UTC's Person Joins Patriots; Mocs Named In PreSeason Rankings

  • Thursday, May 16, 2024
There are now two Chattanooga Mocs on the New England Patriots 2024 preseason roster. Edge Jay Person joins former teammate Cole Strange in Foxboro becoming the latest in a long line of Mocs to reach the league. 

His path to start his journey was a tough one. Person attended rookie mini-camp on an invite deal claiming his spot with that performance which was based on all they saw over his five years in blue and gold.

"Excited for Jay,” Coach Rusty Wright said. “He earned his chance.
It's not easy to go in for a weekend like that and have to perform for that contract. He confirmed to the Patriots what he showed on film and in our room over the last five years. We’re excited to see what the future holds for him." 

Person led the SoCon in sacks the last two season tying teammate – and Cincinnati Bengal – Devonnsha Maxwell with 8.0 in 2022 before a career-best 9.5 in 2023. He’s fourth all-time in the program in sacks with 27.0 and second in tackles for loss with 56.0.

Mocs Currently on NFL Rosters
Carolina: LB Tae Davis
Cincinnati: DL Devonnsha Maxwell
Miami: DT Isaiah Mack
New England: Cole Strange, Jay Person
Seattle: OL McClendon Curtis
Tennessee: OL Corey Levin

The Mocs are No. 10 in the HERO Sports FCS Preseason Top 25 released Thursday morning. The top 10 is led by South Dakota State followed by North Dakota State, Montana, Montana State, South Dakota, Villanova, Idaho, Sacramento State and Southern Illinois. Furman is 14th and Western Carolina comes in at 16.

Game times for home game are out. The Mocs face Mercer (Sept. 14) and Portland State (Sept. 28) at 6 p.m. The Homecoming contest against VMI starts at 4 p.m., while it’s 1:30 p.m., beginnings for Wofford (Oct. 19) and Samford (Nov. 16).

Season tickets are now available to the general public. The deadline to renew last year's seats is May 31. Prices start at $60 for general admission. Mocs Club members have the option for reserved seats beginning at the $250 donation level which includes a season parking pass to go with the season ticket. The purchase of season tickets is the lowest per game price for fans.

Tickets for the August 31st season opener at Tennessee are on sale. There are three priority levels to make a purchase for the limited block of seats in Neyland Stadium. Deadline to purchase is May 31.

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