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