Vols Jersey Countdown #8

Aug. 23, 2012

Timber Tops
Andy Kelly
Quarterback (1988-91)

Currently the sideline reporter for Vol Network broadcasts of UT football games, Andy Kelly was a three-year starter at quarterback for Tennessee from 1988-91, leading the Vols to back-to-back SEC Championships in 1989 and 1990.

With Kelly as the starter, the Vols went 24-5-2 and played in three straight New Year's Day bowl games. He was named Most Outstanding Player of the 1991 Sugar Bowl and earned second-team All-SEC honors his senior season. He left UT as the career leader in total offense, passing yardage, attempts, completions and touchdowns.

After his collegiate career, Kelly participated in training camps with the Arizona Cardinals (1992) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1994) of the NFL and spent two seasons playing for the Rhein Fire (1995-96) in the World League.

Kelly is best known for his illustrious career in the Arena Football League, where he became the most prolific quarterback in AFL history over the course of his 16 seasons with nine teams. Kelly set several all-time AFL career passing records, including touchdown passes, passing yards, pass attempts and pass completions.

In an April 2007 AFL playoff game, he became only the fourth quarterback in football history to throw more than 800 career touchdowns. After retiring from football following the 2007 season, Kelly served as the offensive coordinator for the AFL's Georgia Force in 2008.

Chris Hogue
Kicker/Punter (1997)
"I'm not sure how to describe how special wearing number 8, 21 or even 95 was to me. One thing about being a walk-on kicker/punter is you will take whatever number you can get. I think number 8 was the most special to me because it was the first number I wore after earning a scholarship and proving to myself that hard work pays off. Regardless of the number, the memories I have from being a part of such a great University and the tradition of Tennessee football will be with me forever. There is nothing better than Tennessee football. Go Big Orange!"

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Doyle Whitaker - 1969-70
Jim Richardson - 1972
Randy Wallace - 1974-76
David Rudder - 1977-79
Jeff Joslin - 1981
Dirk Gentry - 1982-83
Victor Peppers - 1986-87
Andy Kelly - 1988-91
Cliff Dutton - 1992
Jason Amonette - 1993
Mike Grein - 1994
Jeremy Bates - 1995
Bryan Darden - 1997
Chris Hogue - 1997
Joey Matthews - 1998-01
Gibril Wilson - 2002-03
Lester Ransom - 2005
Jonathan Crompton - 2006-09
Tyler Bray - 2010-12

For the most up-to-date information about Tennessee football, visit UTSports.com/football or follow us on Twitter @Vol_Football.

Tennessee will open the 2012 campaign at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. To purchase tickets, visit UTTix.com or call the Tennessee ticket office at 1-800-332-VOLS.





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