Wednesday, April 16, 2014 · 11:50 p.m.

The Chattanooga football team is coming off a season filled with firsts—its first Southern Conference title since 1984, its first eight-win season since 1980 and it posted six SoCon victories for the first time ever.

Chattanooga defensive end Davis Tull (Photo: Dale Rutemeyer)

Junior defensive end Davis Tull provided another first for the Mocs on Thursday by earning Capital One Academic All-American honors from the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) 

Tull, a two-time SoCon Defensive Player of the Year award recipient, carries a 3.52 grade-point-average as a Health & Human Performance major. His selection marks the fourth straight year in which UTC has had at least one Capital One Academic All-American, joining volleyball’s Christina Teter (2012), track & field’s Chris Berry (2012) and David Moore (2011), but it is the first for the football program. 

To be eligible for Academic All-American consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or a key reserve, maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution. 

Tull, who led the SoCon in sacks (9.0) for the second straight season, also became the league’s first repeat Defensive Player of the Year since Appalachian State’s Dexter Coakley took the award three straight times (1994-96).

He’s also a finalist for the Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in FCS.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder posted 52 tackles on the season—37 solo—with 15.0 coming behind the line of scrimmage. The Knoxville, Tenn., native also recorded a league-leading four forced fumbles with one recovery, and he also led the Mocs with eight quarterback hurries.

UTC’s Academic All-Americans:

1974 - John Berry, Men’s Basketball

1977 - Denny Standifer, Baseball

1979 - Mark Edward Austin, Baseball

1988 - Ivan Poullaos, Tennis

2001 - Beth Alexander, Softball

2002 - Beth Alexander, Softball

2005 - Ian Mayne, Men’s Track/Cross Country

2005 - Shannon Wommack, Women’s Track/Cross Country

2006 - Ian Mayne, Men’s Track/Cross Country

2006 - Shannon Wommack, Women’s Track/Cross Country 

2011 - David Moore, Men’s Track/Cross Country

2012 - Chris Berry, Men’s Track/Cross Country

2012 - Christina Teter, Volleyball

2013 - Davis Tull, Football

Michael Murphy covers UTC athletics for Follow him on Twitter @MichaelNooga.

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