Jerry Colquitt

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Jerry Colquitt
Date of birth (1972-06-28) June 28, 1972 (age 44)
Career information
Position(s) Quarterback
College Tennessee
NFL draft 1995 / Round: 6 / Pick: 191
Drafted by Carolina Panthers
Career history
As coach
1998 Ole Miss (recruiting coord.)
1999–2002 Seattle Seahawks (offensive asst./quality control coach)
As player
1995 Carolina Panthers*
1996 Frankfurt Galaxy
*Offseason and/or practice roster member only

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).

Colquitt played high school football at Oak Ridge High School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 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 back-to-back 12-1 seasons during his junior and senior years.[2]

Colquitt signed with Tennessee in 1990, 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.[3]

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 star Todd Helton, future NFL star 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. Tennessee tried to persuade the NCAA to restore Colquitt's final year of eligibility, but the request was denied.[4] During his career at UT, Colquitt completed 39 of 64 passes for 477 yards, five touchdowns, and an interception.[5]

Despite his limited playing time in college, Colquitt was selected by the Carolina Panthers in the 6th round (191st overall pick) of the 1995 NFL Draft. He was waived by the team on August 23, 1995.[6] Colquitt was a member of the Frankfurt Galaxy in 1996, but did not appear in any games for the team.[7]

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, however 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.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 1991 Squad, 1991 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 63.
  2. ^ 1990 Tennessee Signees, 1990 Tennessee Volunteers Football Guide, p. 91.
  3. ^ Player Sketches, 1992 Hall of Fame Bowl Media Guide, p. 19.
  4. ^ David Keim, "Color Doesn't Count; UT's Black Quarterbacks Have Left Giant Tracks Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.," Knoxville News Sentinel, 2002.
  5. ^ Career Football Statistics, UTSports.com. Retrieved: 26 September 2013.
  6. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/23/sports/transactions-584795.html
  7. ^ http://www.footballdb.com/players/jerry-colquitt-colquje01
  8. ^ http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/nfl/seahawks/2003-01-01-assistants-out_x.htm