List of Auburn Tigers starting quarterbacks

This is a list of every Auburn Tigers football team quarterback and the years they participated on the Auburn Tigers football team.

Main starting quarterbacks[edit]

1892 to 1894[edit]

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Name Years Started Notability References
Frank Lupton 1892 Auburn’s first ever captain; scores its first ever points. [1]
Shel Toomer 1892 Later a state senator, namesake of Toomer’s Corner. [2]
J. C. Dunham 1893
Dutch Dorsey 1893 Scored the first-ever touchdown against Georgia. [3]

1895 to 1921 (incomplete)[edit]

The following quarterbacks were the predominant quarters for the Tigers each season after the establishment of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association until the establishment of the Southern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
Reynolds Tichenor 1894–1896 Weighed only 116 pounds. He once executed a “hidden ball trick” in the 1895 game against Vanderbilt, a 6 to 9 loss which was the first game in the south decided by a field goal. [4]
Ed Huguley 1897–1900
C. J. Williams 1901 [5]
Zac Smith 1902–1903
“Runt” Perkins 1904; 1906
Royden Stanley 1905–1906 [6]
Tom McLure 1906–1908 All-Southern (1908). McLure and Lew Hardage were in the 1908 backfield which despite a loss to LSU claims a southern title. [7]
Walker Reynolds 1909 First cousin of Reynolds Tichenor.
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Kirk Newell 1911–1913 Led Auburn to 1913 SIAA title. Gained 1,707 yards that year, 46% of the team’s entire offensive output. Twice All-Southern. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. [8]
Tom Wingo 1911
Rip Major 1912 Coached at Wofford.
Ted Arnold 1913 Allowed Newell to move to halfback, his more natural position. Later a referee [8]
Legare Hairston 1914 “Lucy” piloted Auburn to its 1914 SIAA title. in 1916, Moon Ducote kicked a field goal off of Hairston’s helmet to beat Georgia. [9][10]
Kenny Caughman 1915 Transferred from Clemson.
Homer Prendergast 1915–1916 Later coached high school ball in Shreveport.
Pat Jones 1916
Carey Robinson 1917 Played center all his other years. Later AD for Birmingham-Southern. [11]
Frank Stubbs 1918; 1920 Dated Zelda Sayre. [12]
John Trapp 1919 Led Auburn to 1919 SIAA title.
Charles Scott 1919
Red Brown 1920
Charles Gibson 1921–1922

1922 to 1932[edit]

The following quarterbacks were the predominant quarters for the Tigers each season after the establishment of the Southern Conference until the establishment of the Southeastern Conference.

Name Years Started Notability References
S. D. Peterson 1923–1924
Frank Tuxworth 1925 Threw a touchdown to Pea Green to tie Georgia Tech.
Frankie Bogue 1925
Pat Moulton 1926
W. A. Hodges 1927
Porter Callahan 1928
Khaki Robinson 1929–1930
Chattie Davidson 1931 He was co-captain with guard J. D. Bush.
Ripper Williams 1932–1933 All-SEC [13]

1933 to present (incomplete)[edit]

The following quarterbacks were the predominant quarters for the Tigers each season after the establishment of the Southeastern Conference up to the present day.

Name Years Started W-L Notability References
Billy Hitchcock 1936 Brother of Jimmy.
Lloyd Cheatham 1941 All-SEC.
James McDaniel 1946–1947
Travis Tidwell 1948–1949 National Football League player. [14]
Vince Dooley 1951–1953 14-16-1 Later a prominent coach for the Georgia Bulldogs.
Bobby Freeman 1954
Howell Tubbs 1955–1956
Lloyd Nix 1957–1958 19-0-1 1957 SEC Championship and national championship. 19–0–1 record as a starter. [15]
Bryant Harvard 1959
Bobby Hunt 1959–61 Hunt played both quarterback and defensive back for the Tigers from 1959–61. In 1959, he was named SEC Sophomore of the Year, was named to Auburn’s Team of the Decade for the 1960s as a defensive back. Went on the become a starter at DB in the NFL and was a starter for the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl I.
Jimmy Sidle 1963–1964 First SEC quarterback to rush for over 1,000 yards. All-American in 1963.
Tom Bryan 1964–1966
Loran Carter 1966–1968
Pat Sullivan 1969–1971 26-7 Heisman Trophy Winner (1971). College Football Hall of Fame. [16]
Randy Walls 1972–1973 16-7
Phil Gargis 1974–1976 18-15-1
Charlie Trotman 1977–1979 20-12-1
Joe Sullivan 1980–81 Brother of Pat Sullivan.
Charles Thomas 1981
Randy Campbell 1982–1983 Led Auburn to 9–3 record in 1982 and to an 11–1 record, SEC Title and Sugar Bowl victory in 1983.
Pat Washington 1984–1985
Bobby Walden 1985 Freshman starter, had to give up football with knee injury.
Jeff Burger 1985–1987 SEC Championship 1987, 10-win 1986 season, first Auburn quarterback to take a snap from the ‘shotgun’ position.
Reggie Slack 1987–1989 SEC Championship 1988–1989
Stan White 1990–1993 29-14-2 School record for career passing yards. Led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 1993. Only four-year starter at QB at Auburn.
Patrick Nix 1994–1995 17-5-1
Dameyune Craig 1996–1997 18-7 1997 SEC West Championship
Gabe Gross 1998–99 Opted to concentrate on baseball career after losing starting QB job to Leard during the first game of the 1999 season. Went on to successful MLB career.
Ben Leard 1998–2000
Daniel Cobb 2001–2002
Jason Campbell 2002–2004 As a starter, he had a different offensive coordinator every year, finally finding success in his senior year when he led the Tigers to an undefeated season in 2004 and was named the SEC Player of the Year and MVP of the SEC Championship Game.
Brandon Cox 2005–2007 29-9 3-0 against Alabama
Kodi Burns 2008
Chris Todd 2008–2009 2008 SEC Offensive Newcomer of the Year

2009 First Team All-SEC

Cam Newton 2010 14-0 Newton netted a Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Manning Award, AP College Football Player of the Year, All-American, and a national championship in 2010. [17][18]
Barrett Trotter 2011
Clint Mosley 2011
Kiehl Frazier 2012
Jonathan Wallace 2012
Nick Marshall 2013–2014 20-7 In his first season on Auburn’s team, Marshall led the Tigers to an SEC Championship in 2013 and the 2014 BCS National Championship Game. In two seasons, he amassed 4508 passing yards & 34 passing TD, and 1866 rushing yards & 23 rushing TD. He is one of three Auburn players to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a career. He ranks third in school history for TDs accounted for with 57. Marshall moved to defensive back for the NFL draft. He now plays cornerback in the CFL for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Jeremy Johnson 2015
Sean White 2015–2016 Became first Auburn freshman quarterback to throw for 250 or more yards in three consecutive games.
Jarrett Stidham 2017– 2018 18-9 Completed a school-record 18 consecutive passes vs. Mercer on Sep 16, 2017
Bo Nix 2019-2021 16-10 Son of Patrick Nix.


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