This is a list of every Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets football team. Georgia Tech quarterbacks have led Georgia Tech to 673 wins, 37 bowl games, and 4 National Championships. Two quarterbacks have received Heisman Trophy votes and one of the quarterbacks, Billy Lothridge, received votes in multiple years.
Georgia Tech quarterbacks have played prominent roles in American society off the gridiron as well. Froggie Morrison, the starting quarter for the 222-0 game, served in World War I after graduating in 1916. Pat McHugh graduated in 1942, fought in World War II, and returned in 1946 to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Eddie McAshan became the first African American to start at quarterback for a majorSoutheastern university during the peak of the Civil Rights Movement.
Four Georgia Tech quarterbacks transferred from other universities and won starting jobs at Georgia Tech. Of the four, two men transferred from archrival University of Georgia and ironically defeated the Bulldogs three times in four meetings including the very first contest of Clean, Old-Fashioned Hate. In the 2008 college football season, five different current or former Yellow Jacket quarterbacks started for three different Division I-A football teams including Georgia Tech.
First start against University of Connecticut in 2005 after Reggie Ball caught viral meningitis. Started every game of the 2007 season. Transferred to Louisiana Tech after graduating in the Spring of 2008. Started five games in the 2008 season, winning two games, and accumulating 900 yards of offense for the LA Tech Bulldogs before being supplanted by Ross Jenkins.
Started all four years at Georgia Tech, missing only two games his entire career. Found academically ineligible for the 2007 Gator Bowl after his 2006 senior season. Played professional football for the Detroit Lions in 2007.
Started throughout the 1986 and 1987 seasons. Broke his pinkie finger on October 21, 1987 in practice before Tennessee Volunteers game and missed final five games. Played professional football for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Currently Georgia Tech's radio color commentator for football.
Started throughout junior and senior seasons at Georgia Tech. Started at quarterback in 1975 game against Notre Dame, which was featured prominently in the 1993 film Rudy about Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger.
First African-American to start at quarterback for a majorSoutheastern university. First African-American to receive athletic scholarship at Georgia Tech. Started until junior year suspension due to controversial conflict with coach Bill Fulcher. Played professional football for Jacksonville Sharks.
Started for Georgia Tech in his senior season. Holds records for most plays in a game for Georgia Tech with 68 and most passes attempted in a game with 61. Both records accomplished in 1968 contest against the University of Tennessee. Drafted by the Baltimore Colts in 1969.
Started three season for Georgia Tech. Participated as a Georgia Tech color commentator with Al Ciraldo from 1974 to 1993. Continued on after Ciraldo's retirement with Wes Durham until King's death in 2004.
Started the majority of three seasons for the Jackets. Still is the only Tech player to receive Heisman Trophy votes in two different years. Heisman runner-up in 1963. Played professional football primarily for the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Falcons.
Started his sophomore season for the Jackets before losing starting position to Billy Lothridge in 1961. Coached high school football at Northside High School in Warner Robins, Georgia.
Started as quarterback and punter for the Jackets in his senior season. Starting punter in 1958, as well.
Played quarterback and defensive back for Georgia Tech throughout his career. Accumulated fifteen offensive touchdowns, thirteen defensive interceptions, and one defensive touchdown throughout Tech career.
Started senior year for Georgia Tech. Head coach of the University of KansasKansas Jayhawks from 1966 to 1970 where he began a famous feud with Missouri Tigers head coach Dan Devine, which would follow them to their heated showdowns as Georgia Tech and Notre Dame head coaches. Head coach of Georgia Tech from 1974 thru 1979.
Converted from center to play quarterback because of his size and athleticism. Bobby Dodd needed the bigger man to run his new T formation offense. Played professional football for the Green Bay Packers.
Quarterbacked Georgia Tech for two seasons. First Georgia Tech player to receive Heisman Trophy votes finishing fifth in the 1944 voting. Held Georgia Tech's rushing record in a bowl game with 199 yards until the 2004 Humanitarian Bowl. Played professional football for the New York Yanks and Chicago Rockets.
Started at Georgia Tech for senior season. Played professional football for the Dayton Triangles.
In 1925 contest against the University of Georgia, thought game clock read five seconds remaining in the game when in actuality it was five minutes. Williams set up his offense for a field goal and kicked it to put Tech up 3–0 on first down. Luckily for Williams, Tech won 3–0.
Led the Georgia Tech football team in the most one-sided college football game ever played in the defeat of Cumberland College222-0. Returned to Tech as an assistant coach in 1933 after serving in World War I and sixteen-year hiatus from college football.
The following players were the predominant quarters for the Yellow Jackets each season the team was a non-conference independent team, following the birth of Georgia Tech football.
Transferred from the University of Georgia and helped defeat Georgia in the first ever meeting of the two universities.
First ever starting quarter for the Georgia Tech football team.
Other starting quarterbacks
These are quarterbacks that started a few games in the season for special cases and were not the statistical passing leader for the season. Most of these quarterbacks went on to start the following year or were primary backups throughout their careers.
Lee shared the staring role in the 2012 season with then starter Tevin Washington. While Washington played the majority of the snaps the first few games, Coach Paul Johnson found a way to have use of the veteran Washington and to get the dynamic redshirt freshmen Lee experience-gaining snaps. Johnson alternated the two quarterbacks every other series (Washington played two series, followed by Lee playing two series), allowing Washington to keep his role as team leader while Lee gathered experience for his future.
Started as a true freshman in place of an injured Mike Kelley against Duke, Navy, and Georgia. No other true freshman would start for Georgia Tech until Reggie Ball 23 years later. Started first three games of 1983 season before suffering a season ending knee injury.
Started season opener and second game in 1978 but was benched in favor of Mike Kelley. Started in place of an injured Mike Kelley against Auburn University in 1980. Was also the starting punter during his career at Tech.
Started three games after Bucky Shamburger's injury in Pitt game. Injured in Virginia Cavaliers contest and supplanted by eventual two-year starter Gary Lanier. Should not be confused with Michigan Wolverine and Green Bay Packer defensive back, Mike Jolly.
Started season opener for Georgia Tech against South Carolina Gamecocks. Injured on a quarterback sack and did not start for remainder of the season at quarterback. Played slotback in triple option throughout career at Tech.
Recruited by then offensive coordinator Patrick Nix. Threet transferred to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in January 2007. Threet sat out the 2007 season as a transfer. Threet started in eight games for Michigan in the 2008 season. In 2009, Threet transferred again to Arizona State University and will sit out the 2009 season.
Played as quarterback and wide receiver throughout career at Georgia Tech. Was the highest rated quarterback recruit in Georgia Tech history after ending his high school career as national player of the year. Played backup quarterback throughout most of 2002 season after a medical redshirt and saw major roles in 2002 against Fresno State University and in 2005 against the University of Georgia. Played professional football for the Dallas Cowboys.
Played quarterback and tight end throughout his career at Georgia Tech. Played major role in the 1980 Notre Dame game after starter Mike Kelley was injured in the game. Whisenhunt quarterbacked Tech to its only points and derailed the number one Fighting Irish with a 3–3 tie. Played professional football predominantly for the Atlanta Falcons. Head coach of the Arizona Cardinals.
Change of pace quarterback for 1977 and 1978 seasons. Pepper Rodgers would put Hardie in during passing situations. Hardie held the quarterback single game rushing record until 2006. He ran for 122 yards against Tulane in 1978. Drafted in the 5th round by the New York Mets in 1979 Amateur Draft.