UTC's Strange, Lawson Named To Academic All-Start Team

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Another week, another Chattanooga Mocs academic honor. Last week, six Mocs were named to the COSIDA Academic All-District III squad. Now it’s a dynamic duo honored in Cole Strange and Jerrell Lawson.

Strange and Lawson made the 54-man FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team. It was the fourth time in their illustrious careers earning the honor.

Lawson has completed his bachelor’s as well as MBA while providing stellar work in the secondary over his five years in the Scenic City.
Strange has logged time at every offensive line position and is the reigning Jacobs Blocking Award winner in the Southern Conference. Lawson is one of six defensive backs honored, and Strange is one of 15 offensive linemen.

Unlike past seasons, only two student-athletes from each institution were eligible. Chattanooga is one of 13 institutions nationally to place two on the squad. The SoCon boasted a total of five with Nate Adkins (ETSU), Hamp Sisson (Furman) and Raleigh Webb (The Citadel) joining Lawson and Strange.

Football players from all FCS institutions are eligible for the award. The requirements include a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study. The student-athlete must be a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials.

They have reached their second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. They also needed to participate in 50 percent of the games played at their designated position.

The Chattanooga Mocs are readying for the 2021 fall campaign. Home games await hosting Austin Peay, Western Carolina, ETSU, Furman and The Citadel. It opens on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a visit from the Governors. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Check out the current Father’s Day ticket promotion to get a special gift for dad with a season ticket purchase.

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