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#12 Dave Humm
Position: Quarterback
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 186
Year: Senior
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Drafted 5th Round by  Oakland Raiders
  • 1974 First-Team All-American (AFC Kodak, Football News, Sporting News, Time)
  • 1974 Second-Team All-American (AP)
  • 1974 Honorable Mention All-American (UPI)
  • 1974 First-Team All-Big 8 (UPI, AP)
  • 1973 Honorable Mention All-Big 8
  • 1972 Second-Team All-Big 8 (AP, UPI)

Over a three year period the Huskers were 27-7-2 with Humm at the helm. When Humm finished his Nebraska career he held one national record, four Big 8 records, and 12 Nebraska records.

1974 (Senior)
Going into his senior year Humm was rated by pro scouts as the finest passer in college football. At his time probably the best quarterback ever to perform for the Huskers. Humm was a First-Team All-American and All-Big 8 at a senior. Humm led the Big 8 passing charts in ’74 (1,435 yards, a .594 completion rate and 12 TD’s) and total offense (141.5 yards per game).

The Huskers ended non-conference play on a high note as they beat Minnesota 54-0. Humm’s first quarter pass to Tony Davis was his 33rd career TD pass, a new Nebraska record, breaking the old record of 32 set by Jerry Tagge from 1969-71.

Humm returned from an injury against Missouri to have a record setting day against Kansas. Humm hit 23 or 27 passes for three touchdowns and 230 yards, his completion percentage of .852 was both a Big 8 record and Nebraska record. His three touchdown passes game him 36 for his career, which was also a conference mark. The most phenomenal record of them all was that from the second through the fourth quarter, Humm hit 15 consecutive passes, that mark of 15 set both a national and Big 8 record. For his performance Humm was named AP Back of the Week, Big 8 Offensive Player-of-the-Week and Sports Illustrated’s Offensive Player-of-the-Week.

1973 (Junior)
Humm was injured and did not play much of the opening 40-13 rout of UCLA, but returned in the second quarter of the following game against North Carolina State and got the Huskers on the board with a 40-yard touchdown strike to Frosty Anderson. Humm would score three touchdowns on the day (2 passing – 1 rushing), the last a 7-yard pass to Brent Longwell to wrap up the 31-14 win over the Wolfpack.

The following game against Wisconsin was one for the memories as Humm hit Frosty Anderson for a 23-yard TD to take a 14-10 lead with 5:23 left. The lead would be short lived as Selvie Washington returned the kickoff 96 yards to score and put the Badgers back on top, 16-14, with 5:09 left. Humm calmly took charge and moved the Huskers 83 yards in seven plays to win 20-16. In game number four against Minnesota Humm sent Frosty Anderson into the record books as Anderson caught three touchdown passes to tie himself with Clarence Swanson and Johnny Rodgers on the Husker record charts.

Humm entered the ’73 season with large expectation coming off a record setting sophomore season. On the year Humm threw for 1,525 yards and 12 touchdowns after losing his best go to player in Johnny Rodgers.

1972 (Sophomore)
Humm’s rocket arm helped propel Johnny Rodgers to the Heisman Trophy in ‘72. Humm threw for a career season best, Husker season record and Big 8 record 2,259 yards and a Husker season record 18 TD’s. Vince Ferragamo would break Humm’s touchdown record four years later in 1976 when Ferragamo threw 20 TD’s. Humm’s single season passing record would hold up until 2005 when it was broken by Zac Taylor with 2,653 yards. Set multiple other Husker records in 1972; most TD’s in a game (4 vs. Kansas State), most passes in a game (42 vs. Iowa State) and most passes in a season (285). With Steve Rutny, Humm and Rutny combined to ’72 to set a Big 8 record for team TD passes (23).

Before Nebraska (Bishop Gorman High)
All-American prep star at Bishop Gorman High in Vegas, he was heavily recruited – Joe Namath dropped by with Beat Bryant to talk about Dave coming to Alabama on one occasion.

Personal
Nicknamed “Hummer”. Speech Education Major in Teachers College. Dave was born April 2, 1952 in Las Vegas, Nevada to Claire and Anne Humm. Humm married Las Vegas high school sweetheart Jackie Vaughn in July of 1974.

Passing

Year

Att.

Cmp.

Int.

Pct.

Yds.

TD

1972

285

153

16

.537

2,259

18

1973

196

109

12

.556

1,526

12

1974

187

106

12

.567

1,451

12

Totals

668

368

40

.551

5,236

42

Total Offense

Year

No.

Yards

Avg.

Rushing TD’s

1972

337

2,136

6.3

5

1973

231

1,153

6.5

4

1974

233

1,572

6.7

2

Totals

801

5,221

6.5

12

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