Senior DB Kadeem Wise is a Preseason Third Team All-American and among the top-100 players in the FCS.
Five Mocs Named to Phil Steele’s FCS Preseason All-American Teams

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team received a ton of individual recognition from Phil Steele’s College Football Preview this week.  Five Mocs were named Preseason All-American, 12 were listed among the top players in the nation at their positions and six were among the top-100 FCS players at any position. 

Junior defensive end Davis Tull (Knoxville, Tenn.) continued to rack up preseason accolades with his selection to the All-American First Team.  Steele pegged him as the No. 1 defensive end in the nation and the No. 7 overall player in the FCS.  He is one of four members of the Mocs’ defense to earn preseason All-American honors and one of five to be listed as a top-100 player.   

UTC’s other preseason All-Americans were all on the third team, including senior LB Wes Dothard (Carrollton, Ga.), senior DB’s Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceburg, Ga.) and D.J. Key (Centerville, Tenn.) and junior TE Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.).  Dothard and Wise have already earned preseason accolades from other entities, but this is the first recognition for Shafaat and Key.

Shafaat is the No. 3 tight end and No. 53 overall player.  Wise, Key and senior defensive tackle Derrick Lott (Kennesaw, Ga.) are all No. 6 in the country at their respective positions.   Key (39), Wise (49), Lott (93) and Dothard (98) are all listed among the top-100 players in the country. 

Steele also produced a Preseason All-Southern Conference team that selected Tull as the Defensive Player of the Year.  There were nine positions filled by Mocs on the two teams, including five on the first team defense.  Click here for a full list of Steele’s Preseason All-SoCon squad.

UTC’s other honorees in Steele’s FCS preview are listed below.  For more information, visit

Steele’s 2013 FCS Preseason Position Ratings
DE – No. 1 – Davis Tull – Jr. (6-3, 240)
TE – No. 3 – Faysal Shafaat – Jr. (6-5, 250)
CB – No. 6 – Kadeem Wise – Sr. (5-10, 180)
S – No. 6 – D.J. Key – Sr. (6-0, 195)
DT – No. 6 – Derrick Lott – Sr. (6-4, 303)
LB - No. 11 – Wes Dothard – Sr. (6-1, 235)  
P – No. 14 – Nick Pollard – Jr. (6-0, 180)
FB – No. 16 – Taharin Tyson – Jr. (5-11, 225)
OG – No. 17 – Kevin Revis – Sr. (6-2, 275)
QB – No. 19 – Jacob Huesman – So. (6-1, 210)
WR – No. 29 – Terrell Robinson – Jr. (6-3, 195)
PR – No. 38 – Tommy Hudson – Jr. (5-10, 165)

Steele’s 2013 FCS Preseason Top 100 Players
No. 7 – DE – Davis Tull – Sr. (6-3, 240)
No. 39 – S – D.J. Key – Sr. (6-0, 195)
No. 49 – DB – Kadeem Wise – Sr. (5-10, 180)
No. 53 – TE – Faysal Shafaat – Jr. (6-5, 240)
No. 93 – DT – Derrick Lott – Sr. (6-4, 303)
No. 98 – LB – Wes Dothard – Sr. (6-1, 235)

UTC kicks off the 2013 season with a Thursday night home game against UT-Martin on Aug. 29.  Mocs football season tickets start at $40 for youth, faculty, staff and alumni and are on sale now.  Stop by the UTC Ticket Office at McKenzie Arena, or call (423) 266-MOCS (6627) to order today.  Tickets are also available online on or at the link at the top of the page.

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