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Jerry Colquitt
Date of birth: (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 47)
Career information
Position(s): Quarterback
NFL Draft: 1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191
Drafted by: Carolina Panthers
Organizations

Jeremiah Juan "Jerry" Colquitt (born June 28, 1972) [1] is a former American football player and coach. He played college football at the University of Tennessee, and was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the 1995 NFL Draft, but did not make the team. He is of no known relation to Colquitt family of punters (Dustin, Britton, Jimmy, and Craig).

Early yearsEdit

Colquitt played high school football at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.[2] During his senior year, he completed 86 of 155 passes for 1,168 yards and 11 touchdowns, and was named All-State. As the Wildcats' starting quarterback, he led the team to consecutive 12-1 seasons during his junior and senior years.[3]

College careerEdit

Colquitt signed with Tennessee in 1990 under head coach Johnny Majors, but redshirted his first year.[1] During the 1991 season, he was a backup to veteran quarterback Andy Kelly. He began the 1992 season competing for the starting quarterback slot, but was edged out by Heath Shuler.[4]

When Shuler entered the NFL draft following his junior season, Colquitt became Tennessee's starting quarterback, leading a quarterback corps that included future Colorado Rockies baseball All-Star Todd Helton, future NFL Pro-Bowler Peyton Manning, and future Texas A&M quarterback Branndon Stewart. Seven plays into his first start against UCLA, however, Colquitt suffered a season-ending knee injury.[5] Tennessee tried to persuade the NCAA to restore Colquitt's final year of eligibility, but the request was denied.[6] During his collegiate career, Colquitt completed 39 of 64 passes for 477 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception.[7]

Collegiate statisticsEdit

Year School Conf Pos Cmp Att Pct Yds Y/A AY/A TD Int Rate
1991 Tennessee SEC QB 1 1 100.0 31 31.0 31.0 0 0 360.4
1992 Tennessee SEC QB 16 33 48.5 190 5.8 6.4 1 0 106.8
1993 Tennessee SEC QB 19 26 73.1 233 9.0 10.3 4 1 191.4
1994 Tennessee SEC QB 3 4 75.0 23 5.8 5.8 0 0 123.3
Career Tennessee 39 64 60.9 477 7.5 8.3 5 1 146.2

Professional careerEdit

Despite his limited playing time in college, Colquitt was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the sixth round (191st overall pick) of the 1995[8] NFL Draft.[9] He was waived by the team on August 23, 1995. Colquitt was a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy of the World League of American Football in 1996, but did not appear in any games for the team.[10]

Post-playing careerEdit

In 1998, Colquitt was hired by his former offensive coordinator at Tennessee, David Cutcliffe, as recruiting coordinator at Ole Miss. In 1999, he was promoted to director of recruiting. He left Mississippi two months later to become an offensive assistant and quality control coach with the Seattle Seahawks. He was let go by the team following the 2002 season.[11]

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