Nine Mocs On Post-Season SoCon Football List

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had nine members of the football program honored with the release of the All-Southern Conference coaches and media teams today.  Senior Lucas Webb led the way with a first team selection by the league's coaches.

Webb is the first in school history to earn first team All-SoCon all four years of his career.  He finished the season with 43 tackles and three interceptions.  He also posted two defensive scores, including a 28-yard fumble return at VMI and a 20-yard pick-6 at Samford.


A native of Northport, Ala., Webb tied UTC's career record with 13 interceptions.  He tallied a SoCon record four pick-6s and tied the league mark with five defensive scores overall. 

Senior offensive lineman Josh Cardiello and junior tight end Bailey Lenior made the All-SoCon second team offense on both the coaches and media squads.  Cardiello was a three-year starter who moved to center as a senior while Lenior caught 14 passes for 120 yards.  This is the second career honor for Cardiello, who was also a second-team pick last season.

Junior defensive linemen Isaiah Mack and Derek Mahaffey both made the coaches second team.  Mack was third in tackles for the Mocs, with 54, including 7.0 for loss.  Mahaffey posted 51 stops and had eight hurries.

Quarterback Cole Copeland, defensive back Jerrell Lawson, return specialist Brandon Dowdell and kicker Victor Ulmo all made the SoCon All-Freshman team.  The full list of All-SoCon honorees is available below.    

All-Southern Conference Coaches Team
Offensive Player of the Year
Devlin Hodges, Samford, R-Jr., QB

Defensive Player of the Year
Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr., DL

Freshman of the Year
Kaelan Riley, Mercer, QB

Jacobs Blocking Award
Matthew Schmidt, Furman, Sr., OL

Coach of the Year
Clay Hendrix, Furman

First team offense
QB          Devlin Hodges, Samford
RB           Antonio Wilcox, Furman
RB           Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina
OL           Tyler Davis, The Citadel
OL           Terrell Bush, Furman
OL           Matthew Schmidt, Furman
OL           Zach Weeks, Western Carolina
OL           Ross Demmel, Wofford
TE           Andy Schumpert, Furman
WR         Kelvin McKnight, Samford
WR         Terryon Robinson, Western Carolina

First team defense
DL           Isaiah Buehler, Mercer
DL           Ahmad Gooden, Samford
DL           Miles Brown, Wofford
DL           Tyler Vaughn, Wofford
LB           Lee Bennett, Mercer
LB           Shaheed Salmon, Samford
LB           Tahjai Watt, Western Carolina
DB          Kailik Williams, The Citadel
DB          Omari Williams, Samford
DB          Lucas Webb, Chattanooga
DB          Marvin Tillman, Western Carolina
DB          Devin Watson, Wofford

First team special teams
PK           Luke Carter, Wofford
P             Ian Berryman, Western Carolina
RS           Chandler Curtis, Mercer

Second team offense
QB          Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina
RB           Tee Mitchell, Mercer
RB           Andre Stoddard, Wofford
OL           Alex Rios, ETSU
OL           Thomas Marchman, Mercer
OL           Austin Sanders, Mercer
OL           Nick Nixon, Samford
OL           Josh Cardiello, Chattanooga
TE           Bailey Lenoir, Chattanooga
WR         Chris Shelling, Samford
WR         Steffon Hill, Western Carolina

Second team defense
DL           Jaylan Reid, Furman
DL           Isaiah Mack, Chattanooga
DL           Derek Mahaffey, Chattanooga
DL           Mikel Horton, Wofford
LB           Myles Pierce, The Citadel
LB           LeMarkus Bailey, Mercer
LB           Allan Cratsenberg, VMI
DB          Aron Spann III, The Citadel
DB          Aaquil Annoor, Furman
DB          Darius Harvey, Samford
DB          Greg Sanders, VMI

Second team special teams
PK           JJ Jerman, ETSU
P             Austin Barnard, Samford
RS           Quan Harrison, ETSU

All-Freshman Offense
Jonathan Cole, The Citadel
Jon Barrett Lewis, The Citadel
Brandon Rainey, The Citadel
Reed Kroeber, Furman
Darius Morehead, Furman
Kaelan Riley, Mercer
Montrell Washington, Samford
Mike Williams, Samford
Cole Copeland, Chattanooga
Kris Thornton, VMI
Donnavan Spencer, Western Carolina

All-Freshman Defense
Blake Bockrath, ETSU
Reynard Ellis, Furman
Elijah McKoy, Furman
Malique Fleming, Mercer
Sidney Otiwu, Mercer
Koi Freeman, Samford
Brett Granger, Samford
Jerrell Lawson, Chattanooga
A.J. Smith, VMI
Michael Murphy, Western Carolina
Deon Priester, Wofford

All-Freshman Special Teams
Grayson Atkins, Furman
Brandon Dowdell, Chattanooga
Victor Ulmo, Chattanooga

All-Southern Conference Media Team
Roy M. "Legs" Hawley Offensive Player of the Year
Devlin Hodges, Samford, R-Jr., QB

Defensive Player of the Year
Ahmad Gooden, Samford, Jr., DL

Freshman of the Year
Kaelan Riley, Mercer, QB

Wallace Wade Coach of the Year
Clay Hendrix, Furman

First team offense
QB          Devlin Hodges, Samford
RB           Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina
OL           Tyler Davis, The Citadel
OL           Terrell Bush, Furman
OL           Matthew Schmidt, Furman
OL           Roo Daniels, Wofford
OL           Ross Demmel, Wofford
TE           Andy Schumpert, Furman
WR         Kelvin McKnight, Samford
WR         Terryon Robinson, Western Carolina

First team defense
DL           Nasir Player, ETSU
DL           Isaiah Buehler, Mercer
DL           Ahmad Gooden, Samford
DL           Miles Brown, Wofford
LB           Lee Bennett, Mercer
LB           Shaheed Salmon, Samford
LB           Allan Cratsenberg, VMI
DB          Aron Spann III, The Citadel
DB          Omari Williams, Samford
DB          Marvin Tillman, Western Carolina
DB          Devin Watson, Wofford

First team special teams
PK           Luke Carter, Wofford
P             Ian Berryman, Western Carolina
RS           Chandler Curtis, Mercer

Second team offense
QB          P.J. Blazejowski, Furman
RB           Kealand Dirks, Furman
RB           Antonio Wilcox, Furman
RB           Tee Mitchell, Mercer
OL           Thomas Marchman, Mercer
OL           Josh Cardiello, Chattanooga
OL           Andrew Miles, Western Carolina
OL           Zach Weeks, Western Carolina
OL           Jared Jacon-Duffy, Wofford
TE           Bailey Lenoir, Chattanooga
WR         Marquise Irvin, Mercer
WR         Chris Shelling, Samford

Second team defense
DL           Ja'Lon Williams, The Citadel
DL           Jaylan Reid, Furman
DL           Nate Link, Western Carolina
DL           Mikel Horton, Wofford
LB           Myles Pierce, The Citadel
LB           Brian Lipscomb, VMI
LB           A.J. Newman, Western Carolina
DB          Aaquil Annoor, Furman
DB          Eric Jackson, Mercer
DB          Lucas Webb, Chattanooga
DB          Greg Sanders, VMI

Second team special teams
PK           JJ Jerman, ETSU
P             Austin Barnard, Samford
RS           Darius Harvey, Samford
 


Chattanooga Steam AAU Team Sweeps Nashville Tournament

The Chattanooga Steam Varsity High School AAU Boys Basketball Team swept the MSYS MidState Hoop Fest Tournament  in Nashville this weekend. The Steam went through the tournament unbeaten. The Chattanooga Steam is led by KT Webb from Signal Mountain High School, Jason Holland and Winston Tullis from Sale Creek High School, Jon Wood and Gage Henry from Dade County High ... (click for more)

Dalton State's Lee Named 1st Team All-American

PING First-Team All-America honorees for NAIA were announced by the GCAA following the NAIA Championships.   First-Team All-Americans   Alec Dutkowski, Taylor Jack Dyer, Keiser Mark David Johnson, Coastal Georgia Rupert Kaminski, Oklahoma City Newport Laparojkit, South Carolina Beaufort SM Lee, Dalton State Rowan Lester, ... (click for more)

Man And Woman Killed In Sunday Morning Murder/Suicide At Hixson Gas Station

A man and a woman were killed in a Sunday morning murder/homicide at a gas station in Hixson. The shooting was shortly after 10 a.m. at a Shell station at Hixson Pike and Brookaire.  Upon arrival, police located Kimberly Phillips, 48, lying in the parking lot from an apparent gunshot wound.  Also in the same parking lot, officers located Frederick Tragresser, 47, ... (click for more)

$2,060,705 Tennessee Cash Jackpot Won In South Pittsburg Friday Night

A Tennessee Cash player in South Pittsburg won a near-record jackpot of $2,060,705 on  Friday  night. A Knoxville Powerball player won $50,000  Saturday  night by matching four of the five white numbers drawn plus the red Powerball. No information is available about the winners until the prizes are claimed. The  $315.3 million ... (click for more)

Brown V. Board (1954) 64 Years Late: Our Schools At A Crossroads

May 17, 1954 is a date forever etched upon the annals of American history because on that pivotal day the Supreme Court would affirm in the decision of Brown v. Board (1954). “We conclude that in the field of public education the doctrine of ‘separate but equal’ has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal.” This ruling overturned the infamous Plessy v. Ferguson ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Words For The Ages

I was probably one of few people in the entire world who didn’t get caught up in the Royal Marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry this weekend. I got over having any semblance of ‘pomp and circumstance’ a long time ago and, as a rule, studiously avoid those apt to ‘put on airs and graces.’ By ignoring the magnificent occasion, I made a big mistake and today it is with delight ... (click for more)