3 Mocs Named Preseason All-American

Tuesday, July 1, 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). 


Dalton State Roadrunners Keep Streak Alive With Late Comeback

The Roadrunners trialed throughout most of the game, but a blazing comeback in the second half kept their win streak alive as #6 Dalton State defeated Coastal Georgia, 79-70 at Mashburn Arena  on Saturday .   THE FIRST HALF The Mariners brought the intensity early and opened an early 13-9 lead with  13:32 left. The Roadrunners would close the gap and take ... (click for more)

UTC Wrestlers Win 29-10 Over Southern Illinois-Edward

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga wrestling team snapped a four-match slide with a 29-10 win at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville tonight.  The Mocs (4-7, 2-0 SoCon) ran out to a 13-0 lead and took eight of the 10 individual matches in the win.    Sophomore Alonzo Allen continues to impress with another big win at 125.  He scored an 18-9 decision over ... (click for more)

Alabama Man Faces Murder Charge In Shooting Death At Bradley County Landfill

An investigation by  s pecial agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of an Alabama man in a shooting death that occurred last fall at the Bradley County landfill.   At the request of 10 th  District Attorney General Steve Crump, last Sept. 8 TBI special agents began investigating a shooting death that occurred that ... (click for more)

3 People Shot Early Saturday Morning On East 3rd Street

Three people were shot on East 3rd Street early Saturday morning. They were identified as Countess Clemons, 24, Kezia Jackson, 23, and Dutchess Lykes, 26.   The Chattanooga Police Department responded at 2:40 a.m. to a person(s) shot call at a local hospital. All three victims were transported to the hospital via a personally-owned vehicle.   All three ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Jumoke’s Thuggery Ends

Jumoke Johnson, the most notorious criminal in Chattanooga’s recent history, was killed by a rain of bullets in the 2100 block of East 12 th Street at little after 8 o’clock Friday night and for the many of us who have kept up with the 23-year-old, you wonder how he ever lasted this long. He was aptly proclaimed as the “most dangerous man” to ever have been sentenced in Chattanooga’s ... (click for more)