Total Yards Year-by-Year Leaders and Records

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  • Since 1956
Leaders Table
Year Player Yds School
2017Lamar Jackson4932Louisville
2016Patrick Mahomes5337Texas Tech
2015Deshaun Watson*5214Clemson
2014Marcus Mariota*5224Oregon
2013Derek Carr*5200Fresno State
2012Johnny Manziel*5116Texas A&M
2011Case Keenum*5666Houston
2010Bryant Moniz*5142Hawaii
2009Case Keenum*5829Houston
2008Case Keenum*5241Houston
2007Graham Harrell*5614Texas Tech
2006Colt Brennan*5915Hawaii
2005Colt Brennan4455Hawaii
2004Sonny Cumbie*4575Texas Tech
2003B.J. Symons*5976Texas Tech
2002Kliff Kingsbury*4903Texas Tech
2001David Carr*4906Fresno State
2000Drew Brees*4189Purdue
1999Drew Brees*4086Purdue
1998Tim Rattay4865Louisiana Tech
1997Tim Rattay3968Louisiana Tech
1996Josh Wallwork4209Wyoming
1995Cody Ledbetter3724New Mexico State
1994Stoney Case3649New Mexico
1993Chris Vargas4332Nevada
1992Jimmy Klingler3768Houston
1991Ty Detmer4001Brigham Young
1990David Klingler5221Houston
1989Andre Ware4661Houston
1988Scott Mitchell4299Utah
1987Todd Santos3688San Diego State
1986Mike Perez*3250San Jose State
1985Robbie Bosco4141Brigham Young
1984Doug Flutie*4013Boston College
1983Steve Young4346Brigham Young
1982Todd Dillon3587Long Beach State
1981Sam King3562Nevada-Las Vegas
1980Jim McMahon4627Brigham Young
1979Marc Wilson3580Brigham Young
1978Mike Ford2957Southern Methodist
1977Doug Williams*3249Grambling State
1976Tommy Kramer3272Rice
1975Gene Swick2706Toledo
1974Gene Swick2450Toledo
1973Jesse Freitas2901San Diego State
1972Don Strock3170Virginia Tech
1971Don Bunce*2805Stanford
1970Jim Plunkett*3189Stanford
1969Dennis Shaw3197San Diego State
1968Greg Cook3210Cincinnati
1967Sal Olivas2190New Mexico State
1966Virgil Carter2545Brigham Young
1965Bill Anderson3343Tulsa
1964Jerry Rhome3128Tulsa
1963George Mira2318Miami (FL)
1962Terry Baker2276Oregon State
1961Dave Hoppmann1638Iowa State
1960Billy Kilmer1889UCLA
1959Dick Norman2018Stanford
1958Randy Duncan*1462Iowa
1957Bob Newman1444Washington State
1956John Brodie1642Stanford

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