 4 92 23.0 0 27 609 22.6 5
6 John Floyd Louisiana-Monroe Ind 29 649 22.4 5 3 13 4.3 1 32 662 20.7 6
7 Godfrey Turner Texas Tech SWC 22 483 22.0 4 3 25 8.3 0 25 508 20.3 4
8 Kris Haines Notre Dame Ind 32 699 21.8 5 32 699 21.8 5
9 Ralph Clayton* Michigan Big Ten 25 546 21.8 8 12 50 4.2 1 37 596 16.1 9
10 Mardye McDole Mississippi State SEC 48 1035 21.6 7 1 0 0.0 0 49 1035 21.1 7
11 Rickey Watts Tulsa MVC 34 730 21.5 5 2 0 0.0 0 36 730 20.3 5
12 Doug Donley* Ohio State Big Ten 24 510 21.3 3 24 510 21.3 3
13 Sam Platt Florida State Ind 21 447 21.3 7 9 77 8.6 0 30 524 17.5 7
14 Carlos Carson Louisiana State SEC 27 568 21.0 2 2 -10 -5.0 0 29 558 19.2 2
15 Jerry Taylor Tulsa MVC 33 690 20.9 6 33 690 20.9 6
16 Calvin Sweeney* Southern California Pac-10 32 644 20.1 2 32 644 20.1 2
17 Greg Laetsch Furman Southern 25 499 20.0 5 25 499 20.0 5
18 Chris DeFrance Arizona State Pac-10 31 617 19.9 5 5 20 4.0 1 36 637 17.7 6
19 David Dorn* Rutgers Ind 27 535 19.8 3 45 358 8.0 4 72 893 12.4 7
20 Drew Hill Georgia Tech Ind 36 708 19.7 4 2 5 2.5 0 38 713 18.8 4
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
21 Ernest Gray Memphis Ind 35 690 19.7 9 3 -2 -0.7 0 38 688 18.1 9
22 Jerome Miller Arkansas State Southland 24 473 19.7 2 1 3 3.0 0 25 476 19.0 2
23 Jeff Evans New Mexico State MVC 48 926 19.3 5 48 926 19.3 5
24 Kirk Gibson Michigan State Big Ten 42 806 19.2 7 7 53 7.6 2 49 859 17.5 9
25 Cris Collinsworth Florida SEC 39 745 19.1 9 18 100 5.6 0 57 845 14.8 9
26 Mark R. Bell Colorado State WAC 24 459 19.1 5 1 -4 -4.0 0 25 455 18.2 5
27 Rich Horner Harvard Ivy 21 399 19.0 2 1 -4 -4.0 0 22 395 18.0 2
28 Wyatt Henderson Fresno State PCAA 30 566 18.9 5 3 134 44.7 1 33 700 21.2 6
29 Tony Stephens Florida SEC 27 502 18.6 4 27 502 18.6 4
30 Jeff Moore Tennessee SEC 27 502 18.6 2 27 502 18.6 2
31 Gerald Harp Western Carolina Southern 62 1145 18.5 11 11 46 4.2 2 73 1191 16.3 13
32 Junior Miller* Nebraska Big 8 33 609 18.5 6 33 609 18.5 6
33 Kenny Robinson Louisville Ind 29 534 18.4 6 7 42 6.0 1 36 576 16.0 7
34 Willis Adams Houston SWC 29 534 18.4 4 2 -3 -1.5 0 31 531 17.1 4
35 Stan Hixon* Iowa State Big 8 26 474 18.2 2 1 12 12.0 0 27 486 18.0 2
36 Ray Hinton Ball State MAC 23 417 18.1 2 9 74 8.2 0 32 491 15.3 2
37 Mike Almond Northwestern State Ind 27 483 17.9 3 1 -1 -1.0 0 28 482 17.2 3
38 Bob Krystyniak Yale Ivy 26 465 17.9 2 26 465 17.9 2
39 Ken Margerum Stanford Pac-10 53 942 17.8 9 3 21 7.0 0 56 963 17.2 9
40 Lam Jones Texas SWC 25 446 17.8 5 15 128 8.5 1 40 574 14.4 6
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
41 Jimmy Kiser Furman Southern 39 692 17.7 1 7 58 8.3 1 46 750 16.3 2
42 Rick Morrison Ball State MAC 23 408 17.7 3 5 32 6.4 0 28 440 15.7 3
43 Jackie Flowers Florida State Ind 43 757 17.6 7 43 757 17.6 7
44 John Spagnola Yale Ivy 41 723 17.6 4 41 723 17.6 4
45 Richard Ellender McNeese State Southland 23 402 17.5 4 23 402 17.5 4
46 Scooter Spruiell Louisiana Tech Southland 37 642 17.4 4 37 642 17.4 4
47 Micheal Milton Texas Christian SWC 34 592 17.4 3 2 6 3.0 0 36 598 16.6 3
48 Tom Parm Eastern Michigan MAC 21 363 17.3 0 2 10 5.0 0 23 373 16.2 0
49 Elmer Bailey Minnesota Big Ten 27 464 17.2 4 9 57 6.3 0 36 521 14.5 4
50 Frank Henry Utah WAC 45 771 17.1 6 45 771 17.1 6
51 Charlie Murray North Texas Ind 32 546 17.1 9 32 546 17.1 9
52 Scott Fitzkee Penn State Ind 37 630 17.0 6 37 630 17.0 6
53 Brian Nelson Texas Tech SWC 26 443 17.0 3 26 443 17.0 3
54 Mike Fahnestock Army Ind 21 357 17.0 1 21 357 17.0 1
55 Reggie Spencer West Texas A&M MVC 21 356 17.0 2 21 356 17.0 2
56 Felix Wilson Kentucky SEC 43 727 16.9 4 43 727 16.9 4
57 Martin Cox Vanderbilt SEC 40 674 16.9 3 1 5 5.0 0 41 679 16.6 3
58 Ron Cassidy Utah State PCAA 31 525 16.9 2 3 25 8.3 0 34 550 16.2 2
59 Gerald Carter Texas A&M SWC 22 372 16.9 1 1 0 0.0 0 23 372 16.2 1
60 Emanuel Tolbert Southern Methodist SWC 62 1041 16.8 11 4 12 3.0 0 66 1053 16.0 11
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
61 Jim Teahan Utah WAC 29 488 16.8 3 29 488 16.8 3
62 Eugene Byrd Michigan State Big Ten 43 718 16.7 7 1 9 9.0 0 44 727 16.5 7
63 Bryan Hanning Wichita State MVC 33 551 16.7 4 33 551 16.7 4
64 Howard Robinson Lamar Southland 27 451 16.7 4 1 1 1.0 0 28 452 16.1 4
65 Ron Enclade Florida SEC 22 368 16.7 3 22 368 16.7 3
66 Steve Lewis West Virginia Ind 38 629 16.6 5 38 629 16.6 5
67 Steve Lewis West Virginia Ind 38 629 16.6 5 38 629 16.6 5
68 Fred Meadows Western Carolina Southern 32 530 16.6 4 32 530 16.6 4
69 Clennie Brundidge Army Ind 44 726 16.5 4 6 27 4.5 0 50 753 15.1 4
70 Tod Thompson Brigham Young WAC 34 560 16.5 5 34 560 16.5 5
71 Kellen Winslow Missouri Big 8 29 479 16.5 6 29 479 16.5 6
72 Vernon Henry Long Beach State PCAA 60 985 16.4 6 8 68 8.5 1 68 1053 15.5 7
73 Dean Richards Maryland ACC 35 575 16.4 1 14 17 1.2 1 49 592 12.1 2
74 Curtis Weathers Mississippi SEC 22 361 16.4 1 22 361 16.4 1
75 Mike Chronister Brigham Young WAC 52 850 16.3 3 52 850 16.3 3
76 Dwayne Hall Oregon State Pac-10 25 408 16.3 3 4 29 7.3 0 29 437 15.1 3
77 Robert Savage Virginia Military Institute Southern 22 358 16.3 0 14 67 4.8 0 36 425 11.8 0
78 Rick Beasley Appalachian State Southern 60 971 16.2 4 60 971 16.2 4
79 Anthony Smith Southern Methodist SWC 32 519 16.2 0 32 519 16.2 0
80 Steve Coury Oregon State Pac-10 31 502 16.2 3 31 502 16.2 3
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
81 Marty DeFrancesco Brown Ivy 24 388 16.2 2 6 27 4.5 0 30 415 13.8 2
82 Rich Duggan West Virginia Ind 23 372 16.2 1 23 372 16.2 1
83 Ralph Polillio Harvard Ivy 25 403 16.1 3 130 585 4.5 5 155 988 6.4 8
84 Steve Bogan Northwestern Big Ten 22 353 16.0 6 5 -1 -0.2 0 27 352 13.0 6
85 Charlie Green Kansas State Big 8 39 616 15.8 3 1 3 3.0 0 40 619 15.5 3
86 Jim Whatley Washington State Pac-10 27 426 15.8 2 2 1 0.5 0 29 427 14.7 2
87 Jerry Butler* Clemson ACC 58 908 15.7 3 58 908 15.7 3
88 Jeff Groth Bowling Green State MAC 56 874 15.6 8 11 54 4.9 0 67 928 13.9 8
89 Steve Watson Temple Ind 41 637 15.5 3 41 637 15.5 3
90 Mike Getman Colgate Ind 31 481 15.5 0 31 481 15.5 0
91 Dan Shetler Bowling Green State MAC 28 433 15.5 1 28 433 15.5 1
92 Stacey Bailey San Jose State PCAA 23 354 15.4 0 23 354 15.4 0
93 Cormac Carney Air Force Ind 57 870 15.3 8 2 -9 -4.5 0 59 861 14.6 8
94 Mark Farnham Brown Ivy 36 550 15.3 2 36 550 15.3 2
95 Ron Moffett California Pac-10 22 337 15.3 1 22 337 15.3 1
96 David Charles Wisconsin Big Ten 38 573 15.1 5 1 4 4.0 0 39 577 14.8 5
97 Bart Burrell Purdue Big Ten 31 467 15.1 4 31 467 15.1 4
98 Lamont Downer Missouri Big 8 22 331 15.0 1 22 331 15.0 1
99 Steve Folsom Utah WAC 23 342 14.9 5 23 342 14.9 5
100 Michael Buggs California Pac-10 22 328 14.9 3 5 51 10.2 0 27 379 14.0 3
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
101 Gordon Jones* Pittsburgh Ind 45 666 14.8 3 2 29 14.5 0 47 695 14.8 3
102 Paul McCarty Boston College Ind 36 531 14.8 5 2 -5 -2.5 0 38 526 13.8 5
103 Russell Mikeska Texas A&M SWC 29 429 14.8 0 29 429 14.8 0
104 Dave Young Purdue Big Ten 27 400 14.8 3 27 400 14.8 3
105 Chuck Mullen Holy Cross Ind 40 587 14.7 6 40 587 14.7 6
106 Dick Slenker Colgate Ind 36 527 14.6 3 36 527 14.6 3
107 Mike Harris Purdue Big Ten 34 495 14.6 4 2 2 1.0 0 36 497 13.8 4
108 Kenny Brown* Nebraska Big 8 28 410 14.6 2 25 139 5.6 1 53 549 10.4 3
109 Byron Walker Citadel Southern 23 336 14.6 1 23 336 14.6 1
110 Artie Pulsinelli Columbia Ivy 21 306 14.6 1 6 7 1.2 0 27 313 11.6 1
111 Jimmy Bryant Utah State PCAA 48 696 14.5 3 16 38 2.4 0 64 734 11.5 3
112 Mike Wilson Washington State Pac-10 31 451 14.5 3 3 68 22.7 1 34 519 15.3 4
113 Ray Sydnor Wisconsin Big Ten 27 392 14.5 2 27 392 14.5 2
114 Jim Fitzpatrick Illinois State Ind 26 378 14.5 2 1 5 5.0 0 27 383 14.2 2
115 Joe Hixon New Mexico State MVC 33 473 14.3 4 1 8 8.0 0 34 481 14.1 4
116 Dennis Scott Virginia Tech Ind 21 300 14.3 1 19 182 9.6 1 40 482 12.1 2
117 Paul Warth Miami (OH) MAC 21 299 14.2 3 21 299 14.2 3
118 Rick Garretson San Diego State WAC 36 509 14.1 2 1 -11 -11.0 0 37 498 13.5 2
119 Ron Beyer Arizona Pac-10 21 296 14.1 4 21 296 14.1 4
120 Stephen Stapler San Diego State WAC 35 490 14.0 4 2 -1 -0.5 0 37 489 13.2 4
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
121 Mike Mullen Wake Forest ACC 22 307 14.0 0 22 307 14.0 0
122 Bob Loomis North Carolina ACC 31 432 13.9 7 31 432 13.9 7
123 Tim Clary Ball State MAC 26 362 13.9 2 11 47 4.3 0 37 409 11.1 2
124 Elton Garrett Southern Methodist SWC 32 443 13.8 4 0 0 1 32 443 13.8 5
125 Keith Richardson Washington Pac-10 24 330 13.8 2 24 330 13.8 2
126 Marshall Edwards Arizona State Pac-10 21 289 13.8 0 21 289 13.8 0
127 Alton Alexis Tulane Ind 28 384 13.7 4 3 3 1.0 0 31 387 12.5 4
128 Mike House Pacific PCAA 34 461 13.6 2 2 6 3.0 0 36 467 13.0 2
129 Wayne Souza Wisconsin Big Ten 24 323 13.5 3 16 45 2.8 1 40 368 9.2 4
130 Mike McGee Northwestern Big Ten 22 298 13.5 1 22 298 13.5 1
131 Dave Petzke Northern Illinois MAC 91 1215 13.4 11 91 1215 13.4 11
132 Dave Shula Dartmouth Ivy 49 656 13.4 1 49 656 13.4 1
133 Lindsay Scott Georgia SEC 36 484 13.4 2 36 484 13.4 2
134 Leo Lewis Missouri Big 8 28 376 13.4 2 2 5 2.5 0 30 381 12.7 2
135 Greg Howard Colorado Big 8 28 374 13.4 2 28 374 13.4 2
136 Henry Phillips Long Beach State PCAA 25 336 13.4 1 1 -3 -3.0 0 26 333 12.8 1
137 Tim Sherwin Boston College Ind 22 292 13.3 0 22 292 13.3 0
138 Chuck Carr Brown Southern Mississippi Ind 27 357 13.2 3 27 357 13.2 3
139 Doug Teague Texas A&M SWC 26 342 13.2 2 26 342 13.2 2
140 Hugh Fletcher Southern Illinois MVC 23 302 13.1 2 23 302 13.1 2
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
141 Brette Simmons Furman Southern 26 335 12.9 4 26 335 12.9 4
142 Mitch Pleis Stanford Pac-10 21 271 12.9 1 21 271 12.9 1
143 David Houser Rice SWC 38 481 12.7 7 38 481 12.7 7
144 Mark E. Bell Colorado State WAC 26 328 12.6 3 26 328 12.6 3
145 Steve Gaustad* Pittsburgh Ind 35 437 12.5 1 35 437 12.5 1
146 Stan Webster San Jose State PCAA 25 313 12.5 2 1 7 7.0 0 26 320 12.3 2
147 Eric Herring Houston SWC 23 287 12.5 3 23 287 12.5 3
148 Phil Olson Dartmouth Ivy 20 249 12.5 0 20 249 12.5 0
149 Don Warren San Diego State WAC 39 483 12.4 4 39 483 12.4 4
150 Orion Rust Citadel Southern 32 397 12.4 2 32 397 12.4 2
151 Craig Cerretani Holy Cross Ind 36 441 12.3 0 36 441 12.3 0
152 Cris Crissy Princeton Ivy 24 294 12.3 3 159 649 4.1 4 183 943 5.2 7
153 Jeff Barnes Illinois Big Ten 22 270 12.3 0 22 270 12.3 0
154 Eric Sievers Maryland ACC 21 258 12.3 1 2 6 3.0 0 23 264 11.5 1
155 Walt Little Hawaii Ind 24 293 12.2 3 24 293 12.2 3
156 Rick Parma San Jose State PCAA 31 374 12.1 7 31 374 12.1 7
157 Mark Angelo Miami (OH) MAC 22 263 12.0 0 22 263 12.0 0
158 Jim Eden Dartmouth Ivy 25 297 11.9 1 3 2 0.7 1 28 299 10.7 2
159 Guy Preston* Iowa State Big 8 25 296 11.8 2 25 296 11.8 2
160 Brad Decker Cornell Ivy 17 200 11.8 0 17 200 11.8 0
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
161 Mike Quintela Louisiana State SEC 30 352 11.7 1 8 18 2.3 1 38 370 9.7 2
162 Pete Harvey North Texas Ind 23 269 11.7 1 2 4 2.0 0 25 273 10.9 1
163 Reggie Harper Tennessee SEC 31 356 11.5 1 31 356 11.5 1
164 Bubba Garcia Texas-El Paso WAC 40 451 11.3 2 2 9 4.5 0 42 460 11.0 2
165 Curt Jackson Oregon Pac-10 21 237 11.3 1 2 2 1.0 0 23 239 10.4 1
166 Dwaine Ball Drake MVC 30 337 11.2 2 118 526 4.5 4 148 863 5.8 6
167 Doug Cunningham Rice SWC 39 430 11.0 1 39 430 11.0 1
168 Mark Brammer Michigan State Big Ten 33 360 10.9 2 33 360 10.9 2
169 Albert Kirby Wake Forest ACC 21 229 10.9 0 111 416 3.7 1 132 645 4.9 1
170 Jan Carinci Maryland ACC 21 229 10.9 0 6 11 1.8 1 27 240 8.9 1
171 George Yates Louisiana Tech Southland 20 217 10.9 1 155 637 4.1 9 175 854 4.9 10
172 Harold Johnson Texas-El Paso WAC 36 373 10.4 0 3 31 10.3 0 39 404 10.4 0
173 Mark Lyles Florida State Ind 35 364 10.4 1 148 641 4.3 7 183 1005 5.5 8
174 Wiley Pitts Temple Ind 36 355 9.9 1 14 110 7.9 1 50 465 9.3 2
175 James Jones Mississippi State SEC 24 237 9.9 3 130 687 5.3 10 154 924 6.0 13
176 Mark Geisler Ohio MAC 25 244 9.8 1 25 244 9.8 1
177 Tali Ena Washington State Pac-10 42 409 9.7 3 132 728 5.5 5 174 1137 6.5 8
178 Charles Alexander Louisiana State SEC 28 263 9.4 2 281 1172 4.2 14 309 1435 4.6 16
179 Homes Johnson Florida State Ind 23 213 9.3 2 183 817 4.5 4 206 1030 5.0 6
180 Gary Larson Princeton Ivy 21 196 9.3 2 97 331 3.4 1 118 527 4.5 3
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
181 Grady King Florida State Ind 23 212 9.2 4 23 212 9.2 4
182 Angelo Colosimo Colgate Ind 36 326 9.1 2 205 792 3.9 9 241 1118 4.6 11
183 Mike Peterson Appalachian State Southern 27 246 9.1 4 4 88 22.0 1 31 334 10.8 5
184 Darrin Nelson Stanford Pac-10 50 446 8.9 4 167 1061 6.4 6 217 1507 6.9 10
185 Earl Cooper Rice SWC 24 210 8.8 3 95 350 3.7 3 119 560 4.7 6
186 Eric Byrom Long Beach State PCAA 28 242 8.6 1 71 396 5.6 1 99 638 6.4 2
187 Russell Pope Purdue Big Ten 35 292 8.3 1 164 673 4.1 5 199 965 4.8 6
188 Marv Christian Tulane Ind 27 225 8.3 2 185 879 4.8 2 212 1104 5.2 4
189 Phil DuBois San Diego State WAC 35 281 8.0 3 153 705 4.6 3 188 986 5.2 6
190 Darold Turner Southern Methodist SWC 24 189 7.9 0 124 313 2.5 7 148 502 3.4 7
191 Craig Richardson Texas Christian SWC 46 360 7.8 0 42 117 2.8 0 88 477 5.4 0
192 Kevin Cole San Jose State PCAA 30 233 7.8 0 204 1154 5.7 7 234 1387 5.9 7
193 Derrek Shelton Southern Methodist SWC 26 202 7.8 0 98 332 3.4 3 124 534 4.3 3
194 Marion Barber Minnesota Big Ten 22 171 7.8 2 247 1210 4.9 8 269 1381 5.1 10
195 Phil Francis Stanford Pac-10 49 378 7.7 0 106 455 4.3 4 155 833 5.4 4
196 Freddie Lee Williams Mississippi SEC 30 232 7.7 1 137 627 4.6 3 167 859 5.1 4
197 Paul Jones California Pac-10 25 189 7.6 1 212 801 3.8 7 237 990 4.2 8
198 Allen Harvin Cincinnati Ind 21 150 7.1 1 233 1283 5.5 6 254 1433 5.6 7
199 Weldon Meeks Rice SWC 29 197 6.8 0 67 212 3.2 3 96 409 4.3 3
200 Bill Ring Brigham Young WAC 30 175 5.8 3 116 520 4.5 8 146 695 4.8 11
Receiving Rushing Scrimmage
Rk Player School Conf Rec Yds Avg TD Att Yds Avg TD Plays Yds Avg TD
201 Tim Hill Northwestern Big Ten 24 122 5.1 0 65 195 3.0 0 89 317 3.6 0