published Friday, April 24th, 2009

B.J. Coleman big moments

Aug. 26, 2004: In his debut as McCallie’s starting quarterback, with more than 10,000 fans at Finley Stadium, the sophomore threw for 382 yards against Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

June 20, 2006: After receiving a text message earlier in the evening from then University of Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe that he was the program’s top quarterback prospect, Coleman called and committed to head coach Phillip Fulmer.

Aug. 25, 2006: Coleman helped McCallie come back from a 14-point deficit by throwing for three touchdowns in the final 2:44, including a 54-yarder to Walter Dozier on the game’s final play, to beat Riverdale 33-27.

Sept. 29, 2006: In helping McCallie to its ninth straight win over rival Baylor, Coleman completed 13 of 15 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns.

Nov. 18, 2006: Despite throwing for 346 yards with one touchdown and rushing for two, Coleman couldn’t rally the Blue Tornado in the Division II-AAA state championship game. Brentwood Academy held on for a 37-34 win.

Nov. 27, 2006: For the second consecutive year, Coleman was named Division II-AAA’s Mr. Football Back of the Year, leading veteran McCallie coach Ralph Potter to say, “He’s the most talented individual I’ve been associated with or even seen play.”

Coleman left McCallie as the city’s career passing leader with 7,123 yards and 51 TDs as a three-year starter, including 2,927 his senior season.

Jan. 6, 2007: Against some of the nation’s top high school seniors, Coleman completed 6 of 7 passes for 100 yards and a TD in the East-West All-American game in Orlando.

Nov. 11, 2008: After Tennessee’s embarrassing loss to Wyoming, in the wake of the announcement that Fulmer would be departing as coach, Coleman denied rumors that he would leave the program.

“I love this place,” Coleman said. “I’m a kid from this state. I’d love nothing more than to play in front of the fans at Neyland Stadium.”

Nov. 13, 2008: In a junior varsity win over Hargrave Military Academy, the redshirt freshman threw for 325 yards with two TDs and no interceptions.

“We’ve known what B.J. can do all year,” Vols receiver Tyler Maples said. “He puts the ball on the money. All the balls I caught were perfect balls.”

Nov. 17, 2008: On the heels of his impressive JV game, Coleman was promoted to second team before the Vols’ road game at Vanderbilt. In what would be his only significant playing time of the season, Coleman was 4-of-8 passing for 21 yards and one interception. He also ran seven times for 17 yards in a 20-10 win.

1April 18, 2009:2 With more than 51,000 on hand for the annual Orange and White scrimmage, Coleman completed 13 of 22 passes for 161 yards with two TDs in his three series. His other drive began at the offense’s 2-yard line and culminated in a field goal, but only after a possible third TD pass was nullified by a penalty.

April 23, 2009: During a heated meeting with Lane Kiffin, Coleman informed the Vols’ head coach he would be leaving the team.

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rockytop38 said...

WOW!!!! Thats really impressive. I wish he was the QB for the Vols. Oh wait....he had his chance with THREE coaching staffs and none of them thought he was good enough to be a starter. Go cry me a river somewhere.

April 24, 2009 at 8:04 p.m.
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