Chattanooga Mocs' defensive line getting thin

photo UTC defensive linemen Davis Tull, right, and Josh Freeman run a drill during football practice Tuesday at Scrappy Moore Field.

It has not been a magical season for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga defensive line, of which much was expected after a very productive finish in 2012.

Injuries have been the primary problem for the group that included two preseason first-team All-Southern Conference players: reigning defensive player of the year Davis Tull at one end spot and tackle Derrick Lott inside.

Tull, a junior, has been slowed by illness and injuries for much of the season, and Lott, a senior, is likely out for the year, ending his career. Lott suffered an elbow injury against Georgia Southern on Sept.