Mocs Tabbed Fourth, Put Seven on Preseason All-SoCon Team
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team put seven players on the preseason All-Southern Conference team the league announced today.  The Mocs were led by senior All-American receiver Joel Bradford (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and senior linebacker Ryan Consiglio (Franklin, Tenn.) who were both selected to the first team.  Chattanooga was also tabbed fourth by the SoCon coaches in the preseason poll. 

Georgia Southern led all schools with 14 selections, including eight on the first team.  Appalachian State placed five on the first team and six on the second team.  Furman joined the Mocs with seven student-athletes honored, while Wofford placed three on both the first and second team. 

Bradford continues to bring in preseason recognition after breaking UTC's school record with 1,284 receiving yards in 2010.  He is the Mocs' lone representative on the offensive first team. 

Consiglio led Chattanooga with 110 tackles last season and was picked by his teammates as one of four captains in 2011.  He was a second-team All-SoCon honoree last year and is looking to build on that strong performance. 

Fellow captain and senior quarterback B.J. Coleman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) is a second team preseason selection.  A 2011 Walter Payton Award Candidate, Coleman was No. 7 in the nation with 272.4 yards per game in 2010.  His 26 TD passes were No. 6 in the NCAA FCS, earning him a spot on the All-SoCon second team. 

Junior Adam Miller (Cohutta, Ga.) started seven games at right tackle last season and will be one of the most experienced returners in 2011.  He is a two-time Academic All-SoCon pick and has started in 18 games in his career while joining Coleman on the preseason second team offense.

A pair of defensive backs, senior captain Chris Lewis-Harris (Smyrna, Ga.) and sophomore Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) were named to the second team defense.  Wise was the 2010 SoCon Freshman of the Year after breaking head coach Russ Huesman's UTC freshman record with six interceptions.  Lewis-Harris was third on the team with 55 tackles as a safety. 

Rounding out the Mocs' representation on the preseason squad is senior defensive lineman Nick Davison (Calhoun, Ga.).  Davison transferred to UTC from UAB prior to the start of the 2010 season and finished second on the defensive line with 45 tackles while adding eight tackles-for-loss. 

First Team Offense

School

Year

Position

Year

School

Second Team Offense

DeAndre Presley 

ASU 

Sr. 

QB 

Sr. 

UTC 

B.J. Coleman 

Robert Brown 

GSU 

So. 

RB 

Sr.

ASU 

Travaris Cadet

Eric Breitenstein 

Wofford 

Jr.

RB 

Jr. 

GSU 

J.J. Wolcox

Orry Frye 

ASU 

Sr. 

OL 

Sr. 

ASU 

Matt Ruff

Rodney Austin 

Elon 

Sr. 

OL 

So.

Furman 

Dakota Dozier 

Ryan Lee 

Furman 

Sr. 

OL 

So. 

GSU 

Dorian Byrd 

Brett Moore 

GSU 

Sr. 

OL 

Sr. 

GSU 

Willie Maxwell 

Nate Page 

Wofford 

Sr. 

OL 

Jr. 

UTC 

Adam Miller 

Ben Jorden

ASU

Sr.

TE

Jr.

Furman

Colin Anderson

 

 

TE 

Jr. 

GSU 

Tyler Sumner

Aaron Malette 

Elon 

Jr. 

WR 

Sr. 

ASU 

Brian Quick

Joel Bradford 

UTC 

Sr. 

WR 

Sr. 

Wofford 

Brenton Bersin

First Team Defense 

School 

Year 

Position 

Year

School 

Second Team Defense 

John Rizor 

ASU 

 Jr.

DL

Jr. 

Furman 

Josh Lynn

Brent Russell 

GSU 

Jr. 

DL

Sr. 

GSU 

Roderick Tinsley

Alex Davis 

Samford 

Sr. 

DL

Sr. 

UTC 

Nick Davison 

Ameet Pall 

Wofford 

Sr. 

DL

Sr. 

Wofford 

Eric Eberhardt 

Kadarron Anderson 

Furman 

Sr. 

LB

Jr. 

ASU 

Brandon Grier 

Josh Rowe 

GSU 

Jr. 

LB

Sr. 

The Citadel 

Tolu Akindale 

Ryan Consiglio 

UTC 

Sr. 

LB

Sr. 

Elon 

Joshua Jones 

Ed Gainey 

ASU 

Sr. 

DB 

Sr. 

Samford 

Corey White 

Ryan Steed 

Furman 

Sr. 

DB 

Sr. 

UTC 

Chris Lewis-Harris 

Derek Heyden 

GSU 

Sr. 

DB 

So. 

UTC 

Kadeem Wise 

Laron Scott 

GSU 

Sr. 

DB 

Jr. 

Wofford 

Blake Wylie 

First Team Specialists

School 

Year 

Position 

Year 

School 

Second Team Specialists 

Ray Early 

Furman 

So. 

PK 

Sr. 

GSU 

Adrian Mora 

Charlie Edwards 

GSU 

Sr. 

P 

Jr. 

ASU 

Sam Martin 

Laron Scott 

GSU 

Sr. 

RS 

Sr. 

ASU 

Travaris Cadet 

Chattanooga grabbed one first-place vote in the SoCon Coaches Preseason Poll, finishing in fourth with 45 points.  Appalachian State was tabbed the preseason favorite for the sixth consecutive year.

The Mountaineers, who have won or shared six straight SoCon championships, received five of nine first-place votes in the balloting.  ASU returns five starters on offense to go with seven returning starters on defense. 

After finishing posting a 10-5 mark in 2010 and advancing to the NCAA playoff semifinals, Georgia Southern was picked second in the coaches' preseason poll, just one point behind Appalachian State.  It is the highest the Eagles have been picked in the coaches' poll since 2005 when they were also tabbed second.  Georgia Southern picked up three first-place votes.  The Eagles return all 11 offensive and nine defensive starters from 2010. 

Wofford was the third Southern Conference team to advance to the FCS Playoffs in 2010 and the Terriers were selected third in the preseason poll.  Wofford earned 49 points in the balloting.  The Terriers return the 2010 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year Ameet Pall and junior fullback Eric Breitenstein, the nation's fifth-leading rusher last year.

Elon (33) narrowly edged Furman (30) for fifth place in the preseason poll as both programs will have new coaches on the sidelines in 2011.  Jason Swepson takes over at Elon after spending the past four seasons at NC State.  He will have six returning starters on both offense and defense.  A 1981 graduate of Furman, Bruce Fowler takes over his alma matter this season.  Fowler served on the Paladins' staff for 16 years from 1984-2001 before spending the past nine years at Vanderbilt. 

Samford was tabbed seventh with 25 points.  The Bulldogs return 12 starters, including senior quarterback Dustin Taliaferro, who has started each of the past three years under center for Samford. 

The Citadel was picked eighth, while Western Carolina was slotted ninth in the preseason poll.  The Bulldogs return 18 starters in 2011, including 10 on offense.  Head coach Dennis Wagner returns for his fourth season at Western Carolina and will have nine offensive starters back this fall. 

Place  School (1st Place Votes) 

Points 

1.  Appalachian State (5)

60 

2.  Georgia Southern (3) 

59 

3.  Wofford 

49 

4.  Chattanooga (1) 

45 

5.  Elon 

33 

6.  Furman 

30 

7.  Samford 

25 

8.  The Citadel 

13 

9.  Western Carolina 

10 


*Note:  Coaches were not permitted to vote for their players or their team on the preseason lists. 

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