Roe Campbell
Tennessee VolunteersNo. 12
Quarterback/Fullback Graduate
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Date of birth: (1900-01-04)January 4, 1900
Place of birth: Washington County, Tennessee
Career history
Tusculum (c. 1919)
Tennessee (1920–1924)
Career highlights and awards
*All-Southern (1922)
  • Tusculum College Sports Hall of Fame
  • Porter Cup (1922)

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 yearsEdit

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 CollegeEdit

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

University of TennesseeEdit

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 linksEdit

Roe Campbell at Find a Grave


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


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