3 Mocs Named Preseason All-American

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Three members of the Chattanooga Mocs football team were named to the 2014 The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America Team today.  Senior defensive end Davis Tull, senior tight end Faysal Shafaat and senior defensive tackle Derrick Lott give the Mocs three preseason selections for the second year in a row. 

Tull, the two-time Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-American, is among the top returning defensive players in the nation.  He is a first team selection for the second straight year and leads a loaded defensive line. 

Tull is the first Moc to win two league player of the year honors and the first to repeat as SoCon Defensive Player of the Year since Appalachian State’s Dexter Coakley took the award three times from 1994-96. He is UTC’s all-time leader with 26.5 career sacks and is the active leader in the FCS for career sacks and career forced fumbles (8).  He is also the first Capital One Academic All-American in the history of the Mocs football program. 

Shafaat made the third team for his second preseason All-American recognition.  He is a two-time first team All-SoCon selection and one of the top weapons in the passing game for the Mocs the last two seasons. 

He had 322 receiving yards and six touchdowns on 35 catches last season.  His 13 career receiving TDs ranks No. 6 on the Mocs all-time list. 

After earning second team All-SoCon honors in 2012, big things were expected from Lott last season.  The transfer from Georgia had his 2013 campaign cut short with an elbow injury at Georgia Southern early in the year.  He was granted a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA and is again expected to be a major part of the Mocs defensive front.

Chattanooga is coming off an 8-4 season in 2013.  The Mocs were 6-2 in league play, sharing the SoCon title for the first time since 1984.   

UTC kicks off the 2014 season at Central Michigan on Thursday, Aug. 28.  Fans can catch that 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) game on ESPN3.  The home opener is set against longtime regional rival and top 10 opponent Jacksonville State on Saturday, Sept. 6.  Season tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627). 


SEC Network Debuts Aug. 14 On EPB Fiber Optics

The premier of ESPN’s newest addition, the SEC Network, will debut Aug. 14 on EPB Fiber Optics. Officials said, "The SEC Network is the all-access pass to the Southeastern Conference. It will be available to Fi TV Silver and Gold subscribers at no additional cost on channel 32, and channel 332 HD for Fi TV Gold subscribers with high definition service. "The SEC Network will ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Football Club Off To National Championship Game

The Chattanooga Football Club men's soccer team began their trek to Red Bull Arena on Friday. The team is playing in the NPSL National Championship game which is scheduled to kick off Saturday night after the 7 p.m. MLS game.  Chattanooga takes on undefeated Red Bulls u23 team.    Chattanooga FC supporters pushed for the game to be in Chattanooga after drawing ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Stops Erlanger Foreclosure Of Hutcheson Hospital

In a ruling Friday, a Federal Court Judge in Rome agreed with Hutcheson Medical Center and Regions Bank to grant the request for an injunction, effectively stopping the foreclosure efforts of Erlanger Health System against Hutcheson. In stopping the foreclosure set for next Tuesday, the judge held that the public interest in keeping the hospital doors open was “insurmountable.”  ... (click for more)

Mediated Resolution Reached In TVA Kingston Lawsuits

A mediated global resolution has been achieved in 63 lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court involving more than 850 plaintiffs asserting claims against the Tennessee Valley Authority arising from the 2008 ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant. The resolution, outlined in documents submitted Friday to the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, comes after nearly two years of ... (click for more)

A Tennessee Transplant's Thoughts On Age And Politics - And Response

I have read several opinions favoring the job performance of Representative Fleischmann as well the apparent disdain that they have for his challenger and his age.  I must disclose that unfortunately, I am unable to cast a vote in the 3rd District Republican primary.  I will however always be a Chattanoogan.  As a result, I feel more engaged in East Tennessee politics ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Orchids And Onions

With record low temperatures being recorded around the South, I didn’t know what I’d find in my garden on the first day of August but – sure enough -- there is a profusion of orchids and onions. The start of college football will be later this month and, with the chilly mornings, fall practice is a far cry from what it will be when the sweltering heat comes back next week. Here’s ... (click for more)