First Up: UT-Martin

UT-Martin vs. Tennessee | 4 Sep 2010 | Neyland Stadium

6:00pm EDT | PPV or ESPN3.com

Back to yesterday’s question: Who are UT-Martin?

Graham Stadium - Home of the UT-Martin Skyhawks

The University of Tennessee-Martin is located in the town of Martin in Weakley County near the Kentucky border in far northwestern Tennessee. The school originally began life in 1900 as Hall-Moody Institute, a Baptist junior college. When the school was in danger of closing, UT stepped in and operated the school as University of Tennessee Junior College in 1927. In 1951, it became University of Tennessee Martin Branch; and in 1967, it became a primary campus of the UT system. Current enrollment is a hair over 8,000.

Pat Summit is an alum. So is Leonard Hamilton, head coach of Florida State’s men’s basketball team.

As mentioned, UT-Martin is in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as Division 1-AA, the lower of two levels of division 1 football, and a member of the Ohio Valley Conference (Tennessee Tech and Tennessee State are the other OVC schools in Tennessee). Home games are played at Graham Stadium which seats 8,000.

Captain Skyhawk poses with Smokey.

The school changed their nickname from Pacers to Skyhawks in 1995. Prior to Pacers, the nickname was Volunteers (changed in 1991), and they were pejoratively referred to as the “Baby Vols”.

UT-Martin tied with Eastern Illinois for the OVC title in 2006, and came within a field goal of winning a second in 2008. Last season, the Skyhawks were 5-6, having to win 3 of their last 4 to barely salvage the season. Looking to 2010, UT-Martin was picked to finish sixth in the OCV Preseason poll.

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UT-Martin Head Coach Jason Simpson.

Head Coach of the Skyhawks is Jason Simpson, who is entering his fifth season at the helm. Simpson’s UT-Martin teams have a 27-20 record (20-11 in conference; 7-9 non-conference).

Before coaching UT-Martin, Simpson was offensive coordinator at UT-Chattanooga, and before that was an assistant at Texas State and Jacksonville State, focusing on QBs and WRs. A native of Ellisville, Mississippi, Simpson played his college ball at Mississippi State and Southern Miss as a quarterback.

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Last season’s team featured senior QB Cade Thompson who was 20th in the nation (FCS) in passing yards per game and total passing yards (2,546), and set new school records for passing yards, completion percentage and touchdown passes.

Also featuring for the Skyhawks last season were OT Joe Gibbs, junior LB Josh Bey (returning in 2010), TB Brandyn Young and freshman TB Jason McNair (returning in 2010), each winning All-OVC honors. Gibbs was also named to three All-America teams and claimed UT Martin’s Bob Carroll Male Athlete of the Year Award.

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Josh Bey - the player with UT-Martin to watch

The UT-Martin player to watch is Josh Bey (6-0, 220), senior LB. Bay was named to the 2010 Division I FCS Preseason Favorites watch list by College Football Performance Awards. 

Last season, Bey led the Skyhawks in total tackles with 107 and was second in the OVC in total tackles. He was ranked among the top 40 in the NCAA FCS in three statistical categories: tackles per game (30th); sacks per game (40th); and tackles for loss per game (10th). This is the first year College Football Performance Awards has made players from the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) eligible for the awards. The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is “to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football.” Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

Tomorrow, I’ll hazard a guess as to the outcome of Saturday’s opener.

Until then, put on your Karnac the Magnificent turbin and be ready to give your prediction then.

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10 responses to “First Up: UT-Martin”

  1. Billy Smart says :

    Hi, i’m Billy Smart. I’m Sandy Smart’s son. I am 11 years old. Here is my Tennessee season predictions:

    UT v.s. Tennessee Martin- Vols win 17-10

    My predicted season record is 8 wins and 5 losses.

  2. Sandy Smart says :

    Prediction for Saturday agains Tennessee Martin – Vols win 27-10.

    Season Prediction: After a tough start, with only two wins against Martin and UAB, the Vols are facing a 4th straight loss, and 6th overall at South Carolina. This is the most important game of the season for Dooley. Win, gain momentum and they finish 7-5. Lose and the season sinks to a 3-9 finish.

    Which way do I go?

    OK… I go with my heart (surprise), and Dooley’s bloodline, and finish with a 5 game winning streak and a bowl bid. 7-5.

  3. tk says :

    I GUESS ITS TIME FOR MY PREDICTIONS. FIRST OFF I PREDICT WE WONT HEAR FROM BERT, BOBBY AND WELLS UNTIL AFTER THIS FIRST GAME IS IN THE BOOKS. BOBBY WILL FORGET, DONALD WILL SAY HE DIDNT KNOW IF WE WERE SUPPOSE TO POST IT OR SEND IT BY EMAIL TO FREDDY AND BERT…..WELL BERT IS STILL A JERK!!! BUT NOW TO THE FOOTBALL PORTION OF THE PREDICTING WORLD. FIRST UP THE SEASON……SIX AND SIX BOYS. AND SATURDAYS OPENER: TENNESSEE/KNOXVILLE 30–TENNESSEE/MARTIN 10. FREDDY, THANKS FOR DOING THIS AGAIN. I ALWAYS ENJOY. MAYBE ITS JUST A RETURNED FAVOR FOR ALL THE TIMES YOU ENJOYED ME IN COLLEGE!?!?!?!

  4. the jerk says :

    well, we’ll win saturday…that’s a given: ut 35 ut-martin 10

    after that, i’m afraid it’ll be a rough sled…

    the vols show potential but oregon, florida, lsu, georgia, ‘bama and, yes, south
    carolina are too strong for da vols this year.

    we can always pencil in a “W” vs uab, memphis, vandy and kentucky…

    that leaves us with the missippissi [no speill-check needed…] game
    up in the air…

    with jeremiah masoli being declared ineligible the vols will ultimately prevail
    at home, making their record, at that point, 4-6.

    they end the season at 6-6 and beat La Tech in the Weedeater Bowl….

  5. tk says :

    AFTER GETTING UP THIS MORNING AND SEEING BERTS SUBMISSION, I SINCERELY APOLOGIZE FOR CALLING HIM THE JERK THAT HE REALLY IS.

  6. email-poster says :

    Hey Fred — its good to be back on your site and getting caught up on all the Vol news and opinions via the west coast connection. I too am predicting with the heart, since I rank my current program knowledge just one notch above the bottom. The only guy I will out-guess will be TK who has proven here that he can’t get anything right!
    Bert – if you are right, at 6-6, lets plan on meeting at that Weedeater Bowl game….tickets ought to be dirt cheap.
    Vols 33 – UTM 16
    Season 7-5
    DW

    • norcalvol says :

      Hey, DW, glad to have you back. I guess with all the swarm surrounding UK-UL today, it’s hard to know anything else is going on outside the bluegrass country. I admire your optimism for this season – wish I could share it. We’ll get a good picture about the first of November.

      • DW says :

        Fred, you are rignt on about the lack of other sports interest in this area of the world. But a benefit of living in Bluegrass land is that wearing a nice orange shirt draws lots of attention! Thanks for all the work that keeps me informed and high spirited.
        So, you don’t share in my level of optimism (hope) … but with your lower expectations, you aren’t likely to be depressed on Sunday mornings, and there will be a reasonable possibility that you will be joyously surprised.
        Three hours til we start to find out how we look!

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