published Monday, December 19th, 2011

UTC's Wes Dothard named All-American

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    Linebacker Wes Dothard (25) leaves the field after UTC final game of the season. Wofford defeated UTC 28-27 in the final game of the year at Finley Stadium Saturday.
    Photo by Robin Rudd /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Much to his surprise, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga sophomore linebacker Wes Dothard was named to the Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision All-America first team Monday.

Dothard, a first-team All-Southern Conference pick by the league's coaches, was sixth in the league with 98 tackles and third with 15.5 tackles for loss. He also forced a league-high five fumbles, returned a fumble for a touchdown and an interception for a score.

Dothard said he was "shocked" when he received word that he was an All-American.

Also on the All-America teams were a trio of players from the Chattanooga area: Tennessee Tech wide receiver Tim Benford (second team), Georgia Southern kicker Adrian Mora (third team) and Tennessee State linebacker Rico Council (third team).

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about John Frierson...

John Frierson is in his seventh year at the Times Free Press and seventh year covering University of Tennessee at Chattanooga athletics. The bulk of his time is spent covering Mocs football, but he also writes about women’s basketball and the big-picture issues and news involving the athletic department. A native of Athens, Ga., John grew up a few hundred yards from the University of Georgia campus. Instead of becoming a Bulldog he attended Ole ...

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