CHATTANOOGA (UTC/WRCB) -- After being overlooked by Southern Conference media in the league's postseason awards, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Wes Dothard finally got his due.

The sophomore standout was first-team selection on the 2011 The Sports Network/ FCA All-American Team, which was released Monday.

Dothard, is the 44th all-American in school history, and the fourth in the last three seasons under head coach Russ Huesman.

"Wes had an outstanding year," Huesman said in a release. "We had a lot of talented players on the defensive side of the ball and Wes was one of the leaders. He played hard every game and made some big plays throughout the season."

Dothard was a first-team all-SoCon selection by league coaches, but received just a second-team nod from SoCon media despite being named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Month in September and collecting a trio of player of the week honors. 

The Carrollton, Ga., product scored two defensive touchdowns, a 30-yard pick-six against No. 10 Jacksonville State and a 43-yard fumble return at Samford. He was also fourth in the nation with five forced fumbles and second on the team with 98 tackles.

As a defense, Dothard's Chattanooga unit ranked first in the Southern Conference in total defense (305.3), pass efficiency defense (100.15), scoring defense (19.7), turnover margin (+9) and pass defense (140.8) this season.

Dothard is one of just four freshmen or sophomores to make the first team. He is also the first Chattanooga sophomore to garner All-American accolades since Pumpy Tudors (P) in 1989 and the first Moc since Tudors in 1990 to be named First Team All-American.

Dothard joins Joel Bradford (AP 3rd Team), Josh Beard (AP 3rd Team) and Craig Camay (AP 2nd Team) as All-Americans in the Huesman era.

Former Red Bank High star and current Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford was a second-team selection by TSN/, while former Howard High and current Tennessee State linebacker Rico Council joined former Dalton and current Georegia Southern kicker Adrian Mora on the third team.

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