List of NCAA major college football yearly total offense leaders

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The list of college football yearly total offense leaders identifies the major college leaders for each season from 1937 to the present. It includes yearly leaders in two statistical categories: (1) total offense yards, and (2) total offense yards per game. From 1937 to 1969, the NCAA determined its national total offense individual title based on total yardage. Starting in 1970, the NCAA began making that determination based on total offense yards per game.[1]

Total offense leaders[edit]

Key
= Winner of that year's Heisman Trophy
Bold = Figure established an NCAA major college record

Year Name Total offense Name Total off. /game
1937 Byron White[1]
(Colorado)
1596
1938 Davey O'Brien[1]
(TCU)
1847
1939 Kenny Washington[1]
(UCLA)
1370 Tom Harmon[2]
(Michigan)
169.5
1940 Johnny Knolla[1][2]
(Creighton)
1420 Tom Harmon[2]
(Michigan)
168.3
1941 Bud Schwenk[1][3]
(Wash. U.)
1928 Bud Schwenk[4] 214.2
1942 Frank Sinkwich[1][5]
(Georgia)
2187
1943 R. Hoernschemeyer[1][6]
(Indiana)
1648
1944 Bob Fenimore[1][7]
(Oklahoma St.)
1758 Bob Fenimore[8] 219.75
1945 Bob Fenimore[1][9]
(Oklahoma St.)
1641 Bob Fenimore[10] 205.1
1946 Travis Tidwell[1]
(Auburn)
1715 Travis Tidwell[11][12] 171.5
1947 Fred Enke[1][13]
(Arizona)
1941 Fred Enke[14] 194.1
1948 Stan Heath[1][15]
(Nevada)
1992 Stan Heath[16] 221.3
1949 Johnny Bright[1]
(Drake)
1950
1950 Johnny Bright[1][17]
(Drake)
2400 Johnny Bright[18] 266.7
1951 Dick Kazmaier[1][19]
(Princeton)
1827
1952 Ted Marchibroda[1][20]
(Detroit)
1813
1953 Paul Larson[1][21]
(California)
1572
1954 George Shaw[1][22]
(Oregon)
1536
1955 George Welsh[1][23] 1348
1956 John Brodie[1][24]
(Stanford)
1642
1957 Bob Newman[1][25]
(Washington St.)
1444
1958 Dick Bass[1][26]
(Pacific)
1440 Randy Duncan[26]
(Iowa)
156.2
1959 Dick Norman[1][25]
(Stanford)
2018
1960 Billy Kilmer[1][25]
(UCLA)
1889 Billy Kilmer[27] 188.9
1961 Dave Hoppman[1][25]
(Iowa St.)
1638 Dave Hoppman[28] 163.8
1962 Terry Baker[1][25]
(Oregon St.)
2276
1963 George Mira[1][25]
(Miami-FL)
2318 George Mira[29] 231.8
1964 Jerry Rhome[1][25]
(Tulsa)
3128 Jerry Rhome[30] 312.8
1965 Billy Anderson[1][25]
(Tulsa)
3343 Billy Anderson[31] 334.3
1966 Virgil Carter[1][25]
(BYU)
2545
1967 Sal Olivas[1][32]
(New Mexico St.)
2184
1968 Greg Cook[1][25]
(Cincinnati)
3210 Greg Cook 321.0
1969 Dennis Shaw[1][25]
(San Diego St.)
3197
1970 Jim Plunkett[25]
(Stanford)
3189 Pat Sullivan[1]
(Auburn)
285.6
1971 Don Bunce[25]
(Stanford)
2805 Gary Huff[1]
(Florida St.)
241.2
1972 Don Strock[25]
(Virginia Tech)
3170 Don Strock[1] 288.2
1973 Jesse Freitas[25]
(San Diego St.)
2901 Jesse Freitas[1] 263.7
1974 Gene Swick[25]
(Toledo)
2450 Steve Joachim[1]
(Temple)
222.7
1975 Gene Swick[25]
(Toledo)
2706 Gene Swick[1] 246.0
1976 Tommy Kramer[25]
(Rice)
3272 Tommy Kramer[1] 297.5
1977 Doug Williams[25]
(Grambling)
3249 Doug Williams[1] 293.5
1978 Mike Ford[25]
(SMU)
2957 Mike Ford[1] 268.8
1979 Marc Wilson[25]
(BYU)
3580 Marc Wilson[1] 325.5
1980 Jim McMahon[25]
(BYU)
4627 Jim McMahon[1] 385.6
1981 Sam King[25]
(UNLV)
3562 Jim McMahon[1] 345.8
1982 Todd Dillon[25]
(Long Beach St.)
3587 Todd Dillon[1] 326.1
1983 Steve Young[25]
(BYU)
4346 Steve Young[1] 395.1
1984 Doug Flutie[25]
(Boston College)
4013 Robbie Bosco[1] 327.7
1985 Robbie Bosco[25]
(BYU)
4141 Jim Everett[1]
(Purdue)
326.3
1986 Mike Perez[25]
(San Jose St.)
3250 Mike Perez[1] 329.9
1987 Todd Santos[25]
(San Diego St.)
3688 Todd Santos[1] 307.3
1988 Scott Mitchell[25]
(Utah)
4299 Scott Mitchell[1] 390.8
1989 Andre Ware[25]
(Houston)
4661 Andre Ware[1] 423.7
1990 David Klingler[25]
(Houston)
5221 David Klingler[1] 474.6
1991 Ty Detmer[25]
(BYU)
4001 Ty Detmer[1] 333.4
1992 Jimmy Klingler[25]
(Houston)
3768 Jimmy Klingler[1] 342.5
1993 Chris Vargas[25]
(Nevada)
4332 Chris Vargas[1] 393.8
1994 Stoney Case[25]
(New Mexico)
3649 Mike Maxwell[1]
(Nevada)
318.0
1995 Cody Ledbetter[25]
(New Mexico St.)
3724 Mike Maxwell[1]
(Nevada)
402.6
1996 Josh Wallwork[25]
(Wyoming)
4209 Josh Wallwork[1] 350.8
1997 Tim Rattay[25]
(La. Tech)
3968 Tim Rattay[1] 360.7
1998 Tim Rattay[25] 4865 Tim Rattay[1] 403.3
1999 Drew Brees[25]
(Purdue)
4086 Tim Rattay[1] 381.0
2000 Drew Brees[25]
(Purdue)
4189 Drew Brees[1] 358.1
2001 David Carr[25]
(Fresno St.)
4906 Rex Grossman[1]
(Florida)
354.9
2002 Kliff Kingsbury[25]
(Texas Tech)
4903 Byron Leftwich[1]
(Marshall)
355.6
2003 B. J. Symons[25]
(Texas Tech)
5976 B. J. Symons[1] 459.7
2004 Sonny Cumbie[25]
(Texas Tech)
4575 Sonny Cumbie[1] 381.3
2005 Colt Brennan[25]
(Hawaii)
4455 Colt Brennan[1] 371.3
2006 Colt Brennan[25] 5915 Colt Brennan[1] 422.5
2007 Graham Harrell[25]
(Texas Tech)
5614 Graham Harrell[1] 431.8
2008 Case Keenum
(Houston)
5241 Case Keenum[1] 403.2
2009 Case Keenum[25] 5829 Case Keenum[1] 416.4
2010 Bryant Moniz
(Hawaii)
5142 Bryant Moniz[1] 367.3
2011 Case Keenum[25]
(Houston)
5666 Case Keenum 404.7
2012 Johnny Manziel[25]
(Texas A&M)
5116 Johnny Manziel[1] 393.5
2013 Derek Carr[25]
(Fresno St.)
5200 Derek Carr[1] 399.9
2014 Marcus Mariota[25]
(Oregon)
5224 Connor Halliday[1]
(Washington St.)
415.8
2015 Deshaun Watson[25]
(Clemson)
5209 Patrick Mahomes II[1]
(Texas Tech)
393.0
2016 Patrick Mahomes II[25]
(Texas Tech)
5307 Patrick Mahomes II[1]
(Texas Tech)
410.5
2017 Lamar Jackson[25]
(Louisville)
5261 Lamar Jackson[1]
(Louisville)
404.7

Pre-1937 unofficial data[edit]

Before 1937 the NCAA did not compile official statistics. This chart reflects unofficial total offense statistics compiled by historians mostly from newspaper accounts. Prior to 1913, total offense leaders will be almost exclusively due to rushing yards, and prior to 1906 there was no forward pass.

Year Name Total offense Name Total off. /game
1936 Sammy Baugh
(TCU)
1324
1935 Sammy Baugh
(TCU)
1435
1934 Dixie Howell
(Alabama)
1437 Dixie Howell 143.7
1933
1932 Pug Lund
(Minnesota)
1203
1931
1930 Marchy Schwartz
(Notre Dame)
1246
1929 Lloyd Brazil[33]
(Detroit)
1928 Ken Strong[34]
(NYU)
3000 Ken Strong 300
1927 Bill Spears
(Vanderbilt)
2001 Bill Spears 181.9
1926 Gibby Welch[35][36]
(Pittsburgh)
1964 or 1172
1925 Swede Oberlander
(Dartmouth)
1147+
1924 Red Grange
(Illinois)
1176 Red Grange 147
1923
1922
1921 Aubrey Devine
(Iowa)
2211 Aubrey Devine 315.9
1920 Jimmy Leech
(VMI)
1771 Jimmy Leech 196.8
1919 George Gipp
(Notre Dame)
1456 George Gipp 161.8
1918
1917
1916
1915
1914
1913
1912 Jim Thorpe
(Carlisle)
1972 Jim Thorpe 140.9
1911 Jim Thorpe
(Carlisle)
914
1910
1909
1908 Jim Thorpe
(Carlisle)
993
1907
1906
1905
1904 Willie Heston
(Michigan)
686
1903
1902
1901 Willie Heston
(Michigan)
684

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