published Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Chattanooga Mocs' Patrick Sutton hopes to become an athletic director

UTC center Patrick Sutton gets into position during practice at Scrappy Moore Field.
UTC center Patrick Sutton gets into position during practice at Scrappy Moore Field.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga center Patrick Sutton sat down with the Times Free Press to answer 10 questions. The sophomore, a former walk-on who started every game last season, provided some interesting responses. Here are the best seven:

1. What's the most memorable moment of your athletic career?

"It was probably whenever I found out I was on the all-state team back in high school [at Sevier County]. It was my senior year and I actually played defensive end; I was about 40 pounds lighter then. That was probably the biggest accomplishment."

2. Where do you see yourself or hope to be in 10 years?

"I want to be an athletic director. I don't know where I'm going to be 10 years from now, but that's kind of the goal, and hopefully I'm on the road to being an athletic director."

3. If you could have only one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

"Frank Allen's hamburger. It's a little gas station back home that has incredible hamburgers. Sevier County's not all that small, and they've won the best burger in Sevier County like the last 10 years."

4. What part of playing college football has been the biggest surprise?

"I figured I would have to gain a ton of weight to even be able keep up with some of the guys here, but my size [6-foot-1, 265 pounds] hasn't really been an issue."

5. What music, if any, do you listen to before a game?

"I really don't. I guess if I did listen to music it would probably be old school rock. I don't bring an iPod or anything. I haven't ever really thought about it."

6. What athlete do you admire most?

"I've watched a lot of film of [former] Alabama center William Vlachos. He's about like me -- 6-foot, 6-1 -- and he's ruthless. I like how he plays the game."

7. If you had to be stranded on a desert island with two teammates, who would they be and why?

"If I can, he graduated this past year, I'd pick Will Hewitt, just because he's an outdoorsman. He can probably get us food and all that stuff. The other teammate I would pick would be Mike Hammons, just because he's funny. Will can help us and Mike would be the entertainment."

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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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