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1981 Leaders

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Marcus Allen (Southern California)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Danny Ford (Clemson)

AP Preseason #1: Michigan ▪ AP Final #1: Clemson

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Pass Completions

1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 272
2. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 262
3. Sam King (NVLV) 255
4. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 249
5. Tony Eason (IL) 248
6. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 241
7. Dan Marino* (PITT) 226
8. John Elway (STAN) 214
9. Whit Taylor (VAND) 209
10. Bob Holly (PRIN) 206
11. Oliver Luck (WV) 202
12. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 186
13. Scott Campbell (PUR) 185
14. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 183
15. Mike Hohensee (MN) 182
16. Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 180
17. Sammy Shon (OH) 175
18. Mike Pagel (AZST) 171
19. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 168
20. Wayne Peace (FL) 159

Pass Attempts

1. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 464
2. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 436
3. Sam King (NVLV) 433
4. Jim McMahon (BYU) 423
5. Tony Eason (IL) 406
6. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 404
7. Dan Marino* (PITT) 380
8. Oliver Luck (WV) 371
9. John Elway (STAN) 366
10. Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 365
11. J Torchio (CA) 363
12. Mike Hohensee (MN) 362
13. Whit Taylor (VAND) 357
14. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 350
15. Bob Holly (PRIN) 338
16. Mike Pagel (AZST) 321
  Scott Campbell (PUR) 321
18. Sammy Shon (OH) 320
19. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 318
20. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 315

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 64.3
2. Alan Risher (LAST) 63.0
3. Tony Eason (IL) 61.1
4. Bob Holly (PRIN) 60.9
5. Buck Belue (GA) 60.6
6. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 60.1
7. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 59.7
8. Dan Marino* (PITT) 59.5
9. Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 59.0
10. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 58.9
11. Sam King (NVLV) 58.9
12. Whit Taylor (VAND) 58.5
13. John Elway (STAN) 58.5
14. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 58.3
15. Wayne Peace (FL) 58.2
16. J.F. Green (EMI) 58.0
17. Scott Campbell (PUR) 57.6
18. Tyce Ferguson (UT) 57.6
19. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 57.1
20. Randy Joyce (APPST) 57.1

Passing Yards

1. Sam King (NVLV) 3778
2. Jim McMahon (BYU) 3555
3. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 3373
4. Tony Eason (IL) 3360
5. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 3337
6. Dan Marino* (PITT) 2876
7. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2686
8. John Elway (STAN) 2674
9. Bob Holly (PRIN) 2622
10. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 2572
11. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2551
12. Mike Pagel (AZST) 2484
13. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2412
14. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 2403
15. Sammy Shon (OH) 2366
16. Oliver Luck (WV) 2341
17. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2318
18. J Torchio (CA) 2112
19. Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 2108
20. Steve Stamp (TXX) 2013

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Sam King (NVLV) 8.7
2. Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 8.7
3. Doug Flutie (BC) 8.6
4. Steve Stamp (TXX) 8.6
5. Buck Belue (GA) 8.5
6. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 8.4
7. Jim McMahon (BYU) 8.4
8. Scott Campbell (PUR) 8.4
9. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 8.3
10. Jay Jeffrey (BAY) 8.3
11. Tony Eason (IL) 8.3
12. Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 8.2
13. Steve Smith* (MI) 7.9
14. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 7.8
15. Bob Holly (PRIN) 7.8
16. Mike Pagel (AZST) 7.7
17. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 7.7
18. Steve Alatorre (TN) 7.6
19. Dan Marino* (PITT) 7.6
20. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 7.5

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 9.1
2. Doug Flutie (BC) 7.8
3. Tony Eason (IL) 7.7
4. Scott Campbell (PUR) 7.7
5. Buck Belue (GA) 7.6
6. Mike Pagel (AZST) 7.6
7. Sam King (NVLV) 7.6
8. Bob Holly (PRIN) 7.5
9. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 7.2
10. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 7.2
11. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 7.1
12. Steve Smith* (MI) 7.0
13. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 7.0
14. Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 6.9
15. John Elway (STAN) 6.8
16. Dan Marino* (PITT) 6.8
17. Victor McGee (WTXAM) 6.7
18. Bob Lane (LAMON) 6.6
19. Bryan Clark (MIST) 6.6
20. Steve Krainock (RICH) 6.5

Passing Touchdowns

1. Dan Marino* (PITT) 37
2. Jim McMahon (BYU) 30
3. Mike Pagel (AZST) 29
4. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 28
5. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 21
  Michael Calhoun (RICE) 21
7. John Elway (STAN) 20
  Mike Hohensee (MN) 20
  Tony Eason (IL) 20
10. Sam King (NVLV) 18
  Gary Schofield (WAKE) 18
  Scott Campbell (PUR) 18
13. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 17
14. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 16
  Bob Holly (PRIN) 16
16. Oliver Luck (WV) 15
  John Holman (LAMON) 15
  Whit Taylor (VAND) 15
  Steve Smith* (MI) 15
20. Bryan Clark (MIST) 14
  Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 14
  Sammy Shon (OH) 14
  Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 14
  Steve Stamp (TXX) 14

Passing Interceptions

1. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 24
2. Dan Marino* (PITT) 23
3. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 22
4. Sam King (NVLV) 19
  Chris Garrity (WMMARY) 19
6. John Witkowski (COLMB) 18
7. Ronnie Mixon (WCAR) 17
  Steve Stamp (TXX) 17
  Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 17
  Sammy Shon (OH) 17
11. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 16
  Gordon Beckham (SC) 16
  Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 16
  Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 16
  Ralph Leek (RUT) 16
  Hank Landers (BROWN) 16
17. Jamie McAlister (NMST) 15
  Matt Kofler (SDGST) 15
  Bill Willows (KENT) 15
  Michael Calhoun (RICE) 15
  Doug Freed (BALLST) 15
  Oliver Luck (WV) 15
  Randy Joyce (APPST) 15

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 155.0
2. Buck Belue (GA) 143.8
3. Dan Marino* (PITT) 143.1
4. Tony Eason (IL) 140.0
5. Mike Pagel (AZST) 139.4
6. Scott Campbell (PUR) 138.3
7. Sam King (NVLV) 137.1
8. Bob Holly (PRIN) 136.4
9. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 136.2
10. Doug Flutie (BC) 135.8
11. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 133.4
12. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 132.8
13. Steve Stamp (TXX) 132.5
14. John Elway (STAN) 130.8
15. Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 130.7
16. Homer Jordan* (CLEM) 130.4
17. Bryan Clark (MIST) 128.9
18. Jay Jeffrey (BAY) 128.6
19. Steve Smith* (MI) 125.7
20. Alan Risher (LAST) 124.4

Rush Attempts

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 433
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 385
3. Barry Redden (RICH) 335
4. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 325
5. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 307
6. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 297
7. Rich Diana (YALE) 293
8. Amero Ware (DRAKE) 290
9. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 277
10. Floyd Allen (VAMI) 264
11. Joe Morris (SYR) 261
12. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 255
13. Bryant Jones (BGSU) 253
  Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 253
  Greg Jones (MIAOH) 253
16. James Bettis (CIN) 246
17. Gerald Walker (ARMY) 240
18. Ricky Calhoun (EMI) 235
19. Craig James (SMETH) 233
20. Walter Poole (SIL) 229

Rushing Yards

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 2427
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1891
3. Barry Redden (RICH) 1629
4. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1459
5. Rich Diana (YALE) 1442
6. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1428
7. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 1403
8. Amero Ware (DRAKE) 1353
9. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 1318
10. Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 1267
11. James Bettis (CIN) 1226
12. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1217
13. Joe Morris (SYR) 1194
14. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 1193
15. Joe McIntosh (NCST) 1190
16. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1189
17. Stanford Jennings (FURM) 1168
18. Craig James (SMETH) 1147
19. Danny Miller (CIT) 1138
20. Greg Jones (MIAOH) 1134

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tim Martin (APPST) 6.8
2. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 6.7
3. Del Rodgers (UT) 6.6
4. Reggie Collier (SMS) 6.6
5. Stanley Wilson (OK) 6.5
6. Greg Allen (FLST) 6.4
7. Darrell Shepard (OK) 6.3
8. Greg Boone (DUKE) 6.3
9. Mike Rozier (NE) 6.2
10. Brett White (TLS) 6.2
11. Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 6.2
12. Roger Craig (NE) 6.1
13. Curt Warner (PAST) 6.1
14. Gerald Riggs (AZST) 6.0
15. Danny Miller (CIT) 6.0
16. Stanford Jennings (FURM) 5.9
17. Phil Bates (NE) 5.9
18. Robbie Richeson (UT) 5.9
19. Tim Harris (WAST) 5.8
20. Robert Weathers (AZST) 5.8

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 22
2. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 19
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 18
  Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 18
5. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 17
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 17
7. Waymon Hamilton (BYU) 14
  Rich Diana (YALE) 14
9. Del Rodgers (UT) 13
  Darrell Shepard (OK) 13
11. Reggie Collier (SMS) 12
  Steve Smith* (MI) 12
  Floyd Allen (VAMI) 12
  Tim Spencer* (OHST) 12
  Sammy Winder (SMS) 12
16. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 11
  Stanford Jennings (FURM) 11
  Danny Miller (CIT) 11
  Mark Covington (HC) 11
20. Kenny Jackson (TLS) 10
  Walter Poole (SIL) 10
  Joe Morris (SYR) 10
  Barry Redden (RICH) 10
  Melvin Dorsey (WCAR) 10
  Phil Davis (WY) 10
  Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 10

Receptions

1. Tim Kearse* (SJST) 71
2. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 70
3. Jim Sandusky (NVLV) 68
4. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 67
  Darrin Nelson (STAN) 67
6. Jeff Champine (COST) 66
7. Darius Durham (SDGST) 65
8. Dan Plater (BYU) 62
9. Herbert Harris (LAMAR) 61
  Mark Raugh (WV) 61
11. Steve Bryant (PUR) 60
  Jeff Dean (WCAR) 60
13. Chester Cooper (MN) 58
14. Pete Harvey (NTX) 57
15. Michael Morton (NVLV) 55
16. Wamon Buggs (VAND) 54
  Jeff Spek (NVLV) 54
18. Bob Phillips (WMI) 53
  Kurt Wrigley (WMMARY) 53
20. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 52
  Tom Rogers (COLG) 52

Receiving Yards

1. Jim Sandusky (NVLV) 1346
2. Chester Cooper (MN) 1012
3. Darius Durham (SDGST) 988
4. Steve Bryant (PUR) 971
5. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 960
6. Anthony Carter* (MI) 952
7. Tim Kearse* (SJST) 946
8. Gary Williams* (OHST) 941
9. Herbert Harris (LAMAR) 911
10. Jeff Spek (NVLV) 895
11. Dan Plater (BYU) 891
12. Perry Tuttle* (CLEM) 883
13. Jeff Champine (COST) 882
14. Stanley Washington (TXX) 854
15. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 846
16. Jeff Dean (WCAR) 839
17. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 832
18. Bob Phillips (WMI) 809
19. Henry Ellard (FREST) 808
20. Curtis Grieve (YALE) 791

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Mike Whitwell (TXAM) 27.1
2. Mark Barousse (MCNST) 26.5
3. Mark Clayton (LOU) 22.1
4. Willie Gault (TN) 21.8
5. Tracy Hall (TEMP) 21.6
6. Duane Gunn (IN) 21.2
7. Daryl Turner (MIST) 21.1
8. Rich Hollins (WV) 21.0
9. Henry Ellard (FREST) 20.7
10. Phillip Epps (TXX) 20.6
11. Claude Charles (LALAF) 20.2
12. Oliver Williams (IL) 20.0
13. Mervyn Fernandez* (SJST) 19.9
14. Cedric Jones (DUKE) 19.8
15. Jim Sandusky (NVLV) 19.8
16. Mike Martin (IL) 19.7
17. Brian Brennan (BC) 19.6
18. Deno Foster (CIN) 19.4
19. Jeff Simmons* (SCA) 19.4
20. Mike Tolliver (STAN) 19.4

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 467
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 399
3. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 367
4. Barry Redden (RICH) 350
5. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 331
6. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 329
7. Amero Ware (DRAKE) 322
8. Rich Diana (YALE) 308
9. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 290
10. Joe Morris (SYR) 281
11. Ricky Calhoun (EMI) 271
  Floyd Allen (VAMI) 271
13. Bryant Jones (BGSU) 266
14. Gerald Walker (ARMY) 264
15. Greg Jones (MIAOH) 263
  Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 263
17. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 262
18. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 259
19. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 256
20. Walter Poole (SIL) 253

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 2683
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1975
3. Darrin Nelson (STAN) 1860
4. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 1752
5. Barry Redden (RICH) 1736
6. Amero Ware (DRAKE) 1683
7. Rich Diana (YALE) 1589
8. Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 1583
9. Butch Woolfolk* (MI) 1514
10. Cyrus Lawrence (VATECH) 1440
11. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1430
12. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1427
13. Eddie Meyers (NAVY) 1399
14. Joe Morris (SYR) 1397
15. Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 1391
16. Michael Morton (NVLV) 1374
17. Gary Allen (HI) 1373
18. Stanford Jennings (FURM) 1351
19. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 1343
20. Jim Sandusky (NVLV) 1337

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 23
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 20
3. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 19
4. Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 18
  Kelvin Bryant (NC) 18
6. Dwayne Crutchfield (IAST) 17
7. Waymon Hamilton (BYU) 16
  Julius Dawkins* (PITT) 16
  Darrin Nelson (STAN) 16
10. Rich Diana (YALE) 15
11. Gerald Willhite* (SJST) 14
  Del Rodgers (UT) 14
13. Darrell Shepard (OK) 13
  Floyd Allen (VAMI) 13
15. Curtis Grieve (YALE) 12
  Reggie Collier (SMS) 12
  Sammy Winder (SMS) 12
  Tim Spencer* (OHST) 12
  Ray Crouse (NVLV) 12
  Steve Smith* (MI) 12
  Danny Miller (CIT) 12
  Stanford Jennings (FURM) 12

Total Plays

1. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 594
2. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 527
3. Sam King (NVLV) 507
4. Tony Eason (IL) 493
5. Jim McMahon (BYU) 487
6. Sammy Shon (OH) 473
7. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 461
8. Scott Campbell (PUR) 444
9. John Elway (STAN) 440
10. J Torchio (CA) 435
11. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 433
12. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 430
13. Mike Hohensee (MN) 427
14. Matt Dunigan (LATECH) 425
15. Whit Taylor (VAND) 421
16. Fred Hessen (LAMAR) 416
17. Dan Marino* (PITT) 404
18. Bob Holly (PRIN) 402
  Oliver Luck (WV) 402
20. Michael Calhoun (RICE) 401

Total Yards

1. Sam King (NVLV) 3562
2. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 3528
3. Jim McMahon (BYU) 3458
4. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 3411
5. Tony Eason (IL) 3331
6. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2809
7. Dan Marino* (PITT) 2781
8. Sammy Shon (OH) 2643
9. John Elway (STAN) 2516
10. Mike Pagel (AZST) 2511
11. Art Schlichter* (OHST) 2509
12. Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 2490
13. Bob Holly (PRIN) 2446
14. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2437
15. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 2428
16. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 2427
17. Jim Kelly (MIAFL) 2408
18. Oliver Luck (WV) 2365
19. Steve Smith* (MI) 2335
20. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2253

Total Yards Per Play

1. Jim McMahon (BYU) 7.1
2. Sam King (NVLV) 7.0
3. Tony Eason (IL) 6.8
4. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 6.5
5. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 5.9

Total Touchdowns

1. Dan Marino* (PITT) 39
2. Steve Clarkson* (SJST) 33
  Mike Pagel (AZST) 33
4. Jim McMahon (BYU) 30
5. Matt Kofler (SDGST) 28
6. Steve Smith* (MI) 27
7. Tony Eason (IL) 25
8. Mike Hohensee (MN) 23
  Art Schlichter* (OHST) 23
10. Marcus Allen* (SCA) 22
  Michael Calhoun (RICE) 22
12. Sam King (NVLV) 21
  John Elway (STAN) 21
14. Scott Campbell (PUR) 20
15. Sammy Shon (OH) 19
  Phil Davis (WY) 19
  Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 19
  Gary Schofield (WAKE) 19
  Bob Holly (PRIN) 19
20. Munchie Jordon (MCNST) 18
  Herschel Walker (GA) 18
  Oliver Luck (WV) 18
  Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 18
  Reggie Collier (SMS) 18