Young Vols Garner More Postseason Honors

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Defensive back Cameron Sutton (second team) and wide receiver Marquez North (honorable mention) have been named to the College Football News All-Freshman Team. Safety Brian Randolph (honorable mention) was also named to the All-Sophomore Team.

Sutton had a standout season in his inaugural campaign on Rocky Top. The Jonesboro, Ga., native made 39 tackles as he started all 12 games in 2013. Sutton led the Vols with nine passes defended including two interceptions and seven pass break-ups. He also had four tackles for a loss with a sack and two fumble recoveries.

Sutton was the Vols' first true freshman to return an interception for a touchdown since Eric Berry (2007 at Florida) on a 36-yard return vs. WKU (9/7). His second interception came in the Vols' upset win over South Carolina (10/19). He became first true freshman to start in secondary since Justin Coleman (2011) in season opener vs. Austin Peay (8/31).

North started all 11 games he played and was the Vols leader in receiving yards with 496 as a true freshman. He finished second on the team with 38 receptions, the second-most by a freshman in Tennessee history. His yardage total ranks as the third-best total by a freshman in UT annals.

The Charlotte, N.C., native became the first true freshman since 2009 (Marsalis Teague) to start a season opener for the Orange & White. North had his first career 100-yard game with three catches for 102 yards in the upset win over #11 South Carolina (10/19). That total made North the first freshman since Justin Hunter in 2010 with 100-yard game.

North also had his second of two ESPN SportsCenter Top 10 plays in the game with a remarkable 39-yard one-handed grab.

Randolph returned to action and started all 12 games in 2013 after missing most of the 2012 season with a knee injury. Randolph finished second on the Vols with 75 tackles. He led the team with four interceptions and was third on the team in passes defended with seven this season.

Randolph tied his career-high with 12 tackles and made game-saving interception in end zone as South Alabama (9/28) was driving with a chance to tie the game in final minutes. The Marietta, Ga., native also had a game-high 11 tackles, including two TFLs, at #19 Florida (9/21) as he made his 100th career tackle in that game.

Randolph was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9 after he had the first two interceptions of his career vs. Western Kentucky (9/7) along with eight tackles.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)


All-district Teams Named In 5-A And 6-A High School Basketball

Several local high school basketball players and coaches were named to the all-district teams from 5-A and 6-A announced today. In District 5-A, Arts & Sciences’ Lennex Walker and Boyd-Buchanan’s Maddie Wright were named co-players of the year, while the Patriots’ Zach Dragoo received coach of the year honors. Darius Graves of CSAS was the boys’ player of the year, and ... (click for more)

Both Dalton State Golf Teams Are In The Top 10 In The NAIA

Both Dalton State golf teams are now in the Golfstats National NAIA Top-10 Ranking released Thursday morning.   The Lady Roadrunners remained at number eight this week with two players in the top-50. Erika Wardzinski, Southern States Athletic Conference Player of the Week, is ranked 16 th in the nation and 1 st among SSAC players. Caroline Griffin is ranked 47 th . ... (click for more)

Judge Orders Cortez Sims Tried As Adult After Emotional Testimony At Juvenile Court In Shooting Of 4

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw on Thursday morning ordered that 17-year-old Cortez Sims be tried as an adult in a College Hill Courts shooting that left one woman dead, a toddler paralyzed, and two others wounded. The order was given after emotional testimony from two of the victims in the Jan. 7 early morning mass shooting at 773 W. Main St. Bianca Horton and Marcell "Baby ... (click for more)

County School Bus Driver Alexander Rodriquez Charged With Raping 15-Year-Old Student

A county school bus driver has been charged with raping a 15-year-old student.   Alexander Rodriguez, 34, of Dusty Trail, Ooltewah, was being held on $350,000 bond.   The sheriff's office said it got a report at 9:30 p.m. of a missing juvenile, who was last seen boarding a school bus at Sale Creek High School that afternoon.    ... (click for more)

The Middle Valley Walmart Makes No Sense

There has been quite a bit of hoopla over the proposed new Walmart grocery store in Middle Valley.  Since my family has lived in Middle Valley in a home they built by hand way back in 1954 and said house is now housing generations 3, 4 and 5 I feel that I can give my opinion based on nothing more than life experience.    When this house was built there was a gravel ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’

Last April, in the special way that only some older men are lucky enough to possess, the childish imp came out in Father Ray Kelly. A parish priest in Oldcastle, Ireland, he was conducting wedding vows for a handsome couple when the 62-year-old decided to surprise them with a totally-unscripted rendition of Leonard Cohen’s beautiful song, “Hallelujah.” When he did, there soon ... (click for more)