CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Wes Dothard was named the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month for September, the league office announced today.
Dothard, a sophomore from Carrollton, Ga., was twice named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Week during last month.
He put up impressive numbers against the fifth-toughest schedule in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), starting the season with seven tackles at Nebraska and following with a five-tackle performance against No. 10 Jacksonville State. Dothard also picked off a pass and returned it for a touchdown to seal a 38-17 win over the top-10 Gamecocks, earning him his first Player of the Week honor.
He came back the next week with 10 tackles and three TFLs in a 23-14 win at Eastern Kentucky to earn his second weekly honor. His best performance may have been his career-high 11 stops at No. 3 Appalachian State. Dothard led a stellar UTC defensive effort that did not allow an offensive touchdown to the Mountaineers.
Dothard is the first Moc since Josh Beard in October 2009 to grab a SoCon Player of the Month honor. He is also just the sixth UTC football player overall to win player of the month recognition since the league began handing out the award in 2003.
Information provided by UTC Sports Information and GoMocs.com.