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Greatest Kansas Football Players of All-Time: Mike Norseth vs Kelly Donohoe

(7) Mike Norseth vs (10) Kelly Donohoe

Mike Norseth

(7) Mike Norseth

Norseth had zero college offers coming out of high school. Zero, primarily because, his senior year his run-oriented team went 3-7. So he went to Snow Junior College in Utah because they had a prolific passing offense, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Norseth quarterbacked the Jayhawks from 1984-85. In 23 games at KU, to this day he ranks in the top six in both passing yards and passing touchdowns. He was basically Todd Reesing before there was Todd Reesing; when Norseth left campus, he owned the following records: most yards of total offense gained in a season (2,995), most completions in a season (227), most attempts in a season (408), most touchdown passes in a season (15), most yards total offense in a single game (509) and season (3,214) and most offensive plays in one season (543).

He was drafted 174th overall in the 1986 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He bounced around for a few years, only appearing in one game in 1988 for the Bengals, where he recorded one statistic - a five yard rush.

(10) Kelly Donohoe

Donohoe succeeded Mike Norseth under center, which means he had the misfortune of attempting to quarterback the Jayhawks during the late 1980s, from 1986-89. Unfortuntely for him, these were literally the worst teams in Kansas history.

Donohoe played 34 games for the Jayhawks, and currently sits at third all-time in passing yards at KU.


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