By Kaylene Chadwell, Chattanooga, Tenn., — James Stovall, a rising sophomore from Cleveland, Tenn., grew to love the game of football as a young child.

“I loved watching my brothers play, and I’m just a competitor,” the Chattanooga wide receiver said.

Not only is he on the football team, but he also competed in his first collegiate track event this semester. At his first triple jump event, he placed 10th with a distance of 14 meters. He has also competed in the high jump. After graduating high school, he attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School.

“A lot of high school players don’t get to play college ball,” Stovall said. “And I’m fortunate enough to continue to play the game I love to do.”

Stovall said his favorite part of being a part of the UTC football team is the bond he shares with his teammates.

“They’re your brothers out there,” Stovall said. “They know exactly what you’re going through. They can relate to you, and you can relate to them. It’s a special brotherhood that you have between football players.”

Stovall said he is looking forward to the 2014-15 season.

“I might have to miss a few games unfortunately, but I’ll always be there for my team,” Stovall said. “Cheering them on, anyway I can help. I will be there for them.”

The Mocs will kick off the season Aug. 28 against Central Michigan in Mount Pleasant, Mich. Then, the football team’s home season will begin Sept. 6 against Jacksonville State.

For the 2013-14 season, Chattanooga claimed a share of the Southern Conference title.

“We don’t want to get complacent with that,” Stovall said. “We want to at least make playoffs and then after that, National Championships. We want to continue to improve like every team, but our major goal is a National Championship.”

The Mocs look to win the Southern Conference title again next season.

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