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1981 Passing Stats

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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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104 Players

Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Sam King Nevada-Las Vegas Ind 255 433 58.9 3778 8.7 7.6 18 19 137.1 74 -216 -2.9 3
2 Gary Kubiak Texas A&M SWC 111 209 53.1 1808 8.7 6.9 11 13 130.7 119 178 1.5 3
3 Steve Stamp Texas Christian SWC 130 235 55.3 2013 8.6 6.5 14 17 132.5 69 -158 -2.3 2
4 Doug Flutie Boston College Ind 105 192 54.7 1652 8.6 7.8 10 8 135.8 67 79 1.2 2
5 Buck Belue Georgia SEC 114 188 60.6 1603 8.5 7.6 12 9 143.8 76 102 1.3 3
6 Jim McMahon Brigham Young WAC 272 423 64.3 3555 8.4 9.1 30 7 155.0 64 -97 -1.5 0
7 Scott Campbell Purdue Big Ten 185 321 57.6 2686 8.4 7.7 18 13 138.3 123 123 1.0 2
8 Jim Kelly Miami (FL) Ind 168 285 58.9 2403 8.4 7.2 14 14 136.2 72 5 0.1 3
9 Tony Eason Illinois Big Ten 248 406 61.1 3360 8.3 7.7 20 14 140.0 87 -29 -0.3 5
10 Jay Jeffrey Baylor SWC 111 198 56.1 1643 8.3 6.5 9 12 128.6 99 228 2.3 1
11 Homer Jordan* Clemson ACC 107 196 54.6 1630 8.3 7.2 9 9 130.4 168 486 2.9 6
12 Prince McJunkins Wichita State MVC 97 210 46.2 1725 8.2 6.4 8 12 116.3 173 765 4.4 10
13 Steve Smith* Michigan Big Ten 97 210 46.2 1661 7.9 7.0 15 11 125.7 134 674 5.0 12
14 Bob Holly Princeton Ivy 206 338 60.9 2622 7.8 7.5 16 9 136.4 64 -176 -2.8 3
15 Tom Ramsey* UCLA Pac-10 134 230 58.3 1793 7.8 6.1 16 16 132.8 107 -11 -0.1 0
16 Matt Kofler San Diego State WAC 262 436 60.1 3337 7.7 7.1 21 15 133.4 158 191 1.2 7
17 Mike Pagel Arizona State Pac-10 171 321 53.3 2484 7.7 7.6 29 14 139.4 38 27 0.7 4
18 Dan Marino* Pittsburgh Ind 226 380 59.5 2876 7.6 6.8 37 23 143.1 24 -95 -4.0 2
19 Steve Alatorre Tennessee SEC 81 154 52.6 1171 7.6 5.7 8 10 120.6 83 159 1.9 3
20 Jeff Tedford Fresno State PCAA 132 250 52.8 1879 7.5 6.4 11 11 121.7 55 11 0.2 3
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Alan Risher Louisiana State SEC 150 238 63.0 1780 7.5 6.0 5 10 124.4 117 -22 -0.2 3
22 Todd Blackledge Penn State Ind 104 207 50.2 1557 7.5 5.6 12 14 119.0 45 19 0.4 5
23 Bryan Clark Michigan State Big Ten 109 204 53.4 1521 7.5 6.6 14 10 128.9 48 119 2.5 1
24 Sammy Shon Ohio MAC 175 320 54.7 2366 7.4 5.9 14 17 120.6 153 277 1.8 5
25 Steve Clarkson* San Jose State PCAA 249 464 53.7 3373 7.3 6.1 28 24 124.3 63 38 0.6 5
26 John Elway Stanford Pac-10 214 366 58.5 2674 7.3 6.8 20 13 130.8 74 -158 -2.1 1
27 Art Schlichter* Ohio State Big Ten 183 350 52.3 2551 7.3 7.0 17 10 123.8 80 -42 -0.5 6
28 Ben Bennett Duke ACC 110 202 54.5 1445 7.2 6.1 7 8 118.1 47 -59 -1.3 0
29 Curt Caldarera Louisiana-Lafayette Southland 98 199 49.2 1426 7.2 5.1 6 12 107.3 60 -3 -0.1 0
30 Lionel Wilson Houston SWC 85 170 50.0 1225 7.2 5.4 9 11 115.1 191 656 3.4 7
31 Bob DeMarco Central Michigan MAC 85 162 52.5 1159 7.2 5.0 5 10 110.4 58 17 0.3 1
32 Babe Laufenberg Indiana Big Ten 144 252 57.1 1788 7.1 5.8 8 11 118.5 61 33 0.5 2
33 Steve Woods Chattanooga Southern 141 282 50.0 1971 7.0 5.7 13 14 114.0 89 -45 -0.5 4
34 Steve Calabria Colgate Ind 121 230 52.6 1620 7.0 5.3 11 14 115.4 55 99 1.8 1
35 Tyce Ferguson Utah WAC 102 177 57.6 1235 7.0 4.6 6 12 113.9 50 -180 -3.6 0
36 Gary Yagelski Drake MVC 134 249 53.8 1725 6.9 5.6 10 12 115.6 121 233 1.9 3
37 Tom George Western Michigan MAC 104 207 50.2 1419 6.9 5.5 11 11 114.7 70 66 0.9 0
38 Steve Krainock Richmond Ind 98 199 49.2 1369 6.9 6.5 12 7 119.9 53 -39 -0.7 3
39 Lance McIlhenny Southern Methodist SWC 67 155 43.2 1066 6.9 4.9 7 10 103.0 112 241 2.2 0
40 Randy Joyce Appalachian State Southern 157 275 57.1 1871 6.8 5.0 9 15 114.1 33 -63 -1.9 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Boomer Esiason Maryland ACC 122 242 50.4 1635 6.8 5.8 9 9 112.0 54 -75 -1.4 0
42 Ed Singler Oregon State Pac-10 118 220 53.6 1500 6.8 5.4 5 9 110.2 94 -214 -2.3 2
43 Tom St. Jacques Cal State Fullerton PCAA 96 192 50.0 1304 6.8 5.3 6 9 108.0 24 -14 -0.6 3
44 Gordon Beckham South Carolina Ind 92 180 51.1 1221 6.8 3.8 9 16 106.8 83 -159 -1.9 1
45 Frank Seurer Kansas Big 8 89 176 50.6 1199 6.8 4.5 4 11 102.8 82 -69 -0.8 2
46 Mike Hohensee Minnesota Big Ten 182 362 50.3 2412 6.7 6.3 20 12 117.8 65 25 0.4 3
47 Kelly Raber Virginia Military Institute Southern 110 215 51.2 1450 6.7 5.3 7 10 109.3 79 29 0.4 1
48 Danny Barrett Cincinnati Ind 92 177 52.0 1186 6.7 5.0 5 9 107.4 89 -4 0.0 2
49 Doug Samuels Utah State PCAA 78 168 46.4 1127 6.7 4.1 7 13 101.1 50 -148 -3.0 1
50 Scott Logan Texas-Arlington Southland 63 167 37.7 1122 6.7 5.4 5 7 95.7 107 378 3.5 7
51 Wayne Peace Florida SEC 159 273 58.2 1803 6.6 5.6 11 11 119.0 64 -110 -1.7 1
52 John Rogan Yale Ivy 95 192 49.5 1267 6.6 6.0 12 8 117.2 69 -12 -0.2 4
53 Steve Casey Virginia Tech Ind 79 163 48.5 1083 6.6 4.7 4 9 101.3 71 76 1.1 6
54 Whit Taylor Vanderbilt SEC 209 357 58.5 2318 6.5 6.1 15 10 121.3 64 -65 -1.0 0
55 Tink Murphy Temple Ind 128 245 52.2 1589 6.5 5.1 6 10 106.6 34 -40 -1.2 2
56 Dave Warner Syracuse Ind 120 223 53.8 1445 6.5 5.1 7 10 109.6 151 418 2.8 7
57 Tom Tunnicliffe Arizona Pac-10 117 217 53.9 1420 6.5 3.8 9 17 106.9 46 -99 -2.2 2
58 Gary Schofield Wake Forest ACC 241 404 59.7 2572 6.4 4.8 18 22 116.9 57 -144 -2.5 1
59 Hank Landers Brown Ivy 131 301 43.5 1913 6.4 4.5 8 16 95.0 99 154 1.6 0
60 John Holman Louisiana-Monroe Ind 146 296 49.3 1908 6.4 5.6 15 12 112.1 26 -14 -0.5 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Robin Gabriel New Mexico WAC 123 277 44.4 1783 6.4 5.6 8 9 101.5 91 -84 -0.9 4
62 Michael Calhoun Rice SWC 98 233 42.1 1480 6.4 5.3 21 15 112.3 168 338 2.0 1
63 Bob Lane Louisiana-Monroe Ind 93 198 47.0 1272 6.4 6.6 11 4 115.2 26 -12 -0.5 0
64 Oliver Luck West Virginia Ind 202 371 54.4 2341 6.3 5.3 15 15 112.7 31 24 0.8 3
65 Ronnie Mixon Western Carolina Southern 158 287 55.1 1820 6.3 4.3 9 17 106.8 63 -195 -3.1 0
66 John Quinn Iowa State Big 8 140 251 55.8 1576 6.3 4.0 3 14 101.3 80 82 1.0 2
67 Gordie Whitehead Virginia ACC 95 178 53.4 1116 6.3 4.8 9 10 111.5 50 -38 -0.8 0
68 Randy Jenkins Kentucky SEC 84 170 49.4 1079 6.3 4.9 6 8 105.0 39 -177 -4.5 0
69 Chris Garrity William & Mary Ind 186 315 59.0 1966 6.2 4.4 13 19 113.0 54 -92 -1.7 2
70 Reggie Allen Indiana State MVC 110 231 47.6 1435 6.2 4.4 8 13 100.0 92 255 2.8 4
71 J.F. Green Eastern Michigan MAC 131 226 58.0 1391 6.2 5.1 6 8 111.3 95 -194 -2.0 1
72 Harley Miller Pacific PCAA 99 195 50.8 1208 6.2 4.9 5 8 103.1 58 -127 -2.2 0
73 Harley Miller Pacific PCAA 99 195 50.8 1208 6.2 4.9 5 8 103.1 58 -127 -2.2 0
74 Dave Boisture Holy Cross Ind 92 178 51.7 1101 6.2 4.1 2 9 97.2 104 153 1.5 6
75 Terry Nugent Colorado State WAC 83 174 47.7 1075 6.2 4.7 10 10 107.1 52 -265 -5.1 0
76 Victor McGee West Texas A&M MVC 66 167 39.5 1035 6.2 6.7 11 3 109.7 72 41 0.6 2
77 Darrell Ray Dickey Kansas State Big 8 75 158 47.5 974 6.2 3.6 7 12 98.7 94 246 2.6 2
78 John Fourcade Mississippi SEC 137 251 54.6 1533 6.1 5.5 3 5 105.8 113 179 1.6 7
79 Richard Johnson Southern Illinois MVC 119 211 56.4 1296 6.1 4.4 6 11 106.9 59 -46 -0.8 5
80 Randy Essington Colorado Big 8 95 197 48.2 1199 6.1 4.6 6 9 100.3 29 -178 -6.1 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
81 Matt Dunigan Louisiana Tech Southland 153 318 48.1 1898 6.0 4.1 6 16 94.4 107 54 0.5 2
82 Doug Freed Ball State MAC 137 256 53.5 1517 5.9 3.8 6 15 99.3 80 49 0.6 3
83 Mike Hyde Missouri Big 8 123 249 49.4 1471 5.9 4.4 8 12 100.0 51 -175 -3.4 0
84 Jess Cole Wisconsin Big Ten 85 200 42.5 1180 5.9 4.4 12 12 99.9 103 244 2.4 4
85 John Leister Michigan State Big Ten 90 186 48.4 1097 5.9 4.0 5 10 96.0 41 -15 -0.4 0
86 Tim Sorrells Furman Southern 78 181 43.1 1073 5.9 3.8 10 13 96.8 67 224 3.3 3
87 J Torchio California Pac-10 155 363 42.7 2112 5.8 4.8 9 12 93.1 72 -176 -2.4 4
88 Fred Hessen Lamar Southland 180 365 49.3 2108 5.8 4.6 14 16 101.7 51 12 0.2 3
89 John Mazur* Southern California Pac-10 93 194 47.9 1128 5.8 5.4 7 5 103.5 36 -73 -2.0 0
90 John Coppens Illinois State MVC 90 192 46.9 1113 5.8 3.6 6 12 93.4 33 -162 -4.9 2
91 Tom Thenell Colorado State WAC 80 185 43.2 1079 5.8 5.3 11 7 104.3 42 -105 -2.5 0
92 Jamie McAlister New Mexico State MVC 91 180 50.6 1046 5.8 2.7 6 15 93.7 88 75 0.9 1
93 Rick Stockstill Florida State Ind 122 238 51.3 1356 5.7 4.0 11 14 102.6 53 -123 -2.3 0
94 John Witkowski Columbia Ivy 129 294 43.9 1647 5.6 3.1 4 18 83.2 37 -5 -0.1 0
95 Ralph Leek Rutgers Ind 80 167 47.9 926 5.5 1.8 5 16 85.2 66 38 0.6 1
96 Stan Goodson Appalachian State Southern 73 158 46.2 872 5.5 4.9 6 5 98.8 40 95 2.4 0
97 Ron Reeves Texas Tech SWC 109 254 42.9 1376 5.4 3.5 7 14 86.5 103 -45 -0.4 4
98 John Appold Miami (OH) MAC 80 171 46.8 929 5.4 4.7 5 5 96.2 48 -2 0.0 1
99 Mike Kerrigan Northwestern Big Ten 124 265 46.8 1317 5.0 3.3 7 13 87.4 45 -145 -3.2 0
100 Bob Caffrey Cal State Fullerton PCAA 105 222 47.3 1118 5.0 2.7 6 14 85.9 48 24 0.5 2
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
101 Kevin Lusk Oregon Pac-10 86 174 49.4 864 5.0 3.4 4 8 89.5 46 -2 0.0 1
102 Steve Pelluer Washington Pac-10 110 234 47.0 1138 4.9 4.1 9 8 93.7 92 142 1.5 0
103 Angelo Gasca Long Beach State PCAA 87 181 48.1 861 4.8 3.1 5 9 87.2 49 60 1.2 2
104 Doug Marzonie Pennsylvania Ivy 85 199 42.7 893 4.5 3.5 6 7 83.3 40 -25 -0.6 0