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. 4: David Jaynes, 1971-73, 5,132 yards

His yearly passing totals might not seem that impressive by today's standards, but for his era, Jaynes' numbers were fantastic. He was sixth in passing yards nationally in 1972, and fifth in 1973. He was 10th in the nation both seasons in touchdowns.

During those two seasons, he threw for nearly 4,400 and had 28 touchdowns. During his playing career at Kansas, the Jayhawks went 15-18, including a Liberty Bowl loss in 1973. They finished that season 7-4.

Due to how sacks were recorded at the time, as lost yards rushing, and how Jaynes was not a running quarterback at all, he's listed as having nearly 500 negative yards rushing at Kansas, which makes that stat fairly immaterial now.

In 1973, he was a Consensus All-American, and was selected in the third round of the 1974 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He has to be considered a major bust because he threw just two passes in the NFL, and one was intercepted. He was out of the league after one year.


  • Completion Percentage - 51.6%
  • Passing Yards - 5,132
  • Passing Touchdowns - 35
  • Interceptions - 38
  • Rushing Touchdowns - 5

When his career was over at KU, he held most school passing records and can be considered the best passing quarterback the school produced over its first 75 years.