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1996 Year Summary

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National Champion: Florida (AP, FWAA, NFF, USA-CNN)

Heisman Memorial Trophy: Danny Wuerffel (Florida)
FWAA Coach of the Year Award: Bruce Snyder (Arizona State)

AP Preseason #1: Nebraska ▪ AP Final #1: Florida

Conference Summary

Sorted by SRS
Overall Bowls SRS Polls
Rk Conference Schs G W L Pct G W L Pct SRS SOS Pre Final Champion
1 Big Ten Conference 11 130 74 56 .569 7 4 3 .571 7.94 5.58 5 5 Northwestern
Ohio State
2 Southeastern Conference 12 139 81 58 .583 5 5 0 1.000 6.04 3.70 5 5 Florida
3 Pacific-10 Conference 10 115 62 53 .539 4 1 3 .250 5.52 3.98 2 2 Arizona State
4 Big 12 Conference 12 140 74 66 .529 5 2 3 .400 5.33 3.94 6 4 Texas
5 Big East Conference 8 93 48 45 .516 4 2 2 .500 2.95 2.92 3 3 Miami (FL)
Syracuse
Virginia Tech
6 Atlantic Coast Conference 9 103 51 52 .495 4 1 3 .250 2.60 3.02 3 2 Florida State
7 Conference USA 6 67 32 35 .478 1 0 1 .000 1.50 2.41 0 0 Houston
Southern Mississippi
8 Western Athletic Conference 16 186 91 95 .489 2 1 1 .500 -3.66 -2.43 0 2 Brigham Young
9 Independent 11 123 66 57 .537 2 1 1 .500 -4.07 -4.45 1 2
10 Big West Conference 6 68 29 39 .426 1 1 0 1.000 -11.54 -8.80 0 0 Nevada
Utah State
11 Mid-American Conference 10 112 47 65 .420 1 0 1 .000 -12.04 -9.30 0 0 Ball State

AP Poll Summary

School Conf Pre 8/26 9/2 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 12/9 Final
Florida SEC 4 4 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 4 3 1
Ohio State Big Ten 9 9 10 8 7 4 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 6 5 4 2
Florida State ACC 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 1 1 3
Arizona State Pac-10 20 20 20 18 17 6 5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 2 2 4
Brigham Young WAC   19 16 14   24 21 19 18 15 13 12 10 8 7 6 5 5
Nebraska Big 12 1 1 1 1 1 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 3 6 6
Penn State Big Ten 11 7 7 6 5 3 4 10 10 17 15 14 11 7 8 8 7 7
Colorado Big 12 5 5 5 5 12 12 10 9 9 8 7 7 6 6 5 7 8 8
Tennessee SEC 2 2 2 2 2 9 9 7 6 6 6 6 12 9 9 9 9 9
North Carolina ACC     24 12 11 11 15 13 11 9 8 8 6 13 13 13 12 10
Alabama SEC 15 13 14 13 13 14 13 8 7 7 10 10 8 15 15 11 16 11
Louisiana State SEC 19 18 17 20 21 17 14 12 17 13 12 11 17 18 19 17 17 12
Virginia Tech Big East 16 14 15 19 18 18           25 21 17 17 15 10 13
Miami (FL) Big East 12 11 11 10 10 10 8 6 12 25 22 21 18 25 23 19 19 14
Northwestern Big Ten 18 15 13     25 22 15 14 11 11 18 13 11 11 10 11 15
Washington Pac-10         24 21 18 16 25 23 21 19 15 12 12 12 13 16
Kansas State Big 12 21 21 21 17 16 16 16 22 21 16 14 13 9 14 14 14 14 17
Iowa Big Ten 22 22 22 21 19         20 25 23   24 22 21 21 18
Notre Dame Ind 6 6 6 9 9 5 11 11 8 19 19 17 14 10 10 18 18 19
Michigan Big Ten 14 12 12 11 8 7 6 14 13 10 9 9 16 21 18 16 15 20
Syracuse Big East 10 10 9 23 23             24 19 16 16 22 23 21
Wyoming WAC             25 24 23 18 17 16 23 20 21 20 22 22
Texas Big 12 8 8 8 7 6 13 23 25                 20 23
Auburn SEC 17 16 18 15 13 22 20 18 16 22 24 22 20         24
Army Ind                         22   24 23 24 25
School Conf Pre 8/26 9/2 9/9 9/16 9/23 9/30 10/7 10/14 10/21 10/28 11/4 11/11 11/18 11/25 12/2 12/9 Final
California Pac-10               21 19                  
Clemson ACC 25                         22        
Georgia Tech ACC               23 22                  
Kansas Big 12 24 25   24 22 20                        
Oregon Pac-10         25                          
Southern California Pac-10 7 17 19 16 15 15 17                      
Southern Mississippi CUSA                   24 23 20 25          
Texas A&M Big 12 13 23 25 25                            
Utah WAC             24   24 21 20              
Virginia ACC 23 24 23 22 20 19 12 20 20 14 16 15 24 19 20 25    
West Virginia Big East           23 19 17 15 12 18     23 25 24 25  

Year Leaders

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Pass Completions

1. Josh Wallwork (WY) 286
2. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 278
3. Jon Denton (NVLV) 277
4. Ryan Fien (ID) 267
5. Pat Barnes* (CA) 250
6. Jason Martin (LATECH) 247
7. Peyton Manning (TN) 243
8. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 227
9. Chuck Clements (HOU) 223
10. John Dutton (NV) 222

Pass Attempts

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 506
2. Josh Wallwork (WY) 458
3. Ryan Fien (ID) 455
4. Pat Barnes* (CA) 420
5. Jason Martin (LATECH) 415
6. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 404
7. Brian Kuklick (WAKE) 396
8. Peyton Manning (TN) 380
9. Jake Delhomme (LALAF) 377
10. Ryan Leaf (WAST) 373

Pass Completion Percentage

1. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 68.8
2. John Dutton (NV) 66.5
3. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 66.0
4. Peyton Manning (TN) 63.9
5. Chuck Clements (HOU) 63.0
6. Josh Wallwork (WY) 62.4
7. Todd Schultz* (MIST) 62.2
8. Jim Arellanes (FREST) 61.6
9. Donald Sellers (NM) 61.3
10. Chad Hutchinson (STAN) 60.9

Passing Yards

1. Josh Wallwork (WY) 4090
2. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 4027
3. Ryan Fien (ID) 3674
4. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 3625
5. Jon Denton (NVLV) 3591
6. Pat Barnes* (CA) 3499
7. Jason Martin (LATECH) 3360
8. Peyton Manning (TN) 3287
9. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 3221
10. Koy Detmer (CO) 3156

Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 10.1
2. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 10.0
3. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 9.4
4. Herb Tyler (LAST) 9.0
5. Josh Wallwork (WY) 8.9
6. Jim Arellanes (FREST) 8.9
7. Moses Moreno (COST) 8.7
8. Matt Sauk (UTST) 8.7
9. Koy Detmer (CO) 8.7
10. Peyton Manning (TN) 8.7

Adjusted Passing Yards Per Attempt

1. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 10.6
2. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 10.4
3. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 10.3
4. Pat Barnes* (CA) 8.9
5. Josh Wallwork (WY) 8.9
6. Jim Druckenmiller (VATECH) 8.7
7. John Dutton (NV) 8.7
8. Mike Fouts (UT) 8.7
9. Ron Powlus (NDAME) 8.6
10. Brent Baldwin (BALLST) 8.6

Passing Touchdowns

1. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 39
2. Josh Wallwork (WY) 33
  Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 33
4. Jason Martin (LATECH) 32
5. Pat Barnes* (CA) 31
6. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 29
7. Ryan Fien (ID) 27
8. Jon Denton (NVLV) 25
9. Chris Keldorf (NC) 23
  Jake Plummer (AZST) 23

Passing Interceptions

1. Ryan Fien (ID) 21
2. Jake Delhomme (LALAF) 17
  Tony Hilde (BOISE) 17
4. Cade McNown (UCLA) 16
  Jason Martin (LATECH) 16
  Mike Bobo (GA) 16
  Jon Denton (NVLV) 16
8. Josh Wallwork (WY) 15
  Daunte Culpepper (CFL) 15
10. Walter Church (EMI) 14
  Jim Arellanes (FREST) 14
  Matt Sauk (UTST) 14
  Scott Weaver (IL) 14
  Steve Schnur* (NWEST) 14
  Freddie Kitchens (AL) 14

Passing Efficiency Rating

1. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 173.6
2. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 170.6
3. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 169.6
4. Josh Wallwork (WY) 154.7
5. John Dutton (NV) 153.8
6. Pat Barnes* (CA) 150.1
7. Peyton Manning (TN) 147.7
8. Mike Fouts (UT) 147.2
9. Ryan Clement* (MIAFL) 147.2
10. Brent Baldwin (BALLST) 146.5

Rush Attempts

1. Troy Davis (IAST) 402
2. Ron Dayne* (WI) 325
3. Silas Massey (CMI) 312
4. Byron Hanspard (TXTECH) 311
5. Scott Harley (ECAR) 307
6. June Henley (KS) 302
7. Pepe Pearson* (OHST) 299
8. David Thompson (OKST) 293
9. Alex Smith (IN) 292
10. Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 280

Rushing Yards

1. Troy Davis (IAST) 2185
2. Ron Dayne* (WI) 2109
3. Byron Hanspard (TXTECH) 2000
4. Scott Harley (ECAR) 1745
5. Corey Dillon (WA) 1555
6. Silas Massey (CMI) 1544
7. David Thompson (OKST) 1524
8. Beau Morgan (AF) 1494
9. Pepe Pearson* (OHST) 1484
10. Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 1452

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

1. Robert Farmer (NDAME) 8.5
2. Shaun Alexander (AL) 7.6
3. Lamont Zachery (ARST) 7.4
4. Dante Hall (TXAM) 7.0
5. Tim Alexander (ORST) 6.9
6. Carl Sanders (ALBIRM) 6.9
7. Beau Morgan (AF) 6.6
8. Damon Washington (COST) 6.6
9. Bobby Williams (ARMY) 6.6
10. Keffer McGee (MSST) 6.6

Rushing Touchdowns

1. Corey Dillon (WA) 22
2. Calvin Branch (COST) 21
  Ron Dayne* (WI) 21
  Troy Davis (IAST) 21
5. Beau Morgan (AF) 18
  Terry Battle (AZST) 18
7. Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 17
  Pepe Pearson* (OHST) 17
  June Henley (KS) 17
  Skip Hicks (UCLA) 17
  D'Andre Hardeman (TXAM) 17

Receptions

1. Damond Wilkins (NV) 114
2. Marcus Harris (WY) 109
3. Geoff Noisy (NV) 98
4. Chad Mackey (LATECH) 85
5. Nakia Jenkins (UTST) 82
6. Brandon Stokley (LALAF) 81
7. Brian Roberson (FREST) 78
8. David Saunders* (WV) 76
9. D'Wayne Bates* (NWEST) 75
10. Kevin Lockett (KSST) 72
  Reidel Anthony (FL) 72

Receiving Yards

1. Marcus Harris (WY) 1650
2. Chad Mackey (LATECH) 1466
3. Geoff Noisy (NV) 1435
4. Nakia Jenkins (UTST) 1397
5. Reidel Anthony (FL) 1293
6. Brian Roberson (FREST) 1248
7. Reggie Allen (CMI) 1229
8. Eugene Baker (KENT) 1215
9. Antonio Wilson (ID) 1203
10. D'Wayne Bates* (NWEST) 1196

Receiving Yards Per Reception

1. Marcus Robinson (SC) 24.0
2. Donnie Hart (TXTECH) 22.5
3. Todd Yoder (VAND) 22.4
4. Tony Gaiter* (MIAFL) 22.4
5. Larry Shannon (ECAR) 21.4
6. Peter Warrick (FLST) 21.2
7. Joe Jurevicius (PAST) 21.2
8. Germane Crowell (VA) 20.8
9. Rae Carruth (CO) 20.7
10. Albert Johnson (SMETH) 20.3

Receiving Touchdowns

1. Reidel Anthony (FL) 18
2. Eugene Baker (KENT) 13
  Marcus Harris (WY) 13
4. Brian Alford (PUR) 12
  D'Wayne Bates* (NWEST) 12
6. Will Blackwell (SDGST) 11
  Keith Poole (AZST) 11
8. Chad Mackey (LATECH) 10
  Ike Hilliard (FL) 10
  Troy Edwards (LATECH) 10

Plays From Scrimmage

1. Troy Davis (IAST) 415
2. Ron Dayne* (WI) 339
3. Scott Harley (ECAR) 332
4. Byron Hanspard (TXTECH) 328
5. Silas Massey (CMI) 327
6. June Henley (KS) 324
7. Pepe Pearson* (OHST) 318
8. David Thompson (OKST) 313
9. Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 306
10. Alex Smith (IN) 301

Yards From Scrimmage

1. Troy Davis (IAST) 2249
2. Ron Dayne* (WI) 2242
3. Byron Hanspard (TXTECH) 2192
4. Scott Harley (ECAR) 1944
5. Corey Dillon (WA) 1828
6. David Thompson (OKST) 1749
7. Pepe Pearson* (OHST) 1702
8. Marcus Harris (WY) 1650
9. Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 1648
10. Silas Massey (CMI) 1647

Touchdowns From Scrimmage

1. Corey Dillon (WA) 23
2. Calvin Branch (COST) 21
  Troy Davis (IAST) 21
  Ron Dayne* (WI) 21
5. Skip Hicks (UCLA) 20
6. Terry Battle (AZST) 18
  Beau Morgan (AF) 18
  Reidel Anthony (FL) 18
  June Henley (KS) 18
  Sedrick Irvin* (MIST) 18
  Darnell Autry* (NWEST) 18
  D'Andre Hardeman (TXAM) 18

Total Plays

1. Jon Denton (NVLV) 594
2. Josh Wallwork (WY) 525
3. Ryan Fien (ID) 514
4. Pat Barnes* (CA) 506
5. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 486
6. Ryan Huzjak (TOL) 481
7. Brian Kuklick (WAKE) 476
8. Tony Hilde (BOISE) 466
9. Carl Dean (SJST) 461
10. Ryan Leaf (WAST) 442

Total Yards

1. Josh Wallwork (WY) 4209
2. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 3983
3. Jon Denton (NVLV) 3629
4. Ryan Fien (ID) 3609
5. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 3525
6. Pat Barnes* (CA) 3416
7. Jason Martin (LATECH) 3320
8. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 3161
9. Peyton Manning (TN) 3156
10. Koy Detmer (CO) 3150

Total Yards Per Play

1. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 8.3
2. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 8.2
3. Josh Wallwork (WY) 8.0
4. Koy Detmer (CO) 7.9
5. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 7.6
6. Jason Martin (LATECH) 7.5
7. Peyton Manning (TN) 7.5
8. Chad Darnell (CMI) 7.5
9. Ryan Fien (ID) 7.0
10. Pat Barnes* (CA) 6.8

Total Touchdowns

1. Danny Wuerffel (FL) 41
2. Josh Wallwork (WY) 35
3. Steve Sarkisian (BYU) 34
4. Pat Barnes* (CA) 32
  Jason Martin (LATECH) 32
6. Billy Blanton (SDGST) 30
7. Ryan Fien (ID) 29
8. Jon Denton (NVLV) 28
9. Ryan Leaf (WAST) 27
10. Beau Morgan (AF) 26
  Jake Plummer (AZST) 26