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1986 Leaders

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

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Vinny Testaverde (Miami (FL))
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Joe Paterno (Penn State)

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

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Pass Completions

1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 283
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 258
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 249
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 245
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 237
6. Larry Egger (UT) 232
7. Todd Santos (SDGST) 218
8. John Paye* (STAN) 217
9. Bruce Porter (OH) 216
  Chris Miller (OR) 216
11. Kevin Murray (TXAM) 212
12. Gregg Tipton (HI) 211
13. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 205
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 205
  Todd Ellis (SC) 205
16. Dave Yarema (MIST) 200
17. Dan Henning (MD) 196
18. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 193
19. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 183
20. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 180
  Steve Lindsley (BYU) 180

Pass Attempts

1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 470
2. Jeff Graham (LBS) 426
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 421
4. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 410
5. Bruce Porter (OH) 383
6. Larry Egger (UT) 382
7. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 380
8. Gregg Tipton (HI) 377
9. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 374
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 369
11. Chris Miller (OR) 356
12. Dan Henning (MD) 353
13. Todd Santos (SDGST) 350
14. John Paye* (STAN) 349
  Kevin Murray (TXAM) 349
16. Todd Ellis (SC) 340
17. Billy Joe Tolliver (TXTECH) 333
18. Bret Stafford (TX) 329
19. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 313
20. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 308

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Dave Yarema (MIST) 67.3
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 65.0
3. Wade Kosakowski (BALLST) 64.6
4. Jeff Francis (TN) 64.4
5. Danny McCoin (CIN) 64.2
6. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 63.4
7. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 62.9
8. Steve Lindsley (BYU) 62.7
9. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 62.7
10. Mark Maye (NC) 62.5
11. Todd Santos (SDGST) 62.3
12. John Paye* (STAN) 62.2
13. Shawn Halloran (BC) 61.6
14. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 60.8
15. Kevin Murray (TXAM) 60.7
16. Larry Egger (UT) 60.7
17. Chris Miller (OR) 60.7
18. Todd Ellis (SC) 60.3
19. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 60.2
20. Ron Adams (EMI) 60.2

Passing Yards

1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3225
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 3140
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 3020
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 2921
5. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2871
6. Danny McCoin (CIN) 2831
7. Larry Egger (UT) 2761
8. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 2729
9. Dan Henning (MD) 2725
10. Gregg Tipton (HI) 2645
11. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 2604
12. Dave Yarema (MIST) 2581
13. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 2557
14. Todd Santos (SDGST) 2553
15. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 2541
16. Chris Miller (OR) 2503
17. Kevin Murray (TXAM) 2463
18. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 2365
19. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 2363
20. Cody Carlson (BAY) 2284

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 9.9
2. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 9.3
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 8.9
4. Dave Yarema (MIST) 8.7
5. Steve Beuerlein (NDAME) 8.5
6. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 8.5
7. Jeff Francis (TN) 8.4
8. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.3
9. Ed Blount (WAST) 8.3
10. Ned James (NM) 8.3
11. James Jackson (GA) 8.1
12. Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 8.1
13. Shawn Halloran (BC) 8.1
14. Mark Vlasic* (IA) 8.1
15. Mark Maye (NC) 8.0
16. Cody Carlson (BAY) 8.0
17. Ron Adams (EMI) 7.9
18. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 7.9
19. Steve Lindsley (BYU) 7.8
20. Jim Karsatos* (OHST) 7.8

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 9.7
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 8.8
3. Shawn Halloran (BC) 8.4
4. Steve Beuerlein (NDAME) 8.3
5. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 8.1
6. Dave Yarema (MIST) 8.1
7. Mark Vlasic* (IA) 8.1
8. Jeff Francis (TN) 8.0
9. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 8.0
10. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 7.9
11. Ron Adams (EMI) 7.9
12. Ned James (NM) 7.9
13. James Jackson (GA) 7.7
14. Mark Maye (NC) 7.6
15. Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 7.5
16. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 7.5
17. John Shaffer (PAST) 7.4
18. Larry Egger (UT) 7.3
19. Dan Henning (MD) 7.2
20. Todd Ellis (SC) 7.1

Passing Touchdowns

1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 26
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 21
  Larry Egger (UT) 21
4. Jeff Graham (LBS) 20
  Todd Ellis (SC) 20
  Chris Chandler (WA) 20
7. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 19
  Tommy Hodson (LAST) 19
9. Shawn Halloran (BC) 17
  Kevin Murray (TXAM) 17
  Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 17
  Mike Perez* (SJST) 17
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 17
14. Dave Yarema (MIST) 16
15. Alex Espinoza (IAST) 15
  Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 15
  Alex Espinoza (IAST) 15
  Dan Henning (MD) 15
19. Steve Stallworth (NVLV) 14
  Ned James (NM) 14
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 14
  Todd Santos (SDGST) 14
  Erik Kramer (NCST) 14
  John Paye* (STAN) 14
  Ronnie Barber (CASTFU) 14

Passing Interceptions

1. Todd Ellis (SC) 22
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 19
3. Steve Lindsley (BYU) 18
  Gregg Tipton (HI) 18
5. Jeff Graham (LBS) 17
  Tom Ponich (UTST) 17
  Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 17
  Mike Perez* (SJST) 17
9. Erik Kramer (NCST) 16
10. Jeff George (PUR) 15
  Bobby Watters (SMETH) 15
  Jim Miller (NMST) 15
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 15
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 15
  Steve Gage (TLS) 15
  Mark Comalander (RICE) 15
  Mike Shula (AL) 15
  Bret Stafford (TX) 15
  Rodney Peete* (SCA) 15
  Chris Conklin (WMI) 15

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 165.8
2. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 151.7
3. Dave Yarema (MIST) 150.7
4. Shawn Halloran (BC) 146.8
5. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 142.9
6. Mark Vlasic* (IA) 142.6
7. Jeff Francis (TN) 142.1
8. Lee Saltz (TEMP) 141.8
9. Ned James (NM) 141.6
10. Todd Ellis (SC) 141.4
11. Mark Maye (NC) 141.3
12. Steve Beuerlein (NDAME) 141.2
13. Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 141.0
14. Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 140.3
15. Ron Adams (EMI) 139.2
16. Kevin Sweeney (FREST) 137.3
17. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 134.9
18. Larry Egger (UT) 134.9
19. Danny McCoin (CIN) 134.3
20. Chris Chandler (WA) 133.6

Rush Attempts

1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 362
2. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 346
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 299
4. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 268
5. Brad Muster* (STAN) 260
6. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 259
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 256
8. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 253
9. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 251
10. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 245
11. David Adams (AZ) 238
12. Chris Hardy (SDGST) 237
13. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 236
14. Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 230
15. Darryl Harris* (AZST) 228
16. Roger Vick (TXAM) 220
17. Troy Stradford (BC) 218
18. Darrell Thompson (MN) 217
19. Rick Bayless* (IA) 216
20. Darrell Wallace (MO) 211

Rushing Yards

1. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1866
2. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 1532
3. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1471
4. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1419
5. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 1405
6. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 1398
7. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 1391
8. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 1325
9. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 1258
10. Derrick Fenner (NC) 1250
11. Darrell Thompson (MN) 1240
12. Troy Stradford (BC) 1188
13. David Adams (AZ) 1175
14. Rick Bayless* (IA) 1150
15. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 1135
16. Brad Muster* (STAN) 1123
17. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 1112
18. Rodney Stevenson (CMI) 1104
19. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1086
20. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 1078

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 8.3
2. Spencer Tillman* (OK) 7.2
3. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 7.1
4. Earl Johnson* (OK) 7.0
5. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 6.6
6. Eric Starr (NC) 6.5
7. Robert Parker (BYU) 6.3
8. Eddie Johnson (UT) 6.3
9. Derrick Ellison (TLS) 6.3
10. Derrick Fenner (NC) 6.2
11. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 6.2
12. Maurice Williams (VATECH) 6.2
13. Gene Jelks (AL) 6.1
14. Ivy Joe Hunter (KY) 6.0
15. Tyreese Knox (NE) 6.0
16. Sammie Smith (FLST) 5.9
17. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 5.9
18. Lydell Carr* (OK) 5.9
19. Keith Woodside (TXAM) 5.9
20. Darrell Thompson (MN) 5.7

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
2. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 17
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 16
  Lars Tate (GA) 16
5. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 15
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15
  Paul Palmer (TEMP) 15
8. Tom Graham* (MIAOH) 14
  Rodney Stevenson (CMI) 14
  William Howard (TN) 14
  Keith Jones (NE) 14
12. Brad Muster* (STAN) 13
13. Chris Hardy (SDGST) 12
  Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 12
15. Reggie Ware (AUB) 11
  Steve Gage (TLS) 11
  Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 11
  John Harvey (TXEP) 11
  Reggie Taylor (CIN) 11
20. Joe Johnson (AR) 10
  Valasco Smith (WICHST) 10
  D.J. Dozier (PAST) 10
  Jamelle Holieway* (OK) 10
  Jeff Atkins (SMETH) 10
  Brent Fullwood (AUB) 10
  Shelton Gandy (SMS) 10
  Kevin Burgess (NM) 10
  Troy Stradford (BC) 10
  Roger Vick (TXAM) 10
  Darryl McGill (WAKE) 10
  Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 10
  Rick Bayless* (IA) 10
  Chuck Smith (NAVY) 10

Receptions

1. Mark Templeton (LBS) 99
2. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 80
  Wendell Davis (LAST) 80
4. Dave Montagne (ORST) 78
5. Sterling Sharpe (SC) 74
6. Cris Carter* (OHST) 69
7. Marc Zeno (TLN) 68
8. Loren Richey (UT) 67
9. James Brim (WAKE) 66
10. Brad Muster* (STAN) 65
  Rod Bernstine (TXAM) 65
12. Craig McEwen (UT) 64
13. Tom Compernolle (OH) 61
14. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 60
15. Lafo Malauulu* (SJST) 58
16. Jeff James* (STAN) 56
17. Ricky George (BALLST) 55
18. James Loving (WY) 54
  Andre Rison (MIST) 54
20. Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 53
  Terance Mathis (NM) 53

Receiving Yards

1. Wendell Davis (LAST) 1244
2. Cris Carter* (OHST) 1127
3. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 1116
4. Sterling Sharpe (SC) 1106
5. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1033
6. Andre Rison (MIST) 966
7. Terance Mathis (NM) 955
  Andy Schillinger* (MIAOH) 955
9. James Brim (WAKE) 930
10. Tim Brown (NDAME) 910
11. Michael Irvin (MIAFL) 868
12. Dave Montagne (ORST) 862
13. Lafo Malauulu* (SJST) 861
14. Mark Bellini (BYU) 839
15. Jeff James* (STAN) 820
16. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 814
17. George Thomas (NVLV) 808
18. Ken Henry* (SCA) 807
19. Jason Stargel (CIN) 806
20. Stephen Baker (FREST) 785

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Keith Gloster (TEMP) 24.7
2. Stephen Baker (FREST) 23.8
3. George Thomas (NVLV) 23.8
4. Willie Culpepper (LALAF) 21.7
5. J.D. Brookhart (COST) 21.5
6. James Shibest (AR) 21.5
7. Chris Nixon (RICE) 21.5
8. Ronnie Kelley (TLS) 21.3
9. Ryan Bethea (SC) 21.2
10. Lyneal Alston (SMS) 21.0
11. Lawyer Tillman (AUB) 20.9
12. Andy Schillinger* (MIAOH) 20.8
13. Eric Vaughn (LOU) 20.5
14. Tim Brown (NDAME) 20.2
15. Jim Mauro* (IA) 20.0
16. Kennedy Bryant (PAC) 20.0
17. Aaron Cox* (AZST) 19.9
18. James Milling (MD) 19.7
19. Eric Brown (TLS) 19.7
20. David Davis (BAY) 19.5

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 402
2. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 358
3. Brad Muster* (STAN) 325
4. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 320
5. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 318
6. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 301
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 290
8. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 278
9. Chris Hardy (SDGST) 273
10. Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 271
11. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 264
12. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 258
  David Adams (AZ) 258
14. Troy Stradford (BC) 249
15. Gary Patton (EMI) 247
  Darryl Harris* (AZST) 247
17. Rick Bayless* (IA) 246
18. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 245
19. Jamie Morris* (MI) 242
20. Roger Vick (TXAM) 240

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Paul Palmer (TEMP) 1976
2. Brad Muster* (STAN) 1741
3. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 1735
4. Steve Bartalo (COST) 1708
5. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1672
6. Troy Stradford (BC) 1633
7. Reggie Taylor (CIN) 1624
8. George Swarn* (MIAOH) 1535
9. Rick Calhoun (CASTFU) 1523
10. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 1491
11. Gaston Green* (UCLA) 1475
12. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 1446
13. Darrell Thompson (MN) 1438
14. Brent Fullwood (AUB) 1437
15. Gary Patton (EMI) 1429
16. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1373
  Lakei Heimuli (BYU) 1373
18. Derrick Fenner (NC) 1372
19. Rick Bayless* (IA) 1359
20. David Adams (AZ) 1337

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
2. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 17
  Lars Tate (GA) 17
  Gaston Green* (UCLA) 17
5. Kelvin Farmer (TOL) 16
  Brad Muster* (STAN) 16
7. Tory Crawford (ARMY) 15
  John Harvey (TXEP) 15
  Paul Palmer (TEMP) 15
  Tom Graham* (MIAOH) 15
11. Rodney Stevenson (CMI) 14
  Keith Jones (NE) 14
  William Howard (TN) 14
14. Terrence Flagler* (CLEM) 13
15. Kevin Burgess (NM) 12
  Sterling Sharpe (SC) 12
  Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 12
  Chris Hardy (SDGST) 12
  D.J. Dozier (PAST) 12
  Chuck Smith (NAVY) 12
  Andy Schillinger* (MIAOH) 12
  Chip Rives (WAKE) 12

Total Plays

1. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 545
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 503
3. Jeff Graham (LBS) 497
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 466
5. Don McPherson (SYR) 460
6. Gregg Tipton (HI) 452
7. Terrence Jones (TLN) 442
8. Danny McCoin (CIN) 439
9. Todd Ellis (SC) 436
10. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 430
  Chris Miller (OR) 430
12. Larry Egger (UT) 428
  Bruce Porter (OH) 428
14. Todd Santos (SDGST) 424
15. Bret Stafford (TX) 418
  John Paye* (STAN) 418
  Dan Henning (MD) 418
18. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 408
19. Don Smith (MSST) 403
20. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 400

Total Yards

1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3250
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 3002
3. Todd Ellis (SC) 2975
4. Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 2847
5. Dan Henning (MD) 2681
6. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2671
7. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2665
8. Cody Carlson (BAY) 2640
9. Larry Egger (UT) 2625
10. Danny McCoin (CIN) 2585
11. Chris Miller (OR) 2549
12. Gregg Tipton (HI) 2548
13. Jeff Graham (LBS) 2525
14. Bret Stafford (TX) 2472
15. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 2454
16. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 2443
17. Kelly Stouffer (COST) 2390
18. Dave Yarema (MIST) 2359
19. Don McPherson (SYR) 2350
20. Don Smith (MSST) 2349

Total Yards Per Play

1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.0
2. Sammy Garza (TXEP) 6.0

Total Touchdowns

1. Vinny Testaverde (MIAFL) 30
2. Chris Chandler (WA) 24
  Sammy Garza (TXEP) 24
4. Todd Ellis (SC) 23
5. Larry Egger (UT) 21
6. Jeff Graham (LBS) 20
7. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 19
  Steve Gage (TLS) 19
  Erik Kramer (NCST) 19
  Terry Morris* (MIAOH) 19
  Steve Bartalo (COST) 19
12. Ned James (NM) 18
  Kevin Murray (TXAM) 18
  Terrence Jones (TLN) 18
  Don McPherson (SYR) 18
  Jim Harbaugh* (MI) 18
17. Jeff Van Raaphorst* (AZST) 17
  Mike Perez* (SJST) 17
  Alex Espinoza (IAST) 17
  Mike Elkins (WAKE) 17
  Alex Espinoza (IAST) 17
  Ronnie Barber (CASTFU) 17
  Tory Crawford (ARMY) 17
  Shawn Halloran (BC) 17
  Gaston Green* (UCLA) 17