A pair of University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football student-athletes were honored for their work in the classroom today by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America. Juniors Bryce Nunnelly and Jerrell Lawson were both named to the 2019 Football Academic All-District Team.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America® program separately recognizes football honorees in four divisions — NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III and NAIA. These Mocs were recognized among both FCS and FBS nominees.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the Academic All-America® ballot.
First and second-team (if applicable) Academic All-America® honorees will be announced in early December.
In order to be eligible for recognition, a student-athlete must be a contributor on the field, have a 3.3 grade-point-average and be in his third semester of academics at the current institution.
Nunnelly makes his second appearance on the Academic All-District team. He carries a 3.81 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. A receiver from Cleveland, Tenn., he is currently third in the SoCon in receptions per game (4.7) and fifth in the league with 57.1 receiving yards per outing.
Lawson graduated with a degree in Business Management in the spring of 2019 and is currently pursuing a Master's of Business Administration at the Gary W. Rollins College of Business. He had made 28 consecutive starts at safety before recently being sidelined with an injury.
The Mocs are one of 22 FCS programs outside of the Ivy League with multiple honorees. This is the fourth time since 2012 Chattanooga has placed two on the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team in one season.
Past Mocs on the Academic All-District Team
1997 – Freddie Patrick
2011 – Adam Miller
2012 – Adam Miller, Davis Tull
2013 – Davis Tull
2014 – Nick Pollard, Davis Tull
2015 – Derrick Craine
2016 – Derrick Craine
2018 – Bryce Nunnelly, Rashun Freeman
For more information about CoSIDA's Academic All-District® and Academic All-America® Teams program, visit AcademicAllAmerica.com on CoSIDA.com.