Hudson, Tull, Freeman, Huesman To Captain Mocs

Saturday, August 16, 2014
UTC Captains (l-r): Jacob Huesman, Tommy Hudson, Josh Freeman and Davis Tull
UTC Captains (l-r): Jacob Huesman, Tommy Hudson, Josh Freeman and Davis Tull
- photo by Dale Rutemeyer

UTC head football coach Russ Huesman announced team captains for the upcoming season this week.  Seniors Tommy Hudson and Davis Tull and juniors Josh Freeman and Jacob Huesman were selected by their teammates as the leaders of the program. 

“This is a very big honor and an important responsibility for these four individuals,” stated Huesman.  “All four of these guys were chosen by their teammates and are excellent leaders.  They also represent themselves, our football program and our University by doing things the right way, on and off the field.”

This is the second year in in a row Huesman has been selected captain.  He is entering his third season as the Mocs starting quarterback and is the preseason Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year. 

Last year, he led the Mocs with 894 rushing yards and 1,637 passing yards, while earning SoCon Offensive Player of the Year honors from the league’s coaches.  Huesman is also on the 2014 Walter Payton Award Watch List for the top offensive player in the FCS.    

Tull is the SoCon’s two-time Defensive Player of the Year and the preseason pick to win the honor again.  He is already the Mocs’ all-time sack leader and the active career leader in the FCS with 26.5 sacks.  A preseason All-American, Tull is on the 2014 Buck Buchanan Award Watch list given to the FCS Defensive Player of the Year.    

Hudson is the most experienced receiver on the team, having made 19 starts in 31 games over the last three years.  He has 64 catches for 595 yards and is expected to lead a young and talented group of receivers.

Freeman was a second team All-SoCon pick in 2013 after starting every game.  The league coaches tabbed him for the second team again in the preseason as he leads a veteran group on the interior of the defensive line. 

The Mocs start the season in two weeks with a trip to Central Michigan on Thursday, Aug. 28.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) on ESPN3.  The home opener is Saturday, Sept. 6, against No. 6 Jacksonville State at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are on sale now on GoMocs.com or by calling the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).


UTC"s Davis Named Top Defensive Lineman By HeroSports.com

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior defensive end Keionta Davis is piling up the postseason honors after capping off an outstanding career in 2016.  The two-time All-American and 2016 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year was named the top defensive lineman in the FCS by HeroSports.com this week. Davis led the Southern Conference with 10.5 sacks on ... (click for more)

Randy Smith: A Laughing Matter

There must be something really comical about playing basketball at UTC. Why do you ask? Because two of the best players to ever wear the Blue and Gold are also two of the best stand-up comedians in the country. Skip Clark who was a stand out point guard for Coach Murray Arnold in the early 1980s is one and Bradley County native Karen Mills who played for Coach Sharon Fanning a few ... (click for more)

City Administrator Lurone Jennings Suspended For Misallocation Of Funds

Rev. Lurone Jennings, administrator of City Youth and Family Development, has been suspended for one week for misallocation of funds. He also is to be issued a letter of reprimand and will undergo ethics training. The action came after a critical audit report from City Auditor Stan Sewell. It says Mr. Jennings transferred $18,500 of funds to a program, Journey Educational ... (click for more)

New Walker County Commissioner Whitfield To Move Public Meetings To Evenings And To Larger Venue; Will Also Be Listening Sessions

Walker County Sole Commissioner-Elect Shannon Whitfield said there will be a new arrangement for holding of public commissioner sessions when he takes place at the start of January. Current Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has held Thursday meetings at 3:30 p.m. from time to time in a conference room at her office near the Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette. Mr. Whitfield said those ... (click for more)

Roy Couldn't Possibly Be More Wrong - And Response (4)

Spreading false information isn't only harmful, as we've been made aware recently. The spread of false information can be outright dangerous.   Calling himself a Christian and all, Roy truly disappoints on so many levels with his recently opinion piece about black students attending predominately white schools being the cause of so much problems and grief at those schools. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly ever play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)