Chattanooga Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century Football Team
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Chattanooga Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century Football Team Announced
Twelve All-Americas highlight the Chattanooga Times Free Press UC/UTC All-Century Football Team, which was announced recently by The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the city's award-winning newspaper.
The team was selected by a panel from fans' nominations over the summer and is part of UTC's Century of Chattanooga Football season-long celebration. The All-Century Team members were introduced and honored at the Century of Chattanooga Football Gala.
The defensive selections include six All-Americas, linemen Jack Gregory Sr. (1937-39) and Bob Klein (1933-35), linebackers Josh Cain (1999-2002), Junior Jackson (1986-89) and Charles Long (1957-60) and defensive back Dick Young (1952-53). All-Americas selected to the offensive team include quarterback Chris Sanders (1999-2000), receiver Cos DeMatteo (1999-2001), running back Gene Roberts (1946) and linemen Joe Kopcha (1927-29) and Chester Lagod (1949-52). All-America Matt Vick was voted as the All-Time Team's place kicker.
"I don't envy the group who had to whittle down the nominations to pick this All-Century Team," UTC Athletics Director Steve Sloan said. "There have been some tremendous players here over the last 100 years, and I know they had a difficult time narrowing down this list to pick an offense, a defense and special teams. We are proud that so many of them are coming back to be with us for this special weekend."
Kopcha is the oldest member of the squad. Klein, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., is the oldest living member at 91 years of age.
Brent Adams (1971-74), Curtis Rouse (1979-81) and Garfield Wells (1975-77) round out the offensive line. NFL All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens (1993-95) joins Rocky Turner (1968-71) and DeMatteo at the wideout positions.
UTC's career rushing leader, Gwain Durden (1978-80) is paired with Roberts in the backfield. Sanders, who set nearly every school passing record during his two years at the school, is the quarterback.
Joining Gregory and Klein on the defensive line are Jabob Burney (1978-80), John Creager (1977-79) and Randall "Brick" Mitchell (1982-85). The school's all-time leading tackler, Glen Richardson (1982-85) heads the linebacker corps which includes, Cain, Jackson and Charlie Long (1957-60).
Young's defensive backfield mates are Mike Hunt (1979-81) and David McCrary (1983-85).
Greg Cater (1977-79) was a three-time All-Southern Conference performer and earned the All-Century Team punter distinction. Matt Vick (1997-2000) led the nation in field goals in 2000, and Tony Ball (1978-80) averaged 37.7 yards per kick return in 1977.
Two head coaches were selected. Scrappy Moore (1931-67) is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and was National College Division Coach of the Year in 1967. Joe Morrison led the Mocs to SoCon Championships in 1977, 1978 and 1979. He was named SoCon Coach of the Year two times.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
front: Chester Lagod, Randall "Brick" Mitchell, Dick Young, Curtis Rouse, James "Junior" Jackson, Brent Adams
back: Greg Cater, Cos DeMatteo, Mike Hunt, Glen Richardson, Gwain Durden, Rocky Turner