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SuperWest NCAA Football Yardage Leaders by Year

SuperWest NCAA Football Yardage Leaders by Year

Posted on August 18, 2022




SuperWest NCAA Football Yardage Leaders by Year
  By SuperWest Sports Staff

Several SuperWest players have won individual NCAA yardage championships and we’ve compiled a list of them over the last 65 years in four categories: Rushing, Passing, Receiving, and Total Yards.

• The last rushing leader was San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny with 2,248 yards in 2017.

• Washington State’s Ryan Leaf was the most recent passing leader with 3,968 yards in 1997.

• The most recent receiving leader was Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks with 1,730 yards in 2013.

• Oregon’s Marcus Mariota was the last total yardage leader with 5,224 yards in 2014.

Tables with winners in all four lists appear below.


NCAA Rushing Yards Leaders by Year
Former San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny | SDSU Athletics

Year Player Yards Program
2017 Rashaad Penny 2248 SDSU
2016 Donnel Pumphrey 2133 SDSU
2012 Ka’Deem Carey 1929 Arizona
2010 LaMichael James 1731 Oregon
2009 Toby Gerhart 1871 Stanford
2004 J.J. Arrington 2018 Cal
1994 Rashaan Salaam 2055 Colorado
1992 Marshall Faulk 1630 SDSU
1981 Marcus Allen 2427 USC
1979 Charles White 2050 USC
1978 Charles White 1859 USC
1975 Ricky Bell 1957 USC
1968 O.J. Simpson 1880 USC
1967 O.J. Simpson 1543 USC
1965 Mike Garrett 1440 USC
1957 Leon Burton 1126 ASU


NCAA Passing Yards Leaders by Year
Former Washington State QB Ryan Leaf | Dan Pelle/The Spokesman-Review

Year Player Yards Program
1997 Ryan Leaf 3968 WSU
1994 John Walsh 3712 BYU
1991 Ty Detmer 4031 BYU
1990 Ty Detmer 5188 BYU
1988 Scott Mitchell 4322 Utah
1987 Todd Santos 3932 SDSU
1985 Robbie Bosco 4273 BYU
1984 Robbie Bosco 3875 BYU
1983 Steve Young 3902 BYU
1980 Jim McMahon 4571 BYU
1979 Marc Wilson 3720 BYU
1976 Gifford Nielsen 3401 BYU
1975 Craig Penrose 2660 SDSU
1974 Steve Bartkowski 2580 Cal
1973 Jesse Freitas 2993 SDSU
1970 Jim Plunkett 2980 Stanford
1969 Dennis Shaw 3185 SDSU
1966 Mark Reed 2368 Arizona
1959 Dick Norman 1963 Stanford
1957 Lee Grosscup 1398 Utah


NCAA Receiving Yards Leaders by Year
Oregon Stat’s Brandin Cooks | Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Year Player Yards School
2013 Brandin Cooks 1730 OSU
2008 Austin Collie 1538 BYU
2005 Mike Hass 1532 OSU
2002 J.R. Tolver 1785 SDSU
1990 Patrick Rowe 1392 SDSU
1983 Jim Sandusky 1171 SDSU
1973 Jay Miller 1181 BYU
1962 Vern Burke 1007 OSU
1960 Hugh Campbell 881 WSU
1959 Chris Burford 757 Stanford
1957 Stuart Vaughan 756 Utah


NCAA Total Yards Leaders by Year
Former Oregon QB Marcus Mariota | USATSI

Year Player Yards School
2014 Marcus Mariota 5224 Oregon
1991 Ty Detmer 4001 BYU
1987 Todd Santos 3688 SDSU
1985 Robbie Bosco 4141 BYU
1984 Robbie Bosco 3932 BYU
1983 Steve Young 4346 BYU
1980 Jim McMahon 4627 BYU
1979 Marc Wilson 3580 BYU
1973 Jesse Freitas 2901 SDSU
1971 Don Bunce 2805 Stanford
1970 Jim Plunkett 3189 Stanford
1969 Dennis Shaw 3197 SDSU
1966 Virgil Carter 2545 BYU
1962 Terry Baker 2276 OSU
1960 Billy Kilmer 1889 UCLA
1959 Dick Norman 2018 Stanford
1957 Bob Newman 1444 WSU



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