The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has five players on Phil Steele's preseason magazine All-Southern Conference football teams, led by wide receiver Joel Bradford, who also was named second-team All-American in the publication.
Three Mocs were on Steele's All-SoCon first team: Bradford, linebacker Ryan Consiglio and cornerback Kadeem Wise. Quarterback B.J. Coleman and defensive end Josh Williams made the second team, as did Bradford as a punt returner.
Bradford set a school record with 1,284 receiving yards last season and was named third-team All-American by Steele and the Associated Press. The senior from Chattanooga is UTC's first returning All-American since linebacker Josh Cain in 2002.
The Mocs are ranked No. 19 in Steele's preseason poll. Georgia Southern is ranked No. 3, Appalachian State No. 5 and Wofford is No. 9. Steele's inaugural All-Football Championship Subdivision preseason magazine, the first of its kind, comes out Aug. 16.
The Mocs begin preseason practice on Aug. 4 and open their season Sept. 3 at Nebraska.
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 ...