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1982 Leaders

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National Champion: Penn State (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Herschel Walker (Georgia)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

AP Preseason #1: Pittsburgh ▪ AP Final #1: Penn State

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Pass Completions

1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 289
2. Tony Eason (IL) 278
3. John Elway (STAN) 262
4. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 236
5. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 234
6. Steve Young (BYU) 230
7. Whit Taylor (VAND) 228
8. Dan Marino* (PITT) 221
9. Scott Campbell (PUR) 218
10. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 217
11. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 212
12. Paul Berner (PAC) 211
13. Mike Hohensee (MN) 210
14. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 209
15. Terry Nugent (COST) 201
16. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 200
17. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 196
18. Kent Austin (MS) 186
19. Todd Hons* (AZST) 185
20. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 184

Pass Attempts

1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 504
2. Tony Eason (IL) 450
3. Paul Berner (PAC) 418
4. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 416
5. Whit Taylor (VAND) 406
6. John Elway (STAN) 405
7. Scott Campbell (PUR) 399
8. Terry Nugent (COST) 382
9. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 381
10. Dan Marino* (PITT) 378
11. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 376
12. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 374
13. Steve Young (BYU) 367
14. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 364
15. Mike Hohensee (MN) 360
16. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 348
  Doug Flutie* (BC) 348
18. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 340
19. Todd Hons* (AZST) 336
  Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 336

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Wayne Peace (FL) 70.7
2. John Elway (STAN) 64.7
3. Brian McClure (BGSU) 64.2
4. Chuck Long (IA) 64.2
5. Alan Risher (LAST) 63.7
6. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 63.6
7. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 63.1
8. Steve Young (BYU) 62.7
9. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 62.2
10. Walter Lewis (AL) 62.2
11. Tony Eason (IL) 61.8
12. Kent Austin (MS) 60.6
13. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 59.6
14. Alan Cockrell (TN) 59.2
15. Dan Marino* (PITT) 58.5
16. Mike McKay (TLN) 58.5
17. Mike Hohensee (MN) 58.3
18. Jim Bob Taylor (GATECH) 58.2
19. Marco Pagnanelli (NAVY) 58.0
20. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 57.6

Passing Yards

1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 3517
2. Tony Eason (IL) 3248
3. John Elway (STAN) 3242
4. Steve Young (BYU) 3100
5. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 3033
6. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 2993
7. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 2986
8. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 2847
9. Doug Flutie* (BC) 2749
10. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 2735
11. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2626
12. Terry Nugent (COST) 2595
13. Paul Berner (PAC) 2586
14. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 2520
15. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 2485
16. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2481
17. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 2468
18. Dan Marino* (PITT) 2432
19. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2380
  Gary Schofield (WAKE) 2380

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Walter Lewis (AL) 9.2
2. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.9
3. John Bond (MSST) 8.7
4. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 8.6
5. Mike Tomczak* (OHST) 8.6
6. Steve Young (BYU) 8.4
7. Wayne Peace (FL) 8.3
8. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 8.1
9. Lionel Wilson (HOU) 8.1
10. John Elway (STAN) 8.0
11. Mark McKay (SDGST) 7.9
12. Jim Bob Taylor (GATECH) 7.9
13. Ken Vierra (UT) 7.9
14. Brian McClure (BGSU) 7.9
15. Doug Flutie* (BC) 7.9
16. Alan Risher (LAST) 7.8
17. Kelly Lowrey (FLST) 7.7
18. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 7.7
19. Steve Smith* (MI) 7.6
20. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 7.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 8.8
2. Ken Vierra (UT) 7.9
3. John Elway (STAN) 7.9
4. Alan Risher (LAST) 7.8
5. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 7.7
6. Walter Lewis (AL) 7.6
7. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 7.2
8. Steve Young (BYU) 7.2
9. Mark McKay (SDGST) 7.2
10. Dave Osborn (NM) 7.2
11. Wayne Peace (FL) 7.2
12. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 7.2
13. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 7.1
14. Kelly Lowrey (FLST) 7.1
15. Boomer Esiason (MD) 7.0
16. Randy Campbell (AUB) 7.0
17. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 6.9
18. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 6.9
19. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 6.9
20. Mike Tomczak* (OHST) 6.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 24
  John Elway (STAN) 24
3. Whit Taylor (VAND) 22
  Todd Blackledge (PAST) 22
5. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 21
6. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 20
  Steve Clarkson (SJST) 20
8. Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 19
  Todd Dillon (LBS) 19
10. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 18
  Terry Nugent (COST) 18
  Steve Young (BYU) 18
  Boomer Esiason (MD) 18
14. Dan Marino* (PITT) 17
  Dean May (LOU) 17
  Alan Risher (LAST) 17
  Danny Barrett (CIN) 17
  Tony Eason (IL) 17
  Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 17
20. Jamie McAlister (NMST) 16

Passing Interceptions

1. Dan Marino* (PITT) 23
2. Walter Kroan (KENT) 22
  Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 22
4. Todd Dillon (LBS) 21
5. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 20
  Randy Jenkins (KY) 20
  Doug Flutie* (BC) 20
8. Paul Berner (PAC) 19
  Mike Hohensee (MN) 19
  Terry Nugent (COST) 19
11. Steve Young (BYU) 18
12. Jacque LaPrarie (RUT) 17
  Jamie McAlister (NMST) 17
14. Frank Seurer (KS) 15
  Tony Eason (IL) 15
  Gary Schofield (WAKE) 15
  Dean May (LOU) 15
  Alan Cockrell (TN) 15
19. Ike Jackson (OKST) 14
  Todd Blackledge (PAST) 14
  Todd Hons* (AZST) 14
  Mike McKay (TLN) 14
  Jim Kelso (TOL) 14
  Gale Gilbert (CA) 14
  Doug Johnson (RICE) 14
  Babe Laufenberg (IN) 14
  Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 14

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 151.5
2. Alan Risher (LAST) 146.6
3. Walter Lewis (AL) 145.7
4. John Elway (STAN) 145.6
5. Wayne Peace (FL) 143.4
6. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 142.5
7. Steve Young (BYU) 140.0
8. Tim Riordan (TEMP) 137.8
9. Ken Vierra (UT) 136.4
10. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 135.2
11. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 134.2
12. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 132.6
13. Brian McClure (BGSU) 130.8
14. Mark McKay (SDGST) 130.8
15. Boomer Esiason (MD) 130.2
16. Tony Eason (IL) 128.2
17. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 127.8
18. Dave Osborn (NM) 126.7
19. Kelly Lowrey (FLST) 126.1
20. Mike Tomczak* (OHST) 125.7

Rush Attempts

1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 353
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 335
3. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 311
4. Carl Monroe (UT) 309
5. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 280
6. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 273
7. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 271
8. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 266
9. Michael Ramseur (WAKE) 245
10. Mike Rozier (NE) 242
11. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 232
12. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 228
13. John Kershner (AF) 226
14. Jacque Robinson (WA) 222
15. Pete Roth (NIL) 220
16. Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 219
17. Shawn Faulkner (WMI) 206
18. Curtis Adams (CMI) 204
  Anthony Hutchison (TXTECH) 204
20. Alfred Anderson (BAY) 201
  Anthony Edgar (HI) 201

Rushing Yards

1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 1877
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1752
3. Mike Rozier (NE) 1689
4. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1617
5. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 1545
6. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1538
7. Carl Monroe (UT) 1507
8. Michael Gunter (TLS) 1464
9. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 1388
10. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 1208
11. Allen Harvin (CIN) 1161
12. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 1157
13. Marcus Dupree* (OK) 1144
14. Ken Lacy (TLS) 1097
15. Curtis Adams (CMI) 1090
16. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 1064
  Cliff Austin (CLEM) 1064
18. John Kershner (AF) 1056
19. Darryl Clark (TX) 1049
20. Curt Warner (PAST) 1041

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Marcus Dupree* (OK) 7.8
2. Michael Gunter (TLS) 7.5
3. Troy King (WI) 7.2
4. Mike Rozier (NE) 7.0
5. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 7.0
6. Lionel James (AUB) 6.9
7. Mike D. Carter (NM) 6.7
8. Michael Haddix (MSST) 6.7
9. Tony Baker (ECAR) 6.6
10. Bo Jackson (AUB) 6.5
11. Michael Johnson (NM) 6.4
12. Ricky Williams (FLST) 6.2
13. Denny Allen (NM) 6.1
14. Allen Harvin (CIN) 6.1
15. Thomas Dendy (SC) 6.1
16. Casey Tiumalu (BYU) 6.0
17. Hilria Johnson (UT) 5.9
18. Larry Moriarty (NDAME) 5.9
19. Tyrone Anthony (NC) 5.9
20. Willie Joyner (MD) 5.9

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Greg Allen (FLST) 20
2. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 19
3. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 17
4. Herschel Walker (GA) 16
5. Mike Rozier (NE) 15
6. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 14
  Cliff Austin (CLEM) 14
  Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 14
9. Marcus Dupree* (OK) 13
10. Craig Turner (AL) 12
  Reggie Collier (SMS) 12
  Marty Louthan (AF) 12
  Ken Lacy (TLS) 12
14. Michael Gunter (TLS) 11
  Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 11
16. Curtis Adams (CMI) 10
  Steve Young (BYU) 10
  Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 10
  Dwyane Love (HOU) 10
20. Steve Smith* (MI) 9
  Rick Badanjek (MD) 9
  Vaughn Broadnax* (OHST) 9
  Bo Jackson (AUB) 9

Receptions

1. Mike Martin (IL) 69
2. Vincent White (STAN) 68
  Darren Long (LBS) 68
4. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 67
5. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 62
6. Allama Matthews (VAND) 61
7. Darral Hambrick (NVLV) 60
8. Jeff Simmons (SCA) 56
  Robert Griffin (TLN) 56
  Norman Jordan (VAND) 56
11. David Lewis (CA) 54
  Jeff Champine (COST) 54
  Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 54
14. Mark Clayton (LOU) 53
  Don Roberts (SDGST) 53
16. Gerald McNeil (BAY) 52
  Jon Harvey (NWEST) 52
  Mark Militello (DUKE) 52
19. Lenny Montgomery (LBS) 51
  Tim Kearse (SJST) 51

Receiving Yards

1. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 1510
2. Mark Clayton (LOU) 1112
3. Darral Hambrick (NVLV) 1060
4. Jeff Simmons (SCA) 973
5. Chris Castor (DUKE) 952
6. Stephone Paige* (FREST) 943
7. Mike Martin (IL) 941
8. Gordon Hudson (BYU) 928
9. Danny Knight (MSST) 924
10. Jeff Champine (COST) 904
11. Brad Anderson (AZ) 870
12. Anthony Carter* (MI) 844
13. Shawn Potts (BGSU) 841
14. Jeff Raikes (COST) 838
15. Gerald McNeil (BAY) 822
16. Eric Martin (LAST) 817
17. Waymon Alridge (NVLV) 810
18. Jon Harvey (NWEST) 807
19. Tim Kearse (SJST) 799
20. Allama Matthews (VAND) 797

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Herkie Walls (TX) 28.1
2. Jeff Raikes (COST) 27.9
3. Derek Holloway (AR) 25.2
4. Danny Knight (MSST) 25.0
5. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 24.4
6. Duane Gunn (IN) 21.8
7. Jessie Hester (FLST) 21.6
8. Mark Clayton (LOU) 21.0
9. Jon Schoen* (BC) 20.9
10. Clinton Sampson (SDGST) 20.8
11. Chris Castor (DUKE) 20.7
12. Joey Jones (AL) 20.1
13. Jesse Bendross (AL) 20.0
14. Brad Anderson (AZ) 19.8
15. Mike Kirby (AF) 19.8
16. Stephone Paige* (FREST) 19.6
17. Anthony Carter* (MI) 19.6
18. Rodney Achter (TOL) 19.4
19. Chris Woods (AUB) 19.3
20. Stanley Washington (TXX) 19.3

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 374
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 340
3. Carl Monroe (UT) 325
4. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 314
5. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 305
6. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 292
7. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 286
8. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 275
9. Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 273
10. Michael Ramseur (WAKE) 266
11. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 252
12. Mike Rozier (NE) 248
13. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 238
14. Mel Gray (PUR) 233
15. Jacque Robinson (WA) 231
  Pete Roth (NIL) 231
17. John Kershner (AF) 226
18. Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 224
19. Curt Warner (PAST) 222
20. Alfred Anderson (BAY) 218
  Anthony Hutchison (TXTECH) 218

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Ernest Anderson (OKST) 1980
2. Herschel Walker (GA) 1841
3. Mike Rozier (NE) 1735
4. Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 1677
5. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 1676
6. Carl Monroe (UT) 1615
7. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 1610
8. Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 1577
9. Michael Gunter (TLS) 1507
10. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 1494
11. Lawrence Ricks* (MI) 1444
12. Curt Warner (PAST) 1376
13. Allen Harvin (CIN) 1361
14. Bryan Thomas* (PITT) 1359
15. Jay Peterson (MIAOH) 1329
16. Kelvin Bryant (NC) 1313
17. Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 1269
18. Mel Gray (PUR) 1215
19. Mark Clayton (LOU) 1180
20. Vincent White (STAN) 1171

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Greg Allen (FLST) 21
2. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 19
3. Herschel Walker (GA) 17
  Mike Rozier (NE) 17
  Eric Dickerson (SMETH) 17
6. Henry Ellard* (FREST) 16
  Dalton Hilliard (LAST) 16
8. Tim Spencer* (OHST) 15
9. Cliff Austin (CLEM) 14
  Sam Dejarnette (SMS) 14
  Vincent White (STAN) 14
  Allama Matthews (VAND) 14
13. Chris Castor (DUKE) 13
  Curt Warner (PAST) 13
  Marcus Dupree* (OK) 13
16. Marty Louthan (AF) 12
  Craig Turner (AL) 12
  Reggie Collier (SMS) 12
  Ken Lacy (TLS) 12
20. Michael Gunter (TLS) 11
  Herkie Walls (TX) 11
  Jojo Townsell* (UCLA) 11

Total Plays

1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 585
2. Whit Taylor (VAND) 559
3. Tony Eason (IL) 523
4. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 504
5. Steve Young (BYU) 481
6. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 475
7. Paul Berner (PAC) 471
8. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 470
9. Scott Campbell (PUR) 469
10. John Elway (STAN) 464
11. Terry Nugent (COST) 455
12. Doug Flutie* (BC) 438
13. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 426
14. Mike Hohensee (MN) 423
15. Dan Marino* (PITT) 422
16. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 421
17. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 415
18. Gary Schofield (WAKE) 413
19. Jamie McAlister (NMST) 408
20. Danny Barrett (CIN) 398

Total Yards

1. Todd Dillon (LBS) 3587
2. Steve Young (BYU) 3507
3. Tony Eason (IL) 3258
4. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 3124
5. John Elway (STAN) 3104
6. Doug Flutie* (BC) 3019
7. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 2925
8. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 2908
9. Ben Bennett (DUKE) 2885
10. Whit Taylor (VAND) 2679
11. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 2573
12. Sandy Schwab (NWEST) 2555
13. Scott Campbell (PUR) 2508
14. Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 2441
15. Paul Berner (PAC) 2431
16. Mike Hohensee (MN) 2418
17. Dan Marino* (PITT) 2388
18. Terry Nugent (COST) 2374
19. Babe Laufenberg (IN) 2351
20. Randy Wright (WI) 2306

Total Yards Per Play

1. Steve Young (BYU) 7.3
2. Doug Flutie* (BC) 6.9
3. John Elway (STAN) 6.7
4. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 6.6
5. Tony Eason (IL) 6.2
6. Todd Dillon (LBS) 6.1

Total Touchdowns

1. Jeff Tedford* (FREST) 32
2. Tom Ramsey* (UCLA) 28
  Steve Young (BYU) 28
4. Steve Clarkson (SJST) 26
5. Todd Blackledge (PAST) 25
6. Whit Taylor (VAND) 24
  John Elway (STAN) 24
8. Todd Dillon (LBS) 23
  Steve Smith* (MI) 23
10. Dave Osborn (NM) 22
11. Alan Risher (LAST) 21
  Prince McJunkins (WICHST) 21
13. Randall Cunningham (NVLV) 20
  Gary Kubiak (TXAM) 20
  Greg Allen (FLST) 20
  Ben Bennett (DUKE) 20
  Boomer Esiason (MD) 20
  Terry Nugent (COST) 20
19. Robert Lavette (GATECH) 19
  Tom Tunnicliffe (AZ) 19