University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior defensive end Davis Tull from Knoxville was named Thursday to the Buck Buchanan Award watch list as one of the top candidates for the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision's top defensive player for 2014. A two-time Southern Conference defensive player of the year, Tull also made the Buchanan watch list last year. He is No. 1 in Mocs history and the active FCS leader with 26 1/2 career sacks and is second among active players with 42 1/2 tackles for loss. He also leads 2014 FCS players with eight forced fumbles in his carer. "We are excited for Davis and the recognition he is receiving in the preseason," UTC coach Russ Huesman said in a school release. "He has been an outstanding member of our program and has worked hard throughout his career."
• Junior kicker Callum Wishart from Ooltewah was one of four third-team NCAA Division III preseason All-Americans from Sewanee on the USA Football Network list just released. Two-time All-Southern Athletic Association lineman Brandon Miller, a senior, joined Wishart on the offensive third team, and Tigers senior defensive back De'Nard Ford and junior rover Alex Kops made the defensive squad. The 120th season of Sewanee football team will begin Sept. 6 at DePauw.
• Former Indiana University men's tennis assistant coach Patric Hynes is the new men's and women's head coach at Lee University. Hynes, who left Lees-McRae College in 2000 as the winningest singles player in the North Carolina school's history and its summa cum laude graduate, was a men's and women's assistant and then the men's head coach there and then directed the Presbyterian College men for six years and the women's team for two. Presbyterian won the South Atlantic Conference men's championship in 2005-07, and he was the SAC coach of the year in 2006. He worked with the Hoosiers the past four years. "He is an outstanding young coach who will bring lots of college-level experience to our tennis programs," Lee president Dr. Paul Conn said in a school release. "I believe he and his family will be a great fit at Lee." Hynes said he was attracted to the Cleveland school because of "the fact that the school is strongly aligned with its Christian mission, along with the recent transition to [NCAA] Division II and membership in one of the strongest conferences in the nation."
• Scott Stevens of Chattanooga closed with an even-par 70 Thursday and tied for seventh at 214 in the 51st annual Tennessee Junior Amateur golf tournament, and Chattanooga Christian teammate Lake Johnson also shot 70 and tied for ninth at 215 on the Sevierville Golf Club's River Course. Knoxville's Davis Shore won by two strokes at 208. Ooltewah's Oliver Simonsen and Chattanooga's Reese Scobey tied for 29th at 226.
• Manchester's Hollee Sadler tied for fourth at 227 and Signal Mountain's Katherine Holmes, Winchester's Malia Nicole Stovall and Manchester's Jenna Burris shared sixth place at 229 in the Tennesse Girls' Junior on Sevierville GC's Highland Course, and Ooltewah's Samantha Griffith tied for 12th at 231. Covington's Aubree Jones won with a 219. Hixson's Anna Pope, Cleveland's Kelsey Cassada and Ocoee's Heidi Barringer were 29th, 30th and 31st at 243, 244 and 245. Manchester's Ashley Gilliam was fifth in the 10-14 age group at 227, and Benton's Danielle Bates was sixth at 238.
• Chad Wilson of Calhoun is tied for sixth place at 1-under-par 69 after the first round Thursday of the 93rd Georgia Amateur Championship at the Idle Hour Club, and Sam Curtis of Calhoun is at 71. Trey Rule of Eatonton, a Mercer University senior, shot 65 for a three-shot lead. Two-time champion David Noll Jr. of Dalton is in the group at 72.
• The Chattanooga Football Club Academy under-14 girls' team played to a 1-1 draw Thursday against West Coast FC United White from Southern California in the first day of the US Youth Soccer National Presidents Cup tournament at Greenville, S.C. The Freedom girls from Pennsylvania edged PSC U14 Orange from Illinois 2-1 in the age group's other game. The CFC Academy faces PSC this morning and Freedom on Saturday in round-robin play.
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