Dothard Named to CFPA Linebackers Preseason Watch List
Junior Wes Dothard was an All-American linebacker for the Mocs in 2011.
Courtesy: GoMocs.com
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Wes Dothard became the third Moc to earn a spot on the College Football Performance Awards preseason watch list when the linebackers' names were released today.  Dothard was a first team All-American in 2011, leading the Southern Conference's No. 1 ranked defense. 

Dothard started all 11 games at middle linebacker and was second on the team with 98 tackles last season.  He won two SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors and was the SoCon Player of the Month for September on his way to making the All-SoCon first team in 2011.  He was also named to the Sports Network/FatHead.com FCS All-American First Team.   

A native of Carrollton, Ga., Dothard finished fourth in the league with 15.5 tackles for loss and was tied for third in the nation with five forced fumbles.  He had two defensive scores on the year, including a 30-yard pick-six against Jacksonville State and a 43-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Samford. 

According to their website (CollegeFootballPerformance.com), the goal of College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. 

As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards. Furthermore, CFPA has received praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.

Dothard joins senior defensive end Josh Williams (Griffin, Ga.) and sophomore tight end Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.) to make up the three Mocs who have been named to the CFPA preseason lists.   

The Mocs open the season with a trip to South Florida on Sept. 1. The home schedule kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 13 against Glenville State. Season tickets are on sale now with more information available here.

CFPA FCS LINEBACKERS AWARD WATCH LIST

  • Jeremy Kimbrough, Appalachian State
  • Beau Traber, Bucknell
  • Jordan Ridley, Butler
  • Wes Dothard, Chattanooga
  • Andrae Jacobs, Coastal Carolina
  • Brett Buehler, Cornell
  • Paul Worrilow, Delaware
  • Brandon Harvey, Delaware State
  • Tyler Moorehead, Drake
  • Anthony Brown, Eastern Kentucky
  • Blake Thompson, Elon
  • Mitch McGrath, Furman
  • Robert McCabe, Georgetown
  • Alexander Norman, Harvard
  • Mike Tucker, Holy Cross
  • Evan Frierson, Illinois State
  • Aaron Archie, Indiana State
  • Stephon Robertson, James Madison
  • Dan Sullivan, Monmouth
  • Jody Owens, Montana State
  • Qua Huzzie, Murray State
  • Jamal Giddens, Norfolk State
  • Clarence Bumpas, Northern Colorado
  • Craig Wilkins, Old Dominion
  • Ian Sluss, Portland State
  • Doug Johnson, Rhode Island
  • Dave Zocco, Rhode Island
  • Todd Davis, Sacramento State
  • Niko Sierra, Sacred Heart
  • Tyler Starr, South Dakota
  • Blake Peiffer, Southeast Missouri
  • Ricky Irvin, Southeastern Louisiana
  • Jayson DiManche, Southern Illinois
  • Ryan Epperson, Stephen F. Austin
  • Marcus Edwards, Tennessee Tech
  • Dante Cook, William & Mary
  • Jabrel Mines, William & Mary
  • Alvin Scioneaux, Wofford
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