published Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Former UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman selected by Green Bay Packers in NFL Draft

UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman acknowledges the crowd's cheers in this file photo.
UTC quarterback B.J. Coleman acknowledges the crowd's cheers in this file photo.

Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback B.J. Coleman was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the NFL Draft today.

After a wait of nearly seven hours, his name was called after the Packers used the 243rd pick to select him.

Coleman watched the draft at his parents' house in Chattanooga with some family and friends, including former teammates Joel Bradford and Sloan Allison.

The TVs in the house were on when the fourth round began at noon and then the waiting began. Coleman bounced around to different rooms in the house and watched most of the seventh and final round in the basement TV room which is filled with pictures and memorabilia from his career, from the McCallie days to Tennessee to UTC.

Just when it looked like he might have to go the free-agent route, the Packers called.

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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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