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1979 Passing Stats

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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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77 Players

Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Brian Broomell Temple Ind 120 214 56.1 2103 9.8 9.6 22 11 162.3 66 249 3.8 4
2 Art Schlichter* Ohio State Big Ten 105 200 52.5 1816 9.1 9.1 14 6 145.9 133 430 3.2 9
3 Dave Wilson Ball State MAC 87 160 54.4 1452 9.1 7.7 9 9 137.9 89 181 2.0 1
4 Marc Wilson Brigham Young WAC 250 427 58.5 3720 8.7 8.5 29 15 147.1 61 -140 -2.3 4
5 Turk Schonert Stanford Pac-10 148 221 67.0 1927 8.7 9.2 19 6 163.2 75 46 0.6 2
6 Rusty Lisch Notre Dame Ind 108 208 51.9 1781 8.6 6.8 4 10 120.6 58 -36 -0.6 2
7 Sam King Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 103 188 54.8 1594 8.5 7.4 12 10 136.4 54 64 1.2 5
8 Paul McDonald* Southern California Pac-10 164 264 62.1 2223 8.4 8.8 18 6 150.8 34 -74 -2.2 0
9 Eric Hipple Utah State PCAA 144 239 60.3 1924 8.1 8.0 13 6 140.8 74 66 0.9 2
10 Bill Hurley Syracuse Ind 79 158 50.0 1276 8.1 6.8 6 7 121.5 203 813 4.0 12
11 Steve Brown Appalachian State Southern 147 287 51.2 2307 8.0 6.6 15 16 124.8 129 250 1.9 2
12 Rich Campbell* California Pac-10 241 360 66.9 2859 7.9 7.3 15 12 140.7 75 -224 -3.0 3
13 Mike Pusey Western Carolina Southern 133 276 48.2 2175 7.9 5.6 16 21 118.3 38 -130 -3.4 0
14 John Fourcade Mississippi SEC 115 196 58.7 1521 7.8 6.4 7 9 126.5 128 493 3.9 6
15 Jimmy Streater Tennessee SEC 80 161 49.7 1256 7.8 4.4 9 16 113.8 82 377 4.6 7
16 Dan Marino* Pittsburgh Ind 130 222 58.6 1680 7.6 6.6 10 9 128.9 35 -85 -2.4 1
17 Mark Hutsell East Tennessee State Southern 186 302 61.6 2276 7.5 6.6 17 14 134.2 103 -116 -1.1 2
18 Reggie Allen Indiana State MVC 87 196 44.4 1468 7.5 5.4 7 12 106.8 128 427 3.3 9
19 Steve Casey Virginia Tech Ind 105 190 55.3 1419 7.5 5.4 10 13 121.7 105 203 1.9 3
20 Ed Luther San Jose State PCAA 241 415 58.1 3049 7.3 6.8 20 14 128.9 44 -52 -1.2 3
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Mark Carlson Minnesota Big Ten 177 300 59.0 2188 7.3 6.5 11 10 125.7 71 -39 -0.5 1
22 Phil Suess Iowa Big Ten 88 159 55.3 1165 7.3 5.5 6 9 118.0 63 96 1.5 1
23 Tim Clifford* Indiana Big Ten 160 288 55.6 2078 7.2 6.6 13 10 124.1 67 80 1.2 8
24 Mark Halda San Diego State WAC 123 234 52.6 1684 7.2 4.8 10 17 112.6 27 -132 -4.9 1
25 Ed McMichael Rutgers Ind 124 211 58.8 1529 7.2 6.4 7 7 124.0 61 -77 -1.3 0
26 Larry Carbone Brown Ivy 87 165 52.7 1178 7.1 5.3 7 10 114.6 95 317 3.3 3
27 Tim Russell Citadel Southern 63 155 40.6 1105 7.1 6.8 11 6 116.2 129 525 4.1 5
28 Phil Davis Wyoming WAC 113 241 46.9 1687 7.0 4.3 8 18 101.7 240 629 2.6 10
29 Matt Kupec North Carolina ACC 123 227 54.2 1587 7.0 6.8 18 9 131.1 47 -23 -0.5 2
30 Steve Grant Washington State Pac-10 120 224 53.6 1565 7.0 6.0 9 9 117.5 145 376 2.6 6
31 Scott Davis Eastern Michigan MAC 131 254 51.6 1744 6.9 4.6 7 16 105.7 59 120 2.0 0
32 Jordan Case North Texas Ind 103 167 61.7 1152 6.9 6.2 3 4 120.8 89 -52 -0.6 3
33 Doug Marzonie Pennsylvania Ivy 59 136 43.4 944 6.9 2.2 4 16 87.9 100 165 1.7 2
34 Mark Herrmann* Purdue Big Ten 203 348 58.3 2377 6.8 5.3 16 19 120.0 48 -283 -5.9 1
35 Mike Kelley Georgia Tech Ind 149 300 49.7 2051 6.8 4.7 10 19 105.4 99 56 0.6 1
36 Billy Lott* Clemson ACC 90 174 51.7 1184 6.8 5.5 4 7 108.4 166 385 2.3 2
37 Dayle Tate Penn State Ind 92 176 52.3 1179 6.7 4.8 8 11 111.0 58 8 0.1 0
38 Steve Ensminger Louisiana State SEC 80 175 45.7 1168 6.7 5.2 5 8 102.1 54 121 2.2 2
39 Burke St. John Harvard Ivy 68 150 45.3 1010 6.7 5.6 7 7 108.0 53 2 0.0 3
40 Larry Haynes Lamar Southland 233 402 58.0 2641 6.6 5.6 21 18 121.4 49 -213 -4.3 4
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Jay Venuto Wake Forest ACC 198 367 54.0 2432 6.6 5.4 16 17 114.7 76 53 0.7 1
42 Paul McGaffigan Long Beach State PCAA 144 264 54.5 1755 6.6 4.5 8 16 108.3 74 -44 -0.6 5
43 Butch Kelly New Mexico State MVC 99 205 48.3 1350 6.6 4.3 6 13 100.6 92 -4 0.0 4
44 Mark Malone Arizona State Pac-10 148 289 51.2 1886 6.5 5.3 10 12 109.1 132 471 3.6 12
45 Jimmy Jordan Florida State Ind 87 180 48.3 1173 6.5 4.5 13 14 111.4 22 -66 -3.0 0
46 Todd Kirtley Virginia ACC 88 178 49.4 1159 6.5 3.9 6 13 100.6 47 26 0.6 0
47 Roch Hontas Tulane Ind 215 367 58.6 2345 6.4 5.8 21 14 123.5 91 97 1.1 1
48 Bill Solomon Colorado Big 8 91 184 49.5 1174 6.4 4.3 10 13 106.9 95 18 0.2 3
49 Bob Powers Navy Ind 65 154 42.2 983 6.4 5.8 7 5 104.3 96 128 1.3 3
50 Tony Kapetanis Cincinnati Ind 99 224 44.2 1414 6.3 4.0 3 13 90.0 93 46 0.5 11
51 Larry Ochab Florida SEC 98 185 53.0 1169 6.3 3.6 6 14 101.6 43 -100 -2.3 0
52 Jim Krohn Arizona Pac-10 93 175 53.1 1094 6.3 3.5 7 14 102.9 92 247 2.7 3
53 Harold Bailey Oklahoma State Big 8 94 210 44.8 1301 6.2 5.2 5 7 98.0 83 88 1.1 2
54 Phil Bradley Missouri Big 8 127 236 53.8 1448 6.1 5.0 5 8 105.6 131 316 2.4 3
55 Sammy Shon Ohio MAC 133 220 60.5 1336 6.1 4.2 4 11 107.5 135 254 1.9 5
56 Chuck Hauck Miami (OH) MAC 97 207 46.9 1258 6.1 3.7 5 13 93.3 74 253 3.4 3
57 Mike Rodrigue Miami (FL) Ind 94 201 46.8 1197 6.0 2.6 2 16 84.2 76 -3 0.0 2
58 Kenny Philibert Northwestern State Ind 83 160 51.9 920 5.8 3.8 7 10 102.1 59 -27 -0.5 1
59 Mike Tice Maryland ACC 75 154 48.7 897 5.8 4.7 5 6 100.6 80 49 0.6 1
60 Scott Richardson Oregon State Pac-10 145 291 49.8 1645 5.7 3.4 6 17 92.4 79 -66 -0.8 1
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Rick Casko Drake MVC 78 171 45.6 983 5.7 4.3 6 8 96.1 122 124 1.0 3
62 Kevin Betts Memphis Ind 64 154 41.6 884 5.7 3.6 6 10 89.6 104 200 1.9 4
63 Randy Hertel Rice SWC 147 294 50.0 1652 5.6 2.4 7 24 88.7 78 -195 -2.5 2
64 Oliver Luck West Virginia Ind 103 231 44.6 1292 5.6 3.9 8 12 92.6 204 407 2.0 5
65 Bob Conroy Columbia Ivy 70 165 42.4 920 5.6 1.2 4 18 75.4 85 -11 -0.1 0
66 Lawrence McCullough Illinois Big Ten 130 228 57.0 1254 5.5 4.1 7 10 104.6 43 -71 -1.7 0
67 Mike Wright Bowling Green State MAC 104 210 49.5 1148 5.5 3.4 8 13 95.6 154 445 2.9 10
68 Gene Bradley Arkansas State Southland 91 198 46.0 1091 5.5 2.4 7 17 86.7 122 350 2.9 4
69 Jeff Morrow Kent State MAC 111 236 47.0 1284 5.4 2.7 6 17 86.7 40 -163 -4.1 1
70 Pat O'Brien Villanova Ind 71 165 43.0 887 5.4 3.1 6 11 86.9 142 462 3.3 4
71 Sander Markel Pacific PCAA 186 368 50.5 1921 5.2 3.5 12 19 94.8 77 -215 -2.8 1
72 Greg Gregory Richmond Ind 82 196 41.8 1006 5.1 2.4 2 13 75.1 45 -87 -1.9 1
73 Chris Garrity William & Mary Ind 73 183 39.9 916 5.0 3.6 5 8 82.2 86 52 0.6 2
74 Jeff Kemp Dartmouth Ivy 81 182 44.5 915 5.0 4.5 6 5 92.1 100 303 3.0 1
75 Dave Ziebart Air Force Ind 118 223 52.9 1088 4.9 2.9 5 12 90.5 134 256 1.9 2
76 Mike Kerrigan Northwestern Big Ten 82 195 42.1 961 4.9 1.4 4 17 72.8 23 -66 -2.9 1
77 Earle Mulrane Army Ind 63 160 39.4 656 4.1 1.6 5 11 70.4 33 29 0.9 0