CHATTANOOGA (UTC) -- The Chattanooga Mocs football squad had three student-athletes named to the Sports Network FCS Preseason All-American teams released Monday.
Defensive end Davis Tull is a first-team selection, linebacker Wes Dothard made the second team and defensive back Kadeem Wise was a third-team honoree.
"Each one is a key member of our defense," said UTC head coach Huesman. "They're leaders on and off the field and are very deserving of this recognition."
Tull, the reigning Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, was posted on the first team defense. The junior was a second team All-American on the 2012 squad ranking second in the nation with a school-record 12.5 sacks.
Dothard is a two-time All-American for the Mocs. The senior was a first team pick in 2011 and third team just a season ago after a preseason second team nod as well in 2012. He led the team in tackles last year with 94 after 98 stops in 2011.
Wise is looking to be a four-year start at cornerback for UTC this fall. He also received preseason recognition in 2012 from Phil Steele's publication. He's a three-time All-SoCon pick in the defensive backfield, an honor unmatched in Chattanooga's history in the league.
The trio marks three of 10 returning starters on one of the stingiest defenses in FCS football. Chattanooga was 10th nationally in total defense (307.9 ypg) and 18th in scoring defense (20.4 ppg) ranking second in both categories in the SoCon in 2012.
The Mocs open the season on a Thursday night, August 29, with UT Martin coming to town. Kickoff is at 7 p.m., with festivities prior to (tailgating) and following the game (fireworks.).
Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.
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