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1987 Leaders

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National Champion: Miami (FL) (AP, FWAA, NFF, UPI, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Tim Brown (Notre Dame)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Dick MacPherson (Syracuse)

AP Preseason #1: Oklahoma ▪ AP Final #1: Miami (FL)

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Pass Completions

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 306
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 277
3. Mike Perez* (SJST) 269
4. Craig Burnett* (WY) 258
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 241
6. Scooter Molander (COST) 237
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 230
8. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 226
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 226
10. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 222
11. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 218
12. Jay Gruden (LOU) 209
13. Dave Telford (FREST) 202
14. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 197
15. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 196
16. Chris Mendonca (UT) 194
17. Terrence Jones (TLN) 192
18. Jeff Graham (LBS) 191
19. Rich Dackin (BGSU) 189
20. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 178
  Jeff Burger (AUB) 178

Pass Attempts

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 492
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 489
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 467
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 447
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 432
6. Brent Snyder (UTST) 427
7. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 423
8. Scooter Molander (COST) 407
9. Jay Gruden (LOU) 397
10. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 395
11. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 390
12. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 359
13. Dave Telford (FREST) 351
14. Jeff Graham (LBS) 347
15. Chris Mendonca (UT) 332
  Rodney Peete* (SCA) 332
17. Rich Dackin (BGSU) 330
18. Terrence Jones (TLN) 319
19. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 317
20. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 313
  Andy Kubik (AKR) 313

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Jeff Burger (AUB) 66.7
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 65.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 65.2
4. Todd Santos (SDGST) 62.2
5. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 61.1
6. Sean Covey (BYU) 60.8
7. Troy Taylor (CA) 60.8
8. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 60.7
9. Eric Jones (VAND) 60.7
10. Jeff Francis (TN) 60.2
11. Terrence Jones (TLN) 60.2
12. Mike Perez* (SJST) 60.2
13. Bill Musgrave (OR) 59.4
14. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 59.3
15. Mike Gundy (OKST) 59.2
16. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 59.1
17. Danny McCoin (CIN) 59.0
18. Scott Secules (VA) 58.8
19. Kerwin Bell (FL) 58.6
20. Dave Schnell* (IN) 58.5

Passing Yards

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 3932
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3550
3. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3206
4. Scooter Molander (COST) 3168
5. Barry Garrison (NM) 3163
6. Craig Burnett* (WY) 3131
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 2924
8. Brent Snyder (UTST) 2887
9. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 2855
10. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2736
11. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 2709
12. Dave Telford (FREST) 2589
13. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2551
14. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 2527
15. Jay Gruden (LOU) 2481
16. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 2446
17. Jeff Graham (LBS) 2427
18. Chris Mendonca (UT) 2389
19. Don McPherson (SYR) 2341
20. Scott Secules (VA) 2311

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.2
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 9.5
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 9.3
4. Mike Power (BC) 8.9
5. Eric Jones (VAND) 8.5
6. Dave Schnell* (IN) 8.2
7. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 8.2
8. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 8.0
9. Terrence Jones (TLN) 8.0
10. Todd Santos (SDGST) 8.0
11. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.9
12. Warren Jones (HI) 7.9
13. Bill Musgrave (OR) 7.8
14. Scott Secules (VA) 7.8
15. Scooter Molander (COST) 7.8
16. Sean Covey (BYU) 7.8
17. Jeff Burger (AUB) 7.7
18. Scott Mitchell (UT) 7.7
19. Pat Hegarty (TXEP) 7.6
20. Ron Adams* (EMI) 7.6

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 10.0
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 9.6
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 9.2
4. Mike Power (BC) 8.0
5. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 7.8
6. Eric Jones (VAND) 7.8
7. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 7.8
8. Scott Mitchell (UT) 7.7
9. Todd Santos (SDGST) 7.7
10. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.7
11. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 7.6
12. Dave Schnell* (IN) 7.5
13. Bill Musgrave (OR) 7.4
14. Terrence Jones (TLN) 7.4
15. Scott Secules (VA) 7.4
16. Jeff Burger (AUB) 7.2
17. Danny McCoin (CIN) 7.1
18. Danny McManus (FLST) 7.0
19. Troy Taylor (CA) 6.8
20. Dave Telford (FREST) 6.8

Passing Touchdowns

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 26
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 23
3. Don McPherson (SYR) 22
4. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 21
  Craig Burnett* (WY) 21
6. Terrence Jones (TLN) 20
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 20
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 20
9. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 19
  Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 19
11. Troy Taylor (CA) 18
12. Barry Garrison (NM) 17
  Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 17
  Jay Gruden (LOU) 17
  Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 17
16. Scooter Molander (COST) 16
  Eric Jones (VAND) 16
18. Brett Favre (SMS) 15
  Ronnie Barber (CASTFU) 15
  Tommy Hodson (LAST) 15
  Chris Mendonca (UT) 15

Passing Interceptions

1. Barry Garrison (NM) 26
2. Todd Ellis* (SC) 24
  Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 24
4. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 21
  Jay Gruden (LOU) 21
  Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 21
7. Mike Elkins (WAKE) 19
8. Dave Kruse (WMI) 18
  Scooter Molander (COST) 18
10. T.J. Rubley (TLS) 17
  Chris Mendonca (UT) 17
12. Craig Burnett* (WY) 16
  Rich Dackin (BGSU) 16
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 16
  Demetrius Brown* (MI) 16
  Pat Hegarty (TXEP) 16
17. Mark Maye (NC) 15
  Daniel Ford* (AZST) 15
  Todd Santos (SDGST) 15
20. Brent Snyder (UTST) 14
  Bob Jensen (BYU) 14
  Scott Sims (NVLV) 14
  Erik Chapman (VATECH) 14

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Don McPherson (SYR) 164.3
2. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 161.4
3. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 157.6
4. Eric Jones (VAND) 145.8
5. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 141.5
6. Jeff Burger (AUB) 141.0
7. Todd Santos (SDGST) 140.7
8. Tommy Hodson (LAST) 140.4
9. Terrence Jones (TLN) 139.9
10. Dave Schnell* (IN) 139.8
11. Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 138.8
12. Mike Power (BC) 138.2
13. Mike Perez* (SJST) 138.1
14. Bill Musgrave (OR) 136.8
15. Troy Taylor (CA) 136.4
16. Scott Mitchell (UT) 134.2
17. Scott Secules (VA) 132.3
18. Danny McCoin (CIN) 132.1
19. Sean Covey (BYU) 130.0
20. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 129.0

Rush Attempts

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 387
2. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 357
3. Jamie Morris* (MI) 282
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 268
5. Joe Henderson (IAST) 262
6. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 259
7. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 257
8. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 251
9. Todd McNair (TEMP) 249
10. Gary Patton* (EMI) 247
11. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 244
12. Steven Webster* (SCA) 239
13. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 238
  John Caldwell (OH) 238
  Gerald Abraham* (WY) 238
16. Reggie Cobb (TN) 237
17. John Harvey (TXEP) 235
18. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 233
19. Emmitt Smith (FL) 229
  Harold Green* (SC) 229

Rushing Yards

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1791
2. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1703
3. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 1658
4. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 1613
5. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 1572
6. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1414
7. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 1353
8. Emmitt Smith (FL) 1341
9. Dee Dowis (AF) 1315
10. Gerald Abraham* (WY) 1305
11. Mark Higgs (KY) 1278
12. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1255
13. Gary Patton* (EMI) 1242
14. Joe Henderson (IAST) 1232
  Keith Jones (NE) 1232
16. Sammie Smith (FLST) 1230
17. Darrell Thompson (MN) 1229
18. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 1221
19. Reggie Cobb (TN) 1197
20. John Harvey (TXEP) 1170

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Patrick Collins (OK) 7.6
2. Keith Jones (NE) 7.2
3. Sammie Smith (FLST) 7.2
4. Todd Jones (RICE) 7.1
5. Rodney Hampton (GA) 7.1
6. Charles Thompson (OK) 7.0
7. Anthony Stafford (OK) 6.9
8. Dee Dowis (AF) 6.8
9. Anthony Roberson (AF) 6.8
10. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 6.7
11. Robert Drummond (SYR) 6.7
12. Mark Higgs (KY) 6.6
13. Robert Delpino (MO) 6.5
14. Harvey Williams (LAST) 6.5
15. Marvin Artley (WI) 6.5
16. Lydell Carr (OK) 6.4
17. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 6.4
18. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 6.4
19. Rotnei Anderson (OK) 6.3
20. Reggie McKinney (ECAR) 6.2

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 18
2. James Rouse (AR) 17
  Thurman Thomas (OKST) 17
  Reggie Cobb (TN) 17
5. John Harvey (TXEP) 16
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 16
  Heikoti Fakava (HI) 16
8. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Harold Green* (SC) 15
10. Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 14
  Jamie Morris* (MI) 14
  Lars Tate (GA) 14
13. Emmitt Smith (FL) 13
  Darrell Thompson (MN) 13
  Bernie Parmalee (BALLST) 13
  Gary Patton* (EMI) 13
  Keith Jones (NE) 13
  Gerald Abraham* (WY) 13
19. James Gray (TXTECH) 12
  Anthony Thompson* (IN) 12
  Craig Heyward* (PITT) 12

Receptions

1. Jason Phillips (HOU) 99
2. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 81
3. Marc Zeno (TLN) 77
4. Ron Jenkins (FREST) 76
5. Terance Mathis (NM) 73
6. Wendell Davis (LAST) 72
7. Bill Hoffman* (WY) 69
8. Anthony Sargent* (WY) 68
9. Kendal Smith (UTST) 67
10. Ernie Jones* (IN) 66
  Shane Hall (NM) 66
12. James Saxon* (SJST) 63
  Carl Harry (UT) 63
14. Roger Boone (DUKE) 62
  Sterling Sharpe* (SC) 62
16. Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 61
  Quinn Early (IA) 61
  Kimble Anders (HOU) 61
19. James Dixon (HOU) 59
  Steve Broussard (WAST) 59

Receiving Yards

1. Ernie Jones* (IN) 1265
2. Guy Liggins* (SJST) 1262
3. Marc Zeno (TLN) 1206
4. Terance Mathis (NM) 1132
5. Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 1093
6. Kendal Smith (UTST) 1048
7. Wendell Davis (LAST) 993
8. Ron Jenkins (FREST) 985
9. Quinn Early (IA) 978
  Hart Lee Dykes (OKST) 978
11. Tommy Kane (SYR) 968
12. Anthony Sargent* (WY) 929
13. Sterling Sharpe* (SC) 915
14. Willie Anderson* (UCLA) 903
15. Robb Thomas (ORST) 891
16. Jason Phillips (HOU) 875
17. Aaron Cox* (AZST) 870
18. Jamie Hence (WMI) 858
19. John Ford (VA) 855
20. Tim Brown (NDAME) 846

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Willie Vaughn (KS) 26.9
2. Andre Rison* (MIST) 23.1
3. Tommy Kane (SYR) 22.0
4. Darryl Tillman (SMS) 21.9
5. Tim Brown (NDAME) 21.7
6. Ronald Heard (BGSU) 21.2
7. Dan Bitson (TLS) 21.0
8. Aaron Cox* (AZST) 20.7
9. Wayne Walker (TXTECH) 20.6
10. Joey Hamilton (LOU) 20.4
11. Everett Ross (OHST) 20.2
12. Roland Hawkins (ORST) 19.7
13. Rich Zayas (BYU) 19.6
14. Terry Obee (OR) 19.4
15. Arnie Adkison (TXEP) 19.3
16. Carl Parker (VAND) 19.2
17. Clarkston Hines (DUKE) 19.2
18. Ernie Jones* (IN) 19.2
19. Willie Culpepper (LALAF) 18.9
20. Willie Anderson* (UCLA) 18.8

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 409
2. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 369
3. Jamie Morris* (MI) 301
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 291
5. Anthony Thompson* (IN) 283
6. Joe Henderson (IAST) 276
7. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 275
8. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 270
  John Harvey (TXEP) 270
10. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 267
  Todd McNair (TEMP) 267
12. Gary Patton* (EMI) 265
  Ickey Woods (NVLV) 265
14. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 260
  Gerald Abraham* (WY) 260
16. Harold Green* (SC) 258
17. Eric Metcalf (TX) 256
18. Emmitt Smith (FL) 254
19. Steven Webster* (SCA) 253
20. Reggie Cobb (TN) 250

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 1998
2. Jamie Morris* (MI) 1825
3. Thurman Thomas (OKST) 1797
4. Blair Thomas (PAST) 1714
5. Ickey Woods (NVLV) 1704
6. Lorenzo White* (MIST) 1687
7. Tony Jeffery (TXX) 1610
8. Gerald Abraham* (WY) 1541
9. Emmitt Smith (FL) 1525
10. Kimble Anders (HOU) 1498
11. Eric Wilkerson (KENT) 1490
12. Gary Patton* (EMI) 1427
13. Bobby Humphrey (AL) 1425
14. John Harvey (TXEP) 1420
15. Mark Higgs (KY) 1401
16. Eric Metcalf (TX) 1395
  Reggie Cobb (TN) 1395
18. Harvey Williams (LAST) 1394
19. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 1379
20. Sammie Smith (FLST) 1358

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 24
2. Reggie Cobb (TN) 20
3. John Harvey (TXEP) 18
4. James Rouse (AR) 17
  Thurman Thomas (OKST) 17
  Heikoti Fakava (HI) 17
  Kenny Jackson* (SJST) 17
8. Harold Green* (SC) 16
  Lorenzo White* (MIST) 16
10. Dayne Williams (FLST) 15
  Bernie Parmalee (BALLST) 15
  Jamie Morris* (MI) 15
13. Harvey Williams (LAST) 14
  Tommy Kane (SYR) 14
  Kimble Anders (HOU) 14
  Gerald Abraham* (WY) 14
  Lars Tate (GA) 14
18. Emmitt Smith (FL) 13
  James Gray (TXTECH) 13
  Ernie Jones* (IN) 13
  Marc Zeno (TLN) 13
  Craig Heyward* (PITT) 13
  Blair Thomas (PAST) 13
  Bobby Humphrey (AL) 13
  Gary Patton* (EMI) 13
  Darrell Thompson (MN) 13
  Keith Jones (NE) 13

Total Plays

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 562
2. Barry Garrison (NM) 549
3. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 528
4. Todd Ellis* (SC) 527
5. Brent Snyder (UTST) 505
6. Craig Burnett* (WY) 498
7. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 494
8. Mike Perez* (SJST) 490
9. Scooter Molander (COST) 479
10. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 464
11. Terrence Jones (TLN) 457
12. Jay Gruden (LOU) 453
13. Dave Telford (FREST) 415
14. Eric Jones (VAND) 408
  Jeff Graham (LBS) 408
16. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 402
17. Mike Bates (MIAOH) 400
  Chris Mendonca (UT) 400
19. Craig Heyward* (PITT) 389
20. Brad Goebel (BAY) 384

Total Yards

1. Todd Santos (SDGST) 3688
2. Mike Perez* (SJST) 3499
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 3086
4. Barry Garrison (NM) 3065
5. Todd Ellis* (SC) 3016
6. Steve Slayden (DUKE) 2968
7. Terrence Jones (TLN) 2934
8. Rodney Peete* (SCA) 2854
9. Brent Snyder (UTST) 2774
10. Scooter Molander (COST) 2754
11. Timm Rosenbach (WAST) 2743
12. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 2717
13. Eric Jones (VAND) 2619
14. Erik Wilhelm (ORST) 2613
15. Don McPherson (SYR) 2571
16. Dave Telford (FREST) 2498
17. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 2440
18. Scott Secules (VA) 2356
19. Chris Mendonca (UT) 2330
20. Jay Gruden (LOU) 2291

Total Yards Per Play

1. Mike Perez* (SJST) 7.1
2. Todd Santos (SDGST) 6.6
3. Craig Burnett* (WY) 6.2
4. Todd Ellis* (SC) 5.7
5. Barry Garrison (NM) 5.6

Total Touchdowns

1. Terrence Jones (TLN) 28
2. Don McPherson (SYR) 27
3. Todd Santos (SDGST) 26
4. Mike Perez* (SJST) 24
  Rodney Peete* (SCA) 24
6. Craig Burnett* (WY) 23
  Steve Slayden (DUKE) 23
8. Eric Jones (VAND) 22
9. Steve Taylor (NE) 21
10. Chuck Hartlieb (IA) 20
  Steve Walsh (MIAFL) 20
  Brent Snyder (UTST) 20
13. Troy Aikman* (UCLA) 19
  Chris Mendonca (UT) 19
  Barry Garrison (NM) 19
  Troy Taylor (CA) 19
17. Ronnie Barber (CASTFU) 18
  Jay Gruden (LOU) 18
  Scott Secules (VA) 18
  Paul Hewitt (SDGST) 18