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Davis Tull is UTC's first-ever Academic All-American in football

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CHATTANOOGA (UTC/WRCB) -- Davis Tull became the first University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football player to repeat as SoCon Defensive Player of the Year when the league's coaches chose him as the top defensive player in the conference last week.

The junior defensive end added another major first when the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) chose him as the first Capital One Academic All-American in program history Thursday.

A two-time Capital One Academic All-District honoree, Tull carries a 3.52 g.p.a. as a Health & Human Performance major. He was an Academic All-SoCon selection in 2012, the same year he won his first SoCon Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Tull's honor makes it four straight years UTC has had a Capital One Academic All-American, following volleyball's Christina Teter (2012), Track & Field's Chris Berry (2011) and David Moore (2010). Chattanooga has 11 Academic All-Americans overall in school history.

To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00 and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution. The Academic All-America team is chosen from all Division I football programs, including both the FBS and FCS institutions.

It's the latest in a big season of "firsts" for the Mocs. The program claimed its first Southern Conference Championship since 1984, recorded eight wins for the first time since 1980 and won six SoCon games for the first time ever.

Tull led the league in sacks for the second straight season, posting 9.0 in 2013. He is league's first repeat defensive player of the year since Appalachian State's Dexter Coakley took the award three straight times from 1994-96.

Tull posted 52 tackles on the season (37 solo), with 15.0 going for lost yardage. The Knoxville, Tenn., native had a league-best four forced fumbles with one recovery and led the Mocs with eight quarterback hurries. He is also a finalist for the Buchanan Award, given annually to the top defensive player in FCS.

Information provided by UTC Sports Media Relations and GoMocs.com.

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