Kansas football all-time leaders in passing yards

A couple of recent quarterbacks for the Kansas Jayhawks have shaken up the list for the most passing yards in school history.
Kansas football star quarterback Jalon Daniels
Kansas football star quarterback Jalon Daniels / Peter G. Aiken/GettyImages
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No. 8: Chip Hilleary, 1989-92, 4,598 yards

Like Whittemore and Daniels, Hilleary played a key part in the Jayhawks turning things around under head coach Glen Mason. After winning just two games total in 1987 and 1988, the Jayhawks won 21 games during Hilleary's time on campus.

He didn't play much as a freshman, throwing just nine passes, but he played a bulk of the snaps over his final three seasons. He wasn't a terribly accurate quarterback, and even in an era where taking care of the ball wasn't stressed as much as it is now, he threw a lot of interceptions.

He was a good runner, however, and he amassed plenty of rushing touchdowns, including 14 as a junior. In his final year, KU went 8-4, captured their first bowl win in 30 years in the Aloha Bowl.


  • Completion Percentage - 52.7%
  • Passing Yards - 4,598
  • Passing Touchdowns - 25
  • Interceptions - 27
  • Rushing Yards - 1,290
  • Rushing Touchdowns - 23

Hilleary helped pull Kansas from the low points in the late eighties to a level of competitiveness in the nineties, and helped lay the foundation for future success under Mason.