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

Starting Quarterbacks[edit]

* Selected to All-SEC Team

1992 to present[edit]

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

Year Name Class First career start Number
of starts
Record
as starter
Notes
2017[1] Jarrett Guarantano Redshirt Fr. October 14 6 1–5
Quinten Dormady Jr. September 4 5 3-2
Will McBride Fr. November 11 1 0-1
2016 Joshua Dobbs Sr. 13 9-4 Music City Bowl MVP, All-SEC Second Team
2015 Joshua Dobbs Jr. 13 9-4
2014[2] Justin Worley Sr. 7 3-4
Joshua Dobbs So. 5 4-1 Taxslayer Bowl MVP
Nathan Peterman Redshirt So. 1 0-1
2013[3] Justin Worley Jr. 7 4-3
Joshua Dobbs Fr. November 2 4 1-3
Nathan Peterman Redshirt Fr. September 21 1 0-1
2012 Tyler Bray Jr. 12 5-7
2011[4] Tyler Bray So. 7 4-3
Justin Worley Fr. October 29 3 1-2
Matt Simms Sr. 2 0-2
2010[5] Matt Simms Jr. September 4 8 2-6
Tyler Bray Fr. November 6 5 4-1
2009 Jonathan Crompton Redshirt Sr. 13 7-6
2008[6] Jonathan Crompton Redshirt Jr. 6 3-3
Nick Stephens Redshirt Fr. October 4 6 2-4
2007 Erik Ainge Sr. 14 10-4 Outback Bowl MVP
2006[7] Erik Ainge Jr. 12 9-3
Jonathan Crompton Redshirt Fr. November 11 1 0-1
2005 Erik Ainge So. 5 2-3
Rick Clausen Redshirt Sr. 6 3-3
2004 Erik Ainge Fr. October 2 6 4-2 SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year
Rick Clausen Redshirt Jr. November 20 4 3-1 Cotton Bowl Classic Offensive MVP
Brent Schaeffer Fr. September 5 3 3-0
2003 Casey Clausen Sr. 13 10-3
2002 Casey Clausen Jr. 11 7-4
C.J. Leak Redshirt Jr. October 12 1 0-1
James Banks Fr. November 16 1 1-0
2001 Casey Clausen So. 13 11-2 Florida Citrus Bowl MVP
2000 Casey Clausen Fr. October 21 7 6-1
A.J. Suggs Redshirt Fr. September 16 4 1-3
Joey Matthews So. September 2 1 1-0
1999 Tee Martin Sr. 12 9-3 All-SEC First Team
1998 Tee Martin Jr. September 5 13 13-0 Led Tennessee to the 1998 National Championship. He broke the NCAA record for consecutive completions. [8]
1997 Peyton Manning Sr. 13 11-2 1997 Heisman Trophy Runner Up. Davey O'Brien Award. Consensus All-American. SEC Player of the Year.
All-SEC First Team. SEC Championship MVP. Florida Citrus Bowl MVP
1996 Peyton Manning Jr. 12 10-2 Third Team All-American. All-SEC Second Team.
1995 Peyton Manning So. 12 11-1 All-SEC First Team.
1994 Peyton Manning Fr. September 24 8 7-1 SEC Freshman of the Year
Todd Helton Jr. September 10 3 1-2 Played in 1994 until Peyton Manning took over primary QB duties. Went on to play Major League Baseball.
Jerry Colquitt Redshirt Sr. September 3 1 0-1
1993 Heath Shuler Jr. 12 10-2 1993 Heisman Trophy Runner Up. SEC Player of the Year. All-SEC First Team.
1992 Heath Shuler So. September 5 12 9-3 Hall of Fame Bowl MVP

1933 to 1991[edit]

Year Name Notes
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
? 1947–1963
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[edit]

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. [9]
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. [10]
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 [11]

1896 to 1921 (incomplete)[edit]

Buck Hatcher

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
Joe Evans 1920
Willis McCabe 1919 Won The Porter Cup
Buck Hatcher 1916 Led the Vols to their second SIAA title. The New York Times ranked him as the season's premier punter.
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 [12]
Red Rainey 1913 All-Southern. [13]
Rufus Branch 1909–1912
Chauncey Raulston 1909
? 1908
J. C. Loucks 1906–1907
? 1903–1905
Sax Crawford 1901–1902 He coached Tennessee in 1904, scoring the first ever win over Alabama.
J. G. Logan 1900
C. L. Bryan 1899
? 1897
D. C. Chapman 1896

1891 to 1893[edit]

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 1891–1893 First Volunteer quarterback to play Vanderbilt. [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dormady started the first five games; Guarantano started the remaining six of seven games of the season.
  2. ^ Worley started the first seven games; Dobbs started the remaining five of six games of the season.
  3. ^ Worley started the first six of seven games of the season; Dobbs started the remaining four games.
  4. ^ Bray started the first five games and returned last two games of the season.
  5. ^ Simms started the first eight games; Bray started the last five games of the season.
  6. ^ Crompton started the first four games and returned the last two games of the season.
  7. ^ Ainge started the first eight games and returned the last three games of the season.
  8. ^ "Tee Martin bio". University of Kentucky. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Brackett, Feathers & Volunteers Romp Over NYU". Associated Press. December 5, 1931. 
  10. ^ "Bobby Dodd biography". Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. Archived from the original on 2008-12-01. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  11. ^ "Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame". 
  12. ^ "Tennessee Football 100 years ago". 
  13. ^ "1913 Football Program - UT vs Sewanee (at Chattanooga)". October 18, 1913. 
  14. ^ Bill Traughber (November 20, 2013). "Vanderbilt defeated Vols twice in 1892". 

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