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Emmanuel Sanders owns all of the Mustangs' career receiving records.

The SMU Mustangs football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the SMU Mustangs football program in various categories,[1] including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Mustangs represent Southern Methodist University in the NCAA's American Athletic Conference.

Although SMU began competing in intercollegiate football in 1915,[1] the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1945. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

  • Since 1945, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.
  • The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.
  • Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.[2] The Mustangs have played in five bowl games since this decision, giving many recent players an extra game to accumulate statistics.

These lists are updated through the end of the 2017 season.

Passing

Passing yards

Career
Rk Player Yards Years
1 Ben Hicks 9,081[3][4] 2016 2017 2018
2 Chuck Hixson 7,179 1968 1969 1970
3 Garrett Gilbert 6,460 2012 2013
4 Mike Ford 6,239 1977 1978 1979 1980
5 Mike Romo 6,041 1989 1990 1991 1992
6 Kyle Padron 5,902 2009 2010 2011
7 Ramon Flanigan 5,640 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997
8 Justin Willis 4,991 2006 2007 2008
9 Bo Levi Mitchell 4,590 2008 2009
10 Josh McCown 4,019 1998 1999 2000

Single season
Rk Player Yards Year
1 Kyle Padron 3,828 2010
2 Ben Hicks 3,569[3] 2017
3 Garrett Gilbert 3,528 2013
4 J. J. McDermott 3,421 2011
5 Chuck Hixson 3,103 1968
6 Mike Ford 3,007 1978
7 Justin Willis 2,944 2007
8 Garrett Gilbert 2,932 2012
9 Ben Hicks 2,930[3] 2016
10 Mike Romo 2,927 1989

Single game
Rk Player Yards Year Opponent
1 Garrett Gilbert 538[5] 2013 Temple
2 Garrett Gilbert 484[6] 2013 Rutgers
3 Kyle Padron 460 2009 Nevada
4 Mike Romo 450 1989 North Texas
5 Mike Romo 449 1990 Rice
6 Bo Levi Mitchell 424 2009 Washington State
7 Josh McCown 420 2000 UTEP
8 Chuck Hixson 417 1968 Ohio State
9 Mike Romo 408 1989 Texas Tech
10 Garrett Gilbert 403[7] 2013 Cincinnati

Passing touchdowns

Career
Rk Player TDs Years
1 Ben Hicks 71[3] 2016 2017 2018
2 Justin Willis 51 2006 2007 2008
3 Kyle Padron 41 2009 2010 2011
4 Chuck Hixson 40 1968 1969 1970
5 Bo Levi Mitchell 36 2008 2009
Garrett Gilbert 36 2012 2013
7 Mike Romo 35 1989 1990 1991 1992
8 Mike Ford 34 1977 1978 1979 1980
9 Lance McIlhenny 33 1980 1981 1982 1983
10 Ramon Flanigan 30 1994 1995 1996 1997

Single season
Rk Player TDs Year
1 Ben Hicks 32[3] 2017
2 Kyle Padron 31 2010
3 Justin Willis 26 2006
4 Justin Willis 25 2007
5 Bo Levi Mitchell 24 2008
6 Chuck Hixson 21 1968
Garrett Gilbert 21 2013
8 Mike Romo 19 1990
9 Ben Hicks 19[3] 2016
10 Mike Ford 17 1978
J. J. McDermott 17 2011

Single game
Rk Player TDs Year Opponent
1 Mike Romo 6 1990 Vanderbilt
2 Justin Willis 5 2006 Sam Houston State
Bo Levi Mitchell 5 2008 Texas State
Garrett Gilbert 5[6] 2013 Rutgers

Rushing

Rushing yards

Career
Rk Player Yards Years
1 Eric Dickerson 4,450 1979 1980 1981 1982
2 Zach Line 4,185 2009 2010 2011 2012
3 Reggie Dupard 3,772 1982 1983 1984 1985
4 Craig James 3,743 1979 1980 1981 1982
5 Jeff Atkins 3,260 1983 1984 1985 1986
6 Wayne Morris 3,044 1972 1973 1974 1975
7 Keylon Kincade 3,038 2000 2001 2002 2003
8 Donte Womack 2,790 1994 1995 1996 1997
9 Alvin Maxson 2,734 1971 1972 1973
10 Arthur Whittington 2,213 1974 1975 1976 1977

Single season
Rk Player Yards Year
1 Eric Dickerson 1,617 1982
2 Zach Line 1,494 2010
3 Eric Dickerson 1,428 1981
4 Keylon Kincade 1,280 2003
5 Keylon Kincade 1,279 2002
6 Reggie Dupard 1,278 1985
Zach Line 1,278 2012
8 Reggie Dupard 1,249 1983
9 Zach Line 1,224 2011
10 Shawnbrey McNeal 1,188 2009

Single game
Rk Player Yards Year Opponent
1 Mike Richardson 244 1968 Texas A&M
2 ShanDerrick Charles 243 2001 San Jose State
3 Eric Dickerson 241 1982 Houston
4 Craig James 225 1980 BYU
5 Braeden West 220[8] 2016 Liberty
6 Jeff Atkins 218 1983 Rice
7 Donte Womack 212 1997 Arkansas
ShanDerrick Charles 212 2001 UTEP
9 Wayne Morris 202 1975 Texas
Zach Line 202[9] 2010 Marshall

Rushing touchdowns

Career
Rk Player TDs Years
1 Eric Dickerson 47 1979 1980 1981 1982
Zach Line 47 2009 2010 2011 2012
3 Reggie Dupard 41 1982 1983 1984 1985
4 Doak Walker 31 1945 1947 1948 1949
5 Ramon Flanigan 27 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997
6 Kyle Rote 24 1948 1949 1950
Alvin Maxson 24 1971 1972 1973
8 Craig James 23 1979 1980 1981 1982

Single season
Rk Player TDs Year
1 Eric Dickerson 19 1981
2 Eric Dickerson 17 1982
Zach Line 17 2011
4 Redman Hume 16 1927
Reggie Dupard 16 1984
6 Reggie Dupard 14 1985

Single game
Rk Player TDs Year Opponent
1 Zach Line 5[10] 2011 Northwestern State

Receiving

Receptions

Career
Rk Player Rec Years
1 Emmanuel Sanders 285 2006 2007 2008 2009
2 Cole Beasley 255 2008 2009 2010 2011
3 Jason Wolf 235 1989 1990 1991 1992
4 Darius Johnson 232 2009 2010 2011 2012
5 Jeremy Johnson 196 2010 2011 2012 2013
6 Mick Rossley 186 1991 1992 1993 1994
7 Aldrick Robinson 181 2007 2008 2009 2010
8 Darius Joseph 174 2012 2013 2014 2015
9 Emanuel Tolbert 171 1976 1977 1978 1979
10 Korey Beard 165 1989 1990 1991 1992

Single season
Rk Player Rec Year
1 Trey Quinn 114[11] 2017
2 Jeremy Johnson 112 2013
3 Darius Joseph 103 2013
4 Emmanuel Sanders 98 2009
5 Cole Beasley 87 2010
6 Cole Beasley 86 2011
7 Mick Rossley 83 1994
8 Jerry LeVias 80 1968
9 Darius Johnson 79 2011
10 Darius Johnson 78 2010

Single game
Rk Player Rec Year Opponent
1 Emmanuel Sanders 18 2009 Washington State
Jeremy Johnson 18[6] 2013 Rutgers
3 Trey Quinn 17[12] 2017 Houston
Trey Quinn 17[13] 2017 Cincinnati
5 Jerry LeVias 15 1968 Ohio State
Trey Quinn 15[14] 2017 Connecticut
7 Emanuel Tolbert 14 1977 Arkansas
Jason Wolf 14 1992 Arkansas
9 Emanuel Tolbert 13 1978 Baylor
Michael Bowen 13 1990 Rice
Jason Wolf 13 1990 Arkansas
Emmanuel Sanders 13 2007 Memphis
Darius Joseph 13[15] 2014 East Carolina
Courtland Sutton 13[16] 2016 South Florida

Receiving yards

Career
Rk Player Yards Years
1 Emmanuel Sanders 3,791 2006 2007 2008 2009
2 Aldrick Robinson 3,314 2007 2008 2009 2010
3 Courtland Sutton 3,220[17] 2014 2015 2016 2017
4 Cole Beasley 2,959 2008 2009 2010 2011
5 Darius Johnson 2,854 2009 2010 2011 2012
6 Emanuel Tolbert 2,784 1976 1977 1978 1979
7 James Proche 2,724[18] 2015 2016 2017 2018
8 Ron Morris 2,410 1983 1984 1985 1986
9 Jerry LeVias 2,275 1966 1967 1968
10 Jason Wolf 2,232 1989 1990 1991 1992

Single season
Rk Player Yards Year
1 Emmanuel Sanders 1,339 2009
2 Aldrick Robinson 1,301 2010
3 Courtland Sutton 1,246[17] 2016
4 James Proche 1,199 2018
5 Trey Quinn 1,191[11] 2017
6 Jerry LeVias 1,131 1968
7 Darius Johnson 1,118 2011
8 Jeremy Johnson 1,112 2013
9 Courtland Sutton 1,085[17] 2017
10 Cole Beasley 1,060 2010

Single game
Rk Player Yards Year Opponent
1 Courtland Sutton 252[16] 2016 South Florida
2 Jeremy Johnson 217[6] 2013 Rutgers
3 Jerry LeVias 213 1968 NC State
4 Aldrick Robinson 210 2008 UCF
5 Keenan Holman 209[5] 2013 Temple
6 Aldrick Robinson 186 2008 Houston
Trey Quinn 186[13] 2017 Cincinnati
8 James Proche 183 2018 Tulsa
9 Emmanuel Sanders 178 2009 Washington State
10 Aldrick Robinson 176 2009 Nevada

Receiving touchdowns

Career
Rk Player TDs Years
1 Emmanuel Sanders 34 2006 2007 2008 2009
2 Courtland Sutton 31[17] 2014 2015 2016 2017
3 Aldrick Robinson 30 2007 2008 2009 2010
4 Emanuel Tolbert 25 1976 1977 1978 1979
5 James Proche 24 2015 2016 2017 2018
6 Jerry LeVias 22 1966 1967 1968
7 Darius Johnson 20 2009 2010 2011 2012
8 Jason Wolf 17 1989 1990 1991 1992
9 Ron Morris 15 1983 1984 1985 1986
10 Kevin Thornal 14 1993 1994 1995 1996
Cole Beasley 14 2008 2009 2010 2011

Single season
Rk Player TDs Year
1 Aldrick Robinson 14 2010
2 Trey Quinn 12[11] 2017
Courtland Sutton 12[17] 2017
James Proche 12 2018
5 Emanuel Tolbert 11 1978
Aldrick Robinson 11 2008
7 Zack Sledge 10 2007
Courtland Sutton 10[17] 2016
9 Emmanuel Sanders 9 2006
Emmanuel Sanders 9 2007
Emmanuel Sanders 9 2008
Keenan Holman 9 2013
Courtland Sutton 9[17] 2015

Single game
Rk Player TDs Year Opponent
1 Emanuel Tolbert 4 1978 Baylor
1 Courtland Sutton 4 2017 North Texas

Total offense

Total offense is the sum of passing and rushing statistics. It does not include receiving or returns.[19]

Total offense yards

Career
Rk Player Yards Years
1 Ben Hicks[3] 8,977 2016 2017 2018
2 Ramon Flanigan 7,437 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997
3 Garrett Gilbert 7,063 2012 2013
4 Chuck Hixson 6,884 1968 1969 1970
5 Kyle Padron 6,189 2009 2010 2011
6 Mike Ford 6,055 1977 1978 1979 1980
7 Justin Willis 6,054 2006 2007 2008
8 Mike Romo 5,699 1989 1990 1991 1992
9 Ricky Wesson 4,604 1973 1974 1975 1976
10 Eric Dickerson 4,450 1979 1980 1981 1982

Single season
Rk Player Yards Year
1 Kyle Padron 4,072 2010
2 J. J. McDermott 3,911 2011
3 Garrett Gilbert 3,795 2013
4 Justin Willis 3,643 2007
5 Ben Hicks 3,616[3] 2017
6 Garrett Gilbert 3,278 2012
7 Matt Davis 3,024[20] 2015
8 Chuck Hixson 2,995 1968
9 Mike Ford 2,957 1978
10 Ben Hicks 2,847[3] 2016

Single game
Rk Player Yards Year Opponent
1 Garrett Gilbert 635[5] 2013 Temple
2 Garrett Gilbert 498[6] 2013 Rutgers
3 Justin Willis 489 2007 Memphis
4 Kyle Padron 467 2009 Nevada
5 Garrett Gilbert 441[21] 2013 Texas Tech
6 Josh McCown 439 2000 UTEP
7 Justin Willis 435 2007 North Texas
8 Mike Romo 434 1989 North Texas
9 Mike Romo 429 1990 Rice
10 Garrett Gilbert 417[7] 2013 Cincinnati

Total touchdowns

Career
Rk Player TDs Years
1 Ben Hicks 74 2016 2017 2018
2 Ramon Flanigan 57 1992 1993 1994 1996 1997
Justin Willis 57 2006 2007 2008
4 Chuck Hixson 50 1968 1969 1970
Garrett Gilbert 50 2012 2013
6 Kyle Padron 48 2009 2010 2011
7 Eric Dickerson 47 1979 1980 1981 1982
Zach Line 47 2009 2010 2011 2012
9 Doak Walker 45 1945 1947 1948 1949

Single season
Rk Player TDs Year
1 Kyle Padron 35 2010
2 Ben Hicks 33[3] 2017
3 Justin Willis 29 2006
4 Justin Willis 28 2007
5 Chuck Hixson 27 1968
Garrett Gilbert 27 2013
7 Matt Davis 26 2015
8 Bo Levi Mitchell 25 2008
9 Garrett Gilbert 23 2012
10 Mike Ford 21 1978
Justin Willis 21 2007
Ben Hicks 21[3] 2016

Single game
Rk Player TDs Year Opponent
1 Garrett Gilbert 7[6] 2013 Rutgers
2 Mike Romo 6 1990 Vanderbilt
Justin Willis 6 2006 Sam Houston State
Garrett Gilbert 6[5] 2013 Temple

Defense

Interceptions

Career
Rk Player Ints Years
1 Russell Carter 18 1980 1981 1982 1983
2 John Simmons 17 1977 1978 1979 1980
3 Paul Page 15 1945 1946 1947 1948
4 Wes Hopkins 14 1979 1980 1981 1982
5 Pat Curry 13 1969 1970 1971
David Hill 13 1975 1976 1977 1978
7 Tracy Hart 12 1996 1997 1998 1999

Single season
Rk Player Ints Year
1 Jim Livingston 8 1968
2 Paul Page 7 1947
Pat Curry 7 1969
David Hill 7 1978
John Simmons 7 1980
Russell Carter 7 1981
Russell Carter 7 1983

Single game
Rk Player Ints Year Opponent
1 John Hughes 4 1962 Rice
Wes Hopkins 4 1981 Houston
3 Paul Page 3 1947 Texas A&M
David Powell 3 1950 Oklahoma A&M
Jim Livingston 3 1968 NC State
David Hill 3 1978 Ohio State
Cornell Parker 3 1995 Texas
Devin Lowery 3 2006 Marshall

Tackles

Career
Rk Player Tackles Years
1 Putt Choate 649 1975 1976 1977 1978
2 Gary Moten 455 1979 1980 1981 1982
3 Bill Kiely 445 1989 1990 1991 1992
4 Jason Bednarz 423 1989 1990 1991 1992
5 Chris Bordano 421 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

Single season
Rk Player Tackles Year
1 Putt Choate 253 1978
2 Putt Choate 186 1977
3 Craig Swann 167 1995
4 Louie Kelcher 161 1974
5 Putt Choate 150 1976

Single game
Rk Player Tackles Year Opponent
1 Champ Dickerson 32 1977 Ohio State
2 Putt Choate 31 1976 Texas A&M
3 Putt Choate 28 1978 Penn State
4 Putt Choate 27 1977 Texas A&M
Clarence Bennett 27 1980 Houston

Sacks

Career
Rk Player Sacks Years
1 Luke Johnson 23.5 1997 1998 1999
2 Ja'Gared Davis 20.5 2009 2010 2011 2012
Justin Lawler 20.5[22] 2014 2015 2016 2017
4 Justin Rogers 19.5 2003 2004 2005 2006
5 Anthony Beverley 19.0 1981 1982 1983 1984
6 Chad Patton 18.0 1990 1991 1992 1993
Taylor Thompson 18.0 2008 2009 2010 2011
8 Jerry Ball 17.0 1983 1984 1985 1986

Single season
Rk Player Sacks Year
1 Luke Johnson 11.5 1999
2 Victor Simon 11.0 1981
3 Gary Nelson 10.0 1978
Luke Johnson 10.0 1997
5 Justin Rogers 9.5 2006
Justin Lawler 9.5[22] 2017

Single game
Rk Player Sacks Year Opponent
1 Luke Johnson 4.0 1999 UTEP

Kicking

Field goals made

Career
Rk Player FGs Years
1 Eddie Garcia 44 1978 1979 1980 1981
Chase Hover 44 2011 2012 2013
3 Thomas Morstead 37 2005 2006 2007 2008
4 Chris McMurtray 36 2002 2003 2004 2005
5 Josh Williams 31[23] 2016 2017
6 Brandy Brownlee 30 1984 1985 1986
7 Chipper Johnson 26 1969 1970 1971
Jeff Harrell 26 1982 1983

Single season
Rk Player FGs Year
1 Eddie Garcia 18 1981
Chris McMurtray 18 2005
Chase Hover 18 2012
Chase Hover 18 2013
5 Josh Williams 17[23] 2016
6 Brandy Brownlee 15 1985
Daniel Hernández 15 1996
8 Josh Williams 14[23] 2017
9 Jeff Harrell 13 1982
Jeff Harrell 13 1983
John Stewart 13 1993
Jacob Crowley 13 2001
Thomas Morstead 13 2006
Thomas Morstead 13 2007

Single game
Rk Player FGs Year Opponent
1 Eddie Garcia 4 1981 Arkansas
Brandy Brownlee 4 1985 Rice
Daniel Hernández 4 1996 TCU
Chris McMurtray 4 2005 UTEP
Chase Hover 4 2012 Tulane
Josh Williams 4 2016 Tulsa

Field goal percentage

Career
Rk Player FG% Years
1 Chris McMurtray 75.0% 2002 2003 2004 2005

Single season
Rk Player FG% Year
1 Chase Hover 85.7% 2013
2 Eddie Garcia 81.8% 1981
Chris McMurtray 81.8% 2005

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