Phil Steele Gives Mocs Preseason Recognition
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team gained some preseason recognition with the release of the Phil Steele 2011 FCS Top 40, All-American and All-Southern Conference teams.  UTC is picked No. 19 in the country while senior receiver Joel Bradford (Chattanooga, Tenn.) earned Second Team All-American honors.  Four additional Mocs were on the All-SoCon preseason squad. 

Phil Steele is introducing a 2011 FCS College Football Preview, the first college preview magazine of its kind, dedicated solely to FCS coverage.  In this stand-alone FCS Magazine, you'll find one full page devoted to each team as well as Preseason All-Conference and All-American Teams, Top NFL Prospects, Incoming Frosh Rankings and much more.  The magazine is available for order on

The Mocs are coming off a 6-5 season and a third place finish in the SoCon at 5-3. Under third-year head coach Russ Huesman, UTC has put together back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1990 and 1991.  The Mocs also scored their most wins in league play since 1985.  Chattanooga returns 16 starters, including eight on defense, five on offense and three specialists. 

Bradford was a Third Team AP All-American in 2010 finishing second in the nation with a UTC-record 1,284 receiving yards.  He twice broke the Mocs' school mark for receiving yards in a game with 254 against Eastern Kentucky and 274 at Furman. 

Bradford is picked to Steele's All-SoCon First Team.  He is joined on offense by senior quarterback B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.).  Coleman is one of 11 quarterbacks on the 2011 Walter Payton Award Watch list and is on Steele's All-SoCon Second Team. 

Three Mocs are named on defense, including first-teamers in senior linebacker Ryan Consiglio (Franklin, Tenn.) and sophomore defensive back Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.).  Consiglio led the team with 110 tackles in 2010.  Wise was the SoCon Freshman of the Year last season, setting a UTC freshman record with six interceptions.  Junior defensive end Joshua Williams (Griffin, Ga.) grabbed a spot on the third team. 

The Mocs are set to kick off the 2011 season on Sept. 3 at Nebraska.  Chattanooga opens its home slate against Jacksonville State on Sept. 10.  The Gamecocks are picked 11th in Steele's top-40.  Georgia Southern (3), Appalachian State (5) and Wofford (9) are other Mocs opponents who are ranked in the preseason top-40. 

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