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
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No. 6: Mike Norseth, 1984-85, 4,677 yards

Norseth wasn't part of any great program turnaround, but he did have a pretty darn good two-year stint with Kansas. While his 1984 season with the Jayhawks was pretty decent, it was a massive 28-11 upset of the then second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners that was the highlight of the season.

His final season on campus was an impressive one. In 1985, Norseth led the Big 8 Conference in 11 passing categories, including passing yards. That season, he threw for an impressive 2,995 yards, which ranked him fifth in the nation as well.

Norseth was selected in the seventh round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, but only played in one game in the NFL, in 1988 for the Bengals.


  • Completion Percentage - 56.1%
  • Passing Yards - 4,677
  • Passing Touchdowns - 24
  • Interceptions - 17
  • Rushing Yards - 319
  • Rushing Touchdowns - 5

While the Jayhawks didn't have any bowl games, and their record was only 11-12 with Norseth under center, the huge upset of OU, with a future Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman on the field, was the program's signature win during his two seasons at KU.