Sophomore Davis Tull is the third SoCon Defensive Player of the Year in school history.
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Davis Tull Named SoCon Defensive Player of the Year

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore defensive end Davis Tull was named the 2012 Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches and media today.  He led a group of eight Mocs who earned spots on the various all-conference teams. 

Tull, a native of Knoxville, Tenn., set the UTC single season record for sacks and tackles-for-loss in 2012.  He is the first sophomore to win SoCon Defensive Player of the Year honors since Appalachian State's Dexter Coakley in 1994.  He finished with a SoCon-best 12.5 sacks and 19.0 TFLs, ranking No. 2 in the nation in sacks and No. 6 in TFLs.  He was fourth in the SoCon with three forced fumbles and tied for team-high with six quarterback hurries. 

Tull is the third Moc to earn SoCon Defensive Player of the Year honors and the second in the Russ Huesman era that began in 2009.  He joins Troy Boeck (1990) and Josh Beard (2009) on the list of previous recipients. Tull is finishing a very productive year on the field and in the classroom.  He was recently named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. 

Joining Tull as a consensus All-SoCon First Team member is junior linebacker Wes Dothard (Carrollton, Ga.).  This is a repeat performance for the 2011 All-American who led the Mocs with 94 tackles. Fellow junior D.J. Key (Centerville, Tenn.) made the media's first team and the coaches' second team.  He was second on the team with 82 tackles while picking off two passes.

Junior's Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) and Derek Lott (Kennesaw, Ga.) grabbed second team honors from the media and coaches.  They gave UTC five representatives on the defensive squad after Chattanooga led the SoCon and was No. 10 in the nation in total defense (307.9 yds/game).

Lott, a defensive lineman who transferred from Georgia prior to the start of the season, finished with 57 tackles, two sacks and a team-high six quarterback hurries.  Wise is the first Moc to be named All-SoCon his first three seasons.  He had two interceptions and recovered two fumbles while making 55 tackles. 

A pair of offensive players were also honored, including senior offensive lineman Adam Miller (Cohutta, Ga.) and sophomore tight end Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.).  Miller made the media's second team, while Shafaat was the second team pick by both the media and coaches. 

Miller started 43 games at right tackle in his career.  He is a two-time member of the Capital One Academic All-District team, a two-time Academic All-SoCon honoree and a member of the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team.  Shafaat led all SoCon tight ends with 37 catches and five touchdowns.

Freshman Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga, Tenn.) was the last Moc honored, making the SoCon All-Freshman team.  He set UTC freshmen records for completions (169) and passing yards (1,700) while tying the marks for passing touchdowns (13) and rushing touchdowns (7). 

The Mocs finished the season with a 6-5 record and fourth in the SoCon at 5-3.  It is the third winning season in the last four years for Chattanooga.  UTC has not put together a run like that since 1984-87.  Seven of the eight Mocs All-SoCon team members are underclassmen and set to return in 2013.  UTC will only replace four starters and lose just 10 letter winners overall from the current two-deep.

2012 Coaches All-Southern Conference Football Team
Offensive Player of the Year - Eric Breitenstein, Sr., RB, Wofford
Co-Defensive Player of the Year - Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., LB, Appalachian State
Co-Defensive Player of the Year - Davis Tull, So., DL, Chattanooga
Freshman of the Year - Sean Price, WR, Appalachian State
Jacobs Blocking Award - Mike Sellers, Jr., OL, The Citadel
Co-Coach of the Year - Kevin Higgins, The Citadel
Co-Coach of the Year - Pat Sullivan, Samford

First Team Offense
QB             Jamal Jackson, Jr., Appalachian State
RB              Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman
RB              Eric Breitenstein, Sr., Wofford
OL              Mike Sellers, Jr., The Citadel
OL              Dakota Dozier, Jr., Furman
OL              Dorian Byrd, Jr., Georgia Southern
OL              Ryan Dudchock, Sr., Samford
OL              Jared Singleton, Jr., Wofford
TE              Colin Anderson, Sr., Furman
WR             Sean Price, Fr., Appalachian State
WR             Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon

First Team Defense
DL              Josh Lynn, Sr., Furman
DL              Dion Dubose, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL              Brent Russell, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL              Davis Tull, So., Chattanooga
DL              Nicholas Williams, Samford
LB              Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., Appalachian State
LB              Wes Dothard, Sr., Chattanooga
LB              Alvin Scioneaux, Jr., Wofford
DB             Demetrius McCray, Sr., Appalachian State
DB             JJ Wilcox, Sr., Georgia Southern
DB             Jaquiski Tartt, So., Samford
DB             Darius Eubanks, Sr., Georgia Southern

First Team Specialists
PK              Cameron Yaw, Sr., Samford
P                Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
RS              Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman

Second Team Offense
QB             Thomas Wilson, Sr., Elon
RB              Steven Miller, Sr., Appalachian State
RB              Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford
OL              Justin Ward, Sr., Elon
OL              Jacob Kirschenbaum, Sr., Samford
OL              Calvin Cantrell, Sr., Wofford
OL              Tymeco Gregory, Jr., Wofford
OL              Jake Miles, So., Wofford
TE              Faysal Shafaat, So., Chattanooga
WR             Andrew Peacock, Jr., Appalachian State
WR             Kelsey Pope, Jr., Samford

Second Team Defense
DL              Ronald Blair, So., Appalachian State
DL              Chris Billingslea, Sr., The Citadel
DL              Derrick Lott, Jr., Chattanooga
DL              Tarek Odom, So., Wofford
LB              Brandon Grier, Sr., Appalachian State
LB              Rock Williams, Sr., Western Carolina
LB              Mike Niam, Sr., Wofford
DB             Troy Sanders, Sr., Appalachian State
DB             D.J. Key, Jr., Chattanooga
DB             Kadeem Wise, Jr., Chattanooga
DB             Blake Wylie, Sr., Wofford

Second Team Specialists
PK              Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
P                Cass Couey, Sr., The Citadel
RS              Tony Washington, Appalachian State

All-Freshman Offense
Shaq Counts, OL, Appalachian State
Malachi Jones, WR, Appalachian State
Sean Price, WR, Appalachian State
Tracey Coppedge, RB, Elon
Reese Hannon, QB, Furman
Jordan Snellings, WR, Furman
Joe Turner, OL, Furman
Tony Philpot, TE, Samford
Jacob Huesman, QB, Chattanooga
Darius Ramsey, RB, Western Carolina
Troy Mitchell, QB, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Defense
Stephen Burns, DL, Appalachian State
Davante Harris, DL, Appalachian State
Mitchell Jeter, DL, The Citadel
James Riley, LB, The Citadel
Mark Thomas, DE, The Citadel
Reggie Thomas, DB, Furman
Patrick Flowe, LB, Georgia Southern
James Bradberry, DB, Samford
Trey Wesley, DB, Samford
Sertonuse Harris, DB, Western Carolina
Jaleel Lorquet, DB, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Specialists
Alex Hanks, PK, Georgia Southern
Cam Flowers, RS, Wofford
Danny LaMontagne, LS, Furman

2012 Media All-Southern Conference Football Team
Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year - Eric Breitenstein, Sr., RB, Wofford
Defensive Player of the Year - Davis Tull, So., DE, Chattanooga
Freshman of the Year - Sean Price, WR, Appalachian State
Wallace Wade Coach of the Year - Kevin Higgins, The Citadel

First Team Offense
QB          Jamal Jackson, Jr., Appalachian State
RB           Steven Miller, Sr., Appalachian State
RB           Eric Breitenstein, Jr., Wofford
OL           Mike Sellers, Sr., The Citadel
OL           Dakota Dozier, Jr., Furman
OL           Dorian Byrd, Jr., Georgia Southern
OL           Ryan Dudchock, Sr., Samford
OL           Jake Miles, Sr., Wofford
TE           Colin Anderson, Sr., Furman
WR         Sean Price, Fr., Appalachian State
WR         Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon

First Team Defense
DL           Ronald Blair, So., Appalachian State
DL           Brent Russell, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL           Nicholas Williams, Sr., Samford
DL           Davis Tull, So, Chattanooga
LB           Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., Appalachian State
LB           Wes Dothard, Jr., Chattanooga
LB           Rock Williams, Sr., Western Carolina
DB          Demetrius McCray, Sr., Appalachian State
DB          Troy Sanders, Sr., Appalachian State
DB          Jaquiski Tartt, So., Samford
DB          D.J. Key, Jr., Chattanooga

First Team Specialists
PK           Cameron Yaw, Sr., Samford
P             Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
RS           Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman

Second Team Offense
QB          Thomas Wilson, Sr., Elon
RB           Jerodis Williams, Sr., Furman
RB           Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford
OL           Logan Daves, So., Georgia Southern
OL           Jacob Kirschenbaum, Sr., Samford
OL           Adam Miller, Sr., Chattanooga
OL           Calvin Cantrell, Sr., Wofford
OL           Ty Gregory, Jr., Wofford
OL           (tie) Jared Singleton, Jr., Wofford
TE           Faysal Shafaat, So., Chattanooga
WR         Andrew Peacock, Jr., Appalachian State
WR         Kelsey Pope, Jr., Samford

Second Team Defense
DL           Chris Billingslea, Sr., The Citadel
DL           Javon Mention, Jr., Georgia Southern
DL           Dion Dubose, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL           Derrick Lott, Jr., Chattanooga
LB           Brandon Grier, Sr., Appalachian State
LB           Jonathan Spain, So., Elon
LB           Alvin Scioneaux, Jr., Wofford
DB          Brandon McCladdie, Jr., The Citadel
DB          Darius Eubanks, Sr., Georgia Southern
DB          JJ Wilcox, Sr., Georgia Southern
DB          Kadeem Wise, Jr., Chattanooga

Second Team Specialists
PK           Adam Shreiner, Sr., Elon
P             Cass Couey, Sr., The Citadel
RS           Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford

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