Eight Mocs Make the Preseason All-SoCon Team
Senior DL Josh Williams
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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team had eight student-athletes named to the Southern Conference Preseason All-Conference Team today.  Announced in conjunction with the SoCon Football Media Day in Spartanburg, S.C., the Mocs were also chosen to finish fourth by both the league's coaches and media.

Senior DL Josh Williams (Griffin, Ga.) was one of three on the first team defense from UTC.  He is a two-time First Team All-SoCon selection and is Chattanooga's career leader with 21.5 sacks.  The Mocs were the only team in the league with three individuals on the first team defense.  UTC led the SoCon in total defense (305.3), scoring defense (19.7) and was No. 2 in the nation in pass defense (140.8) and pass efficiency defense (100.15) last season.

Joining Williams on the first team are junior LB Wes Dothard (Carrollton, Ga.) and junior DB D.J. Key (Centerville, Tenn.).  Dothard was a First Team All-American in 2011, totaling 88 tackles and five forced fumbles.  He also had two defensive scores, returning an interception against Jacksonville State and a fumble against Samford. 

Key was Second Team All-SoCon last season, finishing with 77 tackles, three interceptions and nine pass breakups.  He had a school-record 85-yard interception return for a touchdown against Western Carolina. 

The SoCon coaches picked the preseason teams, and were not allowed to vote for their own players.  Georgia Southern senior DL Brent Russell was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year while Wofford senior RB Eric Breitenstein was the Offensive Player of the Year.

Two Mocs made the second team offense, including sophomore TE Faysal Shafaat (Orlando, Fla.) and senior OL Adam Miller (Cohutta, Ga.).  Shafaat was on the SoCon All-Freshman team after making 19 catches for 179 yards and two TDs in 2011.

Miller was a preseason pick last year and is a three-year returning starter at right tackle.  He is a two-time Academic All-SoCon honoree and has twice been named to the FCS ADA Academic All-Star team.

Sophomore DL Davis Tull (Knoxville, Tenn.) and junior DB Kadeem Wise (Lawrenceville, Ga.) both made the preseason second team.  Tull was an all-freshman choice in 2011, posting 30 tackles and five sacks while starting all 11 games.  Wise is a two-time Second Team All-SoCon choice.  He has eight career interceptions and has started all 22 games over the last two years. 

Sophomore PK Nick Pollard (Smyrna, Tenn.) is on the specialists second team.  He broke UTC's freshman scoring record with 61 points in 2011.  He connected on 31-33 PATs and 10-14 field goals while being named to the SoCon All-Freshman squad. 

Georgia Southern was the No. 1 choice to win the league in both the media and coaches polls.  Appalachian State was second in the coaches and third in the media, trading places with Wofford on both lists.  Both polls had Chattanooga, Furman, Samford, Elon, The Citadel and Western Carolina round out the preseason predictions.

UTC opens the season with a trip to South Florida on Sept. 1.  Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. (E.D.T.) in Tampa, Fla., and the game will broadcast on ESPN3.  The five-game home schedule opens on Thursday, Sept. 13, against Glenville State at 7:00 p.m. at Finley Stadium. 

2012 Southern Conference Football
Preseason All-Conference Teams
Offensive Player of the Year: Eric Breitenstein, Sr., RB, Wofford
Defensive Player of the Year: Brent Russell, Sr., DL, Georgia Southern

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         Jake Miles, Sr. Wofford
TE          Colin Anderson, Sr., Furman
WR        Aaron Mellette, Sr., Elon
WR        Kelsey Pope, Jr., Samford

First Team Defense
DL         Chris Billingslea, Sr., The Citadel
DL         Josh Lynn, Sr., Furman
DL         Brent Russell, Sr., Georgia Southern
DL         Josh Williams, Sr., Chattanooga
LB          Jeremy Kimbrough, Sr., Appalachian State
LB          Wes Dothard, Jr., Chattanooga
LB          Alvin Scioneaux, Jr., Wofford
DB         Demetrius McCray, Sr., Appalachian State
DB         Greg Worthy, Jr., Furman
DB         Deion Stanley, So., Georgia Southern
DB         D.J. Key, Jr., Chattanooga

First Team Specialists
PK         Cameron Yaw, Sr., Samford
P           Cass Couey, Sr., The Citadel
RS         Fabian Truss, Jr., Samford

Second Team Offense
QB         Thomas Wilson, Sr., Elon
RB         Darien Robinson, Jr., The Citadel
RB         Fabien Truss, Jr., Samford
OL         Kendall Lamm, So., Appalachian State
OL         Blake DeBartola, Sr., Georgia Southern
OL         Charlie Sanford, Sr., Samford
OL         Adam Miller, Sr., Chattanooga
OL         Jared Singleton, Jr., Wofford
OL         (tie) Calvin Cantrell, Sr., Wofford
TE          Faysal Shafaat, So., Chattanooga
WR        Andrew Peacock, Jr., Appalachian State
WR        Tony Washington, Jr., Appalachian State

Second Team Defense
DL         Ronald Blair, So., Appalachian State
DL         Derek Douglas, Jr., The Citadel
DL         Tony Thompson, Jr., Elon
DL         Nick Williams, Sr., Samford
DL         (tie) Davis Tull, So., Chattanooga
LB          Brandon Grier, Sr., Appalachian State
LB          Mitch McGrath, Sr., Furman
LB          Darius Eubanks, Sr., Georgia Southern
LB          (tie) Rock Williams, Sr., Western Carolina
DB         Troy Sanders, Sr., Appalachian State
DB         Alvin Hines II
, Sr., Samford
DB         Kadeem Wise, Jr., Chattanooga
DB         Nathan Wade, Sr., Furman

Second Team Specialists
PK         Nick Pollard, So., Chattanooga
P           Sam Martin, Sr., Appalachian State
RS         Darreion Robinson, Sr., Georgia Southern
NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players.

2012 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll
School (First-place votes)           Points
1.   Georgia Southern (7)                 63
2.   Appalachian State (2)                57
3.   Wofford                                   48
4.   Chattanooga                           44
5.   Furman                                     36
6.   Samford                                   27
7.   Elon                                         24
8.   The Citadel                               17
9.   Western Carolina                        8
NOTE: Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team

2012 SoCon Football Preseason Coaches Poll
School (First-place votes) Points
1.   Georgia Southern (7)       63
2.   Appalachian State (2)      57
3.   Wofford                          48
4.   Chattanooga                 44
5.   Furman                          36
6.   Samford                         27
7.   Elon                              24
8.   The Citadel                    17
9.  Western Carolina             8

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