UTC's Wakeel Named Defensive Player Of The Week

Monday, October 28, 2013

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior linebacker Muhasibi Wakeel is the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced today.  Wakeel led the Mocs with a career-high 17 tackles in a 28-24 win over The Citadel on Saturday. 

Muhasibi made his first start of the season against the Bulldogs, making an immediate impact on the defensive side of the ball.  He topped his career-best output with nine tackles in the first half alone.  He also recovered a fumble in the second quarter logging the game’s lone takeaway. 

Wakeel was in on three third-down stops in the game and helped hold The Citadel to just seven points after the break.  His 17 tackles were the most for a Moc since Ryan Consiglio tallied 19 against Wofford in 2011.

A native of Decatur, Ga., Wakeel has seen action in all 30 games over the last three seasons.  He had 13 stops as a freshman in 2011 and 12 tackles last season.  He came into Saturday’s game with 23 this year. 

This is the third week in a row a Moc has earned the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honor.  Junior DE Davis Tull was the previous honoree, with senior Wes Dothard taking the award two weeks ago.  It is the first such recognition in Wakeel’s career.   

The Mocs hit the road this weekend for a visit to Appalachian State (2-6, 2-3 SoCon).  Chattanooga is now tied for second in the SoCon race with a 4-1 league tally, 6-2 overall.  Kickoff against the Mountaineers is set for 3:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) and can be heard on ESPN Radio 105.1 The Zone, the flagship station of the Mocs Sports Network.


Notre Dame Sweeps GPS In Volleyball

Notre Dame volleyball coach Ted Hackett  wasn't real sure how well his team would play on Monday evening against non-district rival GPS, but he seemed pretty happy following the 2-0 win over the Bruisers in a match that took just over 35 minutes. The first set wasn't close as Notre Dame broke from a 13-13 tie to win by 25-13 as senior Mallory Hein recorded the last 12 service ... (click for more)

Tennessee Gets Down To Final Preparations For Georgia

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.   – Tennessee’s first Southeastern Conference road trip to Georgia on Saturday (noon kickoff on the SEC Network) will be a homecoming for 17 Vols. That fact is not lost on those players, from freshmen wanting to make a first impression to those, like   A.J. Johnson , playing against the Bulldogs and in their home state for the final time. ... (click for more)

Youth Pleads Guilty In 2011 Club Fathom Shootings; Rakestraw Gets 3 Years In Prison

A teen who was 15 at the time nine people were shot outside Club Fathom downtown on Christmas Eve 2011 pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated assault on Tuesday. Brandon Lebron Rakestraw, who is now 18, appeared before Criminal Court Judge Don Poole. He received a three-year prison term to serve. Rakestraw has been in jail for 10 months. Prosecutor Jason Demastus ... (click for more)

Erlanger Finishes Fiscal Year With $18 Million Profit

After a major loss the year before, Erlanger Health System finished the fiscal year with an $18 million profit, officials announced Monday night. It was well ahead of the $2 million gain that Erlanger had budgeted for, and far better than last year's $8 million loss. The profit was boosted by a first-time $19,587,000 from a Public Hospital Supplemental payment and essential ... (click for more)

ChattaData Is A Real Advance For The City

This past Tuesday, the city of Chattanooga's new performance management tool called ChattaData was unveiled. As the chairman of the City Council’s Budget & Finance Committee, I am excited to witness the city putting this important information online in a way that is accessible and transparent to all taxpayers. This approach shines light on how we as a city prioritize our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Apollos Hester’s Way

East View High was trailing at halftime by a pair of touchdowns in last Friday night’s game against unbeaten Vandegrift. But the players at the Georgetown, Texas, school each have a sticker on the back of their helmets that says “TPW” which is a constant reminder that “Tough People Win.” Then there is “attitude” and that is where running back Apollos Hester steps in. In what ... (click for more)