Packers Choose Coleman in the NFL Draft
Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman was taken in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers today.  Coleman, a three-year starter from 2009-11, is the 47th Moc selected in the NFL Draft in school history.

The Packers took Coleman with the 243rd overall pick, making him the second UTC player chosen in head coach Russ Huesman's tenure.  Buster Skrine (2007-10) was a fifth round choice (137th) of the Cleveland Browns last year. 

"I am ecstatic," said Coleman after spending the day watching the draft with friends and family at his parents' home in Chattanooga.  "This has been a dream of mine since I started playing and for it to finally come true is unbelievable. It has been a lot of hard work, and I could not have done it without the support of my family, teammates and coaches."

Coleman is the third player in school history to go to Green Bay's storied franchise.  The Packers also chose offensive lineman Jack Spears (28/328) in 1955 and defensive back Bill Butler (19/217) in 1959.

"I would also like to thank all of the Mocs fans for supporting me and our team over the last three seasons," added Coleman.  "I look forward to representing our University at the highest level for years to come."

Despite only playing in 29 games in his three year career, Coleman made a tremendous impact on the Mocs since transferring from Tennessee in 2009.  He is second all-time at UTC with 6,871 career passing yards and is just the fourth Moc to throw for 6,000 yards.  He set a UTC record with 52 career TD passes and is one of just two Mocs in school history with six+ 300-yard passing games.

Coleman's arrival in Chattanooga, combined with Huesman taking over as head coach, resulted in back-to-back winning seasons in 2009 and 2010 for the first time since the 1990 and 1991 seasons.  UTC's 17 wins in the Coleman era are the most in over a decade and the Mocs also experienced record home attendance since Coleman returned to play for his hometown team. 

An Academic All-Southern Conference selection, Coleman was a regular on the Dean's List and the Athletics Director's Honor Roll during his time at UTC.  He graduated in December with a degree in Communications. 

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