UTC’S Isa­iah Mack named as Wal­ter Camp All-amer­i­can

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - From press re­lease

Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga se­nior Isa­iah Mack con­tin­ues to bring in post­sea­son recog­ni­tion as he was named to the Wal­ter Camp Foun­da­tion All-amer­i­can team last week. The 27-man group con­sists of only one team on of­fense and de­fense, mak­ing this one of the most pres­ti­gious honors for FCS play­ers.

The team was se­lected by the head coaches and sports in­for­ma­tion di­rec­tors of the Foot­ball Cham­pi­onship Sub­di­vi­sion schools and cer­ti­fied by the ac­count­ing and au­dit­ing firm, Mar­cum LLP. In all, play­ers from 10 dif­fer­ent con­fer­ences and 23 in­sti­tu­tions are rep­re­sented on the 2018 Wal­ter Camp FCS All-amer­ica team.

Wal­ter Camp, “The Fa­ther of Amer­i­can foot­ball,” first se­lected an All-amer­ica team in 1889. Camp – a for­mer Yale Univer­sity ath­lete and foot­ball coach – is also cred­ited with de­vel­op­ing play from scrim­mage, set plays, the nu­mer­i­cal as­sess­ment of goals and tries and the re­stric­tion of play to eleven men per side.

The Wal­ter Camp Foot­ball Foun­da­tion – a New Haven-based all-vol­un­teer group – was founded in 1967 to per­pet­u­ate the ideals of Camp and to con­tinue the tra­di­tion of se­lect­ing an­nu­ally an All-amer­ica team.

A na­tive of Tun­nel Hill, Ga. and a grad­u­ate of North­west Whit­field High School, Mack was a fi­nal­ist for the 2018 Buck Buchanan Award af­ter post­ing 8.5 sacks, 11.5 tack­les­for-loss and two forced fum­bles on the year. He has al­ready gar­nered As­so­ci­ated Press First Team All-amer­i­can Honors.

He was named the So­con De­fen­sive Player of the Week by South­ern­pigskin.com af­ter lead­ing the Mocs with nine tack­les in a 34-27 win over VMI on Oct. 27. He posted three of the UTC’S seven sacks on the day and fin­ished with a ca­reer-best four tack­les-for-loss. The three sacks were also a ca­reer mark and just a half-sack shy of the school record.

His 8.5 sacks on the year are sec­ond in the South­ern Con­fer­ence and No. 19 in the FCS. He has 21 ca­reer sacks, which is fourth-place all-time at UTC be­hind Davis Tull (37 - 2011-2014), Keionta Davis (31 - 2013-2016) and Joshua Wil­liams (23.5 - 2009-2012). His 41 ca­reer tack­les-for-loss are third all-time at UTC, trail­ing Tull (60) and Davis (43).

Mack is the third in school his­tory to make the Wal­ter Camp team. Corey Levin was a 2015 se­lec­tion while Davis Tull made the squad in 2012 and 2013.

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