Dick Harmon: Consistency made Ty Detmer stand out

Published: Wednesday, May 16 2012 7:51 p.m. MDT

His career passing mark of 15,031 yards appeared quite remarkable at the time, which prompted Jim Van Valkenburg of NCAA Statistics to say, "You ask me if Ty Detmer's 15,000-yard career passing mark will be surpassed, and I've been around too long to say it never will. But if you ask if I bet it will be passed, I would say it will be a long, long, long time. What Detmer did in just one of his seasons was remarkable. What he did overall was fantastic."

Detmer's 15,000 mark stood for 13 years until Hawaii's Tommy Chang amassed 17,072 at the end of 2004. Houston's Case Keenum broke that mark in 2011 with an amazing 19,217 yards.

It's been 21 years since Detmer played college football. His mark now stands No. 3 on the all-time list. Only two QBs, from very unique offensive designs, have topped his career total.

Consistency? The Hall of Fame honor?

He'll take it.

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