Franklin, Carr Earn TSWA Honors

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

Vanderbilt coach James Franklin, who led the Commodores to their most wins in a season since 1915, and Tennessee-Martin quarterback Derek Carr, who threw for 3,276 yards and 31 touchdowns, were named the TSWA College Football Coach and Player of the Year, respectively, in a vote by TSWA members.

Franklin was a runaway winner for the honor, with MTSU’s Rick Stockstill being a distant second in the voting of TSWA members. The Player of the Year wasn’t as defined, with Carr finishing ahead of a handful of players in the voting.

In Franklin’s second year as coach, Vanderbilt closed with a seven-game winning streak, including a 38-24 win over North Carolina State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The Commodores finished 9-4, the most wins in a season since 1915.

Vanderbilt was 5-3 in the SEC with conference wins over Tennessee, Auburn, Missouri, Kentucky and Ole Miss. The Commodores’ four losses were to teams ranked in the final polls.

Vanderbilt was ranked in both of the season’s final polls; No. 20 in the USA Today/Coaches Poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll.

Carr, a 6-foot-1 senior from McKenzie, had a completion percentage of 63.6 percent (264 of 415), while throwing only eight interceptions. He was a second-team All-OVC selection and guided the Skyhawks to an 8-3 overall record and 6-2 conference record.

Carr was part of two of the OVC’s most memorable games. He completed 42 of 46 passes for 560 yards and seven touchdowns in a 66-59 win over Murray State.

Against Jacksonville State, Carr completed 28 of 43 passes for 402 yards and seven touchdowns.

Carr played in the 2012 FCS Senior Bowl and leaves Martin with five career records.

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)



Baylor's Maia Signs With Carson Newman

Baylor soccer standout Matheus Maia signed to continue his soccer career at Carson Newman University on Thursday at the Baylor School.   "We are really excited for Matheus and his future at Carson Newman," Baylor head coach Curtis Blair said.  "He gets to play for a great coach in Coach Lyons and they are always around the Top25 in the nation. Coach Lyons and ... (click for more)

Dalton State Lady Roadrunners Get Off To A Rocky Start At NAIA National Championship

Dalton State got off to a rocky start during the first round of the NAIA National Championship, posting a team total of (+41, 329) and sit in 19th place overall on the Champion Course at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. #1 SCAD-Savannah (Ga.) currently holds the lead at (+12). #5 William Woods (Mo.), (+21), is in second, with #14 Taylor (Ind.), (+23), in third. #17 ... (click for more)

State Seeking 1st-Degree Murder Conviction Against Donaldson For Killing Son-In-Law

The state is seeking a first-degree murder conviction against 57-year-old Glen Allen Donaldson for killed his son-in-law. Prosecutor Crystle Carrion told a jury in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole on Tuesday that there was no evidence that self-defense was involved in the slaying of Adam Levi, who was 39. However,attorney Jerry Summers said Donaldson said in a 911 call that ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Man Who Served Time For Attempted Murder Now Facing Armed Robbery Charge

A Chattanooga man who earlier served time for an attempted first-degree murder is now facing an armed robbery count. Garion Devilliar Lewis Jr., 33, of 6409 Rosemary Dr., is charged with aggravated robbery as well as drug and gun counts. In an incident on May 9, a man who no longer lives in Chattanooga said he was leaving his mother's residence on Sholar Avenue when he saw ... (click for more)

Liberal Conspiracy Afoot

According to Roy Exum’s Sunday column, there are now upwards of six or seven Democrats in Hamilton County, and all of them have secretly maneuvered their way onto the boards of a couple of dozen local organizations. Unlike Republicans, some of them serve on multiple boards and some of them serve with one another on the same boards. This is outrageous. We all know that boards and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Please Don’t Get Numb

Several weeks ago we woke up to learn there had been another shooting in Chattanooga and the next day there were two paragraphs on the fourth page of the newspaper.  It has become so common we as a society have grown numb to it and, when a teen-aged girl in Texas said she wasn’t surprised last week when eight students and two teachers were massacred in her school some 30 miles ... (click for more)