Vols' Lathers Will Play In NFLPA Bowl

Tuesday, January 01, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers has been invited to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, a college all-star game featuring draft eligible seniors.

The game will be played on Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., and air on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. ET.

 

Lathers comes off a senior season with the Vols where he racked up 66 tackles, third-most on the team. He played in 11 games overall with eight starts at WILL linebacker. Lathers had 5.0 tackles for a loss including two sacks along with two passes defended and an interception. Lathers had a career-high 15 tackles and his first-career interceptions at No. 17 South Carolina on Oct. 27. He also had 12 tackles at Mississippi State on Oct. 13. Over a three-game span vs. ranked teams, piled up 35 stops from Oct. 13-27. The Baton Rouge, La., native was named the Vols' SEC Community Service Player of the Week late in the season. Lather returned to action in 2012 after missing all of 2011 with a fractured ankle.

NFL prospects will be placed into two NFLPA Collegiate Bowl teams. ESPN analyst and former NFL player/coach Herm Edwards will coach the American Team, while Super Bowl-winning coach Dick Vermeil will coach the National Team.

For one week preceding the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, participating draft-eligible seniors will receive an in-depth introduction to the union - the primary resource for information on the business of football and how to succeed in the NFL and in post-football careers.

Four hours of practices will air on ESPNU in the week leading up the game on Jan. 19.


State Soccer Sectional Times Set For Saturday

The times are set for six area teams who will play for a spot in the Tennessee state soccer tournament that begins next week in Murfreesboro.  In Division I, three teams earned the right to host sectional games with wins Thursday night.  East Hamilton will host Oakland in a Class AAA game at 4 p.m. CCS will play at Grace at 5 and Boyd-Buchanan will play at Notre ... (click for more)

Phillips, Woerner Win Signal Mountain Pie Run

Geno Phillips must enjoy running hilly courses on Signal Mountain. The 43-year-old middle school teacher and coach won the Signal Mountain Pie Run 10K on Saturday morning with a time of 35 minutes, four seconds as he ran about a minute faster than last year’s winning effort. Joseph Goetz was second in 35:29 while Patrick Hall was third in 35:55.   Peyton Miller and Ryan ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)