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Roe Campbell
Tennessee Volunteers – No. 12
Position Quarterback/Fullback
Class Graduate
Career history
College Tusculum (c. 1919)
Tennessee (1920–1924)
Personal information
Born: (1900-01-04)January 4, 1900
Washington County, Tennessee
Died: December 27, 1988(1988-12-27) (aged 88)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Career highlights and awards

Lacy Roe Campbell (January 4, 1900 – December 27, 1988) was an American football and basketball player for the Tennessee Volunteers of the University of Tennessee.

Early years[edit]

Campbell was born on January 4, 1900 to Jefferson Davis Campbell and Louise Truin in a rural part of Washington County, Tennessee. His mother was the daughter of Swiss immigrants and an avid painter.[1]

Tusculum College[edit]

Before Tennessee he went to Tusculum College,[2] where he is a member of its sports hall of fame.[3]

University of Tennessee[edit]

Campbell played quarterback and fullback for M. B. Banks's Tennessee Volunteers from 1920 to 1924. He also played basketball at UT.



In 1921, he spearheaded the first touchdown drive of Tennessee's first ever victory over the Mississippi A&M Aggies in a 14 to 7 win in Memphis.


In 1922 he was awarded the Porter Cup as best all-around athlete at the University of Tennessee.[4] He also received votes for All-Southern that year.[5]



He played in the first basketball meeting between Tennessee and Vanderbilt.[6]

External links[edit]

Roe Campbell at Find a Grave


  • Mike Siroky (1982). Orange Lightning: Inside University of Tennessee Football. Leisure Press. pp. 7–17. 


  1. ^ Robert L. Wilson. "Blount County Campbells produce generations of visual artists". 
  2. ^ Volunteer Yearbook, 1921, p. 140
  3. ^ "Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame". Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. 
  4. ^ "Announcement of Honors and Scholarships". The University of Tennessee Record. 25 (3): 27. 
  5. ^ "Georgia Tech Has Four on All-Southern Team". Richmond Times Dispatch. December 10, 1922. 
  6. ^ Bill Traughber (February 11, 2009). "VU/UT first met in 1922". 


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