The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Athletics Department celebrated its academic, athletic and social highlights over the last year at the second annual Scrappy Awards. Presented by the UTC Mocs Club, Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Brenda Lawson & Associates, The Scrappys is the all-sports awards banquet that is becoming quite the tradition for Mocs athletics.
Hosted at the Chattanoogan Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, this year’s event drew over 250 student-athletes, fans and supporters. Another 15 Scrappy statuettes were handed out for awards ranging from Scholar Athlete of the Year to Victory of the Year.
The awards, nominees and winners were all created, compiled and voted on by the Mocs student-athletes. Some of the big winners on the evening were volleyball’s Christina Teter (Scholar Athlete of the Year), football’s Jacob Huesman (Freshman of the Year) and men’s golfer Stephan Jaeger (Individual Performance of the Year).
“It was a huge honor,” stated Teter, who became volleyball’s first Academic All-American this season. “I didn’t think I would get it because I was always the one studying in my room that no one saw. It is great to know a lot of my fellow students voted for me.”
All-American Davis Tull, the 2012 Southern Conference Football Defensive Player of the Year, took home Male Student-Athlete of the Year honors. “Tonight has been great,” he said following the awards show. “I never expected this. I heard about it last year, but I didn’t think it would be this cool. It has been a fun night.
“It was great to receive the award,” added Tull. “Like I said, when I went on stage and got it, it is one of the most meaningful awards because it came from my friends. My peers. It means a ton because they understand the work that each student-athlete has to dedicate to both sports and school.”
Men’s golf was front-and-center throughout the evening, taking home three Scrappys, including Team of the Year. 2012 U.S. Amateur Champion Steven Fox, who is currently competing in the Masters, earned a Special Recognition Scrappy Award for winning at Cherry Hills in August.
“This is a fantastic night for our student-athletes and it is so well deserved,” stated men’s golf head coach Mark Guhne. ”This awards night is better than any other because they are voted on by their peers. It shows them how much they mean to each other. There were so many great things that were achieved this season that when you win one, you know you have done something special.”
Ashlen Dewart took home Female Student-Athlete of the Year honors, one of four Scrappys handed out to the women’s basketball program. The Lady Mocs also took home Coach of the Year (Wes Moore), Victory of the Year (vs. No. 20 Tennessee) and Play of the Year (Kayla Christopher’s put back against Davidson to win the SoCon Tournament).
“This was a great night,” added Dewart. “It was like a Grammy Awards/movie star kind of night. I love the camaraderie we have here. It is amazing. To be here and honored with an award by peers is better than any award you can get anywhere else because it’s your friends and family voting. It’s a great honor.”
A complete list of the awards, along with photos from the “Blue Carpet” and throughout the evening, are available below. The MocsVision video of the entire show will be added to GoMocs.com as soon as it is available.
Freshman of the Year – Jacob Huesman (Football)
Jacob Huesman finished third in the national voting for the 2012 Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman at the FCS level. He broke nearly every freshman offensive record at UTC, including being named SoCon Freshman of the Week four times, while leading the Mocs to another winning season.
Nominees Included: Kaylene Chadwell (Women’s Tennis), Gee McGhee (Men’s Basketball), Hannah Wyatt (Soccer), Trevor Janssen (Cross Country), Taylor Deason (Softball).
Behind the Scenes Award – Jeff Andrews
Coach Andrews is in his fourth year with the Mocs and has been an integral part of the success of UTC student-athletes in competition. He works with nearly every team at UTC and has earned the trust and respect of coaches and student-athletes through his hard work and knowledge of strength training.
Nominees Included: Jeff Andrews (Athletic Performance), Gayle Cunningham (Tutor), Dale Rutemeyer (Photographer), Lisa Wilcox (Student Support Services).
Comeback Award – Men’s Basketball Comeback Win over Appalachian State on Jan. 17, 2013
The Mocs pulled off one of the biggest comebacks of the year against Appalachian State on Jan. 17. UTC trailed by 19 points with just over six minutes remaining in regulation before storming back to force overtime. The Mocs went on to post a 91-88 win in one of the most memorable games in McKenzie Arena history.
Nominees Included: Faith Dupree (Women’s Basketball) returning from an early season injury. Volleyball down 0-2 to UNCG before taking the match 3-2. Lucas Cotter (Cross Country) returning to the cross country team to lead the Mocs to a second place finish at the SoCon Championships. Women’s golf down 22 shots before winning the 2012 Southern Conference Championship. Women’s basketball second half comeback in the SoCon Tournament championship game against Davidson.
Special Recognition Award – Stephen Fox (Men’s Golf)
Every so often one of the Mocs does something that is so remarkable, so unexpected and so amazing that it just deserves its own scrappy. The Special Recognition Scrappy Award is the only one not given on an annual basis, but instead, it is handed out only when an accomplishment is worthy of the recognition. Last August, Steven Fox did something that was both remarkable and amazing. He captivated our campus, our community and the entire state on his way to winning the U.S. Amateur Championship. On that day in Colorado, he etched his name into the Havemeyer Trophy alongside the likes of Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson.
Individual Performance of the Year – Stephan Jaeger
Stephan Jaeger became the first Moc golfer to win an individual regional championship in 2012. He shot a career-best 13-under par 203 to win the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional by four shots. His final round 66 helped the Mocs capture the team title and earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.
Nominees Included: Jordan Britt – 2012 SoCon Champion; Taylor Hall – 24 points, nine rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks in the Lady Mocs win over Tennessee; Dontay Hampton – 22 points in the Mocs comeback win over Appalachian State; Jacob Huesman – 288 yards of total offense, including three TDs against No. 2 Georgia Southern.
Student Fan of the Year - Charles Robert Marcinski – Mocs Basketball Superfan
Marcinski has made a name for himself over the last year at Mocs games. He is always on the front row of the student section, rallying the Mocs to victory in McKenzie Arena.
Nominees Included: Josh Modjeski – Softball Frost Fanatic, Ryan van Winkle – Big supporter of the Mocs tennis teams.
Victory of the Year – Women’s Basketball over No. 20 Tennessee (Nov. 9, 2012)
The Lady Mocs shocked all of college basketball with their season-opening win over the Lady Vols in McKenzie Arena. Nearly 8,500 fans saw UTC pull off one of the biggest regular season wins in school history.
Nominees Included: Women’s golf victory at the 2012 Southern Conference Championships; Men’s golf win at the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regional Championships; Wrestling’s domination at the 2013 Southern Conference Championships.
Professor of the Year – Dr. Gretchen Potts
Dr. Potts has been a member of the UTC Department of Chemistry since 2002. She is a UC Foundation Associate Professor and is a popular national anthem singer at Mocs and Lady Mocs basketball games. Dr. Potts also serves on the Faculty Athletics Committee and is a huge Mocs fan.
Nominees Included: Dr. Cheryl Robinson (Early Childhood Development), Dr. Robert Mebane (Chemistry), Dr. Roland Carter (Music).
Play of the Year – Kayla Christopher’s Put-Back to Beat Davidson in the SoCon Tournament
Trailing by one with under 10 seconds left to play, Kayla Christopher put back an offensive rebound that led to UTC’s 64-63 win over Davidson in the championship game of the Southern Conference Tournament. That win propelled the Lady Mocs to their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
Nominees Included: Kendrix Huitt’s 74-yard touchdown run against Western Carolina; Terrell Robinson’s touchdown scramble against The Citadel; Chris Smith’s ace to give the Mocs at 4-3 win at UNCG; Paula Passmore’s dive into the stands that lead to a point in UTC’s 3-2 win over Appalachian State; Davis Bunn’s hole-in-one at the 2012 NCAA Bowling Green Regionals.
Fan of the Year – Joe and Barbara Waters
Joe and Barbara Waters are staples at nearly every UTC event. Whether it be volleyball, soccer, football or basketball, the Waters are always in the stands cheering on the Mocs.
Nominees Included: The Chattahooligans and David Martin.
Coach of the Year – Wes Moore (Women’s Basketball)
In 15 years at UTC, Coach Moore guided the Lady Mocs to 12 Southern Conference Regular Season titles, nine SoCon Tournament Championships and nine trips to the NCAA Tournament. Not only did the Lady Mocs tie a school record with a 29-4 overall tally this season, they also had a team-best 3.46 g.p.a. in the fall semester.
Nominees Included: Mark Guhne (Men’s Golf), Colette Murray (Women’s Golf), Heath Eslinger (Wrestling).
Male Student-Athlete of the Year – Davis Tull (Football)
Davis Tull is just the fourth Moc to be named southern conference defensive player of the year. the consensus All-American broke the Mocs single season record and was second in the nation with 12.5 sacks in 2012. He was also an academic All-SoCon honoree and on the capital one academic all-district team.
Nominees Included: Stephan Jeager (Men’s Golf), Lucas Cotter (Men’s Cross Country), Niko Brown (Wrestling).
Female Student-Athlete of the Year – Ashlen Dewart (Women’s Basketball)
Dewart was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection while leading the Lady Mocs in scoring at 15.3 ppg. She was named the SoCon tournament MVP and guided UTC to a school-record-tying 29 wins last season.
Nominees Included: Jordan Britt (Women’s Golf), Michelle Fuzzard (Softball), Jenna Nurik (Women’s Tennis), Paula Passmore (Volleyball).
Brenda Lawson & Associates Scholar-Athlete of the Year – Christina Teter (Volleyball)
Teter is the first member of the Lady Mocs volleyball program to be named Academic All-American. She was named the Scrappy Moore Award winner by the UTC athletics Hall of Fame and carries a 4.0 g.p.a. as a Biology major.
Nominees Included: Stephen Jaeger (Men’s Golf), Maria Juliana Loza (Women’s Golf), Irvin Hernandez (Football), Adam Miller (Football), Morgan Buchanan (Women’s Cross Country).
Team of the Year – Men’s Golf
The Mocs golf team is just the second squad in UTC history to win a Division I regional championship. Led by All-American Stephan Jaeger and SoCon Coach of the Year Mark Guhne, the Mocs scored a 19-shot victory at the SoCon Championships before winning the NCAA Bowling Green Regional. All five members competing at the NCAA Championships made the Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and the entire team had a 3.0 g.p.a. during its championship run.
Nominees Included: Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf, Wrestling.