Junior Davis Tull is UTC football's first Academic All-American.
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Davis Tull is Mocs Football’s First Academic All-American

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team had a season filled with many “firsts” in 2013.  First Southern Conference Championship since 1984, eight wins for the first time since 1980 and six SoCon wins for the first time ever are at the top of the team accomplishments. 

Individually, junior Davis Tull became the first Moc to repeat as SoCon Player of the Year when the league’s coaches chose him as the top defensive player in the conference.  Tull added another major first when the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) chose him as the first Capital One Academic All-American in program history today. 

This is the fourth year in a row UTC has had at least one Capital One Academic All-American.  Tull, who is a first team selection, joins volleyball’s Christina Teter (2012) and Track & Field’s Chris Berry (2012) and David Moore (2011) as four of the 11 Academic All-Americans in school history. 

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution.  The Academic All-America team is chosen from all Division I football programs, including both the FBS and FCS institutions.

“This is a great honor for Davis and a very difficult one to achieve,” stated head Coach Russ Huesman.  “It is a testament to the work he puts in, not only on the field, but also in the classroom.  To be a first team selection among all of the student-athletes at the Division I level, FBS and FCS, is a tremendous accomplishment.  He is an excellent representative of our University and I am excited to see him recognized for his hard work.”

A two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree, Tull carries a 3.52 g.p.a. as a Health & Human Performance major.  He was an Academic All-SoCon selection in 2012, the same year he won his first SoCon Defensive Player of the Year Award. 

Tull led the league in sacks for the second straight season, posting 9.0 in 2013.  He is league’s first repeat defensive player of the year since Appalachian State’s Dexter Coakley took the award three straight times from 1994-96.

Tull posted 52 tackles on the season (37 solo), with 15.0 going for lost yardage. The Knoxville, Tenn., native had a league-best four forced fumbles with one recovery and led the Mocs with eight quarterback hurries.  He is also a finalist for the Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in FCS.

The full 2013 Capital One Academic All-America Team is attached to this story in the PDF link above.  Below is a full list of UTC’s CoSIDA Academic All-America honorees. 

  UTC's All-Time Academic All-Americans  
Year Sport Name
1974 Men's Basketball John Berry
1977 Baseball Denny Standifer
1979 Baseball Mark Edward Austin
1998 Men's At-Large (Tennis) Ivan Poullaos
2001 Softball Beth Alexander
2002 Softball Beth Alexander
2005 Men's Track/Cross Country Ian Mayne
  Women's Track/Cross Country Shannon Wommack
2006 Men's Track/Cross Country Ian Mayne
  Women's Track/Cross Country Shannon Wommack
2011 Men's Track/Cross Country David Moore
2012 Men's Track/Cross Country Chris Berry
2012 Volleyball Christina Teter
2012 Football Davis Tull
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