3 Greatest Quarterbacks in Tennessee History

Zach Brunner
Peyton Manning is the all-time Tennessee passing leader, with 11.201 yards.
Peyton Manning is the all-time Tennessee passing leader, with 11.201 yards. / Silas Walker/Getty Images

The Tennessee Volunteer football program has fielded some terrific football players at many positions, and quarterback is no different. While there is one that clearly stands above the rest, Tennessee has had success recruiting the position over the years.

All of the great Volunteers' offensive groups begin with their signal-caller, and these are three of the greatest in their program history to suit up in Knoxville on Saturdays.

3. Casey Clausen (2000-03)

While not a widely-known player, Casey Clausen did some damage for the Volunteers in the early 2000's. He ranks second all-time in passing yards, at 9,707. He completed 61.0 percent of his passes and threw 75 touchdowns to only 31 interceptions. Clausen led Tennessee to a 10-2 record his senior year, bringing to the Volunteers to the Peach Bowl. Unfortunately, his team fell to the Clemson Tigers, but he did finish his final football game with a career-high 384 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

2. Josh Dobbs (2013-16)

While he did not pan out in the pros, Joshua Dobbs was fantastic for Tennessee. He ranks fifth all-time in passing yards, with 7,138, throwing 53 touchdowns to 29 interceptions. What also made him dangerous was his ability to use his legs. Dobbs ran for another 2,160 yards (No. 7 in Tennessee history) and 32 touchdowns.

1. Peyton Manning (1994-97)

Peyton Manning is inarguably the best quarterback in Tennessee program history. He is the all-time leading passer, at 11,201 yards. This is nearly 1,500 yards more than Clausen's second-place total of 9,707. He also leads the program with 89 passing touchdowns, compared to only 33 interceptions. You may also be surprised to know "The Sheriff" did some damage with his legs back in the day, racking up 12 touchdowns on the ground.

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