Record Setters

Some of the most prolific passers and an all-time leading wide receiver lead the roster of top performers in their college careers. Their college careers was a prelude to the success they shared in the National Football League.  See more

Steve McNair won the 1994 Walter Payton Award as the top player in NCAA Division I-AA

Most passes completed per game, season FCS: 527.2 – Steve McNair, Alcorn State, 1994

Career yards/ Most yards passing, career
16,823 – Steve McNair, Alcorn State, 1991–94, 14,496 passing, 2,327 rushing

Season- yards
FCS: 5,799 – Steve McNair, Alcorn State, 1994, 4,863 passing, 936 rushing

Most games gaining 400 yards or more, season
FCS: 9 – Steve McNair, Alcorn State, 1994

Most games gaining 400 yards or more, career
FCS: 15 – Steve McNairAlcorn State, 1991–94

Most yards rushing, game
FCS: 437 – Maurice HicksNorth Carolina A&T vs. Morgan State, Oct. 6, 2001, 34 rushes

Most yards passing per game, season
FCS: 455.7 – Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley, 1984

Most passes completed per game, season
FCS: 32.4 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley, 1984

Most touchdowns responsible for, season
FCS: 61 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley, 1984

Most passes intercepted, career/ season
FCS: 75 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley, 1982–85/29, 1985

Most touchdowns responsible for, game:
Willie Totten (tie-Drew Hubel, Portland St., Neil Lomas, Portland)
9 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley vs. Kentucky State 

Most points responsible for, season/ game
56 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley vs. Kentucky State, Sep. 1, 1984
368 –  Willie Totten, Mississippi Valley, 1984

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QB WIllie Totten and WR Jerry Rice were one of the most prolific passing duos in NCAA history. They set numerous Division I-AA passing and receiving records at Mississippi Valley State from 1981-84.

Most touchdown passes, career
FCS: 140 – Bruce EugeneGrambling State, 2001–05

Highest receiving yards per game, season
FCS: 168.2 – Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley, 1984

Most receiving touchdowns, season
FCS: 27 – Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley, 1984

Most interceptions, career/ season
31 – Rashean Mathis, Bethune–Cookman, 1999–2003/ 14- 2002

Most interception return yards, career/ season
682 – Rashean Mathis, Bethune–Cookman, 1999–2002/ 455 -2002

Most interception return yards, game
Div II: 194 – Quintez Smith, Shaw vs. Elizabeth City State, Aug. 29, 2009

Highest tackles per game average, career
Div II: 13.95 – Jason Ocean, Livingstone, 2000–03

Most tackles, season
FCS: 195 – Kevin Talley, Norfolk State, 2003

(Rasheed Mathis, Bethune Cookman won the Buck Buchanan Award for Division 1-AA (now FCS) defensive player of the year)

Highest tackles per game average, season
Div II: 15.9 – Allen Minus, Lincoln (MO), 2004

Most solo tackles, game
Div II: 19 – Eric Portley, Fayetteville State vs. N.C. Central, Oct. 8, 2005

Highest tackles for loss per game average, career/season
FCS: 2.48 – Steve Baggs, Bethune-Cookman, 2002-03/ 36 -2006

Highest tackles for loss per game average, season
FCS: 3.00 – Steve Baggs, Bethune–Cookman, 2003

Highest sacks per game average, career
FCS: 1.26 – Robert Mathis, Alabama A&M, 2000–02

Most sacks, season
FCS: 21 – ChrisMcNeil, North Carolina A&T State,

Most punts, season
Div II: 98 – John Tassi, Lincoln (MO), 1981
Div III: 22.9 – Keith Winston, Knoxville, 1986–87

Highest average gain per return, season
FCS: 17.7 – LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M, 2006–09
Div III: 22.9 – Keith Winston, Knoxville, 1986–87

Highest average gain per return, career
FCS: 17.7 – LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M, 2006–0

Leroy Vann, FAMU; Steve Baggs, BC-Cookman and Jerome Mathis, Hampton

Most touchdowns scored on punt returns, career FCS: 8 – LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M, 2006–09

Most touchdowns scored on punt returns, season
FCS: 5 – LeRoy Vann, Florida A&M, 2009; 
Curtis DeLoatch, North Carolina A&T, 2001

Highest average gain per return, season
FCS: 26.5 – Curtis DeLoatch, North Carolina A&T, 2001

Most yards on punt returns, career/ season
FCS: 1,668 – Marquay McDaniel, Hampton, 2002–05

Most yards on punt returns, season
FCS: 698 – Khris Gardin, North Carolina A&T, 2015

Most yards on punt returns, game
FCS: 227 – Leonard Goolsby, South Carolina State vs. Norfolk State, Oct. 11, 2003

Most touchdowns scored on punt returns, game
FCS: 3 – Zuriel Smith, Hampton vs. Virginia State, Sep. 22, 2001 (tie w/Aaron Fix, Canisius)

Highest average gain per return, season
Div II: 41.7 – Richard Medlin, Fayetteville State, 2008

Most touchdowns on kickoff returns, career
FCS: 6 – Jerome Mathis, Hampton, 2001–04/ 5

Highest percentage of field goals made, career
FCS: 82.0% – Juan Toro, Florida A&M, 1995–98 (min. 50 attempts)