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List of Tennessee Volunteers starting quarterbacks

This is a list of notable Tennessee Volunteers football team quarterbacks and the years they participated on the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

Main starting quarterbacks

1933 to present (incomplete)

The following players were notable quarterbacks for the Tennessee Volunteers since UT joined the Southeastern Conference in 1933.

Name Years Started Notability References
Joshua Dobbs 2013-2014 In 2014, after Worley's shoulder injury, Dobbs started the last six games and went 4-2 which included a Taxslayer (Gator) Bowl victory over Iowa. Dobbs has been named as the 2015 starting QB.
Nathan Peterman 2013-2014 Peterman was a backup QB who saw some limited action. At the end of the 2014 season and after graduating Peterman transferred to Pitt.
Justin Worley 2013–2014 Primary QB in 2013 and 2014. In 2014, played in seven games (3 wins - four losses) until season ending shoulder injury.
Tyler Bray 2010–2012
Matt Simms 2010
Nick Stephens 2008
Jonathan Crompton 2006, 2008–2009
Erik Ainge 2004–2007
Rick Clausen 2004
Brent Schaeffer 2004
Casey Clausen 2000–2003
A. J. Suggs 2000
Tee Martin 1998–1999 Led Tennessee to the 1998 National Championship. That season he broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions. [1]
Peyton Manning 1994–1997 1997 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up. 1st overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. Super Bowl XLI champion. 7 time first team All-Pro. NFL's all-time leader in career touchdown passes. NFL 2000s All-Decade Team. His number while at Tennessee (16) has been retired by the school. [2]
Todd Helton 1994 Played in 1994 until Peyton Manning took over primary QB duties. Helton went on to play Major League Baseball.
Jerry Colquitt 1994
Heath Shuler 1992–1993 1993 Heisman Trophy Runner-Up. Went into the NFL after Junior year.
Andy Kelly 1989–1991
Sterling Henton 1989
Jeff Francis 1986–1988
Daryl DIckey 1985 Became starter after Robinson injury - Team beat Miami in Sugar Bowl
Tony Robinson 1984–1985 In 1985 was considered a Heisman candidate until season ending knee injury.
Alan Cockrell 1981–1983
Steve Alatorre 1980–1981
James Streater 1978–1979
Pat Ryan 1977
Randy Wallace 1975-1976
Condredge Holloway 1972–1974
Jim Maxwell 1971
Bobby Scott 1969–1970
Bubba Wyche 1968
Dewey Warren 1966-1967
Charles Fulton 1965
Art Galiffa 1964–1966
Walter Slater 1946
Buzz Warren 1943–1944
Jim Gaffney 1943 1943 season suspended due to WWII
Johnny Butler 1941 Butler wore number 22.
Van Thompson 1940
George Cafego 1938-1939
Walter Wood 1937
Phil Dickens 1935-1936
Charles Vaughn 1934
Beattie Feathers 1933

1922 to 1932

The following quarterbacks were the predominant quarters for the Volunteers each season after the establishment of the Southern Conference until the establishment of the Southeastern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
Deke Brackett 1931–1932 Led Tennessee along with Beattie Feathers to 1932 Southern title. [3]
Bobby Dodd 1928–1930 Twice All-Southern. Later coached Georgia Tech to the 1952 National Championship. One of only three elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as both player and coach. [4]
Roy Witt 1928
D. Vincent Tudor 1927–1929
Jimmy Elmore 1927
Billy Harkness 1924–1926
Jimmie Smith 1922
Roe Campbell 1921–1924 Awarded the Porter Cup in 1922. Campbell attended Tusculum College before Tennessee, where he is a member of its sports Hall of Fame [5]

1896 to 1921 (incomplete)

The following quarterbacks were the predominant quarters for the Volunteers each season after the establishment of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association until the establishment of the Southern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
Willis McCabe 1919
Buck Hatcher 1916
Bill May 1914–1915 Led Tennessee to 1914 SIAA title, the first championship of any kind for the program. This season also featured Tennessee's first victory over Vanderbilt [6]
Red Rainey 1913 All-Southern. [7]
Rufus Branch 1909
Chauncey Raulston 1909
S. D. Crawford 1901–1902 He coached Tennessee in 1904, scoring the first ever win over Alabama.

1891 to 1895 (incomplete)

The following players were the predominant quarters for the Volunteers each season the team was a non-conference independent team, following the birth of Tennessee football.

Name Years Started Notability References
Howard Ijams 1892 First Volunteer quarterback to play Vanderbilt. [8]


  1. ^ "Tee Martin bio". University of Kentucky. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ Philips, Steve (2005-10-30). "Tennessee Retires Manning's Number 16". Retrieved 2007-02-06. [dead link]
  3. ^ Associated Press (December 5, 1931). "Brackett, Feathers & Volunteers Romp Over NYU". 
  4. ^ "Bobby Dodd biography". Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  5. ^ "Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame". 
  6. ^ "Tennessee Football 100 years ago". 
  7. ^ "1913 Football Program - UT vs Sewanee (at Chattanooga)". October 18, 1913. 
  8. ^ Bill Traughber (November 20, 2013). "Vanderbilt defeated Vols twice in 1892".