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1987 Passing Stats

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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)

  • Players sorted by Yds/Att (minimum 14 Att/G).
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85 Players

Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
1 Don McPherson Syracuse Ind 129 229 56.3 2341 10.2 10.0 22 11 164.3 110 230 2.1 5
2 Chuck Hartlieb Iowa Big Ten 196 299 65.6 2855 9.5 9.6 19 8 161.4 41 -138 -3.4 1
3 Troy Aikman* UCLA Pac-10 178 273 65.2 2527 9.3 9.2 17 8 157.6 79 -87 -1.1 2
4 Mike Power Boston College Ind 133 233 57.1 2071 8.9 8.0 10 9 138.2 102 -179 -1.8 5
5 Eric Jones Vanderbilt SEC 139 229 60.7 1954 8.5 7.8 16 11 145.8 179 665 3.7 6
6 Rodney Peete* Southern California Pac-10 197 332 59.3 2709 8.2 7.8 21 12 141.5 70 145 2.1 3
7 Dave Schnell* Indiana Big Ten 121 207 58.5 1707 8.2 7.5 13 9 139.8 59 55 0.9 4
8 Todd Santos San Diego State WAC 306 492 62.2 3932 8.0 7.7 26 15 140.7 70 -244 -3.5 0
9 Terrence Jones Tulane Ind 192 319 60.2 2551 8.0 7.4 20 13 139.9 138 383 2.8 8
10 Tommy Hodson Louisiana State SEC 162 265 61.1 2125 8.0 7.6 15 9 140.4 22 -22 -1.0 0
11 Mike Perez* San Jose State PCAA 269 447 60.2 3550 7.9 7.7 23 13 138.1 43 -51 -1.2 1
12 Warren Jones Hawaii WAC 84 168 50.0 1326 7.9 6.5 4 7 115.8 87 193 2.2 2
13 Scooter Molander Colorado State WAC 237 407 58.2 3168 7.8 6.6 16 18 127.7 72 -414 -5.8 0
14 Scott Secules Virginia ACC 174 296 58.8 2311 7.8 7.4 12 8 132.3 57 45 0.8 6
15 Bill Musgrave Oregon Pac-10 139 234 59.4 1836 7.8 7.4 13 8 136.8 61 -18 -0.3 0
16 Sean Covey Brigham Young WAC 132 217 60.8 1688 7.8 6.6 8 9 130.0 36 -64 -1.8 2
17 Jeff Burger Auburn SEC 178 267 66.7 2066 7.7 7.2 13 9 141.0 38 -180 -4.7 0
18 Scott Mitchell Utah WAC 109 188 58.0 1448 7.7 7.7 9 4 134.2 21 -44 -2.1 1
19 Pat Hegarty Texas-El Paso WAC 153 273 56.0 2064 7.6 5.9 13 16 123.5 78 -109 -1.4 3
20 Ron Adams* Eastern Michigan MAC 107 202 53.0 1527 7.6 6.1 6 9 117.4 100 425 4.3 6
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
21 Steve Walsh Miami (FL) Ind 176 298 59.1 2249 7.5 7.8 19 7 138.8 33 -8 -0.2 1
22 Troy Taylor California Pac-10 169 278 60.8 2081 7.5 6.8 18 12 136.4 60 -17 -0.3 1
23 Danny McCoin Cincinnati Ind 158 268 59.0 2013 7.5 7.1 13 8 132.1 60 -63 -1.1 4
24 Jeff Francis Tennessee SEC 121 201 60.2 1512 7.5 6.5 8 8 128.6 43 70 1.6 1
25 Todd Ellis* South Carolina Ind 241 432 55.8 3206 7.4 5.4 10 24 114.7 95 -190 -2.0 0
26 Steve Slayden Duke ACC 230 395 58.2 2924 7.4 6.6 20 16 129.0 99 44 0.4 3
27 Dave Telford Fresno State PCAA 202 351 57.5 2589 7.4 6.8 12 10 125.1 64 -91 -1.4 0
28 Danny McManus Florida State Ind 138 264 52.3 1964 7.4 7.0 14 9 125.4 12 -14 -1.2 1
29 Tom Tupa Ohio State Big Ten 134 242 55.4 1786 7.4 6.5 12 10 125.5 72 45 0.6 4
30 Kerwin Bell Florida SEC 140 239 58.6 1769 7.4 6.3 9 10 124.8 42 -184 -4.4 0
31 Brian Johnson Stanford Pac-10 112 203 55.2 1510 7.4 5.6 11 13 122.7 41 -90 -2.2 2
32 Demetrius Brown* Michigan Big Ten 80 168 47.6 1251 7.4 4.5 11 16 112.7 68 104 1.5 5
33 Mike Gundy Oklahoma State Big 8 170 287 59.2 2106 7.3 6.5 13 11 128.2 57 -67 -1.2 2
34 Mark Maye North Carolina ACC 143 270 53.0 1965 7.3 5.4 9 15 114.0 58 -51 -0.9 0
35 Ronnie Barber Cal State Fullerton PCAA 147 265 55.5 1931 7.3 6.7 15 10 127.8 70 159 2.3 3
36 Billy Joe Tolliver Texas Tech SWC 97 196 49.5 1422 7.3 5.0 7 13 109.0 20 -69 -3.5 0
37 Chris Mendonca Utah WAC 194 332 58.4 2389 7.2 5.8 15 17 123.5 68 -59 -0.9 4
38 Brad Goebel Baylor SWC 158 305 51.8 2178 7.1 6.0 9 12 113.7 79 -175 -2.2 1
39 Bob Jensen Brigham Young WAC 144 259 55.6 1833 7.1 5.4 10 14 117.0 110 84 0.8 4
40 Rodney Williams* Clemson ACC 101 209 48.3 1486 7.1 5.5 6 10 108.0 75 85 1.1 1
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
41 Tony Kimbrough Western Michigan MAC 88 185 47.6 1307 7.1 6.1 9 8 114.3 51 138 2.7 1
42 Travis Hunter East Carolina Ind 76 155 49.0 1107 7.1 6.1 3 5 109.0 109 371 3.4 5
43 Brian Mitchell Louisiana-Lafayette Ind 72 156 46.2 1100 7.1 5.2 6 9 106.5 150 767 5.1 9
44 Jeff Graham Long Beach State PCAA 191 347 55.0 2427 7.0 6.6 9 7 118.3 61 -265 -4.3 2
45 Chris Chandler Washington Pac-10 128 249 51.4 1739 7.0 5.7 9 11 113.2 46 136 3.0 3
46 Rickey Foggie Minnesota Big Ten 83 175 47.4 1232 7.0 4.9 8 12 107.9 121 591 4.9 6
47 Marcelle Carruthers Central Michigan MAC 108 191 56.5 1323 6.9 5.5 4 8 113.3 95 206 2.2 2
48 Brent Snyder Utah State PCAA 226 427 52.9 2887 6.8 6.2 20 14 118.6 78 -113 -1.4 0
49 Daniel Ford* Arizona State Pac-10 128 257 49.8 1756 6.8 5.1 12 15 110.9 41 -107 -2.6 0
50 Scott Mohr Illinois Big Ten 106 212 50.0 1436 6.8 5.9 7 7 111.2 30 -138 -4.6 0
51 Craig Burnett* Wyoming WAC 258 467 55.2 3131 6.7 6.1 21 16 119.6 31 -45 -1.5 2
52 Rich Dackin Bowling Green State MAC 189 330 57.3 2211 6.7 5.3 13 16 116.9 50 -58 -1.2 1
53 T.J. Rubley Tulsa Ind 159 313 50.8 2058 6.6 4.9 12 17 107.8 51 -156 -3.1 1
54 Tim Phillips Kent State MAC 141 248 56.9 1625 6.6 5.2 4 9 110.0 62 50 0.8 4
55 Matt Knizner Penn State Ind 113 223 50.7 1478 6.6 4.8 7 12 105.9 57 -92 -1.6 0
56 Barry Garrison New Mexico WAC 277 489 56.6 3163 6.5 4.8 17 26 111.8 60 -98 -1.6 2
57 Erik Wilhelm Oregon State Pac-10 226 423 53.4 2736 6.5 5.0 17 21 111.1 41 -123 -3.0 0
58 Brett Favre Southern Mississippi Ind 79 194 40.7 1264 6.5 5.0 15 13 107.6 57 169 3.0 1
59 Rick Strom Georgia Tech ACC 83 163 50.9 1066 6.5 5.3 6 7 109.4 41 27 0.7 0
60 David Dacus Houston SWC 168 291 57.7 1849 6.4 5.4 8 10 113.3 43 -105 -2.4 0
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
61 Dan Henning Maryland ACC 157 287 54.7 1835 6.4 5.1 9 12 110.4 53 -53 -1.0 0
62 Mike Greenfield Northwestern Big Ten 92 199 46.2 1265 6.4 4.5 6 11 98.5 142 425 3.0 6
63 David Rascoe Texas Christian SWC 88 173 50.9 1110 6.4 4.1 9 13 106.9 130 373 2.9 6
64 Timm Rosenbach Washington State Pac-10 222 390 56.9 2446 6.3 4.1 11 24 106.6 138 297 2.2 5
65 Brett Sadek Iowa State Big 8 117 229 51.1 1443 6.3 5.7 7 6 108.9 84 21 0.3 2
66 Jay Gruden Louisville Ind 209 397 52.6 2481 6.2 4.7 17 21 108.7 56 -190 -3.4 1
67 Mike Bates Miami (OH) MAC 218 359 60.7 2218 6.2 3.9 7 21 107.4 41 -157 -3.8 1
68 Wade Kosakowski Ball State MAC 130 237 54.9 1477 6.2 4.9 7 10 108.5 42 9 0.2 2
69 Darrell Gast Georgia Tech ACC 80 179 44.7 1104 6.2 4.7 5 8 96.8 16 -15 -0.9 0
70 Scott Erney Rutgers Ind 122 225 54.2 1369 6.1 5.5 7 6 110.3 50 -99 -2.0 0
71 Shawn McCarthy Purdue Big Ten 98 177 55.4 1088 6.1 3.9 5 11 103.9 10 -53 -5.3 0
72 Mike Elkins Wake Forest ACC 169 317 53.3 1915 6.0 3.8 7 19 99.4 54 -89 -1.6 2
73 Glenn Fohr Kentucky SEC 74 163 45.4 973 6.0 4.5 6 8 97.9 33 62 1.9 1
74 Erik Chapman Virginia Tech Ind 119 231 51.5 1340 5.8 3.9 10 14 102.4 92 -94 -1.0 2
75 Dave Kruse Western Michigan MAC 125 278 45.0 1592 5.7 3.1 4 18 84.9 38 -86 -2.3 1
76 Mark Young Mississippi SEC 140 261 53.6 1490 5.7 4.3 9 12 103.8 53 82 1.5 3
77 Mark Comalander Rice SWC 102 214 47.7 1191 5.6 3.5 7 13 93.1 32 -36 -1.1 3
78 Quentis Roper Rice SWC 76 158 48.1 884 5.6 4.1 4 7 94.6 79 306 3.9 4
79 Gary Swim Kansas State Big 8 115 235 48.9 1304 5.5 4.1 8 11 97.4 29 -116 -4.0 0
80 Andy Kubik Akron Ind 131 313 41.9 1675 5.4 4.1 10 13 89.0 57 20 0.4 3
Passing Rushing
Rk Player School Conf Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate Att Yds Avg TD
81 Bret Stafford Texas SWC 127 249 51.0 1317 5.3 3.5 7 13 94.3 72 53 0.7 4
82 Doug Downing Purdue Big Ten 102 200 51.0 1065 5.3 3.5 6 11 94.6 53 25 0.5 0
83 Anthony Thornton Ohio MAC 75 180 41.7 949 5.3 4.6 1 3 84.5 160 524 3.3 4
84 Phil Vinson New Mexico State PCAA 114 275 41.5 1256 4.6 2.7 3 13 74.0 89 39 0.4 0
85 Scott Sims Nevada-Las Vegas PCAA 76 180 42.2 809 4.5 1.7 6 14 75.4 34 26 0.8 0