Chattanooga’s Davis Tull recorded a career-high 3.5 sacks in the Mocs’ 31-9 win over Furman on Saturday, earning a pair of national weekly honors in the process.
Tull was selected as The Sports Network’s National Defensive co-Player of the Week, before being named the National Defensive Player of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards on Tuesday.
“I think what helped Davis this week is that we got Furman into some third-and-longs, and there’s your blood in the water deal right there,” UTC head coach Russ Huesman said. “When you get third-and-longs you can get in that four-point stance and just shoot out of it. That’s when he’s really, really, really special.”
Tull also forced a pair of fumbles, recovered on and added five tackles in the lopsided victory over the visiting Paladins. This is the first weekly national honors for the consensus All-American and preseason Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year.
“I’d give it a six or a seven [out of 10] honestly,” Tull said of Saturday's performance. “I missed a couple tackles. I was fortunate enough to make some plays, but it wasn’t a perfect game my any means.
"I’ve been slowly getting in the groove, coming back off some things this preseason and early in the year. I think I’m starting to get back into last year’s form and it’s pretty exciting.”
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound is currently second in the SoCon and 14th in the FCS with 5.5 sacks. His 23.0 career sacks are No. 2 on UTC's all-time list, just 0.5 behind former teammate Josh Williams (2009-2012), and fifth among active FCS players.
“[Williams] is the sack master, honestly,” Tull said. “I’m just the protege.”
Tull and the Mocs (4-2, 2-1 SoCon) return to action this weekend when they travel to Elon, N.C., for a SoCon matchup with the Phoenix (2-5, 1-2). Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. (E.D.T.) on Saturday at Rhodes Stadium.
Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Nooga.com. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.
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