'63 squad completed undefeated season as 14th ranked team in nation
Billy Fletcher was a standout prep quarterback at South Side High School prior to signing a scholarship with Ole Miss in 1962. After one season with the Rebels, Fletcher transferred to then Memphis State University and played for three years under former head coach Billy J. Murphy.
As a sophomore he played behind starter Russell Vollmer at quarterback but also handled all of the kicking duties. He rushed for 224 yards and had three field goals and three PATs. During his junior season, Fletcher led the team in rushing and in scoring. He threw for 921 yards and seven touchdowns, returned 16 kickoffs for 389 yards and booted a school record 50-yard field goal against West Texas. In total, Fletcher broke nine records during his junior season.
In his final campaign, the multi-threat quarterback threw for 1,239 yards and 13 touchdowns, rushed for 556 yards and six scores and kicked 24 PATs. He became the first Memphis quarterback to pass for more than 1,000 yards in a season and by the end of the 1965 season, had set 15 new Memphis football records. In the 1965 Mississippi State contest, Fletcher led the Tigers to a 33-13 win over the undefeated Bulldogs and for his play was named the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated National Back of the Week.
He was drafted by the Denver Broncos and after a stint in pro football, returned to Memphis to start a career in the metal supply business.