CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull earned All-American honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Tuesday.
The AFCA selects teams in all five divisions of college football with all honorees picked by the coaches themselves.
Tull, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., was the 2012 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league with a school record 12.5 sacks as a defenisve end. He also set a UTC single-season record with a SoCon-leading 19.0 TFLs.
Tull finished fifth on the team with 56 tackles while forcing three fumbles. The sophomore standout was also named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District team for his work in the classroom as a Health & Human Performance major. He is currently second on the Mocs' all-time list with 17.5 career sacks.
Tull is the third Moc to earn All-American recognition this season. Junior linebacker Wes Dothard and sophomore tight end Faysal Shafaat both received third team honors from CollegeSportsMadness.com.
This is the second straight year UTC has had a sophomore earn first team All-American honors. Dothard was named to the Sports Network/Fathead.com first team last season. It is the first time since 2000 UTC has had three All-Americans in one year and the first time since 1990 a Moc has made the AFCA team.
Chattanooga finished 6-5 overall and tied for fourth in the SoCon with a 5-3 league mark. UTC posted a winning record for the third time in the last four years. The Mocs have not had a run like that since 1984-87.
Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.