(GoMocs.com)- Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football All-American Jacob Huesman was named the Southern Conference Male Athlete of the Year, the league office announced today. He will be honored as part of the league's annual Honors Dinner on Wednesday, June 1, in Hilton Head Island, S.C.
Huesman joins former teammate Davis Tull (2015) as the only two Mocs to win the Bob Waters Male Athlete of the Year award. The Offensive Player of the Year in football, Huesman was a consensus first-team all-conference selection and was named a second-team All-American as a senior. Named the league's Offensive Player of the Week four times as a senior, Huesman quarterbacked the Mocs to Southern Conference championships in each of his last three seasons.
One of the most decorated players in school history, Huesman finished his career holding 10 school records. He became just the third player in league history with 4,000 passing yards and 3,000 rushing yards in a career. Earlier this week, he signed to play for the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Huesman completed his degree in business last December and was a two-time recipient of the Commissioner's Medal and a three-time SoCon Honor Roll honoree.
During his time at UTC, Huesman volunteered with the Special Olympics and took part in the annual Bloodanooga Blood Drive as well as the Get in the Game Marrow Registry. Huesman also spent time reading to elementary school children in the Chattanooga area.
The Athlete of the Year Awards are selected annually by the Southern Conference athletics directors and a media member representing each conference school. The award recognizes athletic achievement, academic performance and civic involvement.
Prior to 1990-91, the award was selected solely by members of the Southern Conference Sports Media Association. Beginning in 1991-92, the men's award was named after the late Bob Waters, who was Western Carolina's head football coach from 1969-88.