Madison Dewey Warren
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1945-05-07) May 7, 1945 (age 74)
Place of birth: Savannah, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
College: Tennessee
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 6 / Pick: 155
Debuted in 1968 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Last played in 1968 for the Cincinnati Bengals
Career history
* Cincinnati Bengals ( 1968)
Career highlights and awards
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Career NFL statistics as of 1968
Touchdowns     1
Interceptions     4
Passing yards     506
QB rating     60.7
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Dewey Warren (The "Swamp Rat") (born May 7, 1945) was a quarterback for the University of Tennessee football team from 1965–1967. His record was 19-6 in those three years. He was the first Volunteer quarterback to pass for more than a 1000 yards in a single season.

Football experienceEdit

Warren spent one season with the American Football League's Cincinnati Bengals, playing in seven games in 1968, then coached at Brigham Young University, Kansas State University, Tennessee, and the University of the South.


Warren was instrumental in revolutionizing college football under LaVell Edwards at Brigham Young. Edwards, who had spent his career as a defensive coach, became head coach in 1972; he knew that BYU lacked the blue-chip athletes necessary to win consistently with a conventional run-oriented game and so handed the offense to Warren, who had been hired to install a passing attack. Warren's offense turned every running play into a passing play, and overwhelmed defenses with four and five receivers, coming from every possible position in the offense. Although Warren left BYU after only two seasons, his offense, led by quarterback Gary Sheide, was already setting records. BYU continues to use his offense, with further refinements, today.


Warren is now the host of a sports talk radio show in Knoxville, Tennessee.

See alsoEdit

Preceded by
Art Galiffa
Tennessee Volunteers starting quarterbacks
Succeeded by
Bubba Wyche