Stanford football: 15 greatest quarterbacks in Cardinal history

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Steve Stenstrom, Stanford Cardinal
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871. Pick Analysis. 7. player. QB. (1991-94). Steve Stenstrom. Scouting Report

When it comes to the history of the Stanford football program, few quarterbacks did it better than Steve Stenstrom. The team’s starter across multiple seasons, Stenstrom was one of the better signal-callers in the Pac-10 during his time with the Cardinal. He left school holding nearly every passing record.

Stenstrom played for the Cardinal during the early 1990s. While the team only had two winning seasons in that time, he benefited from playing under head coach Bill Walsh. Stenstrom is still the program’s career passing leader, as even guys like Andrew Luck and John Elway sit below him in terms of many statistic categories, even to this day.

For his career, Stenstrom threw for nearly 11,000 yards, as well as 74 touchdowns. During the 1993 NCAA season, the Cardinal as a team struggled to put wins together going 4-7, but Stenstrom put together the most prolific single season in terms of passing yards in program history, racking up 3,627 yards through the air.

For all of his incredible stats throughout the year, the one stat he may be most proud of is the team’s 10-3 record in the 1992 season, one that ended with a win in the Blockbuster Bowl.

For Stenstrom, he had plenty of career highlights, such as his five touchdown passes against the Colorado Buffaloes in 1993, or the multiple times he went for over 400 yards in a game. Overall, he was one of the best to do it at Stanford.