Paul Hug

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Paul Hug
Biographical details
Born (1906-06-27)June 27, 1906
Died September 5, 1949(1949-09-05) (aged 43)
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Alma mater University of Tennessee
Playing career
1928–1930 Tennessee
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
? Southwestern (TN) (assistant)
1939–1946 UT Martin
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1929)

Paul Norman Hug (June 27, 1906 – September 5, 1949) was a college football player and coach.

Early years[edit]

Hug played under LeRoy Sprankle at Kingsport High with Bobby Dodd. Both Hug and Dodd intended to attend Vanderbilt University but were pried away by Robert Neyland.[1]

University of Tennessee[edit]

Hug was a prominent end for the Tennessee Volunteers football teams of the University of Tennessee from 1928 to 1930.


In 1928, Tennessee remained undefeated on the season with a 6–0 victory over Vanderbilt; its first win in the series since 1916. Before 1928, Vanderbilt held a strong advantage over the Volunteers with a record of 18–2–3. Since 1928, Tennessee has dominated the rivalry. The crowd of 22,000 was the largest ever to see a game in Tennessee up to that point. A 16-yard pass from Roy Witt to Paul Hug in the second quarter was the lone score of the contest.[2] He wore number 26 and weighed 172 pounds.


Hug was selected All-Southern in 1929.[3]

Coaching career[edit]

Hugh was an assistant for Southwestern University (now Rhodes) and a head coach for the UT Martin Skyhawks. At the latter institution, he is the namesake of Hug Drive.[4]


  1. ^ Robin Hardin (November 2000). "The Flaming Sophomores of Tennessee" (PDF). College Football Historical Society. 14 (1) – via LA84.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Blinkey Horn (November 17, 1928). "Vols Pass to Victory Against Vandy": 18 – via Google books.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ e. g. "Dodd, Holm, M'Ever, Banker, South's Backfield". Freeport Journal-Standard. December 4, 1929. p. 15. Retrieved March 13, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ "The University of Tennessee at Martin Facility Namings and Dedications". Archived from the original on September 1, 2013.