Coleman signs with UTC

Coleman signs with UTC

May 7th, 2009 by John Frierson in Local - Breaking News

Quarterback B.J. Coleman signed with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga this morning, coach Russ Huesman said, giving the Mocs their most high-profile signee in years.

Coleman, who is transferring after two years at the University of Tennessee, will hold a news conference at McCallie at 2:30 p.m. Coleman helped lead McCallie to the 2006 state championship game and twice earned the TSSAA Mr. Football award.

NCAA rules prohibit him from holding the signing ceremony or news conference on UTC's campus.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Coleman redshirted in 2007 and saw limited action for the Volunteers last season. He was hoping to earn a shot at the starting job for the Vols but said after spring practice that he didn't see himself "getting a fair shake" at the job. He informed Vols coach Lane Kiffin of his decision to transfer two weeks ago and spoke with several schools before deciding on UTC.

Coleman, an Academic All-SEC student, will be eligible to play right away because he is transferring from a bowl subdivision program to an FCS school. He is following in the footsteps of his father, Bryon, an offensive lineman at UTC from 1977-80 and played with Huesman.

Senior Jare Gault was the Mocs' No. 1 quarterback after spring practice, followed by senior Tony Pastore and junior Cody Romans. The depth chart might look a little different after today.

For more Mocs coverage, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.