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1980 Leaders

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: George Rogers (South Carolina)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Vince Dooley (Georgia)

AP Preseason #1: Ohio State ▪ AP Final #1: Georgia

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 284
2. John Elway (STAN) 248
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 245
4. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 242
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 214
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 200
7. Rich Campbell (CA) 193
8. John Holman (LAMON) 187
9. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 184
  Mike Pagel (AZST) 184
11. Ricky Hardin (UT) 179
12. Mark O'Connell (BALLST) 175
  Steve Brown (APPST) 175
14. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 174
15. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 173
16. Tom Flick (WA) 168
17. Nickie Hall (TLN) 159
18. Ray Campbell (LAMAR) 157
  John Fourcade (MS) 157
20. Grayson Rogers (PAC) 153
Pass Attempts
1. Dave Wilson (IL) 463
2. Jim McMahon (BYU) 445
3. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 413
4. Steve Fairchild (COST) 392
5. John Elway (STAN) 379
6. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 368
7. Steve Brown (APPST) 352
8. John Holman (LAMON) 350
9. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 345
10. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 337
11. Mike Pagel (AZST) 334
12. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 330
13. Nickie Hall (TLN) 322
14. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 315
15. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 313
16. Grayson Rogers (PAC) 301
17. Ray Campbell (LAMAR) 296
18. Mark O'Connell (BALLST) 295
19. Ricky Hardin (UT) 290
20. Tom St. Jacques (CASTFU) 289
Pass Completion Percentage
1. Rich Campbell (CA) 70.7
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 65.8
3. John Elway (STAN) 65.4
4. Jim McMahon (BYU) 63.8
5. Ed McMichael (RUT) 63.8
6. Ricky Hardin (UT) 61.7
7. Jeff Quinn (NE) 61.1
8. Rick Stockstill (FLST) 60.2
9. Tom Flick (WA) 60.0
10. Mark Lockenmeyer (PRIN) 59.5
11. Mark O'Connell (BALLST) 59.3
12. Ed Singler (ORST) 58.9
13. Gordon Adams (SCA) 58.1
14. John Gibbons (NIL) 57.0
15. Tom Jones (AR) 56.0
16. Sammy Shon (OH) 55.7
17. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 55.6
18. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 55.5
19. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 55.3
20. John Wangler* (MI) 55.2
Passing Yards
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 4571
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 3212
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 3154
4. John Elway (STAN) 2889
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2624
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 2578
7. Steve Brown (APPST) 2537
8. Ricky Hardin (UT) 2458
9. John Holman (LAMON) 2444
10. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 2365
11. Tom Flick (WA) 2178
12. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 2154
13. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 2050
14. Nickie Hall (TLN) 2039
15. Rich Campbell (CA) 2026
16. Mike Pagel (AZST) 2025
17. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 1955
18. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 1939
19. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 1930
20. Mark O'Connell (BALLST) 1921
Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 10.3
2. Steve Woods (CHAT) 9.4
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 8.7
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 8.5
5. Jeff Quinn (NE) 8.5
6. Ricky Hardin (UT) 8.5
7. Buck Belue (GA) 8.4
8. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 8.3
9. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 8.1
10. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 7.9
11. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 7.8
12. Tom Flick (WA) 7.8
13. Ed McMichael (RUT) 7.7
14. John Elway (STAN) 7.6
15. Homer Jordan (CLEM) 7.6
16. Wayne Schuchts (COLG) 7.6
17. Rich Campbell (CA) 7.4
18. Steve Stamp (TXX) 7.4
19. Oliver Luck (WV) 7.4
20. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 7.4
Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 10.6
2. Jeff Quinn (NE) 8.6
3. Steve Woods (CHAT) 8.2
4. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 8.1
5. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 7.9
6. John Elway (STAN) 7.7
7. Buck Belue (GA) 7.2
8. Tom Flick (WA) 7.1
9. Mark Lockenmeyer (PRIN) 7.0
10. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 6.9
11. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 6.9
12. Kenny Jackson (TLS) 6.8
13. John Wangler* (MI) 6.8
14. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 6.8
15. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 6.8
16. Oliver Luck (WV) 6.7
17. Ricky Hardin (UT) 6.6
18. Rick Stockstill (FLST) 6.6
19. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 6.5
20. Ed McMichael (RUT) 6.4
Passing Touchdowns
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 47
2. John Elway (STAN) 27
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 23
4. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 22
5. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 21
  Nickie Hall (TLN) 21
7. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 20
8. Oliver Luck (WV) 19
  Kevin Starkey (LBS) 19
  Dave Wilson (IL) 19
11. Mike Pagel (AZST) 17
  Steve Woods (CHAT) 17
13. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 16
  John Wangler* (MI) 16
15. Tom Flick (WA) 15
  Steve Fairchild (COST) 15
  Dan Marino* (PITT) 15
  Ricky Hardin (UT) 15
  Rick Stockstill (FLST) 15
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 15
  John Holman (LAMON) 15
Passing Interceptions
1. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 25
2. Phillip Reynolds (LALAF) 21
3. John Holman (LAMON) 20
  John Fourcade (MS) 20
5. Ricky Hardin (UT) 19
  Ray Campbell (LAMAR) 19
7. Jim McMahon (BYU) 18
8. Matt Patterson (WTXAM) 17
  Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 17
  Tom St. Jacques (CASTFU) 17
  Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 17
  Steve Stamp (TXX) 17
  Nickie Hall (TLN) 17
  Steve Fairchild (COST) 17
15. Darrell Martin (MEM) 16
  Larry Gentry (NVLV) 16
  Dave Warner (SYR) 16
  Reggie Allen (INST) 16
  Kevin Starkey (LBS) 16
20. Steve Krainock (RICH) 15
  Dave Wilson (IL) 15
  Jay Jeffrey* (BAY) 15
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 15
  Wayne Schuchts (COLG) 15
  Jamie McAlister (NMST) 15
  Dave Boisture (HC) 15
  Steve Brown (APPST) 15
  Bob Gagliano (UTST) 15
  John Loughery (BC) 15
  Jay Venuto (WAKE) 15
Passing Efficiency Rating
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 176.9
2. Jeff Quinn (NE) 154.5
3. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 150.5
4. John Elway (STAN) 147.2
5. Steve Woods (CHAT) 146.2
6. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 141.5
7. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 139.7
8. Ricky Hardin (UT) 136.9
9. Tom Flick (WA) 135.2
10. Rick Stockstill (FLST) 134.4
11. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 134.2
12. Mark Lockenmeyer (PRIN) 133.8
13. Ed McMichael (RUT) 133.2
14. Rich Campbell (CA) 132.2
15. John Wangler* (MI) 131.9
16. Buck Belue (GA) 131.8
17. Oliver Luck (WV) 130.4
18. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 129.0
19. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 126.4
20. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 125.7
Rush Attempts
1. Marcus Allen (SCA) 354
2. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 334
3. George Rogers (SC) 297
4. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 291
  Stump Mitchell (CIT) 291
6. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 284
7. Herschel Walker (GA) 274
8. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 271
9. James Brooks (AUB) 261
10. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 257
11. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 254
12. Barry Redden (RICH) 247
13. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 245
14. Walter Abercrombie* (BAY) 237
  Sammy Winder (SMS) 237
16. Amos Lawrence (NC) 229
  Rich Diana (YALE) 229
18. Kerwin Bell (KS) 228
19. Sam Platt (FLST) 224
20. Terald Clark (HOU) 219
  Stephen Starring* (MCNST) 219
Rushing Yards
1. George Rogers (SC) 1781
2. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 1647
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 1616
4. Marcus Allen (SCA) 1563
5. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 1359
6. James Brooks (AUB) 1314
7. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1312
8. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 1276
9. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 1272
10. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 1267
11. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 1221
12. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 1210
13. Walter Abercrombie* (BAY) 1196
14. Barry Redden (RICH) 1151
15. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 1144
16. Jarvis Redwine (NE) 1119
17. Amos Lawrence (NC) 1118
18. Kerwin Bell (KS) 1114
19. James Bettis (CIN) 1106
20. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 1105
Rushing Yards Per Attempt
1. George Rhymes (OK) 7.7
2. Jarvis Redwine (NE) 7.2
3. Roger Craig (NE) 7.1
4. Gwain Durden (CHAT) 7.1
5. David Overstreet (OK) 7.1
6. Michael Morton (NVLV) 7.0
7. Ricky Davis (WTXAM) 6.7
8. Phillip Jessie (TXARL) 6.6
9. Brothel Cole (FURM) 6.5
10. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 6.5
11. Mickey Collins (WICHST) 6.3
12. Buford Jordon* (MCNST) 6.3
13. George Rogers (SC) 6.0
14. Herschel Walker (GA) 5.9
15. Booker Moore (PAST) 5.9
16. Lee English (NTX) 5.9
17. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 5.9
18. Gary Anderson (AR) 5.8
19. Mandel Robinson (WY) 5.7
20. Dennis Gentry* (BAY) 5.7
Rushing Touchdowns
1. Sammy Winder (SMS) 20
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 18
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 15
  Roger Craig (NE) 15
5. Marcus Allen (SCA) 14
  George Rogers (SC) 14
  Stump Mitchell (CIT) 14
8. Steve Curtin (BROWN) 12
9. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 11
  Samoa Samoa (WAST) 11
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 11
  Lonnie Johnson (IN) 11
  Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 11
  Mickey Collins (WICHST) 11
  Marion Barber (MN) 11
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 11
  Amos Lawrence (NC) 11
  Mike Glenn (FURM) 11
19. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 10
  Randy McMillan* (PITT) 10
  Barry Redden (RICH) 10
  Toussaint Tyler (WA) 10
  Eric Lane (BYU) 10
  Mandel Robinson (WY) 10
Receptions
1. Dave Young* (PUR) 70
2. Rainey Meszaros (PAC) 68
3. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 66
  James Murphy (UTST) 66
5. Keith Chappelle (IA) 64
6. Scott Phillips (BYU) 60
7. Cris Crissy (PRIN) 55
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 55
  Gerald Harp (WCAR) 55
10. Perry Tuttle (CLEM) 53
  John Rayford (CASTFU) 53
  John Mistler (AZST) 53
  Ken Tweedy (RICH) 53
  Andre Tyler (STAN) 53
15. Dave Shula (DART) 52
16. Anthony Carter* (MI) 51
  Ken Thompson (UTST) 51
18. Steve Bryant* (PUR) 50
  Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 50
20. Tim Odell (RUT) 49
Receiving Yards
1. Rainey Meszaros (PAC) 1062
2. Keith Chappelle (IA) 1037
3. Clay Brown (BYU) 1009
4. Bart Burrell* (PUR) 1001
5. James Murphy (UTST) 996
6. Dave Young* (PUR) 959
7. Rick Beasley (APPST) 948
8. Mike Fahnestock (ARMY) 937
9. Perry Tuttle (CLEM) 915
10. Steve Bryant* (PUR) 892
11. Doug Donley* (OHST) 887
12. Sam Greene (NVLV) 859
13. Ricky Martin (NM) 850
14. Tony Goolsby (COST) 838
15. Floyd Hodge (UT) 829
16. Dwight Collins* (PITT) 827
17. Anthony Carter* (MI) 818
18. Ken Thompson (UTST) 802
19. Robert Griffin (TLN) 801
20. Andy Bark (AF) 794
Receiving Yards Per Reception
1. Dwight Collins* (PITT) 27.6
2. Stacey Bailey (SJST) 22.9
3. Lloyd Jones (BYU) 22.8
4. Gary Lewis (TXARL) 22.2
5. Don Treadwell (MIAOH) 22.0
6. Rick Beasley (APPST) 21.5
7. Aaron Williams (WA) 21.2
8. Freddie Brown (LATECH) 21.1
9. Clay Brown (BYU) 21.0
10. Ron Johnson (LBS) 20.9
11. Joe Burke (CHAT) 20.9
12. Doug Donley* (OHST) 20.6
13. Ken Toler (MS) 20.5
14. Tony Jackson (CHAT) 20.5
15. Mike Whitwell (TXAM) 20.1
16. Phillip Epps (TXX) 20.0
17. Sam Greene (NVLV) 20.0
18. Kirk Wilson (INST) 20.0
19. Mike Fahnestock (ARMY) 19.9
20. Billy Risher (FURM) 19.8
Receiving Touchdowns
1. Clay Brown (BYU) 15
2. Anthony Carter* (MI) 14
3. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 12
4. John Mistler (AZST) 11
  Sam Greene (NVLV) 11
  Ken Margerum (STAN) 11
7. Dwight Collins* (PITT) 10
  Joe Burke (CHAT) 10
  Ron Johnson (LBS) 10
  Cedric Thomas (WV) 10
  Robert Griffin (TLN) 10
  James Murphy (UTST) 10
13. Byron Franklin (AUB) 9
  Hardis Johnson (FLST) 9
  Dave Young* (PUR) 9
  Ken Toler (MS) 9
17. Curtis Grieve (YALE) 8
  Bart Burrell* (PUR) 8
  Dan Plater (BYU) 8
  Ken Thompson (UTST) 8
  Sidney Snell (VATECH) 8
  Ricky Martin (NM) 8
  Stanley Washington (TXX) 8
Plays From Scrimmage
1. Marcus Allen (SCA) 384
2. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 338
3. George Rogers (SC) 304
4. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 303
5. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 300
6. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 297
7. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 292
8. Herschel Walker (GA) 281
9. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 277
10. James Brooks (AUB) 271
  Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 271
12. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 263
13. John Rayford (CASTFU) 259
14. Barry Redden (RICH) 256
15. Tony Robinson (ORST) 251
16. Alvin Lewis (COST) 248
17. Walter Abercrombie* (BAY) 244
  Tony Carifa (OH) 244
19. Rich Diana (YALE) 242
20. Sammy Winder (SMS) 241
Yards From Scrimmage
1. George Rogers (SC) 1804
2. Marcus Allen (SCA) 1794
3. Stump Mitchell (CIT) 1704
4. Gerald Willhite (SJST) 1702
5. Herschel Walker (GA) 1686
6. Calvin Murray* (OHST) 1471
7. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1441
8. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1399
9. Malcolm Jones (NTX) 1394
10. Robert Alexander (WV) 1393
11. James Bettis (CIN) 1390
12. Theron McClendon* (MCNST) 1387
13. Charlie Wysocki (MD) 1383
14. Alvin Lewis (COST) 1382
15. James Brooks (AUB) 1377
16. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 1346
17. Rich Diana (YALE) 1286
18. Tony Carifa (OH) 1280
19. Walter Abercrombie* (BAY) 1277
20. Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 1266
Touchdowns From Scrimmage
1. Sammy Winder (SMS) 20
2. J.C. Watts (OK) 18
3. Marcus Allen (SCA) 15
  Amos Lawrence (NC) 15
  Roger Craig (NE) 15
  Clay Brown (BYU) 15
  Herschel Walker (GA) 15
8. Eric Lane (BYU) 14
  Stump Mitchell (CIT) 14
  Anthony Carter* (MI) 14
  Gerald Willhite (SJST) 14
  George Rogers (SC) 14
13. Kenny Duckett (WAKE) 12
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 12
  Steve Curtin (BROWN) 12
16. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 11
  Freeman McNeil (UCLA) 11
  Ken Margerum (STAN) 11
  Randy McMillan* (PITT) 11
  Sam Greene (NVLV) 11
  Marion Barber (MN) 11
  Charlie Wysocki (MD) 11
  Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 11
  Lonnie Johnson (IN) 11
  Mike Glenn (FURM) 11
  John Mistler (AZST) 11
  Mickey Collins (WICHST) 11
Total Plays
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 540
2. Dave Wilson (IL) 503
3. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 480
4. John Elway (STAN) 479
5. Nickie Hall (TLN) 457
6. Steve Fairchild (COST) 455
7. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 437
8. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 430
9. Steve Brown (APPST) 427
10. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 419
11. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 415
12. John Fourcade (MS) 411
13. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 401
14. Ron Reeves (TXTECH) 395
15. Mike Kerrigan (NWEST) 390
16. Mike Pagel (AZST) 384
  Grayson Rogers (PAC) 384
18. John Holman (LAMON) 382
19. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 381
20. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 369
Total Yards
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 4627
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 3026
3. Dave Wilson (IL) 2960
4. John Elway (STAN) 2939
5. Steve Brown (APPST) 2590
6. Rick Casko (DRAKE) 2477
7. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 2430
8. Steve Fairchild (COST) 2389
  John Holman (LAMON) 2389
10. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 2335
11. John Fourcade (MS) 2299
12. Nickie Hall (TLN) 2298
13. Ricky Hardin (UT) 2291
14. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2255
15. Kevin Starkey (LBS) 2237
16. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 2121
17. Tom Flick (WA) 2091
18. Mike Pagel (AZST) 2003
19. Stephen Starring* (MCNST) 1980
20. Rich Campbell (CA) 1946
Total Yards Per Play
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 8.6
2. Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 7.5
Total Touchdowns
1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 53
2. John Elway (STAN) 31
3. Nickie Hall (TLN) 28
4. Larry Gentry (NVLV) 24
5. Bob Gagliano (UTST) 23
  Steve Woods (CHAT) 23
  Mark Herrmann* (PUR) 23
8. Jay Venuto (WAKE) 22
  Kevin Starkey (LBS) 22
  Oliver Luck (WV) 22
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 22
12. Samoa Samoa (WAST) 20
  J.C. Watts (OK) 20
  Dave Wilson (IL) 20
  Jeff Quinn (NE) 20
  Mike Pagel (AZST) 20
  Sammy Winder (SMS) 20
18. John Fourcade (MS) 19
19. Steve Fairchild (COST) 18
  Rick Casko (DRAKE) 18