Vanderbilt never had a Black quarterback to consistently lead the Commodores football team until Heflin burst onto the scene in 1978.
Before that year, the only other Black quarterback at Vanderbilt to be named the starter was David Culley, who only filled in for an injured Fred Fisher against Rice in 1975.
Culley, who is the new head coach of the Houston Texans, was again relegated to a backup role once Fisher returned to action, but Heflin — just three years later — was the first QB to earn the starting role at the beginning of a season and retain the position through two seasons.
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SOURCE: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ArLuther Lee