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1979 Leaders

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National Champion: Alabama (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Charles White (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Earle Bruce (Ohio State)

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

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Pass Completions

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 250
2. Ed Luther (SJST) 241
  Rich Campbell* (CA) 241
4. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 233
5. Roch Hontas (TLN) 215
6. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 203
7. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 198
8. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 186
  Sander Markel (PAC) 186
10. Mark Carlson (MN) 177
11. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 164
12. Tim Clifford* (IN) 160
13. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 149
14. Turk Schonert (STAN) 148
  Mark Malone (AZST) 148
16. Randy Hertel (RICE) 147
  Steve Brown (APPST) 147
18. Scott Richardson (ORST) 145
19. Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 144
  Eric Hipple (UTST) 144

Pass Attempts

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 427
2. Ed Luther (SJST) 415
3. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 402
4. Sander Markel (PAC) 368
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 367
  Roch Hontas (TLN) 367
7. Rich Campbell* (CA) 360
8. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 348
9. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 302
10. Mark Carlson (MN) 300
  Mike Kelley (GATECH) 300
12. Randy Hertel (RICE) 294
13. Scott Richardson (ORST) 291
14. Mark Malone (AZST) 289
15. Tim Clifford* (IN) 288
16. Steve Brown (APPST) 287
17. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 276
18. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 264
  Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 264
20. Scott Davis (EMI) 254

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Turk Schonert (STAN) 67.0
2. Rich Campbell* (CA) 66.9
3. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 62.1
4. Jordan Case (NTX) 61.7
5. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 61.6
6. Sammy Shon (OH) 60.5
7. Eric Hipple (UTST) 60.3
8. Mark Carlson (MN) 59.0
9. Ed McMichael (RUT) 58.8
10. John Fourcade (MS) 58.7
11. Roch Hontas (TLN) 58.6
12. Dan Marino* (PITT) 58.6
13. Marc Wilson (BYU) 58.5
14. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 58.3
15. Ed Luther (SJST) 58.1
16. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 58.0
17. Lawrence McCullough (IL) 57.0
18. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 56.1
19. Tim Clifford* (IN) 55.6
20. Phil Suess (IA) 55.3

Passing Yards

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 3720
2. Ed Luther (SJST) 3049
3. Rich Campbell* (CA) 2859
4. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 2641
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2432
6. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 2377
7. Roch Hontas (TLN) 2345
8. Steve Brown (APPST) 2307
9. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 2276
10. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 2223
11. Mark Carlson (MN) 2188
12. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 2175
13. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 2103
14. Tim Clifford* (IN) 2078
15. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 2051
16. Turk Schonert (STAN) 1927
17. Eric Hipple (UTST) 1924
18. Sander Markel (PAC) 1921
19. Mark Malone (AZST) 1886
20. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1816

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 9.8
2. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9.1
3. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 9.1
4. Turk Schonert (STAN) 8.7
5. Marc Wilson (BYU) 8.7
6. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 8.6
7. Sam King (NVLV) 8.5
8. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 8.4
9. Bill Hurley (SYR) 8.1
10. Eric Hipple (UTST) 8.1
11. Steve Brown (APPST) 8.0
12. Rich Campbell* (CA) 7.9
13. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 7.9
14. Jimmy Streater (TN) 7.8
15. John Fourcade (MS) 7.8
16. Dan Marino* (PITT) 7.6
17. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 7.5
18. Reggie Allen (INST) 7.5
19. Steve Casey (VATECH) 7.5
20. Ed Luther (SJST) 7.3

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 9.6
2. Turk Schonert (STAN) 9.2
3. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 9.1
4. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 8.8
5. Marc Wilson (BYU) 8.5
6. Eric Hipple (UTST) 8.0
7. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 7.7
8. Sam King (NVLV) 7.4
9. Rich Campbell* (CA) 7.3
10. Bill Hurley (SYR) 6.8
11. Tim Russell (CIT) 6.8
12. Matt Kupec (NC) 6.8
13. Ed Luther (SJST) 6.8
14. Rusty Lisch (NDAME) 6.8
15. Dan Marino* (PITT) 6.6
16. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 6.6
17. Steve Brown (APPST) 6.6
18. Tim Clifford* (IN) 6.6
19. Mark Carlson (MN) 6.5
20. Ed McMichael (RUT) 6.4

Passing Touchdowns

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 29
2. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 22
3. Roch Hontas (TLN) 21
  Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 21
5. Ed Luther (SJST) 20
6. Turk Schonert (STAN) 19
7. Matt Kupec (NC) 18
  Paul McDonald* (SCA) 18
9. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 17
10. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 16
  Mike Pusey (WCAR) 16
  Jay Venuto (WAKE) 16
13. Rich Campbell* (CA) 15
  Steve Brown (APPST) 15
15. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 14
16. Eric Hipple (UTST) 13
  Larry Gentry (NVLV) 13
  Tim Clifford* (IN) 13
  Jimmy Jordan (FLST) 13
20. Sander Markel (PAC) 12
  Sam King (NVLV) 12

Passing Interceptions

1. Randy Hertel (RICE) 24
2. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 21
3. Sander Markel (PAC) 19
  Mike Kelley (GATECH) 19
  Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 19
6. Bob Conroy (COLMB) 18
  Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 18
  Phil Davis (WY) 18
9. Gene Bradley (ARST) 17
  Jay Venuto (WAKE) 17
  Scott Richardson (ORST) 17
  Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 17
  Jeff Morrow (KENT) 17
  Mark Halda (SDGST) 17
15. Steve Brown (APPST) 16
  Mike Rodrigue (MIAFL) 16
  Jimmy Streater (TN) 16
  Paul McGaffigan (LBS) 16
  Scott Davis (EMI) 16
  Doug Marzonie (PA) 16

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Turk Schonert (STAN) 163.2
2. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 162.3
3. Paul McDonald* (SCA) 150.8
4. Marc Wilson (BYU) 147.1
5. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 145.9
6. Eric Hipple (UTST) 140.8
7. Rich Campbell* (CA) 140.7
8. Dave Wilson (BALLST) 137.9
9. Sam King (NVLV) 136.4
10. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 134.2
11. Matt Kupec (NC) 131.1
12. Ed Luther (SJST) 128.9
13. Dan Marino* (PITT) 128.9
14. John Fourcade (MS) 126.5
15. Mark Carlson (MN) 125.7
16. Steve Brown (APPST) 124.8
17. Tim Clifford* (IN) 124.1
18. Ed McMichael (RUT) 124.0
19. Roch Hontas (TLN) 123.5
20. Steve Casey (VATECH) 121.7

Rush Attempts

1. Charles White* (SCA) 332
2. George Rogers* (SC) 311
3. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 301
4. Bill Fenn (ILST) 280
5. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 273
6. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 271
7. Dennis Mosley (IA) 270
8. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 265
9. James McDougald (WAKE) 260
10. Rick Parros (UTST) 259
11. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 247
12. Ron Lear (MARSH) 241
13. Phil Davis (WY) 240
14. Joe Morris (SYR) 238
15. Willie Todd (CMI) 234
16. Paul Jones* (CA) 230
17. Tony Allen (SDGST) 226
18. Amos Lawrence (NC) 225
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 225
20. Billy Sims (OK) 224

Rushing Yards

1. Charles White* (SCA) 2050
2. George Rogers* (SC) 1681
3. Billy Sims (OK) 1506
4. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1437
5. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 1396
6. Joe Morris (SYR) 1372
7. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 1371
8. Dennis Mosley (IA) 1267
9. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 1249
10. Rick Parros (UTST) 1236
11. James Brooks (AUB) 1208
12. James McDougald (WAKE) 1177
13. Ron Lear (MARSH) 1162
14. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 1140
15. Tony Collins (ECAR) 1130
16. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 1120
17. Bill Fenn (ILST) 1106
18. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 1100
19. Tony Allen (SDGST) 1094
20. Terald Clark (HOU) 1063

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 7.8
2. Lewis Walker (UT) 7.7
3. Brothel Cole (FURM) 7.5
4. James Brooks (AUB) 7.4
5. Sam Harrell (ECAR) 7.4
6. Tony Collins (ECAR) 7.3
7. Homer Jones (BYU) 7.3
8. Theodore Sutton (ECAR) 6.8
9. Billy Sims (OK) 6.7
10. Jarvis Redwine* (NE) 6.7
11. Stanley Wilson (OK) 6.5
12. Gary Allen (HI) 6.4
13. Garry White (MN) 6.4
14. Eric Lane (BYU) 6.3
15. Ray Butler (CASTFU) 6.3
16. Tony Lindsay (UT) 6.2
17. Charles White* (SCA) 6.2
18. Michael Morton (NVLV) 6.2
19. Mike Sherlock (NAVY) 6.1
20. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 6.1

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. Mark Bornholdt (BALLST) 19
  Charles White* (SCA) 19
4. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
5. Rick Parros (UTST) 15
6. Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
  Joe Cribbs (AUB) 14
  Wardell Wright (DRAKE) 14
9. Scott Smith (NCST) 13
  Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 13
11. Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  Mark Malone (AZST) 12
  Dennis Mosley (IA) 12
  Eric Lane (BYU) 12
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Willie Todd (CMI) 12
  Marion Barber (MN) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
19. James McDougald (WAKE) 11
  Del Rodgers (UT) 11
  Steadman Shealy (AL) 11
  Joe Steele (WA) 11
  Leonard Williams (WCAR) 11
  Tony Kapetanis (CIN) 11
  Danny Clark (WTXAM) 11

Receptions

1. Rick Beasley (APPST) 74
2. Steve Coury (ORST) 66
3. James Murphy (UTST) 63
4. Matt Bouza* (CA) 59
  Howard Robinson (LAMAR) 59
6. Gerald Harp (WCAR) 57
7. Wayne Baumgardner (WAKE) 55
  Dave Young* (PUR) 55
9. Preston Brown (VAND) 52
  Mike House (PAC) 52
11. Joe Rose* (CA) 49
  Bob Stephenson* (IN) 49
  Paul Jones* (CA) 49
14. Ken Thompson (UTST) 48
  Albert Kirby (WAKE) 48
16. Alton Alexis (TLN) 47
  Rodney Holman (TLN) 47
  Earl Cooper (RICE) 47
19. Homer Jones (BYU) 46
  Phil Johnson (HC) 46

Receiving Yards

1. Rick Beasley (APPST) 1205
2. James Murphy (UTST) 1067
3. Gerald Harp (WCAR) 1009
4. Wayne Baumgardner (WAKE) 1000
5. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 964
6. Ken Thompson (UTST) 918
7. Steve Coury (ORST) 842
8. Howard Robinson (LAMAR) 840
9. Matt Bouza* (CA) 831
10. Sam Greene (NVLV) 821
11. Doug Donley* (OHST) 800
12. Stephen Stapler (SDGST) 794
13. Preston Brown (VAND) 786
14. Mark Nichols (SJST) 773
15. Arnold Thomas (ETNST) 737
16. Lloyd Jones (BYU) 735
17. Ken Margerum (STAN) 733
  Dan Pittman (WY) 733
19. Art Monk (SYR) 716
20. Rich Horner (HARV) 712

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Mark Nichols (SJST) 26.7
2. Pat Walker (MIAFL) 26.0
3. Tony Hunter (NDAME) 25.6
4. Rob Rikard (BC) 25.1
5. Kevin House (SIL) 24.2
6. Gary Lewis (TXARL) 23.2
7. Joe Burke (CHAT) 22.3
8. Lloyd Jones (BYU) 22.3
9. David Verser (KS) 22.0
10. Kirk Wilson (INST) 22.0
11. Mike Ball (CMI) 21.8
12. Doug Donley* (OHST) 21.6
13. Stephen Stapler (SDGST) 21.5
14. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 21.4
15. Darrel Griffin (TLN) 21.3
16. Kris Kentera (GATECH) 21.0
17. Sam Greene (NVLV) 20.5
18. Mark Slawson (CIT) 20.4
19. Anthony Hancock (TN) 20.2
20. Nelson Johnson (PA) 20.2

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 13
2. Rick Beasley (APPST) 12
  Howard Robinson (LAMAR) 12
4. Ken Thompson (UTST) 11
  Mark Nichols (SJST) 11
6. Dave Young* (PUR) 10
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 10
  Ken Margerum (STAN) 10
9. Sam Greene (NVLV) 9
10. Kevin Williams* (SCA) 8
  Wayne Baumgardner (WAKE) 8
  Mike Chatham (NC) 8
13. Anthony Carter* (MI) 7
  Junior Miller* (NE) 7
  Elmer Bailey (MN) 7
  Ralph Still* (PITT) 7
  Jackie Flowers (FLST) 7
  Bill Davis (BYU) 7
  Sidney Snell (VATECH) 7
  Matt Braga (BYU) 7
  Rich Horner (HARV) 7

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Charles White* (SCA) 354
2. George Rogers* (SC) 325
3. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 315
4. Dennis Mosley (IA) 291
5. James McDougald (WAKE) 287
6. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 286
7. Bill Fenn (ILST) 284
8. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 283
9. Rick Parros (UTST) 281
  Floyd Allen (VAMI) 281
11. Paul Jones* (CA) 279
12. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 251
  Tony Allen (SDGST) 251
14. Mark Lyles (FLST) 250
15. Ron Lear (MARSH) 247
16. Joe Morris (SYR) 242
17. Phil Davis (WY) 240
18. Willie Todd (CMI) 238
19. Amos Lawrence (NC) 237
20. Worley Taylor (OKST) 236

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Charles White* (SCA) 2195
2. George Rogers* (SC) 1821
3. Billy Sims (OK) 1548
4. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 1536
5. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 1509
6. Dennis Mosley (IA) 1502
7. James Hadnot (TXTECH) 1464
8. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 1418
9. Joe Morris (SYR) 1410
10. Rick Parros (UTST) 1369
11. James McDougald (WAKE) 1353
12. Paul Jones* (CA) 1267
13. Tony Allen (SDGST) 1264
14. Gary Allen (HI) 1260
15. Joe Cribbs (AUB) 1248
16. Mark Bright (TEMP) 1232
17. James Brooks (AUB) 1223
18. Tony Collins (ECAR) 1222
  Mark Lyles (FLST) 1222
20. Amos Lawrence (NC) 1207

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Billy Sims (OK) 22
2. Mark Bornholdt (BALLST) 19
  Charles White* (SCA) 19
4. Vagas Ferguson (NDAME) 17
5. Dennis Mosley (IA) 16
6. Rick Parros (UTST) 15
  Joe Cribbs (AUB) 15
8. Wardell Wright (DRAKE) 14
  Tony Collins (ECAR) 14
  Johnny McFall (ETNST) 14
11. Eric Lane (BYU) 13
  Scott Smith (NCST) 13
  Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 13
  Gerald Lucear (TEMP) 13
  Leonard Williams (WCAR) 13
  James McDougald (WAKE) 13
17. Marion Barber (MN) 12
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 12
  Ricky Floyd (SMS) 12
  David Dorn (RUT) 12
  Howard Robinson (LAMAR) 12
  Leander Green (ECAR) 12
  Willie Todd (CMI) 12
  James Brooks (AUB) 12
  Rick Beasley (APPST) 12
  Mark Malone (AZST) 12
  Joe Steele (WA) 12

Total Plays

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 488
2. Phil Davis (WY) 481
3. Ed Luther (SJST) 459
4. Roch Hontas (TLN) 458
5. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 451
6. Sander Markel (PAC) 445
7. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 443
8. Rich Campbell* (CA) 435
  Oliver Luck (WV) 435
10. Mark Malone (AZST) 421
11. Steve Brown (APPST) 416
12. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 405
13. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 399
14. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 396
15. Randy Hertel (RICE) 372
16. Mark Carlson (MN) 371
17. Scott Richardson (ORST) 370
18. Steve Grant (WAST) 369
19. Phil Bradley (MO) 367
20. Mike Wright (BGSU) 364

Total Yards

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 3580
2. Ed Luther (SJST) 2997
3. Rich Campbell* (CA) 2635
4. Steve Brown (APPST) 2557
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2485
6. Roch Hontas (TLN) 2442
7. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 2428
8. Mark Malone (AZST) 2357
9. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 2352
10. Phil Davis (WY) 2316
11. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2246
12. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 2160
13. Tim Clifford* (IN) 2158
14. Mark Carlson (MN) 2149
  Paul McDonald* (SCA) 2149
16. Mike Kelley (GATECH) 2107
17. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 2094
18. Bill Hurley (SYR) 2089
19. Charles White* (SCA) 2050
20. Mike Pusey (WCAR) 2045

Total Yards Per Play

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 7.3

Total Touchdowns

1. Marc Wilson (BYU) 33
2. Brian Broomell (TEMP) 26
3. Larry Haynes (LAMAR) 25
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 23
  Ed Luther (SJST) 23
6. Mark Malone (AZST) 22
  Roch Hontas (TLN) 22
  Billy Sims (OK) 22
9. Tim Clifford* (IN) 21
  Turk Schonert (STAN) 21
11. Matt Kupec (NC) 20
  Larry Gentry (NVLV) 20
13. Mark Hutsell (ETNST) 19
  Mark Bornholdt (BALLST) 19
  Charles White* (SCA) 19
16. Rich Campbell* (CA) 18
  Phil Davis (WY) 18
  Scott Smith (NCST) 18
  Gary Hogeboom (CMI) 18
  Mike Wright (BGSU) 18
  Paul McDonald* (SCA) 18
  Bill Hurley (SYR) 18