Twelve ETSU players claimed SoCon honors, including seven as first-team members of the two all-conference teams picked by the league’s coaches and media.
An injury prevented Jarrett Guarantano from playing the final three quarters of a 50-17 loss to Missouri last week. An injury also knocked wide receiver Marquez Callaway out of the game early.
The awards, given by STATS, will be presented at a banquet on Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas, site of the FCS national championship game.
Missouri trounced the Vols 50-17 on Saturday in Tigers OC Derek Dooley’s return to Tennessee, which fired him as head coach six years ago.
Tennessee has shown progress under Jeremy Pruitt by winning three straight games, including a 24-7 triumph last week over No. 20 Kentucky. The Vols already have exceeded their win total from last year.
A huge crowd is expected at Greene Stadium when the 17th-ranked Bucs entertain Samford in a game that will determine the Southern Conference champion. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.
East Tennessee State's strategy against Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges worked in 2016, but it didn't make much of a difference in 2017.
Austin Herink has been the frontman for the East Tennessee State football team’s resurgence, but his storybook senior season almost didn’t happen.
Tennessee outside linebacker Darrell Taylor sacked Terry Wilson four times in a 24-7 upset of No. 20 Kentucky, matching Vols legend Reggie White for the second-highest single-game total.
If the Bucs manage to beat Samford on Saturday, they would clinch the outright Southern Conference championship for the first time ever and earn the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.
Jarrett Guarantano threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Marquez Callaway on the final play of the first half, Darrell Taylor recorded four sacks and Tennessee trounced No. 12 Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday.
The 12th-ranked Wildcats have lost 16 straight road games to the Vols and haven’t beaten Tennessee in Knoxville since 1984, but they head to Neyland Stadium on Saturday as six-point favorites.
Quay Holmes scored three touchdowns, Artevius Smith had two interceptions and ETSU beat Mercer 21-18 on Saturday.
Marquez Callaway returned a punt for a touchdown, Tennessee’s defense nearly pitched a shutout and the Vols defeated Charlotte 14-3 in their final nonconference game of the season Saturday.
After squandering a 21-9 second-half lead in a 27-24 loss at South Carolina last week, the Vols must win three of their last four games to become bowl eligible.