Erik  Ainge

10Erik Ainge


Hillsboro, Ore.

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Height / Weight:
6-6 / 220



Political Science

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Full Name: Erik Douglas Ainge

Born: June 12, 1986

Coach at Glencoe High School: Craig Ruecker


    • 2005 Academic All-SEC
    • 2004 Freshman All-America The Sporting News (2nd)
    • Freshman All-SEC Coaches and Knoxville News Sentinel
    • SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year The Sporting News
    • National Freshman of the Week (Sept. 18, 2004)


2007 -

Games/Starts: 14/14 ... 325 completions is most in a season by a UT quarteback (previous high: 287 by Peyton Manning in 1997) ... Second in the SEC in completions (23.2) per game and third in yards (242.8) per game ... Career game highs in both pass attempts (47) and completions (32) in opener against Cal ... Finished with 271 yards passing and three TD tosses ... Completed 23-of-36 passes for 276 yards and 2 TDs against Southern Miss ... Threw for 249 yards on 26-of-41 passing at Florida ... Threw for career-high 334 yards and 4 TDs on 27-of-39 passing against Arkansas State ... Completed 17-of-22 passes for 165 yards vs. Georgia ... Led Vols on seven scoring drives against Mississippi State, completing 22-of-36 for 259 yards and 2 TDs ... Threw for 243 yards on 22-of-35 passing against Alabama ... Tossed two TDs on 12-of-25 passing against Arkansas ... Completed 29-of-43 passes for 245 yards and 3 TDs against Vanderbilt ... Was instrumental in UT's largest fourth quarter comeback in Neyland Stadium history completing 12-of-15 passes for 107 yards and 2 TDs in the final quarter against the Commodores ... Set a school record and tied SEC record with seven TD passes against Kentucky leading Vols to victory in 4 OTs ... Finished with a career-high 397 passing yards on 28-of-45 passing against Wildcats ... Named SI on Campus Dean's List Player of the Week for efforts against Kentucky ... Threw for 249 yards and 2 TDs in SEC Championship game vs. LSU ... In final collegiate game, threw for 365 yards and two TDs in Outback Bowl win over Wisconsin.

2006 -

Games/Starts: 12/12 ... Set UT season record with completion percentage of 67.0 ... Broke records held by Daryl Dickey (64.9) for minimum of 100 attempts and Peyton Manning (64.2) for minimum of 300 attempts ... Second in SEC passing yards per game (249.1), third in total offense (240.6) and added 19 TD passes ... Earned second team midseason All-America honors from and ... Injured ankle Oct. 28 at South Carolina and missed most of LSU and Arkansas contests ... Finished season fifth alltime among UT passers with 5,178 career yards and sixth in total offense at 4,893 ... Had SEC's two longest pass completions in 2006 -- 80 yards to Robert Meachem vs. California and 84 to Meachem at Memphis ... Began season passing for 291 yards and career-high four touchdowns in 35-18 win over No. 9 California ... Completed 11-of-18 vs. Golden Bears with TDs of 12, 42, 80 and 50 yards ... 24-of-29 in win over Air Force for career-high 333 yards and three touchdowns ... Completed 15 straight passes against Falcons for second best all-time school mark ... Completed 85 percent (23-of-27) at Memphis for 324 yards and tied career high with four TDs ... Led team back from 17-point deficit at Georgia by throwing for 268 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for one ... Against Alabama, led fourth-quarter comeback for the second straight game ... Threw career-high 46 times (most in SEC last year) vs. Tide and completed career-high 28 for 302 yards ... Biggest play of game may have been touchdown-saving tackle of Alabama's Simeon Castille on interception return ... Crimson Tide settled for field goal as Vols won by three ... Led fourth-quarter comeback for third straight outing, passing for 254 yards and two touchdowns against Carolina ... Injured ankle in fourth quarter ... Returned to starting lineup against Vanderbilt, completing 21-of-26 passes (including 11 in row) for 266 yards and two touchdowns ... Had string of 136 consecutive pass attempts without interception ended vs. Penn State in Outback Bowl ... Streak was second longest in UT history behind only Casey Clausen's 143 in 2003.

2005 - Games/Starts: 8/5 ... Shared QB snaps with senior Rick Clausen throughout season ... Completed touchdown passes vs. UAB and Florida to stretch consecutive games with TD pass to 11, tying Peyton Manning for fourth-best streak in UT history ... Played the entire game at Notre Dame, completing 13-of-32 for 187 yards, one TD and two INTs ... Also had a career-high 11 rushing attempts vs. Irish ... Season's best showing came at Kentucky in season finale ... Threw TD strikes of 50 and 32 yards while completing 17-of-25 passes for 221 yards in Vols' 27-8 triumph in Lexington ... Earned Academic All-SEC honors.

2004 - Games/Starts: 9/6 ... Threw for 1,452 yards to rank second on UT freshman list ... Came off bench vs. Florida to lead four Vols scoring drives, completing 16-of-24 for 192 yards and three TDs ... Went 5-of-7 for 72 yards on third- and fourth-down plays in second half against Gators ... Led Vols to victory at No. 3-ranked Georgia in first career road start ... Threw pair of TD passes while going 12-of-21 for 150 yards ... Notched second consecutive road win by orchestrating Tennessee's fourth-quarter comeback drive that gave Vols 21-17 victory at Mississippi ... Completed 14-of-30 for career-high 231 yards, one TD and one INT against Rebels ... South Carolina game marked his third three-TD outing ... Started Notre Dame game and completed 11-of-18 for 149 yards and one TD before suffering separated shoulder on final play of first half ... Missed final four games due to that injury.

HIGH SCHOOL - 2003 Oregon Gatorade Player of the Year ... PrepStar All-America ... Northwest Nugget (awarded to top six athletes in Northwest U.S.) and All-State as senior ... First-team All-Metro quarterback as both junior and senior ... Led state in passing yards, completions and TDs ... Threw for 3,078 yards, 24 touchdowns and 8 interceptions as senior ... Best game that year was against Aloha, finishing 20-of-28 for 475 yards and 5 TDs accounting for 62 points in three quarters of action ... As junior, passed for 2,554 yards and 15 touchdowns ... Also named second-team All-Metro in basketball with 16.4-point average junior season ... Street & Smith named him preseason honorable mention guard heading into senior year ... Baseball pitcher, shortstop and first baseman as freshman and sophomore.

2004 9 198-109 9/17 55.1 1,452 161.3 135.89 1,423 158.1 231-Miss
2005 8 145-66 7/5 45.5 737 92.1 89.94 673 84.1 221-UK
Totals17 343-175 16/22 51.0 2,189 128.8 116.47 2,096 123.3 231-Miss



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